Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Taught to me by Triscuit

Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans don't get the recommended servings of whole grain?*

No, I didn't know it either. Nabisco has kindly put up a site where one can learn about the benefits of whole grains and other sensible snacking options.' Do I even need to mention how important this site is? Or you could just keep on going down the path of senseless snacking. Your choice.

*From U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Holiday Season 2006 Plan of Attack

  • Get all gifts bought and wrapped by Dec. 10
  • Get tree and decorate by Dec.........1? Whoa guy!! That's right, we're going past aggressive this year.
  • Enjoy the holiday magic and madness. In the past I've always been swept up by the madness and completely missed the magic. Not this year, buddy.
  • Although I have many fine commenters here at Clipstone Street, there certainly is not enough money in the till to buy you 3 gifts, but just know that you are loved more than you think by the entire staff here.
  • Actually resist total self annihilation via indulging in sloth-like behavior.
  • What else? Any good ideas?

Monday, November 20, 2006

My Politics

Because it's 9:29 pm, and to those of you who don't really know me, this is too close for comfort to my bedtime. Also, my tea is actually cooled to room temperature, I'd rather be reading, I haven't shined my shoes in weeks, my room is a mess, I haven't sent a thank you card to my grandma for her as always on time birthday card (from 9/23), and only God knows how many other things are pressing down upon me.....this is why I must get out my Politics. Now.

Surely we all know this will be sloppy, lazy, canned, cliched and served frozen on a no-name toothpick. Politics:

I don't like rich liars
I don't trust rich Socialists.
I get worried if a person with a lot of power is going to consult a numerologist, astrologer, or for that matter anyone/thing/idea that is too specific.
In the end I think it all evens out, e.g. Ken Lay is dead and countless anonymous people put in daily and by the minute, even second, more heart/soul/blood/sweat & tears than they will ever withdraw. Where am I? You tell me.
People in ivory towers are good for ideas, but horrible for reality.
Che Guevarra started well, and then ended up ordering death and murder.
I don't think Jesus would back even half of what his followers preach. Wait a gosh-darn second! Is that politics? It's all politics, si o no?

I picked up Al Franken's "Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." I'll start it soon enough, after I'm done with AHWOSG, and possibly a few others that have stalled in the 2nd lane. And then we'll really get to talkin' bout politics. Funny thing about politics is that people get so hooped up on their party and their party's line, that they can't see through their own smoke. Well, I guess that goes for all of us solipsists.....

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Coffee, Eggs, Cheese

This morning I got waited upon by a pregnant, lazy waitress. She's sort of engaging, but then backs off at precisely that moment when you think she wants to interact, and then you feel even more stupid. Anyhow, I hope that baby runs her ragged.

p.s. I'm done with "Homicide Special," and have moved on to "A Heatbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," by Dave Eggers. So far I'm sucked in to the core, and it's hot in here.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Computer Wars

So my Mom wants to get a new computer. She's not really computer literate, but I think 'point and click' makes it pretty easy for anyone to pick it up....if they want to. I can get deals on certain big name PC's, so I told her to give me her budget and I'd get her what she needs. For her, the prospect of buying a computer is beyond daunting, it's acutally a fraction short of impossible. She still doesn't totally comprehend the idea that all PC's are basically the same, and what you're buying is a brand, or a feeling of comfort, or the idea that you got a better price, or paid more for better Customer Service, or something along those lines.

Stepping back a few weeks, we just upgraded our Ipod mini to a full 30 GB Ipod. How did that happen you ask? What was wrong with the mini? Well, friend, I won't disparage my mini is this post (though there were a few non-size issues), but I will let you know this: if you don't want to spend money on Apple "stuff," then don't walk into the Apple store because you have 30 minutes to kill before your movie starts.

Don't. Just don't do it.

We did.

And we walked out with a brand new, sucka-sweet lil' electronic/video/photo music playing machine. What's this have to do with the computer my mom thinks she wants? Well, if you'd pipe down a second, I'd tell you.

Whilst casually strolling the Apple store, it's just not legitimate to think that you won't tinker with the computers. I mean, iff you're in there, and you're not at least pretending that you know what you're clicking on, then......well, what the 'f' are you doing in there!? And so, I must admit that I do like the 'experience.' Do they run faster or better or have less issues than PC's? I don't know. My PC can run Photoshop, iTunes, Dreamweaver, and Bejeweled all at the same time without a hiccup. But I will admit, I like the way Apples seem to run.

So I'm starting to think that maybe my mom would do well with an iBook. What do you think? Here's how I break down the basic differences, keeping in mind that my mom really only needs to surf the net, send email, and check out her digital photos:

PC advantage: bigger screen, less money
Apple advantage: just really cool looking

So, the pragmatist in me is screaming "how can you go with 'more expensive' because it's really cool looking!!?'" But the materialist in me is calmly negotiating that you only go around once, and it's only slightly more expensive, and who knows, maybe she totally gets into media related fun, and then Apple has the edge of just making that easier. My mom is not about to take the time to learn computers.

