Tuesday, November 12, 2013

South Korean Movies

Jotting my list down for reference (no order):

The Man From Nowhere 2010
The Raid: Redemption 2012
The Yellow Sea 2011
The Chaser 2008
Oldboy 2003
Silmido 2003
13 Assassins 2011

Actually, this is in order, Never mind.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

bear clawed

This is called getting bear clawed. It's also called wearing flip flops with BMX pedals on a road bike that slips a chain ring.

Yes, those are jorts and my floor needs refinishing.

Those are Poverty brand pedals with very sharp claws. Very good in the winter. Not so good with flip flops and slipped chains. When you have a slipping chain ring it usually happens right before you head into traffic, which makes it both painful and embarassing.

Friday, September 13, 2013

blue shorts

M 12:43 PM those are my party pants
P 12:43 PM oh i know. when i envision party, i see chow go down and visions of your blue shorts
M 12:44 PM they signal 'anything goes'. I'm not responsible for my behavior.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

kankakee river houses

huskies rowing

I tried to get Nick into rowing. I enrolled him in an Afterschool Matters program that actually paid him to row. The teacher thought he was a very good cockswain which is not an actual rower but, to me that was amazing news. He thought Nick was very good at taking charge of the boat.

Nick never allowed me to be any where near where he was rowing and for some reason I respected that. I never saw him in a boat.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


You know you have a weird job when 1 failure is catastrophic and 2 is systemic.

Friday, August 16, 2013

high laughs 1982

So you're coming home from school and stop at a friends house.
You are either doing bongs or jonesing for bongs.
Some days the group is feeling mellow and watch The Price is Right just for the color and because you knew the price of everything. Refrigerator, new car, or a trip to Acapulco.
Other days, you needed something more intellectual and you put on Barnaby Jones.
Cause Barnaby was better for high laughs than Rockford Files or Columbo.

Your worst days were spent staring at album covers while the music was too loud to talk. For hours...
You grew to enjoy the awkward silences for this reason. Let them float like balloons. Much of your character is based on your ability to endure things like this.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

my coffee plant

I bought this at Home Depot when I first moved back to Chicago. It was tiny and adorable. Spindly stalks with gorgeous broad leaves as a canopy. It took like 3 years before it grew over 20". It's now 5' tall and is an amazingly sturdy beast. When I'll get coffee beans I have no idea. I have no clue how this plant works.

This is my hi-tech watering system when I leave for weekends. It took hours of tweaking to get the water flow just right.
In this pic you can see my new baby Ethiopian coffee plant growing next to the water bottle. This one is only a few years old and it actually took a year before the seeds sprouted. It's about 20" tall now and only has two stalks.

These are the Peruvian peppers I grow underneath her. They're tiny but wicked hot.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

also the end

Ohio House Coffee Shop closing. I always thought this hotel was an amazing film location. I also really really want that sign!

Monday, April 8, 2013

the end

Whenever I program scripts and I want to see that they get to the end I always echo out "fini". Because I'm classy that way. If someone could tell me what "start" was in French or Italian and it was cool I would use that to. I'm not going to look it up.

merges 967

Sunday, March 31, 2013

easter dinner

Same old, same old. This is one of Nick's favorite dishes.
Lamb chops w/ Rosemary, apricot, horseradish and garlic.
Grilled onions, garlic and tomatoes with Parmesan zucchini chips.
Red wine sauce.
I ate this by myself. Practice for when people are around.

j-class sailboats

All 1930's restorations.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

pork rillette

I've been looking at the pork rillette next door at Publican Meat Market for a while but it looked sort of gross. I needed to make my own first. This looks like the perfect sailboat food.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

this is not normal

Zoe likes snow. She likes to shove her face in it. She especially likes to find a hole to shove her face into. This is Zoe doing proud work. Shoving her face into a hole. Keeping up the Wirefox tradition of being weird dogs. If there's a good 5-6 inches of fresh snow, she will run along and snow plow it with her face. This makes her very happy. If you've never seen a dog trot and snow plow her face in the snow you are missing something special.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

potential new drinking shoes?

I could sort of picture waking up in a culvert with these on but I think I'm going to pass.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

bagpipe and drum corp porn

You don't really know anything about me if you don't know my love for drum corp and flag girls...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

a class cats

I see a lot of old guys in these races so, maybe this is a sport for me? It makes my knees hurt just watching though.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

charlene deguzman

In my head it's an angry circus elephant. What is your sleepy booze animal? Baby seal?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

indio - atlantic crossing on 100' sailboat

You would think being a Volvo Ocean racer would be cool enough but look at what these guys do on their off time.

Friday, January 11, 2013

eileens front porch

vietnamese pork soup

This is only Vietnamese because I always grill the pork with a caramel sauce they call Nauc Mau. I use this sauce for everything, although I don't make it traditionally. I always add fish and soy sauce to the caramel and sometimes apricot. It makes for a smokey sweet vinegary broth almost like coffee.

For the caramel sauce you brown sugar until smokey brown like just past coffee with cream color. It should be well done but not burnt or bitter. Then you need some hot soy and water to dilute. Cold soy will make the sugar lump up and the sauce will probably boil over. Add the apricot to this sauce when it settles and turn the heat down. I cook some very cheap pork back ribs with just salt and pepper under a broiler. When they are cooked, I add the caramel sauce to char it up. Takes only a few seconds. I do both sides usually on a grill rack under the broiler.

The broth is a very basic beef broth with soy, rice wine vinegar and water combo but I add the leftover caramel from cooking the pork. You would add any heat here.

I saute pearl onions, mushrooms and garlic in peanut oil for extra flavor. Garnish with chopped scallions and parsley.