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(no subject) [Feb. 10th, 2014|08:25 pm]
I just want to be home
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I should post more... [May. 23rd, 2013|02:04 pm]
I say biennially...

But I think I'm going to take it up again. While other services have good uses, journaling here feels nice. The only people watching are those who really cared to seek you out, so you're not just shoving a bunch of text into dozens of faces that don't care.

Mike keeps telling me I should be food blogging. I know I should be saying stuff about games and politics. Plus, we're all getting older and I find that by writing, I remember far more clearly than without. Whatever my life is or isn't what I want it to be, I'll still be making memories with persons who may or may not be here tomorrow.

And I have not much more to say than I am looking forward to this weekend.
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Rhythms [Nov. 25th, 2012|09:24 pm]
For me, the sound of winter is being cocooned in the home, furnace running. Summer is windows open, crickets & cicadas chattering over AC. I think the despair this season imparts for some isn't even the light, it's the diminished sense of connection.

The house is empty for the moment, aside from myself. Sometimes it's electrifying to have a space yourself. Sometimes it cripples you with the vastness. Sometimes I experience both those notions in the time it takes to make some toast.

Does one close their windows on life, so as to observe it and actually take in as much as possible? Or does one throw themselves at every opportunity, so as to seek the truth in harried feckless action rather than reflection.

Something that sticks with me is a night a couple years back. I'd had a few beers that were sitting poorly thus begging off from doing something with Matt like planned. My stomach was cramping and unhappy, so I begged off. Now he's off in Japan teaching. Nights to just be stupid and whatnot can't happen anymore now. Do you grab on to life and hang on to every little event?

We had the Moms over for thanksgiving. Pam stayed overnight, and then my dad picked her up the next day. We did lunch, talked a bit, and they left out the back door. For some reason it's easier to watch people go out the front door. But I turned to Angel a bit after and broke down a moment, realizing that there'd be a day they no longer walk out the back door.

Something I'm not really sure I like about home ownership is that I have this place, and I know that here, I'm going to have to draw a line where certain people aren't going to be in my/our lives anymore and I'm going to experience that memory here in this place.

Sometimes it just paralyses me and I never want to move forward at all ever again.
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Is this thing on? [Sep. 30th, 2012|09:02 am]
I know, I know. Blogging is dead. etc etc. But this wasn't twitter fodder.

Got the best surprise present yesterday, the wedding of the Jones'. Yes, they were already both last named Jones, so that's serendipitous as all get out for starters. And the wedding itself was not a surprise, but how great the friends and company were was. Friends that I'd grown away from due to dumb workplace fusses were there and all the dead weight melted away like nothing over the course of the evening. The food and drink were great (thanks mandatory Cameron Mitchell) and the Franklin Park Conservatory is still a fantastic venue for such a thing.

And that's what really was the most amazing gift. Steve and Karen were having their wedding, but Angel and I were getting to relive ours in the same place almost 4 years ago. This time? We even got to have some of the cheese. Hey, when you personally shell out 2 yards of cheddar for just cheese, you kinda want some. But seriously it was amazing. And everything came out perfect, which you hope for from a wedding but never know if that will happen until the chaos forms into an orchestra. I'd like to think we set a good standard. They did forget a flask, but well even that was fine because the beer paced us well for follow up at Tip-Top later. Tyler did a great job with a fine but short wedding ceremony. Even the DJ really impressed me, as he did an on-the-spot acquisition of Gungnam style that was the song of the evening based on crowd reaction. Anything that could mean less Chicken Dance/YMCA/Cha-Cha slide from the mandatory wedding soundtrack is great.

But the best was getting to spend it with my wife Angel. After getting our people meets out earlier, it was just her and I side by side for the rest of the day. It was wonderful.

Being reminded why we married, via both place and person, will be one of the best days of my life for a long time.
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Dear old people of America: Please Die :( [Apr. 28th, 2011|04:19 pm]
[mood |Over this shit]

Dear old people of America: Please Die :(

I don't ask that rashly or anything, but I ask that you do so for the best interest of America. I get that you're old, and you see brown people everywhere. I get that you grew up in the America of white privilege. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't benefited from it. But please, die. Aside from my family, I'm done with you. I mean I'm done w/ my family's politics too, but I'll cut them a few years of exception because of blood.

The birther thing? Shut up. Tea parties? Shut up. Immigration? Shut up. Health care? Shut up. Complaining about the deficit incurred by 2 wars when you went in feet first under a hawk President? Shut up. Defense of Marriage? Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

I hate you. You're killing America. Please die.
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Recipe time: Kale and eggs, pu-pu platter skewers [Jan. 11th, 2011|11:49 am]
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For those who like to cook, I have recipes for you. One is kinda vegetarian (fried egg and kale), one is for the carnivores. Neither are difficult at all, which makes me kind of embarassed to write them up but whatever.

First is fried egg with kale. It's really just a better for version of toad in the hole. De-vein some kale, then chop it up. Now, toast. Yeah, toss some toast in the toaster. We'll come back to it. So now saute the kale with some garlic (1 clove per person?) and some lemon juice. The recipe didn't call for it, but I thought some balsamic vinegar was nice too. Scoot that to the side of the pan and crack an egg, so it's sunny side up. Wait for the egg to cook and plate it on the fresh toast and kale. You could add some meat on there too if you like, but you'll be surprised how hearty the kale is. Makes me actually not feel like I have to eat a dozen eggs in order to be full.

The beef is super simple. Get a skirt steak, ie fajita meat. Now tenderize the hell out of it. I've got a Jaccard (a punchy-stabby thing that looks like leftover from Alucard's inventory), which I use before beating it with a meat tenderizer too (belts and suspenders dontcha know). After that, slice it like thick beef jerky. Next, the marinade:

2 parts soy sauce
1 part seasoned rice vinegar (also used in making sushi rice for sushi, which everyone should try to see how easy it is)
2 cloves garlic, crushed, sliced
2 tsp grated ginger (don't use powdered or picked or placeboed or whatever ginger. Every cook should have a root chilling in their freezer, they cost like $2, last forever, can be bought at any generic american chain grocery and have tons of uses. Zero good excuses)

Mix it up, put it and the sliced beef in some tupper ware and let sit. Fortunately this isn't one of those marinade overnight things, 30m-60m will do (though by all means, marinading all night isn't bad).

Soak some skewers 15m ahead of this and then pierce the beef strips so they're all stretched out. Now grill. They don't really take long at all, crack a beer and flip them when you're halfway through it. You could probably do oven or the broiler or heck even fry them or whatever. But personally I'll take any opportunity to grill in the winter. Now you have the recipe for pu-pu platter beef skewers. Not hard but shockingly (or not?) crowd pleasing.

So, made anything good lately?
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Chatroulette Piano Ode to Merton.m4v [Mar. 21st, 2010|11:11 am]

Man Ben Folds is some awesome
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Official Trailer: Parallel Lines, presented by Philips Cinema [Mar. 17th, 2010|02:54 pm]

neat looking
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Carl Orff: Carmina Burana [Jan. 15th, 2010|12:44 am]

Good.
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Selling out and why I don't give a shit about it [Dec. 11th, 2009|08:35 am]
As said so much better by Dave Eggers.

Are you going to say yes to life, or no?
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