Friday, December 28, 2012

Thank you, Lord.

Today, while driving to work, I saw a delivery van on the shoulder.  A mile later, I saw the driver heading toward the nearest gas station...three miles away.

In a T-shirt.

In eight-degree weather.

Of course I pulled over.  I got him to the station for some diesel, made sure he had things in hand, and just made it to work on time.

Thank you, God, for giving me the opportunity to serve You.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Something new in the sky?

Looks like we're going to see at least one very noticeable comet next year, maybe more.  I can't wait, myself...this one's apparently going to make Hale-Bopp look like a sparkler!

When you consider the distances and physics involved, it's amazing to realize just how fortunate we'll be to witness this.  Unless someone digs up an ancient calendar that stops next month, in which case the whole world will end.

Monday, December 24, 2012

The blogrolls expand

Y'all know how it is when starting a new blog--things look so empty on the sidebar.  (Unless you've started a blog for the sole purpose of directing people to other sites which pay you for hits, in which case you suck and I hope your hard drive explodes.)

My six foot, 150lb. frame may not show it, but I love to eat.  I grew up around lots of Asian and Pacific cooking, and that stroke of good fortune opened my mind to a world of possibilities beyond McDonald's and meatloaf.  So I search for cool food blogs specializing in all sorts of different cuisine, just to spread the joy of good food you might not have tried before.  It's hard to be grouchy after a great meal.

A little gem I've just discovered is a cute and sparkly Korean lady named Maangchi, who ought to be snapped up by the Food Network immediately!  She gives us detailed instructions on cooking real Korean food, where to find authentic ingredients, and video demos you just can't help but smile upon watching.  Seriously, her site is a professional-caliber labor of love, and well worth the visit.

For those of you who've never had Korean food, try bulgogi just once and tell me you're not instantly addicted.

Anyway, there's the Cats bloglist, the Cooking bloglist and the Chaos bloglist, which is composed of random blogs I read dealing with everything from science fiction to commentary to philosophy.  (Some of the Chaos blogs have some damn good recipes as well, but that's not their sole focus.)  And below, a selection of my favorite comics.  All of these will be expanding in due time.

Meanwhile, God bless you and yours, and have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas to all!

If there's one thing I'm certain of, it's that God has a sense of humor(although, sometimes, man doesn't quite get the joke).  So, in that context...

(From Ty Templeton's Art Land)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Real Awesome Sauce

I'm always on the lookout for sauces, marinades and anything that makes food fun.  Today, let me introduce you to some interesting stuff I found in a hot-sauce shop in Cave Creek:  Ol' Ray's Kentucky Gold Bourbon Barbeque Sauce.

You'll be able to pick it out quickly, as it's as gold as the name implies.  It's a mustard-based blend, dark yellow in color, which helps it stand out from the usual red/orange of most BBQ sauces.  The taste is quite reminicent of mustard(which is what many other BBQ sauces have as a main ingredient), but not overpoweringly so, and the bourbon flavor helps give it a more well-rounded body(insert "cut the mustard" joke here).  It has a spicy kick to it, but you won't be breathing fire; it's just enough to be noticeable.

Good stuff.  I marinated some deep-frozen chicken thighs in it for about four days as they slowly defrosted in the refrigerator, and it made quite the glorious meal.

Returning to the blogosphere

I had a blog for a couple of years.  I gave it up.  It was a political, liberty-oriented blog that I started because I thought it might help change things.  I've since discovered that America is simply too far gone.  We're witnessing the decline and fall of the United States, and however it ends, it ain't gonna be pretty.

So be it.  In the meantime, I'm going to keep living my life.  So, welcome to my new blog, where I'll focus on cats, food and lots of completely random and weird stuff that you might find interesting.  Political topics, however, will be few and far between.

I have no idea where this is going.  Let's find out!