Friday, September 23, 2016

Just missed it

A buddy sent me this photo, taken this morning.  Apparently the rain I drove through over Lookout pass turned to something else.  It's not winter yet, but it's rearing it's head.


Enlarging is encouraged. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last meal before the road

Has anyone noticed that lately I either rail about politics or go on about food?  I hate to be predictable, but I'm hitting the road early in the am for the 600 mile jaunt to Seattle.  Across the western part of Montana, the panhandle of Idaho, and the seemingly endless straight freeway across the eastern Washington desert.

So perhaps knowing my trials and tribulations tomorrow, the fine neighbor across the street fixed dinner for me tonight. Actually, she let me have some of what they were having, after I had begged long enough.

A brisket she's been cooking all day, on a baguette from the Underground Bakery.


And some cole slaw, with a bit of the hatch chile I had


A geezer of 70 could do worse, eh?  If age teaches nothing else, you learn how to play on the sympathies of the younger neighbors. 

Fortified thus, I'll drive across the western US in the am. 

I'll write from the Emerald City when opportunity presents. 

cheers,
Mike



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fret not, there are cheeseburgers!

Yes, there is plenty to worry about......look around, you may have as many as 3 out of 6 of your current neighbors thinking about voting for Trump. Or, you have my sympathies, you may live in surroundings that have even more. My condolences.

Anyway, I'm here to suggest this is the end of times (in the biblical/cultish sense), and there is nothing we can do.  Yes, yes, you're correct: we can moblize, get the dems out to vote, convince Trump supporters they need some psych counselling, etc, but beyond that, there is little we can do. I the American people are going to go ape shit nuts, there is nothing we can offer in the way of paths to sanity. It's too far gone.  Sayonara.

What we can do, in our waning days, is have a decent cheeseburger.




So anyway, if your LDL is less than 120, have at it. Wait.....my attorney just called, forget that number. Believe what you want, but pay attention to any chest tightness, sweating, someone sitting on your chest, feelings of doom, etc. Don't call me, call 911. 

Cheers,
Mike




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Diverted, once again, to food.

I was going to do a post about the latest thing the GOP and some media (and the odd blogger) are buzzing about how Hillary is eating human babies and on the payroll of the Stasi, but I got diverted by some Hatch chili that arrived at the market recently. I roasted and skinned some, and have been casting about for how to use them. The usual doesn't sound good, so tonight I mixed some with some local hamburger.


I made two because I got too much burger. 

Then I asked the baker at Underground Bakery (the only European style bakerie I've found in the US) if he'd make me a couple of hamburger buns, not a staple in his inventory.  He agreed, and did a tray of them today. I got two. 


I think they'll be good, though in the past Hatch chilies have occasionally surprised me, and caused my stomach to wonder what the hell my mouth was doing.  So we'll see. 

cheers,
Mike



Friday, September 9, 2016

National Anthem/Patriotism/Military/Protest


It seems to have gone on forever, this linking protests and actions like Colin Kaepernick's and John Carlo's of decades ago (who I've met, and was a fine guy) with showing disrespect for people in the military or who have been in the military.  I'm having none of it. 

I was in the military, and was in one of our countries fine little wars, part of 1966 through most of '68, with a short recess in Bethesda Medical Center. To say that someone who is protesting the way our country has treated and is treating minorities is somehow insulting me by choosing to not stand for the national anthem is bullshit. 

In fact, if the national anthem is somehow linked to the war we waged in Vietnam, I ain't standing either. We barged into the middle of a civil war that had been going on for decades on a trumped up charge (Gulf of Tonkin Incident) and probably supported the wrong side.  The 'domino theory', that if South Vietnam fell to the North communism would spread around the globe was a load of crap. 

Just speaking for myself here. Only three other vets I know about that read this, and I don't speak for them.  If somehow not standing during the anthem can move us one micrometer forward in the arena of racism, I'm sitting too.   

Cheers,
Mike