Print Story A good sammie can almost make a meh movie good
By georgeha (Fri May 30, 2008 at 07:24:12 AM EST) hexity goodness, beer, riding, SOTA (all tags)
case in point, Spanglish.

Plus, SOTA, moving, Rommel, Magic Realm, The First World War, 45 mpg, mesh rides again,sourdough and less.

Poll: Is it summer yet?

We're still on cloud nine here due to eleven year old getting accepted into School of the Arts. It was quite an achievement, though her school prepares them well, most applicants get in, as opposed to only 20% of applicants at large. Newspaper_mom is still on the fence, though leaning towards SOTA.

She's still recovering from her dental surgery, and will probably end up using all her Vicodin. It was hard to see her come out of the anesthia, she didn't take it well. She does enjoy her new Nintendogs that my parents bought for her, they didn't realize how loud it is when they took the girls camping (you train your Nintendog by shouting it's name, repeatedly).

I'm being forced to move, lots of people are being rearranged into common areas, so my cube, sweet cube of the last 5 years must now be vacated, so far I've consigned cases and cases of printouts to the recyclers/burn box. It's amazing the old documentation and such I've found. I've even found floppies! Floppies, it's been years since I've used one.

The movie of the weekend was Spanglish, which was an unusual sort of movie. Normally when you have an ethnicy sort moving into the dysfunctional family to help them appreciate what's important, it's a sassy black woman. In this case, it was a Mexican maid. Whoa. I also found Deborah, the chef's wife, incredibly annoying. My favorite part was the sammy, and the scenic shots of Malibu.

In other media news, I finished Keegan's The First World War and Young's Rommel. The First World War was a good review of the entire war, my pick if you want an overview of the whole thing. Rommel was okay, I got the feeling Rommel was able to keep his reputation as a decent German general only because there were few Jews and no SS in North Africa. I did enjoy the frequent cites of Moorehead in it. Worth the fifty cents I paid for it at the Goodwill.

I've been commuting on my bike, and have a preliminary mileage, 45 mpg. My idle is still way too high, I suspect if I get it down to 750 rpm my mileage should improve. I'm about out of throttle cable adjustments, I may need to actually adjust the carbs. My lower end leak has moved to the front sprocket area, and I don't mind as much as some of it is getting on the chain, so it's like I have a built in oiler. This weekend I should take it off to see what's going on.

I also took eleven year old on it to see newspaper_girl last night, we need to set up a Ride Your Sixth Grader to School day (one other kid in their class, a boy, has a dad with a Harley). I wore the red mesh jacket, too, perfect for warmer days, it's riding again! Now I need pants for warm weather.

Is it summer yet? Memorial Day was unseasonably cool, it's getting cool again next week, and we haven't seen a blockbuster yet, not even Indy or SITC.

In gaming news, I finally won a game of Magic Realm, using Realmspeak, the White Knight had a good game.

In beer news, my keg of honey lager is done, I'm done with honey lager until the fall, sniff, sniff.

The AFs have put their house on the market, and rented a house in Loudon County. We may even visit them this summer, it might be a little awkward, but hey, as I'm getting older I'm running out of ways to make my life interesting, so imposing on schoolpals might be interesting. It's still being considered. It's too late for cam, though.

In oldtime DU style news, I've started sourdough again, it makes a thick, heavy tasty pizza, which may be just the thing to cut down our expenses. Our grocery bill is around $800 a month, we must eat pretty well.

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A good sammie can almost make a meh movie good | 23 comments (23 topical, 0 hidden)
Where'd ya get your sourdough starter? by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri May 30, 2008 at 07:59:35 AM EST
Also, where in Loudon?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

The air, it's still free by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri May 30, 2008 at 08:08:04 AM EST
I mixed up some flour, water, added some Fleischmann's yeast, and left it loosely covered, in hopes some airborne yeast would infiltrate the starter. It has a nice sour tang, so something got there.

South Riding.

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if ya added yeast .... by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri May 30, 2008 at 08:51:12 AM EST
it isn't quite kosher. Didn't rusty do a big write up on starting his own ?

At least tell me you're using unbleached flour .. Though with the price of flour as it is, not sure you'll be saving that much..

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I was in a hurry by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri May 30, 2008 at 09:08:04 AM EST
I'm not able to sit on an island and watch the money roll in, I need to squeeze in a job around my cooking activities.

I think it was unbleached, Wegmans' Fod You Feel Good About flour (Wegmans should be infiltrating your neck of the woods soon, if not, check them out when you go North).

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Rusty did, Sourdough Success: Culture by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri May 30, 2008 at 09:37:20 AM EST

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I attended an arts school myself . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri May 30, 2008 at 08:18:35 AM EST
. . . in Toronto, it was actually the first of its kind in Canada, I think. Anyways, it was an awesome experience, and an amazing group of kids, just amazing - and it doesn't seem like I got lucky with my grade group or anything, you will get reviews like that across the board from my experience. So, I think your kid will really enjoy it.

