vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
pennylaneShe's too danged smart, knows ahead of time when her uncle Steve is on the way.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
The million people in my city for laughs are now drunk and hollering and hooting and running around, building up from World Series Fever up to Halloween Hell... I'll be amazed if nobody gets shot or stabbed, but Mayor Ed Lee fixed that right up for the police department.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
Tomorrow I have an early appointment out of town (Daly City) which works because everyone and their brother is going to be beginning to drive *into* town, good reverse. BUT, my thing will end around noon, which will match the late bridge and tunnel people going into town -- you'd think they'd be leaving by then but no -- so I'll be stuck in traffic toward SF from Daly City (to wit, said bridge and tunnel people) and driving straight into a monster jam that centers on my domicile (parade ends at civic center, I live across the street). There was some potential for an afternoon date around 1 or 2 but that's out of the picture possibly for other reasons but even so it would be insane to try. Also, my date is a Giants fan so he might be involved in the madness.

I imagine the city will back off the massive road construction they've been doing every day for the last weeks ; I'm amazed they've been actually removing all their equipment at night, which means they can do it in the day on the the biggest day in San Francisco.

Yes, people all over the US understand winning the World Series is huge, I used to live in Boston, land of the worst behaved fans ever. But what they don't get is our Halloween.

The superbowl was bad, this is going to be worse.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
it did better in critique than in my mind...
fleur at studio
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
I've been running around New England, visiting my sister, my brother, my mother, my father, stepmother.. and it's been all good. Someone misread the maximum leaf peeping, and I just happened to hit it, oh my gawd, it's such a wonderland as I drive the highways from Boston to Maine and to New Hampshire and back and forth. It's *gorgeous*.

I've been eating a heck of a lot of lobster and clams, and maybe gaining a little weight, much needed but I gotta exercise to make sure it doesn't all end up as belly flab.

It's been a great trip to see all the people. Mom took a snap.max+pl.15oct2014

flat bread

Sep. 7th, 2014 12:34 pm
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
I'm waiting for the flat bread craze to end. It's impossible to chew, doesn't travel well, and just fails all around. It started with lavash, which was ok for the moment, but now, everyone and their brother is selling flat bread because it looks vaguely like it might be low calorie, and the stuff sucks moosecock out loud in public. And it's not low calorie.

Sorry, kids. This is one fad I give a big fat PASS.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
In January, I broke my left foot (5th metatarsal) in a weird fall getting out of bed ; it took 6-8 weeks of walking around in a weird Mad Max boot to resolve. Now, I busted the right foot (2nd 3rd 4th metatarsals) in an inexplicable fall in the kitchen. It's a lovely shade of purple. The emergency room people are getting used to me ; i know enough to go in at 3-4 am when it's slow.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
Here is a link to the schedule for the 2014 Motss.con in Portland,ME. Hope you can join us!
https://sites.google.com/site/motsscon2014maineproposal/
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
I spent the afternoon teaching a guy way too old not to know how to make chili. As with proper chili, there was much improvising, and this guy is a bit OCD, said he wanted to know the proper amounts, as I threw various amounts of stuff into the pot.

Heat up some oil. Sweat some well chopped onion and bell pepper. Yeah, sweat. Til they're translucent, not browned. See that? Now throw in the spices to bloom them. Here's some chili powder, some cumin, some dried parsley, some garlic powder (what was there), tube tomato paste. Stir until it smells sort of like you're making chili. Now put in the thawed turkey burgers (it's what was there), mash them up and brown the meat, putting in salt and pepper (he has hardly any salt, doesn't use it). A can of diced tomatoes plus a can of rinsed (based on my evaluation of the density of the thing) kidney beans, plus 2/3 container of salsa from the fridge (it was there), plus some more chili powder, then a bit later some cider vinegar because things are out of control, and a restaurant packet of raw sugar (that's all the sugar he doesn't use it). Some more dried parsley.

Simmer covered for almost an hour, stirring and checking so it doesn't burn. Then simmer again for almost an hour, uncovered for almost an hour, stirring and checking so it thickens and the flavors marry.

Eat with tortilla chips, keep the rest, it will be better tomorrow.

NOTES: no oregano, not a dealbreaker. the onion appeared to be a large sweet texas onion masquerading as a yellow onion but made him cry so who knows. the red bell pepper was too small and kind of old. I would have used more tomatoes and beans to make a bigger batch. recommended acquisition of more tortilla chips and sour cream to ease the heat, possibly even cheese.

PS. we watched the Bruins die at Montreal in between
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
We have a schedule that is firming up as time goes by, so keep checking back:

https://sites.google.com/site/motsscon2014maineproposal/
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
Now that I can walk, I have to wear clothes to go out but pants don't go over the brace... so I wear utilikilts for a Mad Max / Braveheart look:
FootApr1414
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
FootApr42014I broke my foot, brace for 8 weeks.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
double vision for the last few days, yay... i'm disappointed with the seth meyers set, it's ill conceived and poorly constructed, but we'll get by...my chest is hurting like a beeyatch, but it'll resolve
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
six weeks after surgery, i've returned to painting class and with no ideas at all just started on an elementary take on a rose against a purple background, which with all my training and my good teacher seems to be coming along sufficiently. i had visitors this weekend who liked my flower paintings, which i hardly notice after all these years, and that probably got me going in that direction. my classmates were convinced that i'd been on the verge of death and undergone some horrid trauma, and i didn't disabuse them short of "it was entirely voluntary" , which makes me more inclined to undergo a full-blown transition, just to clarify matters, but that wouldn't be true to who i am.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
i got a letter from a realtor offering me a full-blown cash offer for my apartment from a Chinese person , please reply.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
She can get up on the bed via her "pillow ladder" that I made for her, but she can no longer get down and needs a lift. So this morning I overslept and woke to desperate woofs as she needed to pee and was stuck. Finally, I got the groggy message, and gave her a hand. Poor kid, when I leave the house she's too thick to figure out that sleeping in the blankies leads to potential no-can-do in the getting down department.

Not much we can do. Just give her her anti-inflammatories and carry on. She's 12 now.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
for finally, a few days early, but working out again. i don't work out a *lot* but i do my pushups and crunches and back kicks (all the ladies have nice butts, i've been noticing :-)... oh yes, they left me my pecs...
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
I can't even begin to describe what it means to me to have had this surgery (and I don't like that term for some reason, I'd rather just say breast deletion or something along those lines). Last week I canceled an appointment with my primary care physician because I don't want to be honest with him about my very recent breast removal ; i don't want to get involved, explain, the way I've had to do with people in the past who had opinions about my tattoos. What if I get even more tattoos? They're already judgmental about the ones I have. They assumed I had a heroin problem. Strangely enough I don't. I have other things that might be relevant medically but nothing related to tattoos. Like my new lack of breasts.
vasilatos: neighborhod emergency response (deco wiener)
when the hell is CBS going to cancel Craig Ferguson, or rearrange the schedule of his show so he stops dicking around with email and pointless conversations with Jeff the skeleton and that dumb horse...

my chest is healing but still sore and sticky from the anti-scar stuff.

we went to see Sweet Honey in the Rock tonight and it was of course great.

i'm reminded by facebook that it's my 56th birthday, which i totally would have forgotten.
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