29 August 2008

Best Pitch Ever

Today while walking from the bus stop to work, I was given, bar none, hands down, the best "Brother, can you spare a dime" spiel I have ever run across. Knowing that I spent 5 years in Galveston, home to some of the most creative crazy homeless out there, that's saying something.

So here's the line...
Guy walks up to me and tells me that he's from Africa, that he's a doctor, and that he is here in the United States working on a project to study race relations in American, specifically relating to the media's coverage of the current presidential election between John McCain, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Now, this morning, he had bought a copy of today's Houston Chronicle (in his hand) and Wall Street Journal (not visible), but he still needed to get a copy of the New York Times, and he had 5 cents left. Now, he didn't want money. He wanted me to go with him to the nearest store and buy him a copy of the NY Times!

So, a lot of people would walk away. A very few people would buy him the paper. But a good amount, more than the paper, would give him a buck or two because they didn't want to walk out of their way to a store. Beautiful!

For once, I wish I had had money with me. I would have given the guy a $10 just for the story alone.

21 August 2008

I have a new quest!!!!!

The Omnivore’s Hundred
Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (does alligator count?)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

19 August 2008

For A Limited Time Only!

Do you like reading? Being warm? Music? Stuff?

Well, do i have a deal for you!

I have stuff. Stuff i don't really need anymore. You need this stuff. So I propose a solution. You come get my stuff.

What kind of stuff, you ask?

Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, Steven Covey, a spanish/english dictionary, other books... you get the idea.

Warm things!
Two, count 'em, two London Fog trenches with liners! Vintage (mid-late '70s) K-Mart branded corduroy jacket (w/ belt)! Full length charcoal wool overcoat, Vintage (1996) Pearland High School letter jacket (Complete with authentic region/district choir patches!) And that's not all!!!!

Various and assorted sheet music
Records! The Incomparable Sax of Ace Cannon, Sandy Nelson's "Beat That Drum!", The Longine Symphonette "The Memory Years", Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits!

Other Stuff!

Slightly MurphyMollyIndy-ized Queen-Size mattress and box springs
Box O' Pint Glasses
Lightly Broken KitchenAid stand mixer with hook, paddle and whisk.
Blue Chair!
Fiorenzato Commercial grade Coffee grinder
Starbucks Barista Athena Espresso Machine (needs 1 part, i think)
Game Boy Advance
Centrex (by pioneer) 8-Track player
kinda ornery Sony LaserDisc Player

How can you resist???

Granted, some of things are not fully functional, some have bite marks, some are ridiculously archaic, and some are a combination of all of the above... but they're FREE!!!!! And that makes all of their faults relatively unimportant.

So come on down, step right up, and slide on by for deals, deals and more deals.
Call me if you want any of this (713..540..9881). It all goes back home to Goodwill beginning of September.


17 August 2008

WOOHOO! (And Boohoo)

WOOHOO!!!! Keith is turning the big Three-Oh next week! boohoo.. Keith is leaving the great state of Texas soon after that...

So we need to have a thing... a gathering... a party if you will (and I will).

Here's the gig...

Saturday night. 9 PM. My place.

I'll get a selection of the barley and hops stuff. If you want the hard stuff or the grapey stuff, bring it.

Call with questions.