Saturday, September 21, 2019

All the slow cooker food now cooked under pressure


Once upon a time I used the slow cooker several times a month. Now every time I want to cook a slow recipe I throw everything into the pressure cooker.

It's like all my misgivings about the government, extra terrestrial visitation, political unrest are expressed in the way I cook. The apocalypse won't wait 10 hours. Better do things quickly.

I embrace my neurosis and hope for a lighter load.

Mental health stoke!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rats Love Hide and Seek: Scientists Prove What We Already Knew

Above: Great rats thinks alike -- yesterday both rats at different times thought hiding in a tissue box would be most excellent.

Rats enjoy the game of hide and seek. Any rat owner can tell you this. When you let them out of the cage for free play, there is often an exploratory burst of energy, and then a settling in at the new hiding spot.

Scientists researched this behavior and concluded that for the rats this is a game with specific rules associated with it. Check out the story here.

This is yet further verification of what we already knew, that rats are highly intelligent, social animals that delight in play.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

“Buchamos” The Spanish Word I Invented

The hard truth: Our favorite flavor of kombucha sold out at the market -- mango passionfruit.

Celebrating the love our family has for kombucha, I invented the Spanish word “Buchamos” – meaning, let’s gather and drink kombucha, or “booch.”

The obvious question is why mess with a foreign language I know next to nothing about? Thinking back to the time I was a pseudo (pa-swee-do) intellectual, I learned that all languages mutate and change, and the engine creating the change is need, practically, humor, and everything else one can think of.

And why is Spanish the language of Kombucha? Indeed. At this point, one kid is studying German, the other Arabic. Somehow all of us in this household had a year or two of Spanish and regard it as an important language, even if none of us speak it well.

I commiserate with Spanish-speakers who might get angry with this cultural appropriation. To you I say, I mean no harm, only to celebrate the unique and refreshing taste of kombucha with everyone.

Kombucha stoke!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

New Sport Attempted: Downhill Mountain Biking

This picture sums up the experience well. You put your mountain bike on a chairlift, then ride it down a trail and try to avoid catastrophe.

I borrowed a friend's bike, which wasn't built or fully configured for this purpose, which slowed my speeds considerably. Downhill bikes have forks with 8" of suspension travel, cushy rear suspensions, and tires looking like they belong on motorcycles.

Still, the experience was excellent -- what's not to like with endless downhill? I kept having to remind myself that this wasn't like skiing, where a minor fall is no big deal. Here any fall, however slight, had the potential to break an arm or leg. Lots of full-face helmets and shin, knee and elbow guards on those who appeared more expert. Also, there was a system of access roads where the pickup truck with a stretcher in the back could evacuate an injured rider.

Another way to get up on the mountain and proclaim stoke!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Shoes From A Vending Machine

It's 3:30 am and you need a pair of sport sandals -- where do you go?

This vending machine in front of the Keen store will scratch your itch. One model, men's and women's sizes, all in dorky rainbow colors.

Here is a solution to a problem I don't yet have.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

RTM 2019 Booyah!

Here I am, at 7,000 ft., looking up at the summit of Mt. Hood. This was the Round the Mountain hiking event put on by the Mazamas, a hiking club 125 years-old. In three days we hiked the Timberline Trail, a route of 42 miles with 10,000 feet of hiking uphill, much of it above timberline.

The Mazamas Lodge in Government Camp.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

All Kids In High School

I should have some sage words, but I don't. The summer dragged on, so I'm happy intellectual stimulation/aggravation has arrived for the kid.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Refrigerator Law

Who has the primary rights to leftovers in the fridge?

The main principle of Refrigeration Law regarding leftovers is Serve Primum, or First-come, First serve. This means that after a dinner, any who wish to graze on the uneaten food are welcome, with no rights of reservation.

If a child has purchased food on her/his own dime, things change: the leftovers are the property of that child until she/he eats the food, discards it, or transfers the right of eating to someone else. This is called the principle of Cibus Meus, or My Food.

But what happens when the parents purchase food in a restaurant and leftovers are taken home? As the food has been gnawed on and picked at, the person who ordered the food in the restaurant gets Cibus Meus privileges at home.

Recently the parents purchased hamburgers for the family. The daughter said she wanted to eat with the family but was ultimately unable and wished to eat the burger later. The hungry father in the morning found the hamburger unattended and ate it. Was he justified in doing so?

The judge (me) ruled that Serve Primum was appropriate because the parents purchased the burgers and no effort was made by the daughter to eat it before the hungry father found it.

Once again, you’re welcome!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Kid's Summer Video Game Addiction is Skyrim

The game celebrates viking life and Scandinavian tropes such as ice trolls. The kid spends enjoyable hours going on quests and killing dragons.

Here is a parody video (brought to my attention by the kid):

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Alcoholic Kombucha Rattles Teen

My daughter likes drinking kombucha, sweetened tea with s a fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent taste. She was not trying to cop a buzz when she got carded for attempting to purchase the above product.

Only in small print on the cap would anyone know this product was for those over 21 years of age. Also, not all flavors of this brand of kombucha requires a legal age.

The checkout person made the daughter feel embarrassed for attempting to buy this product, like she was a delinquent. The next day I bought the kombucha and found the label stating that there may be more than 0.5% alcohol content. Really?

In reaction I just gave her a bottle of vodka. Problem solved! (joking)