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I always wanted to be a gastronomer

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Jul. 1, 2014 11:31 am 
Updated: Jul. 6, 2014 8:24 pm
I've a day off and like the old adage reads, idle hands do the devils work...

So I'm basically killing time, I've put things in order, folded and put away my clothes, did the dishes, drank a pot of coffee. I may do some sewing later. Ooops, I let one out didn't I but it brings up the question, how many guys out there like to sew? I don't make claims to being any kind of a seamstress, I'll take a piece of thread and double it up and sew a pocket back together on one of my work shirts, thats about the extent of my sewing but when I do decide to put a button back on, or close up a worn patch, I find it soothing to do so, cathartic if you will. My brother is a major quilter, goes to quilting bees etc..., I've seen some of his stuff and was a tad gobsmacked, it's beautiful work.

I suspect memories of my mothers back while her feet rocked the treadle on that old Singer come into play here. Isn't it funny how the simplest of soothments from your childhood can shape your future delights?

I digress.

Ok, all my stuff is done, or at least as much as I'm willing to do right now. Housework, while easy, blows chunks. So I sit down with my trusty laptop and quickly run through my litany of sites that I visit daily, my old EUDORA email client to check the days haul of garbage, TSN to see how badly my team is faring in the draft, CTV to see whats happening in the rest of the nation, MSN to get a giggle, WIMP to see if anything amazing has popped up and of course ALLRECIPES to see if anybody wrote anything interesting, maybe FB if I'm feeing stupid.

And then I hit that pay dirt time, free time, so I follow my muse and I say to myself, "Hey Self, you should Google that Instagram thing and find out what that is all about!"

Now because I often listen to myself, I look it up. In fact within 15 minutes I download it to my phone, sounds like it might be fun but I'm not sure how I'll employ it. Along the way I come across an article by some fellow, lamenting the purchase of Instagram, by Facebook. He goes on in his article to paint the massive community that supports Instagram as a dissatisfied lot, angered by the purchase mostly because it seems that Mark Zuckerberg cannot be trusted. He warns against this purchase by way of suggesting a mass exodus from Instagram may be in the making and uses this suggestion to delve into how we the people, have the ultimate power in shaping our destinies within a community based offering like Facebook. I agree but suggest its folly, without a massively charismatic and driven leader, efforts to move a large group of people to do whats ultimately good for them is sort of like attempting to remove a mountain with a pick and shovel.

But it IS a good point to remember. We do have the power to shape the ultimate content of what is being sold to us by large corporations. It's marketing 101 and I'm somewhat unable to explain why we don't often exercise that power. Is it fear we'll be less than, if we don't run with the pack? Even though the pack tends to run blindly? 

The last real result I've seen, or am seeing about the pack, (us) having an impact on the scale necessary to effectively tailor corporate offerings is the latest pick'n'play  suggestions for cable offerings, wherein, you no longer will buy a basic package filled with garbage you never watch but will instead choose only the individual channels that you do watch. I like this immensely.

It's nice to see it working but I think it's rare. If it wasn't we'd have government that worked for us, instead of itself. If it wasn't rare we'd all simply refuse to buy almost anything made outside of North America, so that we could get back to times when employment was a given and the knowledge that the products we bought might well be handed down to our kids.If its wasn't rare, we'd have a school system that not only educated our kids but rewarded them for excellence in real and tangible ways.

If it wasn't rare we'd close 95% of the law schools and wait patiently for this sophistry to pass on while we figured out how to settle stuff ourselves. We'd say no to companies that outsource work in an effort to avoid paying real benefits to employees and we'd hand a big old FU to the oil of the middle east because nobody in their right mind can ignore how gas at 6.00 a gallon is not a good thing.

.... steps off footstool, wipes small amount of sweat from brow....

