Very tired today. This is the first day in the office in a long time when I wasn’t otherwise super-busy doing stuff. Usually I’m either in the office doing a class via WebEx or I’m onsite in some faraway city training… or if neither of those two, then I’m typically on an airplane somewhere.
I’ve got a week left to work this year and then I’m off for the rest of the year … and not much critical stuff to do during that week. So that probably explains why I just can’t get my get-up-and-go going. I’ve just been sitting here in my windowless office doing email, booking a trip to Kansas City for January, that kind of thing… and wishing I had a cot or at least a sleeping bag and pillow hidden in here somewhere.
Oldie but goodie: cooking a turkey with “potential energy” (i.e., throwing it repeatedly out of a tall building):
This comes to us from the “science” journal, “The Journal of Irreproducible Results”, which I first encountered circa 1989 when I was working in the periodicals binding unit of the library at Virginia Tech. The journal isn’t what it once was — there was an ugly schism in the mid-1990s that led to the creation of the “Annals of Improbable Research”. But if you can find a copy of “The Best Of The Journal of Irreproducible Results,” a bound edition of some of the greatest articles, it’s worth buying. My all-time favorite article was “National Geographic: The Doomsday Machine”, which posited that the weight of decades of accumulated National Geographic back issues would stockpiled in attics and spare rooms across the nation would cause a devastating earthquake.
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I’d erect really large, inspiring statues of Tor Johnson in cities around the USA. And maybe one in someplace out-of-the-way like Vanuatu or Tuvalu.
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Carole will be appearing on Jeopardy! on Tuesday, November 5. (Tomorrow, as I post this.) We cannot say how many episodes she’ll be on — only the first. If she won, she’ll be on the next day, and so on. If she lost, she won’t. The episode(s) were filmed back in September in Los Angeles.
Carole got on the show by doing well on the online test, then auditioning in New York, and then finally being notified that she was in the contestant pool. Quite a few people we know told us via email and Facebook that they, too, had made the “contestant pool” but had never been scheduled to appear, and not to get our hopes up. We waited, hopes not up, but then one day in, oh, July or so, she got the email inviting her to appear.
Jeopardy does not pay for travel expenses, although there is a reduced rate at a specific Doubletree near the studio. If Carole won so many times that she had to come back the following week for another series of tapings, they’d have paid for that.
Carole’s day of taping was on a Tuesday — they apparently only film on Monday and Tuesday. Everyone gets made up, then they sit in the audience and periodically two more contestants are summoned up to compete against the winner of the previous show. They film a whole bunch of episodes in a day; contestants are advised to bring multiple outfits so they can change between episodes if they win.
Anyway, you can visit http://www.jeopardy.com/showguide/whentowatch/ to find out when the show airs in your local market.
Today is a pimento cheese kind of day. Or, to be more specific, a grilled pimento cheese sandwich kind of day. It’s cold, blustery, wet, dark, and all in all the kind of day you’d like to spend indoors with something fun to read and something comforting to eat. For me, that sort of day brings unbidden thoughts of the grilled pimento cheese sandwiches I ate growing up in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Pimento cheese was a fixture in my house. You could buy it in tubs at any supermarket or grocery store in town. It showed up at receptions and parties troweled into celery sticks now and then, but mostly we ate it in sandwiches. You could eat it between two pieces of sandwich bread, ungrilled and untoasted, but I’ve always felt that it was much better grilled.
Unfortunately, pimento cheese is a Southern thing. I don’t know exactly where the line is, but it’s ubiquitous in the South and completely absent from northern Vermont. You simply can’t buy it here.
I’ve never made it from scratch, but there’s a recipe I’ve been meaning to try, a recipe from (of all places) NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6877304 I’ve shared that link before and people who do make it themselves have generally said “yeah, that’s right on target.”
I don’t own a big food processor, which the recipe calls for, not because I don’t think I’d have a use for one, but because my kitchen counter space is very limited and the last thing I need is another gadget that I have to store in the basement and carry up and down the stairs every time I want to use it. I’ve gotten by with a simple little food mill when I need to chop the wazoo out of something. But the thought of making a big batch of pimento cheese — especially on a day like this — makes me reconsider.
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