Only thing I regretted from that time was an almost non-existant sports program, just too many other things going on to really fit it in. But, I wouldn't trade my time there for any other school alternative, nosirree . . .

the same art by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri May 30, 2008 at 08:51:59 AM EST
school that CBB went to ? I mean, his stories of skipping school, hippie teachers, and other hijinks make for a fun story of growing up, though I dunno how much learnin' went on..

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sort of . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri May 30, 2008 at 09:40:24 AM EST
. . . CBB went to the same high school as I, and it had the arts program; however, he was not in the arts program, but in the gifted program. He was no artsy, but a nerd.

I auditioned in grade 6 and luckily got in with two other kids (they took 60 kids in grade 4, and replaced 3 each year after until 8), continuing on in aforementioned high school arts progam in grade 9. I moved away in the summer, and although I returned for my OACs (gr 13) after a house fire, there was no getting back in the program at that point.

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This one has a decent sports program by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri May 30, 2008 at 09:17:16 AM EST
maybe even eleven year old can try out for the swim team.

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Sounds pretty posh . . . by slozo (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri May 30, 2008 at 09:41:32 AM EST
. . . to be having a swim team. Awesome, if not elitist.

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Not many civilians or large cities by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri May 30, 2008 at 08:34:14 AM EST
In the North Africa theatre in general so it was a traditional almost gentlemanly war by WW2 standards. The inept generalship of the british kept it going for far too long when they had overwhelming material advantage.

Sadly by barooo (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri May 30, 2008 at 09:19:46 AM EST
I threw out hooch, my starter.  I'm sure he was still living, but a. I haven't baked in months and with the apartment I doubt I'll be making bread.  if I do, I can start another one, he would have required much babysitting for a few weeks to reach a new equilibrium in chicago.

man, i need a beefy taco now.
Nintendogs by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #13 Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 05:33:12 AM EST
My girls love Nintendogs.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
This is the third cartridge by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 07:16:08 AM EST
Eleven year old lost her first on the bus, the second came with six year old's DS (the pink paw print one) and the latest is number 3.

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DS by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #15 Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 03:55:40 PM EST
Only the elder daughter has Nintendogs, but they do share.  We younger got her DS because the elder lost her's at school. Eventually the  kid who had the locker below her's coughed it up.  I'm guessing it fell into his locker somehow and he took it home until his parents told him to bring the pink DS back.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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White Knight always has a good game by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 07:12:20 AM EST
White Knight was the cornerstone of my White Power deck (mono white, predominantly anti-black cards, with Prismatic Wards thrown in for fun against other colors), along with Order of Leitbur (we always called it Order of Light Beer).

Hey, I'm talking a real game here by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 07:14:49 AM EST
cardboard map, cardboard chits, none of this buy lots of rare and uncommons to make a killer deck stuff.

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Oh by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #18 Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 07:28:21 AM EST
Well, excuuuuse me. :) I was just fondly reminiscing about my college days.  I bet that my GPA would have been a good point higher had it not been for Magic and the newly-found internet (I was one of those that went to college in the fall of 1993 that grognards lament the coming of).

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I missed those lamentations by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 01:49:31 AM EST
I pretty much burned out on gaming as a teen, and in college pursued less intellectual activities like beer and girls.

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Intellectual? by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 02:45:35 AM EST
You'd have to have a pretty liberal definition of "intellectual" to include MtG and pr0n.

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Darn the cultural chasm by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #22 Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 05:54:32 AM EST
I technically browsed the internet when I was in college, I recall reading Dead show reviews on, but it was in a crowded computer lab, and I don't know if there were any binaries around. I didn't look for erotica, either.

I did have a very geeky friend who dialed in to the mainframes using his Commodore, or some such early presonal computer.

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Crowded Lab? bah! by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 03:04:04 AM EST
I did most of my internetting from my dorm room via dialup (they hadn't wired the dorms yet).  Had to dial a special prefix to disable call waiting to avoid getting kicked off when a call came in.  One time, I remember a guy across the hall came over saying that my roommate's (who was 22 years old) girlfriend (10th grader) was calling, demanding I get off the computer so she can get through.  Roommate wasn't around, told the guy to just tell her to fuck off next time she calls.  She would call multiple times a day, even after I told her he wasn't home, and had already taken a message from her.  Very insecure girl, obviously.  Ahh, good times.

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sourdough by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 05:00:56 PM EST
making sourdough is on my never-ending "to-do" list.  maybe i'll start it next week, and everythign will go perfectly....and then we'll move to Austin and hose everything up.

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