I was at the grocery store last week and I found a frozen prepackaged box of 4 donairs. It included the meat, the pitas and the sauce. Now, I've made donairs before, spiced up the hamburger and beaten it into a nub, it's really easy to make. The sauce is canned milk, sugar and vinegar, simple. But, I'm away from home, and I have minimal time (usually) and resource to make something like this. Enter the package!! So I fried up some of the meat, I warmed the sauce and I pan fried a pita and... I added some jack cheese, a half a japaleno all diced fine, tomato and vidalia onion, could barely get the sucker wrapped and it was oh so messy to eat but....d e l i c i o u s !!!!!! A prepackaged thing, thats fabulous!!! I almost wanna crow but I've crowed quite enough to you today. Happy July 1.
Jul. 1, 2014 1:21 pm
My husband would love the donair that you describe. Very interesting read this blog. Thank you..
Jul. 2, 2014 8:31 am
Agree with manella, interesting read! My grandmother had a treadle sewing machine, which I could use, but I preferred my mothers electric Singer. My brother made clothes for his GI Joe doll. Our parents were able to figure out how to do just about anything, so my sibs and I do that, too. So what? my brother can sew, and no one thinks upholstery is unmanly. He figured out how to re-upholster the seats to his old Studebaker boat, probably from his early experiences with GI Joe's fatigues. I can cook, sew, and play the piano, but I can also use power tools and do minor electrical work. Like you, the parental imprints are strong in me, and I'm grateful (though I would never have said this as a child) for the parents I was gifted. Thanks for the thought-provoking blog. I'm glad you happened to be idle!
Jul. 2, 2014 8:30 pm
Thank you Manella, tell your husband that he's a man of substance, unknown substance, but still, substance. hehe
Jul. 2, 2014 8:40 pm
Bibi, your brother making those wee tiny clothes, holy cow, that's cute. I never had a GI Joe, I had a Johnny West and man I loved that guy. Funny story, back when I had that Johnny West, I played with him for hours and hours, and I longed for the othet characters and the loads of equipment they came with. At some point, our little dog decided to chew off one of Johnnys hands so I wrote a letter to the manufacturer of the West dolls, and including a dime, asked for a replacement right hand and a derringer as I'd lost the one I had. A few weeks later, I recieved a small package in the mail, inside, several new hands for each side and 2 derringers, 1 of each type along with my dime. Holy cats I thought and I began to plot to get all the stuff, so I saved until I had a quarter, and I wrote to them again, and I detailed all the stuff I'd like to have, wanted to open a gun shop for Johnny to manage so I wanted the Calvary guns, Johnnys peacemaker and so on, X 20, as well as every other thing I could think of, the hats, belt loops, bullet bandoliers, indian headdresses, saddles, cantines, every thing that every character came with, and I posted that list along with my quarter. A month later, a huge box arrived and yup, everything I'd asked for and more, much much more and my quarter of course. What a great company they were and I wish I could remember who they were, thank em for the gleaming memory. PS, thank you Bibi.
Jul. 3, 2014 2:48 am
What a clever lad, Raedwulf!
Jul. 3, 2014 2:49 am
A Google search showed Marx was the manufacturer of Johnny West toys.
Jul. 3, 2014 5:49 am
Great read Randy! Enjoyed with a pot of coffee!!!
Jul. 5, 2014 11:37 am
Very interesting as usual! I have the treadle sewing machine one of my grandparents used. Well, the base of it anyway. My father made it into a table that I like to sit my coffee cup on in the morning. I came from a make-do family too. Sewing was something my mother did very well but didn't have the patience to teach me. I can at least cook very well and like Bibi love power tools. A sawzall can accomplish great things!
Jul. 6, 2014 8:24 pm
Thanks again BB, that Marx reference sent me scurrying and subsequently I've learned more than I ever wanted to know about the Johnny West series. My ten year old self thanks you. ~~~~ Thank you Terry, going good with a pot of coffee is a lofty goal!~~~ Cat, thank you for the nice compliment. I do try to write intersting stuff but it can be darned hard at times. You know what else you need to go with that sawzall? A heavy duty set of bolt cutters. The sawzall for the wood, the bolt cutters for the steel, or the wire, or the chain, or the lock....
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