Saturday, November 30, 2019

List of the times

Fake burgers, that is plant-based burgers, have become part of the weekly food rotation. They taste good and support the wisdom that the condiments make the burger.

I'm coming to the realization that I've avoided plant-based meat because soy often upsets my system. Now that new products are using pea protein and other proteins things are changing.

A recent experiment with a vegetarian chorizo for a pasta sauce was not a hit with one kid. I want to find dishes where meat can be swapped out for a plant-based option without a radical decrease in flavor.

The experiments will continue.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Another What-The-Hell-Is-That Moment

For the past 38 years I have had a checking account from which I wrote checks – numbered slips of paper redeemable for dollars.

I have kept a check register for 37 and 5/8 of those years. Yes, I feel kind of foolish.

One mitigating factor is that for the last 20 years I haven’t calculated balances on the register, merely writing the check payee, amount, date, and check number as a reminder where the money was spent.

Now I write maybe five checks a month if I’m lucky. I can check the balance of the account on my phone. I can see a photo of the canceled checks a day or two after they are cashed.

I finally feel justified in letting the check register go the way of the video store.

Still, every time I write a check and don’t use the register, I feel a pang of guilt or regret or something, like how did I ever live so long to become the Old Guy who prattles on about the way things used to be.

I just paid my gutter cleaners with Venmo.

I use Apple Pay every chance I get because the effort to take my credit card out of my wallet now feels like running a marathon.

My kids will never know an age without on-line banking.

Do traveler checks still exist?

Back in the day I had the experience of having a checkbook stolen and checks forged – I lost that money. Now I have a wallet that supposedly blocks RFID scanners trying to pick up my credit card numbers. I can’t get too worked up about this, as if my card gets hacked the bank is liable for the theft.

To sum things up, I’m pretty happy not to write so many checks.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Comrade Kid Still Doing Slavic Squat

The kid went to LA for a tour with his youth group. Careful analysis of this picture reveals he is doing a Slavic squat.

I will remind him that cultural appropriation is a dangerous thing.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Mississippi Snack Food

The kid went to Mississippi to learn about the civil rights movement and returned with interesting snack food.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Heteronormative Behavior

Last night with the daughter we discussed some ideas about heteronormative behavior. This is what we came up with:

  • Thumbs on belt buckle – better if buckle is size of small dinner plate
  • Egocentric swagger
  • Aggressive attitude
  • “Well actually”

Friday, November 1, 2019

New Universe of Kombucha Revealed

In a grocery store in Hood River I found the kombucha section terra incognito. There were a few brands I recognized, but the majority were new to me. Many of the companies were local, from Hood River, Bingen, and White Salmon.

I’m guessing the commercial production of kombucha doesn’t need a huge investment which allows smaller players to get into the game.

I tried two local varieties, only one of them earning a “good” rating. I am intrigued to try them all.