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calendar   Saturday - December 27, 2014

Holiday Survivors

I get most of today off I think. Got a chance to sleep late, and then we can kick back a little and do a bit of laundry and cleaning here. Then it’s time to run over to Allentown Pennsylvania to go to a AHL hockey game. Which means my Saturday cleaning work will get pushed back to Sunday, so Sunday will be pretty busy. And then by Monday it ought to be business as usual once again.

We gave ourselves a nice Christmas present at Fun League last night. Once again we had the bye, playing against ourselves. So instead of carefully throwing just minimum scoring games to win points and temper our averages, we relaxed and just bowled really well. Seriously, the hardest part of bowling is not letting it eat up your head from inside. Everybody threw at least one Deuce (200+ game). I threw a 638 series, bracketing a careless 169 with 2 games in the 230s. Definitely my best series so far this year. We beat our team average by at least 100 pins in each game, so we took all 7 points with ease.

I think all the Christmas goodies have been eaten up at this point, other than the cheese and crackers. We took the sushi, the sea scallops, the wine, the soup, the deserts, the artisan breads, and even another tri-tip steak to my mom’s, where we ate like princes for 2 straight days. I guess we really did buy too much food. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/27/2014 at 10:02 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 24, 2014

Christmas Repast Repeat

Christmas begins in just a few short minutes here. We got the last Christmas Eve reveler out of here maybe half an hour ago.

I’ve been going all day; breakfast this morning was a free coffee and half a bagel, under the canopy outside the fish market, waiting for them to open, along with a half a hundred others. At 7 o’clock in the morning. We were 2nd in line so we got our stuff and hightailed it. 17 hours later and I’m just about run down.

Everything was a success. The sea scallops with pancetta and avocado were great. The sushi we made was great; tuna, salmon, hamachi sashimi, Inside Out rolls, California rolls, and a roll for each kind of fish.  The cold shrimp plate, awesome. There were clams on the half-shell, yum! And squash! My brother’s recipe for cream of celery soup worked out, but only after I stopped halfway through and got as much carrot out of it as I could. Too overwhelming. After that it was fine. And when we finally got around to making the tri-tip beef, all the “oh God, I’m so full I couldn’t eat a thing” people suddenly had an appetite again. And ... bang, zoom ... the whole big steak was gone, just like that.

But the biggest hit of the night was really the sort-of crab dip. Go figure. They were fighting over who got to take some of the extra home.

Sort-Of Crab Dip

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. sour cream
1 very large handful shredded Mozzarella cheese (most of a 6oz package)
A dozen big shakes Parmesan cheese
1 small onion, finely chopped, or about 1/3 of a medium yellow onion
1 - 1 1/2 c. chopped sealegs, seasticks, crabmeat or shrimp (250gm, or half the package)

Unwrap a dozen sealegs and chop the heck out of them. Mix all ingredients as best as you can by hand with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees, uncovered for 10 minutes. Now everything is warmed up and soft, so mix it properly now with a fork. Back in the oven for another 25-30 minutes, at which point the onion will fade into the background. Serve with crackers or thin slices of bread.
You could EASILY get by just making half this recipe.



I see that Christmas snuck up on me while I was writing this, so I’ll sign off now.


Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Goodnight




And tomorrow we pack up all the extra food and take it to my mom’s, so they can get a fancy holiday meal in too. And presents!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2014 at 11:57 PM   
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God Bless Us, Every one

I’ll not even try to comment on this from The Great Communicater:


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/24/2014 at 10:25 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 22, 2014

Cooling Off And Going To Bed

Hoo boy.

Ok, the cheesecake is cool now. Wrap it up and put it in the fridge to mature. She likes them “white”, so to her this one came out perfect. I like them browned a tad on top so I think it’s underdone. Whatever. Best tip ever for folks using the water bath method of cooking cheesecake: Go get a roll of extra wide tinfoil, so you can wrap up the springform pan with one seamless piece. No leaks that way. And use a big roasting pan as the bathtub itself. Two teakettles full of boiling water gives you enough depth to moderate the oven temps. ( she made a regular size cake in a 10” spring form pan. It floats! )

The next bunch of mincemeat bars is done too. The “test batch” lasted just over 2 days before we nibbled up the last of it. I threw a shot of Grand Marnier in the mix and a handful of brown sugar, and got them out of the oven on time. I’ll leave them uncovered overnight, then wrap them up tomorrow.

