I'm just going to leave this here:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, December 18, 2011
At the end of dinner at a local Italian-American restaurant, our server sheepishly said something to the effect of, "I think this will be ok with you guys... so, happy holidays." We certainly didn't have any issues with it, and the SOOTTAD went on to tell her that she thought that people should just wish people whatever it is they're having and that it should be taken in the spirit of the season. She responded with "Happy Chanukah." We reciprocated.
She came back a bit later and explained that she had been scolded by previous customers for wishing them a "Happy Holidays" because, she was told, she was supposed to say "Merry Christmas."
Yeah. So to all those people who are saying there's a "War on Christmas?"
Happy Holidays, assholes.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Week 12, taken March 26, 2011.
Hard to believe this is the same guy who would hide, terrified, under a chair with his buddy when we first got him.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Week 9. Taken February 28, 2011 on our departure out of Denver International Airport after a fun weekend at the 4th annual Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout.
Week 7. Taken February 20, 2011.
Took a random side trip to grab a few pictures along the river on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It might have even been above freezing, if only slightly.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
1/52 Deck dusting
Originally uploaded by tallasiandude.
Yes, it's been a while since I've posted here. Lots going on keeping me busy and it seemed hard to justify the time to sit down and compose something worth posting when there were so many things that needed to get done.
So anyway, the other day, I wandered over to my Flickr stream and ended up wandering through a bunch of my Project 365 pictures and it made me remember how cool an exercise it was. The downside, of course, is that it totally burned me out on taking pictures and 2010 was largely a wash. I also found I was trying to take "interesting" pictures, which was great in that it was a great way to work on my creativity and sense of visual composition, but also a problem because I'd often find when we saw friends that afterwards I'd have a bunch of pictures of food or things I'd see in our surroundings but no pictures of our actual friends. Oops.
I decided that it was worth doing *something* this year and I figured I'd take what I learned from the last experiment and take the pressure down a notch. So this year, I'm going to try and have at least one postable picture a week and cut myself some slack when it comes down to what I mean by weeks. (I'd say that I might get creative, but I'm pretty sure there's that OCD part of my personality that isn't going to let me pull any fast ones, except maybe the first week which actually worked out to 9 days.)
So here are the other pictures from the first four weeks:
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Originally uploaded by tallasiandude.
So, yeah, haven't really been doing much with the blog in a while. I think the Project365 business really burned me out on the whole post every day thing, even if I was only generating a post for every day and not *actually* posting everyday. (details, details) Tweets have still been happening, so if you're really craving that tall, asiany goodness, peek on over there, since things are still going to be sporadic over here for the time being.
For those keeping score at home, I did finally finish the acorn flour project, although there still needs to be a post about that. Or at least a recipe. Perhaps I'll put that up over on FoodNerd's site. I mean, it's hers, but y'know, I get some privileges for setting it up at least.
I guess I do owe y'all a quick recap, so here's a quick list of what I've been up to:
- Dancing -- I'm trying to get to more of the local dances on a regular basis, but we're also attending local workshops as well as traveling for workshops and exchanges in other cities.
- Running -- I was getting my mileage up in preparation for running the Chicago Marathon this year, but that fell through when some friends decided they were going to get married that same weekend. Nevertheless, I was reintroduced to a few guys who work locally and have been running pretty regularly with them for the past few months.
- Guitar -- been working on my finger-style country blues using this book. Good so far. Occasionally picking up the Uke, but it's been mostly guitar recently.
- Massage Therapy -- happy to finally be covering expenses this year, but still not a practical source of income, but enough to keep my hands busy, so to speak.
- Studying up on my perl and C++ to work on a random OCD data-collection project focused on shopping for organic food. I've been collecting the data and building a back-end perl-based parsing app, in part to exercise some of those coding muscles I haven't used in a while, but also because I'm tired of keeping all the data in my head. Obviously still a work in progress.
- studying Chinese -- some nice online services have popped up making it a lot easier to practice listening and reading skills. I'm currently using Popup Chinese, although it's taken a bit of a back seat recently since...
- I started a new job last week -- engineering, 3 miles from the house, nice people who run (same guys I've been running with, actually. Worked out quite nicely.) Still getting up to speed, but interesting to observe how my body is adjusting to the new schedule. (or rather, how it's not)
So, yeah, kind of busy. And we've also been having a lot of work done with the house -- blown-in insulation and a new roof while exterior painting in the queue and plans to rejigger the back deck. And jeez -- disc started a few weeks ago and there's some more travel coming up, a couple of weddings and... well, you know the drill.
Hopefully I'll see you guys around, even if it takes a bit of time for me to hit equilibrium again.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Reluctantly saw Avatar, and yeah, inconsistencies, plot holes and the potpourri of tropes and cliches, was still kinda awesome. Damn.
In other news, that's a Project 365 wrap. Worthwhile, but kinda glad to be done.
Off to the next project which will get rolling once we get back to Massachusetts.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
We usually expect our xiao long bao to have a bit of broth, but even the guo tieh and san ji bao (shen jian bao?) dumplings at "Shanghai Restaurant" in San Gabriel are soupy enough to squirt on your shirt, into your teacup or up your nose without proper eating technique. All dericious, but our favs were definitely the pan-fried guo tieh.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
LA Balboa Night at Great American Joe's Bar and Grill in Burbank, CA. (not to be confused with the New England "Not Your Average Joe's" regional chain or the national and thoroughly average Joe's American Bar & Grill franchise.) Live band, no cover (2-drink min, donations accepted by band), great dancing.