Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thurs night: Garcia's kitchen -- New Mexican. This is our local place. We're separated from it by only a dentist office, so we walk over somewhat often. I got the southwest burrito, and Jill had beef brisket taco.
Fri noon: Mykanos Cafe -- very nice Greek food. I had a creamy-citrusy pork pasta and Jill had grape leaves filled with beef, rice, and some strong spices. Highly recommended.
Sat noon: Duran's station -- New Mexican. I had a grilled roast beef sandwich on sourdough, and Jill had the enchilado and relleno combo. A curious feature of this restaurant is that the waiters do some cooking and assemlbing in addition to serving the food. We watched the tortillas being made right in front of us. Yummy!
Sat night: Tucano's -- Brazilian bbq. Celebrated Garry's 30th birthday by eating as much meat as possible. Topped off the night by hitting Coldstone for some ice cream. Yummy!
Sun noon: Steak on a Bun -- Philly cheesesteaks. We both like this place a good bit, but it's a bummer that the place is nearly deserted every time we go there. Either there's lots of people coming for lunch during the week, or this place is not long for the world. Good stuff!
Is this excessive? Probably, but look at this picture that was hiding on our hard drive:
We do indeed have a secret life of excessive consumption :) To make up for it, I'll follow Al Gore's example and buy some carbon offsets ;) ;>) ;
You should know this already, but Jill is a wonderful cook. In the last couple of days, she's been cooking in this:
You too can dress this well while cooking, simply check out our friend's Etsy shop. We make no guarantees that a similar apron will improve your cooking though. Good luck with that.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
with brussels sprouts
baked brie on crackers and strawberries,
and Nigella Lawson suggested a flourless chocolate cake (it did, in fact, have a "hint of pudding about it" in the middle).
While working on this feast, we heard a Studio 360 about the brilliant mad scientist Nikola Tesla. He and Mark Twain used to shoot an x-ray gun at each other and make giant pictures of thier skulls.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
We visited the Art and History museum to see the Egyptian tomb artifacts before they move back to Britain. No pictures allowed inside, so you'll have to take our word that the sculptures were amazing.
Are you surprised that we rode our bikes there? Note that it's getting warmer. Yea!
Bonus picture: this was actually last weekend. We like to educate the younger generation whenever we babysit. Here Jill is reading Adam Bede to a rapt Heidi.
Monday, February 4, 2008
As I'm not much of a concert goer, this is by far the longest line I've ever stood in. But I'm game. I've never seen a potential president either. After waiting a while, my line-friends and I find out that we accidentally line-jumped. The end of the queue was actually across the street, behind a series of zig-zags on the civic plaza. We feel a little guilty but keep our places. In the end, it doesn't matter because the convention center and all of the overflow rooms are full. However, this works out great for me because Obama decides to speak to us out on the Civic Plaza before going inside. This means I get to see him up close, hear a short campaign speech, and get home in time to make brownies for girls' night.
Though Obama is the best speaker of all the candidates, and it would be a relief to hear his voice in the sound bytes for the next four years, I'd listen better if he said something like this:
"In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose. . .
We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path . . . that leads to fragmentation and self- interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a certain route to failure."
Jimmy Carter said that in 1979 in his "Crisis of Confidence" speech. It was mostly a speech about energy, and in it he asked Americans to "take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense - I tell you it is an act of patriotism."
My problem with today's politicians is that they don't ask me to do anything except elect them. I don't believe that they can do a whole lot to make this country better. But I believe that I can. Ask me to do something specific. Ask me to sacrifice for the good of my country and the world.
I am the people, and I am not as selfish as you think I am.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Here goes: A new health insurance company. Now you might be saying, that's really dumb, there's a gagillion of those already. The critical difference is that this company doesn't ALLOW for tests that use expensive, high tech equipment (e.g., http://www.gehealthcare.com/usen/mr/index.html and http://www.gehealthcare.com/usen/fun_img/index.html). Another feature of the company is that the CEO won't be paid $120 million per year like William W McGuire of United Healthcare (healthcare provider for my work). How about $100k? All the details need to be worked out, but this is just a blog, not a free business plan center.
So now, more people can afford health care. Great! They just won't have the best possible technogadgets at their service. Could be a bummer. But now more people get decent treatment.