Monday, June 13, 2011

Odds and Ends

OK, something other than pictures and videos:
  • What's with gas prices?  Thursday, my neighborhood QT had regular priced at $3.43 - the next morning, $3.59.  After passing another QT and several other stations at the same price, I also saw an Exxon at $3.43.  Not exactly sure what drove the spike, but it was a soft peak, as it's dropped a penny every day since then.  No apparent news indicating supply shortages.
  • To the contrary, the Saudis apparently announced they were increasing the flow or dropping the price of their black gold.  Seems maybe they're catching on that, in a global recession/depression, they may not be able to call the shots if they want to maintain their standard of living.
  • I plan to return to that theme in another, serious post.
  • Glad the Mavs won the NBA title.
  • My middle son is a huge Dirk fan.
  • But, I couldn't help but chuckle at a radio commercial from one of the sporting goods retailers, admonishing me to buy and wear the same gear the pros wore after the championship.
  • Why?
  • I mean, they're athletes - they should wear ballcaps and jerseys and the like.  But, I don't need to.  And if I did, I wouldn't be any more of an athlete, or any cooler.  So, what's the point.
  • By now you have likely surmised I'm not so much impressed by sports apparel.  
  • However, I did wear my Bob Lilly (NFL licensed) shirt to a Cowboys game last fall.  Middle son had pointed it out to me from the $3 clearance rack at Wal-Mart.
  • The preceding reflects my regard for NFL gear, not Bob Lilly.  I consider him the greatest Cowboy ever to play the game.
  • Dewey sent me the video of the ditz getting vaklempt about cats.  Apparently, it's everywhere, even on the Leno show. The only time I get emotional about cats is if I run out of .22 ammo.
  • Just kidding - I have never shot, or shot at, a cat. 
  • But, I am still not a cat person.
  • Went to Haltom City yesterday to pick up some heartworm tablets that I forgot to buy when the vaccination-mobile was in my town a while back.
  • About 60% of the people in line were speaking Spanish.
  • On Sienna's paperwork, they show her age as: 7 yrs, 11 days.  Not that they really know, since it's just a guesstimate, given that she's a rescue dog from HSNT.
  • It may explain, however, why we get along so well, being pretty much the same age.
  • Scrubbed the tiles on the front porch this weekend - haven't done that in years.
  • Have been on a bit of a salsa kick lately - small batches: 3-4 tomatoes, a tomatillo, three or four assorted peppers (serrano, fresno, ancho, jalapeño, cascabel, but no habanero), some bell peppers, 1/4 cup of red onions, cilantro, a packet of turbinado sugar, a small peach or a couple of wedges of pear.  Blend, and simmer in a saucepan on medium heat for 7-8 minutes (to ward off the e coli).  Chill & enjoy.
  • EDIT: Also, red wine, garlic, shallots, sea salt.
  • I'm not a recipe cook.  Mostly I just throw whatever I have into the pot and season to taste.
  • The same approach wouldn't work for baking, I don't think.  So I don't do baking.
  • Nearly done with chipping and shredding small branches and leaves.
  • My grandmother's been gone since 1997, but some irises or lillies transplanted from her garden are thriving on the side of my house, and are currently in bloom.
  • It's a good memory.


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The Donald said...

Thank you.

stopsign said...

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Jarhead said...

Bob Lilly ~ the greatest TCU Horned Frog ever.

Saw him after a TCU game last season. He's still fit and cuts an imposing figure as he pushes 70.

You're welcome, Dallas Cowboys.