Saturday, July 30, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
My friend Angeline, who long ago coined the phrase "Itinerant in NY" about me, has a way of capturing ... everything ... in a phrase.
In a recent article about establishing the positives in her life she ends it with..
I'm thinking I'm gonna catch an updraft and fly.
My personal little birthday tradition is to hang out with myself, read all the papers for that day, treat myself to a good dinner and get all contemplative.
This brings me joy.
JPennant: Ok, Im gonna see if I can go outta town for my birthday
Glinessa: ok...when is that again?
JPennant: end o august
JPennant: I usually wanna be alone on my birthday
JPennant: this ensures I'll be alone
JPennant: Im just that way
Glinessa: you should be surrounded by friends...celebrate another year
JPennant: you'd think so but no
JPennant: that makes me cranky
JPennant: tisha and kate threw me a little surprise party one year
JPennant: I appreciated it, I truly did but I was not happy
JPennant: My birthday is just my day
Glinessa: ok...explained like that, it's more understandable
From the Pork Store on 16th between Valencia & Guerrero)
The hashbrowns are burnt. I like 'em crispy - not THAT crispy. The omellette ... s'ok. The biscuits (stead of toast) are groovy and the pancakes, this time, wasnt made from sourdough or excess baking powder.
I'll prolly eat there again, cuz its only a block from my place.
*Le sigh* I miss the breakfasts from bayonne, NJ.
Most folk think the term in Jamaican Jerk meats (Jerked Chicken, Beef etc) refers to the Jerk sauce or marinade.
It's part of it, but it actually refers to the process. When I was a kid, my late aunt did a traditional cookout, done the same way since the slave days. They dug a pit, put down and lit charcoal. Above the fire, they put the meats, covered it up in banana tree leaves, then put other and various sundries above the meats like pots of rice and breads and puddings in tins and pots, then covered everything again in Banana leaves.
Everything was slow-cooked during the day and was removed at the end of the day. The meats, subject to the highest heat and yet not to direct flame. The meats, cooked for several hours, was the traditional jerked meats, tender and slow-cooked.
Nowadays to do jerked meats properly, you slow meats over a grill with a low flame, in the oven at low heat for hours on end.
Done right, the meats should be so tender that meat should melt in your mouth and the bones can be chewed and eaten.
This is jerk chicken.
When I was a kid, and into adulthood, my mom would make tea for me morning noon and night. She is a child of the British Empire, so tea for her was sacrosanct. She believes in the powers of tea.
I, on the other hand, couldnt stand it, but only drank tea cuz she made it.
Although Ive been drinking a lot of tea in the past few months, its been mostly Green Tea.
Gah. The stuff is horrible, frankly. So, Ive been drinking it less and less.
The Cappy, however - drinks Lipton tea and served that to me on my visit every morning, and I found myself buying that and drinking it recently.
Im still not fond of tea, but now Im finding my day incomplete without it.
Going back East and having big "stick to the ribs" breakfasts was a semi-revelation.
In as much that I found myself being less inclined to eat during the rest of the day. And if I did, I ate less.
Since Ive been back, Ive been having a lot of big breakfasts, no more fast food.
Interestingly, Im eating less now.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
One of my flickr contacts, a LosAngelina named Ana is the mistress of abstract captures.
She recently rolled through Frisco (while I was gone walkabout on the east coast) and had herself a ball.
The picture above of the figure on the FLAX art store is a few blocks from my place. In fact, many of the pics are not far from me. Her way of capturing my familiars was kinda eye-opening, specially considering I couldve taken the same pictures. I didnt, because she sees light differently than I do.
And thats her gift.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I should really stop my bitching about the chilly summer weather here in Frisco, when people are suffering through the intense heat around the country. Acroos the Bay, even.
And that cold breeze off the northern pacific is keeping the air quality excellent.
Still, this is SUMMER man.
Heh, I had one native telling me that the heatwave of Frisco the other day (when it went up to a high of *rolls eyes* 72 degrees) gave her a migraine.
"I grew up here. That heat had me hearing voices."
She is a nice person. And like some Friscan natives, they like it like this.
I feel like a Yankee going down south and moaning about how the South sucks.
The natives rarely appreciate the opinion.
Still, Im thinking I might need a summer home elsewhere.
Dont be fooled by my hemming and hawing, I already know what I want, but I have to be convinced so I can justify it.
