Sunday, November 04, 2007

Halloween Costumes

For Nick's Halloween party I was a gargoyle and for Halloween night I was a devil.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fire Sale

We're back in our apartment in Esco, ready to go at a moment's notice. It smells very smoky and the air is dry, but it's not too bad to breathe. I rocked out the blue bandana when we went to Von's just in case. It's really hard to explain what it's like here. I keep thinking of it as the parapocalypse. The fiery Ragnarok of southern California is about to happen... but not just yet. I'm too tired to really go into it, so I'll just illustrate with pictures instead:

This was the view from the top of hidden meadows:


A view from the top of a hill on Broadway near our apartment:


This was the sun rising behind the smoke yesterday:


The view down Maple as we left the house yesterday:
we are at maries moms friends house in san marcos. we are safe.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Brutal Nightmare Generator

Marie showed me this.
This is my favorite so far:
A demon boldly mummifying a billion werewolves.


I mean, is there any other way to mummify a billion werewolves?

Saturday, September 01, 2007

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Chicken scallopine W/ Sherry Reduction

Chicken scallopine W/ Sherry Reduction

Crash Course

So I'm going into the Brick Oven tomorrow to work the line and see if I can get a job. The chef there, Jason, seems like a pretty cool, down-to-earth guy and really seems to love food and cooking. He took me on a tour of the kitchen and explained that he plans on making almost everything from scratch; sauces, pasta, stock... everything. Jason's enthusiasm combined with recently reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, and being completely fed up with retail have made me really excited about getting this job.

Now, I used to have a line cook job at Cabanas Bar & Grill in Cape May. I really liked that job even though it was hot, sweaty, smelly and Mexicans threatened me with knives. That was three years ago though, and I barely remember what it is I used to do. Jason asked me about a bunch of cooking and prep techniques, only half of which I even recognized the names. As soon as I got home I started reading food blogs and wikipedia to see if I actually did know how to do any of the things he mentioned.

So far I have:
Chopped
Diced
Minced
Brunoised
Chiffonaded
Made Roux

Things that I used to do at Cabanas that I didn't know I did:
Sauté
Deglaze
Make stock
Sear
Braise
Blacken
and some other stuff.

There are a lot of things to know about cooking and hopefully I'll get this job and learn what they all are. Marie might even have to let me write for her cooking blog. We'll see.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Man, The Douchebag

The Man, The Douchebag

Mindless song update

The song is called "Uncle". Crisis averted.


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What is the name of this Mindless song?

There's a mindless self indulgence song that I don't think is on any of their albums. The lyrics go something like:
Run home to mooooother.
I'll get you tomorrorrooow.

Something like that. I have listened to every song on every album and can't for the life of me find this song. I know it exists.


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Sunday, August 05, 2007

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Narcolepsy?

So after I got home yesterday at 7pm and at some ramen, I fell asleep... and didnt wake up until 9 am!


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Friday, July 27, 2007

Mumu?

Mumu?

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Pop Tarts

Pop Tarts

The previous post was a joke to Marie

I thought it would be cool to repost my twitter posts to my blog.  She said it was retarded and that I could use ScribeFire to do it just as fast. 

Anyway.  I would just like to tell a little story about the dude that came in here earlier. He was this lanky dude with spiked out hair and tight pants.  He walked a little funny and his face had same a little... grotesque about it.  He was a young guy... maybe 20 years old.  Under his arm he had a clear plastic to go container that you might get from a restaurant or something. 

I asked him if I could help and him find anything and he replied, in a voice that sounded like he might have been retarded, with something about how he probably couldn't eat his Pop Tarts in the store.  He put the plastic container on the counter and it had two packages of Pop Tarts and two open Pop Tarts.  He wandered around for a bit, told me he wasn't going to steal anything and then he left the store and rode off on his bike.

The Pop Tarts are still sitting on the counter. (Picture to follow)


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Is not just as quick

So there!


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Retarded

Retarded

Thursday, June 28, 2007

My commute

I decided to record my ride to work on my bike for fun. This is the result. I added some music to keep your attention. The sad part is that I went to film school and this is the best I could do

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

It's a bit like when Homer bought Marge a bowling ball as a present

... I just hope Marie doesn't start hanging out with some Frenchie Nokia internet tablet hacker when she gets this:



Say what you will about woot, $130 for a $300 hackable, linux based, touch-screen, wi-fi, bluetooth tablet ain't bad at all.



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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Vlogging my commuting?

I'm thinking about strapping my digital camera to the handlebars of my bike to record my ride to work. Might be cool... stay tuned.

Also, I set up daily posting of my del.icio.us feed, so there should be at least one update a day to read if you're bored.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Domestic Bliss

I had a pretty good weekend with Marie. We were very domestic. I'm really digging the new apartment. Pictures of the place are up on my Picasa account. It really is a cute pad. Every cute pad needs lots of cute pad stuff, so Marie and I have been going to thrift shops and stores picking up all the household goodies that make life worth living. I won't go through the whole list, but there are some highlights. Marie picked up a coffee maker at Big Lots that has an ejector button for the filter and glows blue. She also picked up a rainbow coat hanger thing. It's very gay. I almost bought a stuffed unicorn to go with it. I didn't, but I did buy myself a plush The Cheat. Pictures of The Cheat will follow I'm sure. It's cute and cuddly, plus it makes cute The Cheat sounds when you drop it or kick it. You are jealous.

I've been doing some baking lately. I made some little superhard cookies, which can be seen in the Picasa album above. Also, Marie's friend Kimmy gave her Amish Friendship Bread. It's a really sweet bread that tastes a little bit like carrot cake, without the carrots. I have the extra batter to give away, so if anyone wants some, let me know. As for non-baking type cooking, I'm still learning from Marie. She has a more intuitive feel for that sort of thing, even though I made my living cooking for two summers.

Time for me to get a shower and go to work for the man. It's a morning shift, so I'm sure I will be doing nothing all day. Later.