Sunday, June 17, 2007

A day for dear old dad

Happy Father's Day to any dads who happen to be reading. I know you're not, but I'm still writing as if somebody might be reading. Eventually I'll figure out how to get people to read the drivel I'm writing, but right now I'm not too worried about it. For now, I don't really have the time on the computer with internet access to write about everything I'd like to. Plus, I'm a little pre-occupied with looking for work. So we'll see what I've got today.

Food -
It's nice knowing how to cook. A well-cooked meal always makes for a nice gift, plus I usually get to eat as well. So for tonight's gift I'm doing steak of course. Father's Day calls for beef. So I'm doing steak with blue cheese and a balsamic reduction, sweet potato garlic fries, lemon steamed asparagus, and strawberry shortcake with meyer lemon cream for desert. Sounds good right? I hope so. I'll let you know how it goes. The desert recipe comes straight out of the June issue of Food & Wine, back page. Turns out my parents have a Meyer lemon tree in their back yard. I knew there was a lemon tree, but I didn't know it was Meyer lemons, which are all the rage right now.

TV -
Lots of good stuff on television lately, lots to discuss. The season finale of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School is on tonight. I was dismayed that Brooke (aka Pumkin) got the boot last time, but she really kinda deserved it. So now it's down to Leiline, Becky, Sapphyrie, and Shay. I'm thinking that Becky is going to win, but it's a close call.
Pirate Master is a show I'm kind of liking, even though I don't think it's going to stick. The new captain, Azmyth, instantly destroyed his credibility with the crew when he took on some weird sort of english accent. WTF? Of course, most of these people are pretty weird. I think his strategy of generously dividing the loot will actually pay out for him in the end, because who is going to get rid of the guy giving out a lot of cash? As the show goes along, the evenly divided shares will get bigger because there are less people to split it. We'll see.
So I've mentioned that I've been staying up late at night to watch old seasons of the Amazing Race on Game Show Network. They just finished Season Five, which I think was probably the best season of all. I wish they would bring out more of these seasons on DVD, but especially season five. This season had some of the best and most memorable teams of all...Charla and Mirna, who just finished 3rd in All-stars, Chip and Kim, Colin and Christie, Bowling Moms, and the twins Kami and Karli. PLUS, it had the early flameout of Big Brother's Alison and her boyfriend Donny. Season six started last night at 2am, the teams aren't as great, but they make up for it in total hotness. This is the season that has a former playmate, plus about six women who are much hotter then her. So there's that.

Sports -
Now that basketball and hockey are done, baseball has the sports world pretty much to itself for while. Of course my team, the Mets, are playing awful right now, but they are still clinging to first place in the NL East. There is also the U.S. Open, but I don't pay much attention to golf. It's usually Tiger plus a bunch of guys I've never heard of. Nothing new this time either, Tiger had a great round yesterday to get him into the final pairing and he'll probably win, but really, I don't care. What I do care about is what the hell is wrong with Tom Glavine? He's stuck on 295 wins and he's been throwing really bad lately. I have a friend who is a Padre's fan and it's getting annoying that the Mets no longer have the best record in the NL. Worse yet, his girlfriend is a Red Sox fan, which is awful. They go 86 years between titles and all of a sudden their fans are saying stupid stuff about how long it's been since your favorite team won a title. The ONLY fans that Red Sox Nation should be allowed to taunt in this way are Cubs fans. That's it. That is the only team that has logged as many years of futility as the Sawx.

Politics -
When the hell did Jeff Sessions get to be so influential? Honestly, this guy has come out of nowhere and now I see him making some asinine comment or another almost every day! The junior Senator from Alabama has been in the Senate since '96, but he seems to really be getting some press recently. I don't know why. I would think that with all the problems the GOP is having with it's loss of popularity, they'd keep this guy out of sight. I mean, honestly, he's pro-torture, anti-civil rights, pro-KKK, and a not very well concealed racist. In fact, his only problem with the KKK was when he found out a bunch of them smoke pot! It's not the racism and history of lynching that he objects to, just the pot. Thanks for giving us this douchebag Alabama!
In state politics...I'm not a fan of the Gov, he's tolerable for a Republican but I'd still rather have Angelides or Westley, however I don't get the most recent controversy. Apparantly he was asked about how Enlish-learners could improve on test scores and he said they need to turn off the Spanish tv. While I don't generally agree with his assimilationist policies, in answer to this particular question, he's right. I hate saying it, but it's true. Immersion is the best way to learn another language. If a student is constantly falling back on the native language, it takes longer. So just for now, lay off the gov, he's right on this specific thing.


Kelly said...

against my better judgement i am watching pirate master. azmyth was kind of a tool when he started with the accent. i will watch cuz there is nothing else on. but hell yeah for big brother starting soon!

-mrjared said...

I totally understand what you mean by "nothing else on". Seriously, they need to step it up on the summer programming.