Archive for August 1st, 2007

01
Aug
07

Dinner Alone

I made focaccia and a tomato bisque soup. I watched the news. I turned it off. I ate almost the whole loaf; most of the soup. Kids and wife were out at a swim thing. The cat snoozed. Simple pleasures are, indeed, the best. Maybe a bit too much Vino Noble de Montepulciano…

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01
Aug
07

The Secret Is Timing

When asking for a raise, it is considered prudent to ascertain the overall mental stability of the boss before you open your mouth. Otherwise, disaster could strike.

01
Aug
07

Millions of Peaches, Peaches For Me

Peaches are beginning to flood the markets. The most important result of this is that my favorite ice cream, Blue Bell’s Peaches & Homemade Vanilla, is available. And since the creamery, located in Brenham, Texas, is not too far from where I live, I may spend an entire day there with my youngest and get fat and have a brain freeze. As I was surfin the interwebtubes, though, I came across this vintage recipe on Slashfood that is definitely gonna get made and consumed…

I’ll be using fresh peaches, of course. And they will not be from Georgia. Georgia may have peaches on their license plates, but everyone knows that the best peaches grow in Texas…

01
Aug
07

Truer Words Never Spoken

Addiction to I Can Has Cheezburger is unseemly…

01
Aug
07

Rambo, With Mods

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Um, quite. But I had a good time…

01
Aug
07

Annoying Air Travel

Many of us who get on airplanes have a paticular distaste for the “show of force” that is the TSA. We often wonder how TSA comes up with policies and procedures that are supposed to increase passenger safety. Kip Hawley is the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the USA. When asked in an interview how the TSA generates its policies, Hawley responded thusly:

Screening ideas are indeed thought up by the Office for Annoying Air Travelers and vetted through the Directorate for Confusion and Complexity, and then we review them to insure that there are sufficient unintended irritating consequences so that the blogosphere is constantly fueled. Imagine for a moment that TSA people are somewhat bright, and motivated to protect the public with the least intrusion into their lives, not to mention travel themselves. How might you engineer backwards from that premise to get to three ounces and a baggie?

This qualifies as the first known incidence of a government official with a sense of humor. Or maybe he is really telling the truth?

01
Aug
07

OJ Claims Moral High Ground

Orenthal writes a book called “If I Did It” that winds up getting cancelled. Okay, makes sense so far. “The book, in which Simpson reportedly explains how he might have committed the killings, was never released because of public outrage.” But this past Monday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Miami awarded the book rights to this tome to the family of Ronald Goldman to help satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgement. Let’s digress a bit… OJ was found not guilty, in criminal court, of the crime of killing Ronald Goldman and OJ’s ex-wife. He was, however, found guilty of wrongful death in civil court. OJ’s commentary on the situation?

“I find it sort of hypocritical that they talked everybody in America to boycott the book: it was ‘immoral,’ it was ‘blood money,'” he told interviewer Kate Delaney. “But we now see it wasn’t ‘blood money’ if they got the money.”