November 29, 2003
Q: What will Michael Jackson get after he's convicted?
A: His own parish.
What a sicko.
The boys' wishes while breaking the wishbone this year pretty much sums up their personalities:
Andrew (6): "I wish for a million zillion good days."
Michael (3): "I wish for a sword so I can cut people in half like a hot dog."
November 28, 2003
We had a great Thanksgiving dinner. Loads of yummy food. But of course, that's not what Michael wanted. Pringles and whipped cream. What a combination! At least, he prefers real whipped cream to Cool Whip. There's hope yet.
November 27, 2003
I knew Michelle was wrong. You can be too clean.
All you who think my office is too piggy -- HAH!
Of course, it still isn't as cool as the Pretec iDisk Tiny Luxury that I found in Taiwan. It's only 256MB (still super useful) and only USB 1.0, but it's so tiny (the size of the USB plug) and it just swivels out of it's case -- no cap to lose.
I love these little flash drives. I carry one all the time now and use it everywhere. I can't imaging getting by without this. In an age of wireless everything, it's funny how much I prefer sneakernet.
Andrew (6) describing what he did to Michael (3), "I just stepped on his head. Gently."
November 25, 2003
Like many people, I've struggled to understand the differences between religions. But now, I've found a simple guide based on "shit happens". Some winners:
Catholicism: Shit happens because you are BAD. Judaism: Why does shit always happen to me? - and - Jehovah's Witnesses: Knock, knock ... shit happens.
It makes everything perfectly clear.
I love Japan. I really do. I've been to Tokyo several times and have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. There is so much to admire about Japanese culture and society. Really.
But -- they're so weird too. How else can you explain this Kikoman ad?
November 23, 2003
Well, I learned what would seem to be fairly obvious lesson this weekend. I got out my brand spanking new Toro leaf blower. Since it's been blowing pretty good here in Seattle lately, we had a lot of leaves and pine needles on the deck, front walk, and roof.
Well, I got that bad boy out and had a grand ole' time blowing the deck and front walk. It was getting dark, but I figured I had time to do the roof -- very important since the gutters were kind of full.
(This is where the audience screams "Don't do it!") So, I climb up on the roof with my trusty blower and do battle the with the roof. I'm loving this. 215 mph of leaf blowing might. The roof is cleared and the gutters look great.
Too bad the deck and walk look like hell.
Of course, Michelle is watching through the windows howling. She knows what a dumb ass I am. Everything is covered in an inch of pine needles.
So, in the dark, I re-clear the deck and walk. Oh well, lesson learned.
Still, it's pretty fun...
Last week, Michelle and I went to an amazing apple-themed dinner. It was sponsored by the Northwest Cider Society and featured great Northwest hard ciders and the food stylings of Susan Loomis (owner/operator of a cooking school in Normandy and author of the cookbook On Rue Tatin).
The dinner featured apples, naturally, to complement the ciders (Wescott Bay Orchards and Irvings Cider) and apple drinks (e.g. calvados). Susan served up luscious mussels steamed in cider; duck breast with onions, apples, and parsnips (I think); a very nice salad; and a beautiful tart tatin.
The company was also very interesting -- local foodies and restaurateurs (like Sandy Shea, owner of our favorite restaurant, Chez Shea). We also chatted with Jon Rowley, a friend I met at an ethereal oyster and wine dinner he donated and the one who dreamt up the dinner.
All in all, it was a lovely dinner. Check out the pictures here.