The test batch of lobster bisque was a failure. Ok, call it canned crab bisque, since lobster is too expensive to experiment with. Fine. It just didn’t taste so good. I’ll make my brother’s cream of celery soup instead, and do scallops with pancetta and wasabi avocado for a fishy appetizer. That’s easy, and it’s very impressive.

Fine. Off to bed. More to do tomorrow.

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Yes, I’m keeping an eye on the news. I am so pissed off at NYC Mayor deBlasio right now. And I saw it coming with those two poor NYPD officers, especially after the “we want dead cops now” rally the other day. The line has been reached, and now it’s been crossed. Which is why you’re seeing the “look at us, having a peaceful, prayer filled vigil, community support” and all that BS, when yesterday these same baboons were flinging poo through their cage bars. They’ve just figured out that they’ve pushed things too far, and realize the pendulum is going to swing back the other way. And it’s a damn big pendulum.

Not that any of that is going to slow down the worst of these animals. OMG. OMG, OMG, I want to do the most un-Christian things to these evil sickos. Father and son in the bunch too. Ewww. It’s going to take a mighty big can of Raid to clean out those roaches.

Early morning update: watch the oon change the tune. Just like I said.

Our city is hurting, we are hurting. Today we mourn the loss of two NYPD officers who were gunned down in a vicious act of senseless violence.

As soon as news broke of the tragedy in Brooklyn, I spoke with both the families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. And let me be perfectly clear, we are all outraged and saddened by the deaths of these police officers. Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.

I don’t buy this crap for a second.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2014 at 12:18 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 20, 2014

Game Of Holidays

Holiday Oath

Christmas approaches, and now my work begins.

It shall not end until the last leftover is properly stored after the holiday weekend.

I shall blog few posts, bowl no games, read no books.

I shall take no naps nor spend time on any frivolity.

I shall strive and sweat to complete my tasks.

I am the cleaner of the dark corners.

I am the scrubber of the walls. And the floors.

I am the carrier of big things to the garage.

I am the mover of furniture.

I am the one who dusts and vacuums the high spots.

I am the chef that cooks fancy things for the ravening hordes of relatives.

Later on, I will be the hanger of pictures, the placer of holiday decorations, the wrapper of gifts and the guy who knows where the extra tape is.

I pledge my energy and my focus to this Holiday Event, for this day and the several days to come.



And that’s my plan for the next couple of days. Busy busy busy bee. See ya!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/20/2014 at 11:35 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 17, 2014

So say we all!

Macker, didn’t take me long to find this:


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 07:42 PM   
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Make it so!

I know. I’m going to BMEWS hell for this!

Just for Macker, I’m still looking for a Battlestar Galactica version.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 07:24 PM   
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Do you hear what I hear?

If you saw my previous post, you will understand. Christmas songs are now so much more poignant to me this season.

Had to choose. Bing Crosby, or Celtic Woman reunion. I chose the Celtic Women. Not only are they better looking, but I’m getting old and my grandnieces and grandnephews don’t know who Bing is. Very sad. Hope to fix that in the future.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/17/2014 at 08:26 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


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Eat well. Drive safely. Don’t overdose on football.




And we made it back home again, safe and sound. Although my pants seem to have shrunk considerably. OMG, I swear I’m not eating again until Tuesday.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/27/2014 at 12:37 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - October 28, 2014

Halloween Eyecandy

Probably as close as Drew will allow me…

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/28/2014 at 07:57 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - October 23, 2014

No Halloween Kiddie Snax This Year

Whatever Else You Do, Don’t Wear The Seal Costume

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BAD IDEA



Arviat Nunavut, a large town on the west shore of Hudson Bay in northern Canada, just below the Arctic Circle, has canceled outdoor Trick or Treating for this year’s Halloween.  Because the town is crawling with Polar Bears.


