Saturday, June 30, 2007
6 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
4 tsp. of nutmeg
Mix ingredients together & then blend in 2 cups of shortening (Crisco); blend like a pie (w/ either a pastry cutter or fork). Beat 3 eggs together add 1/2 cup of milk & 1 tsp. vanilla and blend well w/ beater. Soak 2 1/2 cups of seedless raisins for 1 minute, drain raisins & mix them with a little bit of flour. Mix all together and roll out on well floured surface to ~ 1/4in. thick. Use cookie cutter or glass rim to cut.
Bake 350 degrees in a skillet until light brown (cook like a pancake turning only once).
NOTE: Recipe can be halved OR half of the batter can be frozen. 6 cups of flour makes a LOT of cookies.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Cheryl & I are off to Camp Otterbein for the Jr. High Mission Adventure. We're taking a very small group of kids, a little disappointing, but we'll have a blast. Having never been I'm a little apprehensive and afraid I'll mess it up. Nah...camp's awesome.
Farewell blog. I'll be back soon.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
All of that is great, but this cements him in my mind as truly remarkable. And for the record, when I go, contact this prison for a box like this for me.
Billy Graham, like his wife, will be buried in a birch plywood coffin built by inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. The Graham's son Franklin made the request after seeing the coffins on a visit to the Angola prison and being struck by their simplicity, according to a statement from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The coffins cost $215 each.
(From CBS news: CLICK HERE for the full story)
Monday, June 18, 2007
Considering that the Kearns/Lopez trade is still so contentious among reds fans, Josh inspired me to figure out what impact the trade has had on the team on the field of play.
Here it goes...
The trade took effect July 13th, 2006.
On 7/13/06: 46-44………win pct. = .511
7/13/06 through 10/1/06: 34-38………win pct. = .472
On June 18th, 2007: 27-44……....win pct. = .380
Total after the trade: 61-82…….win pct. = .427
So, before the trade the Reds were playing above .500 ball, on pace for 82 wins. For the rest of the season--with Majewski, Clayton, and Bray on the roster--they played nearly 4% worse (a 93-loss season if averaged out).
Last year, then, if they'd played full seasons with both rosters they would have won 13 more games with the pre-trade roster (82-80 vs. 69-93). Interestingly, this would have put them only a game behind the Cardinals. Considering the schedule is so weighted towards division play, it is not unrealistic to think it could have been a longer season for the Reds.
This year is a different story. Clayton is gone. Bray hasn't pitched. Majewski is, well, terrible. Harris is with the D-Rays.
The resultant new roster includes two main new faces: Josh Hamilton and Alex Gonzalez. Even with these two, the Reds winning percentage is a dismal .380. (For those keeping track, that means that as of tonight they are on pace for a 100-loss season.)
So, since the trade the Reds have a total winning percentage of .427--8.4% worse than pre-trade. Irrespective of Kearns and Lopez's individual numbers this year, which are admittedly terrible, the Reds team performance (baseball is, after all, a team sport) has suffered considerably.
That being said, I want to make it clear that I do not wish Kearns and Lopez were back. I commend Wayne Krivsky for getting Josh Hamilton and Alex Gonzalez and do prefer them over the other two. It is simply about value and the Reds failed to take get as much as they could have.
In seriousness, though, I would love to see the Reds start playing it smart. Even in the Central they're dead in the water. Build for 2009. I won't venture a guess as to who they'll trade for, as that is hardly a worthwhile venture, as Hal McCoy recently pointed out. However, if reports are true that they asked the Angels for three major leaguers, I find that rather ridiculous. You can't make up for last year's gaffe by gouging another team--not because of ethics, but because no other GM is so desperate to prove himself. I can only imagine Bill Stoneman laughing as he hung up the phone. If they could get just Kendrick or Wood they'd be getting enough. I hope Krivsky doesn't blow it by being greedy--or by insisting on getting pitching. Literally every position can stand an upgrade if they get the right guy.
So I'm looking forward to--and severely fearing--the trade action. Also, the possibility of acquiring a top prospect or two and pairing them with Bailey, Bruce, Stubbs, and Votto next year or in '09 sounds pretty good.
Embedded are photos of my top three wishlist for Dunn, realism completely and utterly aside: James Loney (1B from the Dodgers, knee injury not withstanding), Matt Garza (SP from the Twins), and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C from the Braves).
Alright...so I just picked up Sir Paul's new record and it's quite good. I can almost smell the Starbucks coffee.
Dance tonight is ridiculously catchy, borderline juvenile and sophmoric but he pulls it off and I can't get enough.