F'rinstance, it seems the whole world has an iPod, but me. The high price of the things has held me back.
But it's time.
JPennant: Ok, its time
JPennant: next week. MP-3 player
JPennant: budget: 200 bux maximum, 20gb minimum
McClint: what kind?
JPennant: small, handy. also will be used to back up my images
McClint: what kind?
JPennant: as far as brand?
JPennant: Apple, iRiver, Creative and Archos, right now
McClint: stay far away from archos. big, bulky, battery hog
JPennant: If Id had the money, i woulda bought an Archos years ago
McClint: why not ipod?
JPennant: expensive. Id feel like I got robbed buying it.
McClint: but if you had the money you'd get an archos. why archos and not ipod?
JPennant: ok, theyre selling 20Gb refurbed ipods for 219
JPennant: mm.. whats the diff between click wheeled ipods and non-click wheels
McClint: that's the 4th generation
McClint: the 3rd generation had the 4 buttons across the top
JPennant: ahh, yeah. ok
JPennant: is that worth 50 bux extry?
McClint: well yeah
McClint: 4th gen is still in warranty
JPennant: I mean, functionally
McClint: and yes it is definiely worth it
JPennant: when you say "warranty", that means trouble with the 3rd generation
McClint: warranty is ALWAYS worth it
McClint: if you get the 3rd gen and it dies tomorrow, you're screwed
JPennant: GOOD point
JPennant: well, I do abuse my electronics
McClint: if you get 4th gen and it does tomorrow you're covered, the 4th gen is better
JPennant: It sez i get a year limited warranty with refurbs
JPennant: so, thats good
JPennant: Im looking at a 20gb 4th generation from Apple for 219. That looks like it.
JPennant: I really want an iPod anyway :-)
JPennant: *shh* dont tell nobody :-)
JPennant: It'll mess with my uber-geek rep
McClint: hehehe you already got an imac. youve had macs before.
JPennant: eh, that doesnt make me a "ooh pretty" mac hipster :-)
JPennant: Ive gotta be sporting a powerbook and ipod for that
McClint: well i've got a powerbook and 2 ipods. what does that make me?
JPennant: Well, you also work for Apple, so you can flash mac whenver you feel like.
JPennant: AND you drive a mini
JPennant: Dude. Youre In.
JPennant: As long as you dont get all metrosexual wit me
McClint: that will never happen!
McClint: I resist the "fab 5"
JPennant: I dunno
JPennant: got low cut jeans?
JPennant: gel in yer hair?
McClint: hell fuckin no
McClint: there is nothing metrosexual about me
JPennant: ok, well - I guess you havent totally gone hipster on me
McClint: nor do i wear flip flops
JPennant: still the Powerbook, iPods (TWO!), Mini and earring ...
McClint: no earring!
McClint: the "BAH" was my scoffing such an idea
JPennant: oh. i thought you had a diamond stud the last I saw ya :-)
JPennant: aight then :-)
JPennant: just dont put a gun rack on the Mini
Monday, July 25, 2005
JPennant: i need more
JPennant: but I still have Vegas, Chicago and hawaii on the itinerary for this year
JPennant: New York recharged me
JPennant: i didnt have enough time
JPennant: The only drawback is that New York is hella tense, re terrorism.
JPennant: people are keeping an eye out for suspicious folk
MisterB: I bet
JPennant: I mean really. I used to be able to swing up my camera and people wouldnt care
JPennant: now, I twitch and im guaranteed to have 5 sets of eyes on me
JPennant: Im gonna have to get a Press pass
JPennant: Im not kiddin
Flying over the San Francisco Bay, I looked in vain for something I hoped wouldnt be there. And then I saw it. I think I heard an audible groan from other people on the plane when they saw it too.
The fog bank over the Pacific. Extending from the coast to as far as the eye could see.
Although most of the Bay Area are having record high temps, the Coastal still has a chill wind, and a jacket is definitely required at night.
I see people sweltering around the country on TV, and I swear - Im jealous.
The day before yesterday, the fog cleared and lo - the temps almost got up to .... 70. *groan*
This is why I wasnt looking forward to coming back to Frisco.
At least I live on the warm side of Frisco.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Holocaust Memorial, Bayonne Public Library
One of the things I was determined to do whenever I went back to NY was to pay my library fine for not returning a book.
People thought I was being daft, but I felt I needed to repay the debt.
Twenty bucks it came up to. Cheap.
I paid it gladly.