My grandmother, for as long as I can remember, has entered many things in the Beaver, Oklahoma fair every year. She enter quilts and jelly and tomatoes and just about anything that she can make or grow on the farm. Quite often she wins several ribbons especially for her jellies and quilts. Now, you’d think the competition in Beaver, OK wouldn’t be particularly fierce but when you factor in all the outlying areas and all the other grandmothers who quilt and make jellies and grow tomatoes, it seems like a pretty nice accomplishment.
Apparently, it runs in the family. I entered two pictures in the Texas State Fair this year and the judging results came in today. My favorite picture was summarily taken out back and shot but picture number two came in second place in its category. If you’re going to be at the State Fair this year, stop by the Creative Arts Hall and check it out.
This has been a test of the self promotion network. Had this been a real self promotion, you would have been warned at the beginning of the post with instructions on how you should proceed to avoid the self promotion. This test is now concluded.
Well, unless they are from small towns. Those people just shouldn’t do anything like get picked to be Vice President of the United States. They should just stay in their small towns and be small town people.
Hello? Is there anyone in Obama’s campaign that didn’t stop and think about how much foreign policy experience their own candidate has before spewing this crap out? The next 2 months are going to be awesome.
I have other things to write but they aren’t coming out of my head too well so let’s roll with this. Katy posted this on her blog and since it’s this or clean the house, it was a pretty easy decision.
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes Surely Boones counts?
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes We grew some this year. Got 2 tomatoes from the plant. Sigh.
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat I’ve had goat but I’m not sure it was curried. It was yummy though.
42. Whole insects
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more This is the Experiment after all.
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine Sounds yummy!
60. Carob chips
62. Sweetbreads They’re fried for god’s sake and everything gets better fried.
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill See the problem with road kill is that the things that get killed in the road usually aren’t things I’d find tasty. Like if someone ran over a Fugu, I’d give it a try. But that’s not saying I wouldn’t eat roadkill. As long as it wasn’t road gumbo, I’d be up for it.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare Does this include jack rabbit? I’ve had it.
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano I’ve had mole once and it tastes like ass. I think it’s because they’re blind.
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
Overall, I think I’d be considered an omnivore. Part of it comes from spending time on the farm hunting and fishing. My granddad had a rule: you shoot, you eat it. That’s a pretty good rule to have. There’s not much I won’t try. I draw the line at most organs involved in nervous system activity or digestive activity. Other than that, I’m game once. Though with lamb, I seem to keep coming back for more, even though I just can’t manage to acquire the taste.
Other things not on the list that I’ve tried: raw fish (guess it’s so passe these days as not to warrant a mention), elk, bison, quail, pheasant, duck, trout caught out of a mountain stream on a 20 mile hike and cooked/smoked over an open campfire (it was way better than the rations we were packing along), and dove. I like quail and pheasant but you don’t get it much if you don’t hunt which I don’t anymore.
I ran across Crossfit Training last week after seeing a link on Instapundit and I started to look into what it was about. The variety of exercises, the emphasis on free weights and intensity of the training all appealed to me so I thought I’d give it a try. This morning marked my first workout using the Crossfit exercises and I picked a doozy to start on. “Murph” is the name of today’s WOD and it’s a killer.
Given that this was my first workout, I knew I wasn’t going to be anywhere near the totals but I gave it the old college try. I did both miles sandwiching 6 sets of 3 pullups, 10 pushups and 15 squats. I made a critical error and chose to do the squats with just the bar and that’s not a particularly good idea. I ended up finishing in about 35 minutes. It was pretty brutal but it felt good.
Overall, I like the emphasis on being an athlete that Crossfit stresses versus just being able to run a lot or just being able to lift a lot. On top of that, the intensity really appeals to me because they push exercises that surpass what is normally recommended. I’m looking forward to sticking with the program and seeing how the results turn out in a couple of months.
Apparently, Microsoft is getting better in predicting what’s going to happen when they upgrade their software (click on the picture to the left and read the yellow box). They’ve gotten so good that they can say users may experience 500 errors. Not some errors or a plethora of errors but 500 errors. Remind me not to use MSDN from 3 to 4 PT today. I’m not sure I can handle 500 errors.
Just because it’s the Olympics, doesn’t mean you aren’t still insane
This may be one gigantic false rumor but someone out there is saying that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has made a bid to buy Facebook. Heh. So many jokes, so little time.
Sign seen at the gym:
Got Vitamin D? Get your vitamin D the natural way! Get Tan
Sign was for a tanning salon. You can’t make this stuff up.
There are a ton of good posters on MotivationalPhotos.com but this one is my favorite so far.