The video is pretty cool too. Here's a snipit from the new iPod commercial.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I've done quite a few roasts. I don't know what went wrong that first time but I've gotten it hooked up to a pretty consistent roast.
I'm using 3/4 cup of beans, attached chimney (more on that in a bit), and stirring 3 times every 15 seconds. Though the beans flow and bounce enough I'm not even sure I need to stir. But I do.
First crack is around 3.30, 2nd is around 6 and then I stop the roast nice and dark and oily at 8.
This is a recent roast with the above recipe.
I've attached the chimney (aka. can of peas) with HVAC duct tape. Note: duct tape melts at this temperature, even heat resistant up to 200 degrees. So...I'll have to figure something else because I can't stand to hold the chimney in place. I'm too lazy. I'd rather work ridiculously hard at rigging it so I don't have to hold it. Think, I'm going to search for the remote control for 10 minutes instead of changing the channel or using the power button on the TV.
Anyway...Here are a couple more pics. Happy roasting!
Hey T, remember when we went to that Tiger's game with Jimmy & Dad and the foul ball came right towards us and hit that old guy in the face? That was wicked. I also remember the hot dog peddler who would toss buns up in the air and then people would cheer for him. For throwing buns in the air.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
It is strangely, ridiculously fun, slumped over a little popcorn popper with a tin can teetering as a chimney, oven mitt in hand, wondering what in the world is 1st crack, 2nd crack, how long is too long, etc. It's oddly amusing and so piece miel that I feel like I'm cooking crystal meth or something. Maybe crystal meth isn't so much fun to take as it is a trip to make. Sorry. Crystal Meth jokes aren't in any way appropriate.
Anyway...while roasting I cheesed out at 30 minutes. It took like 15 minutes to get to what they call in the biz "1st crack" which is ironically what they call your first visit from a professional plumber after you've bought a house.
Then it was another 5-10 minutes until 2nd crack and as aforementioned I cheesed out at 30 minutes.
The roast looked about like it is above. A little light for my taste but not terrible. Tasted earthy and had low acidity when I brewed it. The gist: it didn't suck, which is nice.
Commentary on today's greatness for two reasons, well, many reasons:
(1) I drank Sulawesi first thing. Not home roasted yet.
(2) I had Chipotle for lunch w/ Cheryl & the Mekster. Mmmm...burrito.
(3) I'm going to roast again after work.
(4) It's Wilco day! Wilco show @ the Aranoff tonight.
(5) I've got a huge stack of books that I can't wait to get to reading. Now it's just finding the time.
Off to finish working and then off for coffee roasting and Wilco!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
So apparently this is a band of old folks gathered from nursing homes and what not in Great Britain. There's supposed to be a BBC documentary coming out with these folks.
It's sort of the opposite end of the spectrum of: The Langley Schools Innocence and Despair Music Project
THE CHALLENGE: Watch this with out smiling and/or laughing out loud with joy.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
There's two reasons it was a bit of struggle preparing a message this week: (1) Sin is stupid and (2) I'm lazy.
This first week was laziness. And by many accounts we as a people are not lazy. The average American works 65 hours a week. Yowser. That makes my 27 pretty paltry. I'm kidding. Mostly.
Anyway...I found that laziness for the early church was much more like apathy and joylessness rather than napping and hitting the snooze button (good thing for me).
Does apathy and joylessness sound like church? Uh...yeah. I thought that's what the word church meant for a long time: joyless and apathetic.
So the opposite of laziness is diligence, and not just diligence at whatever but diligence in the things that matter. Our busyness on things that don't matter can be our laziness. Ooooh, deep.
So here's to diligence! Bottom's up!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
if anyone is looking for a birthday present for me, may i recommend stupid looking pants! or possibly a plaid scottish beret!
turns out i love golf.
i should never have hated the game of golf. i got confused by all the rich white people in ridiculous outfits celebrating their wealth via a classist, land-wasting activity. however, i have discovered the beauty of public courses and even saw a mexican there! a real live one too! ...is that wrong? sorry pedro. ...thanks for carrying my clubs.
sorry for the absence but between my morning carpentry work, evening work with the somali refugee kids, and 2 classes i am taking (not to mention homework, music, building an art portfolio, and studying for the gre), i am just trying to keep my head above water. i literally leave the house before 6 am and don't get home until about 9:30 pm during the week and i don't have internet at the house. therefore, i am requesting slack about not posting. i am enjoying yours though.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I have recently become very impressed with, and converted to support of (for now, anyways), Bill Richardson for president. He's pretty much right on for just about everything--his proposed energy policy is particularly refreshing. So, while I was doing my digging I came across two campaign ads. Good stuff.