Arviat officials posted to the hamlet’s official Facebook page saying the town would host an indoor event for kids at the Mark Kalluak community hall Oct. 31 as an alternative to trick-or-treating, which officials said would be too risky this year due to the polar bear presence around town.

“It was clear that the majority of people liked the idea of providing a safer environment for kids to celebrate Halloween,” officials said in the Oct. 15 post. “The goal of this event will be to make sure our kids remain safe and still have fun.”

“Picture 1,200 kids going door to door in Arviat in the middle of polar bear season,” stated Steve England, Arviat’s SAO. “It’s a pretty obvious conclusion of what tragedies could come out of that. We’re just trying to safeguard the younger population by offering an alternative.”

The proposed indoor “Halloween Community Event” will feature a haunted house and face painting with prizes and candy given to participating children, who would be brought to and from the community hall by shuttle bus.

And that one cranky geezer who didn’t like the idea?

Not everyone is enthused with this more restrictive alternative to outdoor trick-or-treating, however. “If parents want their kids to be safe they should be willing to look out for bears,” posted community member Agaaqtoq Eetak on Arviat’s Facebook page. “If there is a bear, shoot it. I think Halloween would not be the same if kids don’t go trick-or-treating.”

I can just imagine the scene if Agaagtog got his way ...

[sounds of excited small children running around]
ding dong!

Trick or Treat!!

GGGRRRAAAAAHHRR!!!
BLAM. BLAM. BLAM BLAM. Thump.

[kids run to next houses on street]
ding dong!

Trick or Treat!!
[and so on, down the whole block]
ding dong!

Trick or Trea ...

GGGRRRAAAAAHHRR!!!
BLAM BLAM BLAM. Thump.

... tr?? ...

GGGRRRAAAAAHHRR!!!
BLAM. BLAM. Thump.

... treat?

... ahh, childhood. The stuff so many good memories are made from.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/23/2014 at 10:42 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick’s Day

feeding the leprechauns

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Drew sneaks in at the last minute with something for St. Patrick’s Day. Saints preserve us, he forgot all about it until he got to bowling league and realized his error of wearing a red shirt. In a sea of green. Oopsie. But hey, this isn’t an Irish area, I’m not Irish. I’m not even Catholic, so the various saints are a bit lost on me.  But I did partake in the American tradition of boiling the daylights out of a slab of corned beef brisket and then cooking a head of cabbage in the water until it was palatable. No potatoes, no carrots, no Harp or Guinness. Just a big wet slab of meat. I like corned beef, and at this time of the year they go on sale for next to nothing. So I stock up. Got 4 this year and froze 3. If I had the money and the freezer space, I’d buy a couple dozen and eat it every other week. With horseradish sauce.

Ok, so corning a bit of meat is a form of brining. Like making a ham. Soak the thing in salt water and it cures the meat, and drives off a lot of the water. I think. So why is it, that when you boil one up, half the weight of the meat disappears? If it’s half dehydrated by corning, shouldn’t boiling it make it heavier? I did a 3.5lb one, and when it was done there was barely meat enough to serve 4, which means it was nearly too small to satisfy 3. When you make whiskey, the stuff matures in a cask and about a third of the contents evaporate through the staves over the years. This is called the Angel’s Share. So maybe the missing seasoned brisket ought to be called the Leprechaun’s Share.

So all the meat is gone now, and of course there’s still a bowl of cabbage left. Which is quite tasty, but usually goes for want around here once the meat is done. Maybe the grocery store hasn’t marked up the leftover ones yet.

I guess I’m supposed to use this post as an excuse to put up pictures of a smiling Irish beauty. Oh fein, I can do that ...

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/17/2014 at 10:35 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 24, 2013

Happy Holiday Post

Merry Christmas To All

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Let’s see ... Xmas To-Do list ...


And To All A Good Night!

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/24/2013 at 12:09 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 18, 2013

Yet another flash mob!

Download the mp3 of this at The USAF Band.
Find the center link for “Download the Flash Mob Audio file Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring/Joy to the World.”


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/18/2013 at 02:47 PM   
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