March 1st, 2002


Whoa, dragon breath....

Hmmm... I did some cooking experimentation tonight.... I'm not sure if it was a success or a very scary failure.

So, while I was in college, I figured out that I liked making hot dogs for dinner every once in a while. Now these aren't just any old hot dogs, they're some of those cool "Cajun Hot Link" hot dogs with a little cheese, honey hot mustard and relish. Basically they're good to eat and bad for you. Perfect food for college. So anyways, I had been wanting to make some but I had everything except the mustard and from past experience I knew they'd be a bit bland without it. Unfortunately today, I hadn't thought ahead so my other dinner options were frozen and not easily defrostable... I was also too lame to go to the supermarket for mustard... so I get to wondering what I might have in the fridge to add flavor.... hmmmm....

rummage rummage rummage.... sit in front of open fridge and think (the joys of living alone) and then I have a brilliant idea. Minced Garlic!! I have jar of it sitting there... That's the ticket... So, I tried two things, boiling the hot dogs with a little salt and a good dose of garlic and using some as a garnish... Mind you, I'm the person who puts mustard on french fries, and uses about 10 packets of artificial sweetener with his iced tea (so it's safe to say that I have... odd taste).

So.. the hot dogs came out really good. They picked up a nice little extra bit of flavor from the garlic and salt but they were still in the realm of normal (i.e. I would consider making them for someone else to eat). The garlic relish wasn't such a great idea, at least not from the standpoint of oh... say... talking to anyone for the rest of the evening. The whole assembly of hot dog was very good and it tasted wonderful, BUT it has caused the worst breath I have ever had in my life.

Fire breathing dragons don't have anything on this garlicky dragon.... no siree. Have you ever had garlic breath that won't go away after brushing? That's what I had this evening. Minty fresh garlicky breath... mmmm.... Tonight I am most definately glad that I'm single. I think this meal would cause great unhappiness in a relationship. Hell, I can smell the garlic. It's actually died down a good bit lately, but I think I'm going to brush extra long before going to bed and then probably brush a few more times when I get up in the morning. I'd really rather not kill anyone with this breath.

So, on a pure happiness scale, the garlic heavy hot dogs were a big sucess but I don't think I'll be doing those again except maybe when I know that I can avoid people for an evening..... Do you want to know the really scary part? I'm thinking of making the 40 cloves chicken that they mentioned on Good Eats. I think this is were I got the idea that garlic could be used for more than just random cooking stuff... That's it, blame Alton for making me adventurous in the kitchen ;).
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From the "God, I hope they don't reproduce" dept....

I just came across this on the local roadrunner website:

Announcement Regarding Local Movie Times

Some local theaters are considering pulling their listings from this web site because some users aren't following our directions of confirming showtimes by calling the theater.

Each week, the theaters send us their movie listings in advance. These times are subject to change at any time. Every page of this section states that you should call the theater to confirm the movie times.

Too many users are not following that advice and are asking the theater management for refunds when a movie is missed because of an incorrect listing. It is not the theater's responsibility when someone doesn't confirm the time by calling the theater. Please, don't hold the theater responsible when you fail to confirm the showtime.

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Blah, still cranky....

The following was written as a response to this editorial piece from the El Paso Times

Why is it that whenever a terrible accident happens in this city, people's first reaction is to insist that "something be done" and that something invariably includes add more lights, lower the speed limit etc... Most recently I have been dismayed to read coverage and opinions about the "Paisano Killing Fields". 14 People have died on that stretch of road since 1998. However, 10 of those people died in 2 accidents which were apparently not caused by the condition of the road as much as by unsafe driving.

Our first reaction is always to lament the loss of good people in our community and this is healthy. However we also have to realize that being a good person does not automatically make you a good driver. Driving is a skill. It's a skill that many people in this region take for granted when they get behind the wheel of their car. Perhaps instead of making things more difficult for those of us who follow the rules of the road, the powers that be should focus on holding people more accountable for driving without insurances and licenses or for driving recklessly etc...

It does us no good to restrict the good drivers even more when people constantly speed, run red lights and stops, and just generally drive as if they own the road. Why is Paisano dangerous? Not because it lacks regulation, but because many people in this city lack respect for (or knowledge of?) existing rules of driving and safety.
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