Unrelated to my mom and her impending purchase, and shifting the focus back to where is usually should be - on me - I'd have to say (again, just for me) if money weren't an issue, I'd go Apple. Alas, money is an issue, so I go PC and I think my machine works better than fine.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rumy's Gone

Terrapin - I can't figure out
Terrapin - if it's an end or the beginning

Terrapin - but the train's got its brakes on and the whistle is screaming...

How quickly the tide comes and goes. The Decider didn't take long to release Don. I heard several soundbytes (sp?) of people claiming that he should have resigned long ago. Of course, I believe he did try to resign twice before. Not that I'm a fan of DR, but witchhunts of figureheads usually miss the mark.

Wait a minute! This isn't a politico-blog, damnit! But before we move on, I would like to say that the writers here at Clipstone Street are pleased to see that the PEOPLE have acted upon their dissatisfaction, and that it seems that they did vote for change. Change can be good. Once, I changed my underpants....and it felt glorious!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Books and Movies

So I finished reading The Kite Runner. If I were some slacker/movie-reviewer, or writing a snippet for a book jacket, I might call it "gripping and compelling." But I'm not, so let me just tell you it's a great, great story. And I loved it.

Now I'm reading Homicide Special, and while it's interesting while being gripping but maybe not compelling, I'm ready to be done with it and move on to something better. I really want to read Dry and Running With Scissors, both by Augusten Burroughs. Saw the movie RWS, and while most people seem to have been annoyed by it, I liked it. Of course, any movie with a decent soundtrack will always garner at least a B from this guy. Like in High School, I received many a "B" when I probably deserved less. Scratch that last statement, the acting was good, the characters were whacked, and I had a great time watching it.

Last weekend we saw Flags of our Fathers, and that was pretty good too. I read Flyboys recently, and that book was an eye-opener. I'm going to leave it at that.

quick food update: The night I wrote this, we had turkey tacos, and they were the chingon, pelon!! And now I'm working on finishing up the homemade enchiladas. Que bueno.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Gotta Get the Info

I didn't know Bob Hoskins was in Pink Floyd's The Wall. Why doesn't anyone tell me these things!?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

My Food Habits: An Introduction

Last night's dinner: A turkey burger with cheddar cheese, bbq sauce, dijon mustard, and Tapatio. Oh, almost forgot the side dish of homemade potato salad...mmmmmm, good!

Today's lunch: A turkey sandwich on wheat bread toasted in the oven with cheddar cheese, and then lovingly adorned with dijon mustard and Tapatio. Fantastico!

Both meals were devoured in my apartment with the always trusty glass of water. Simple ingredients just seem to satisfy me. I think I could spend the rest of my days with bread or tortilla, beans, rice, hot sauce, and cheese.

Yes, I did have a couple of Halloween candies that my sister left, but let's focus on the positive. Or if you want to dabble in the negative, I have a temporary crown on the upper right side of my jaw, and I still couldn't resist popping a few Milk Duds into my mouth. I chewed them up using only the left side of my jaw, but that's where my permanent crown from 3 years ago is sitting.

Question: how many Milk Duds do you think it would take to finally pull a permanent crown out of someone's jaw?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Untitled, for now

One of my grandmothers is 86, or maybe 87 years old. Her one and only husband, the guy who married her as a young girl and stayed by her side their entire lives passed away from Parkinson's disease about 5 years ago. She has lived alone in their apartment ever since. Of course I say alone, but this 86, or 87 year old woman has more energy, and a more full social calendar than most people a third her age. I'm not joking, she never stops. Go, go, go. I've never heard her say she didn't want to go somewhere, no matter how far the drive, and I've never heard of her being sick or otherwise incapable of providing entirely for herself. She never asks for help.

Tonight I picked her up from the Cedar Sinai Cancer Center's outpatient infusion ward. She's gone through her second round of chemotherapy, and now spends hours almost everyday either getting more chemo, or like today, getting a "hydration." Apparently the hydration procedure puts water into the body - over a period of 4 hoours - to replace that which the chemo has burned out. So she sits in a chair with an IV attached to her arm, and the liquid slowly works it's way into her body. And, she's not the only one sitting there, certainly doesn't look the oldest, and is guaranteed to not be the youngest. Whatever it really does, it makes my grandmother feel better. But even at her best, and despite the odd fact that she looks the same to me, she is moving a whole lot slower. Some days her spirits are so low, I'm not really sure what to say to her. Tonight she was her old self again, motoring through topics of conversation like a reporter on speed.

"All my possessions for a moment of time."
Queen Elizabeth I