January 11th, 2009


I'm Allowed To Be Inconsistent

From The Beginnings Of This Blog...

... I've periodically railed against Big Food. Specifically, I am talking about fast food chains which are trying to get people to buy more and bigger food -- and on a regular basis. Because, you see, people who go to fast food places a lot have a bad tendency to (a) order things they like over and over, and (b) eat the Big Food on a too regular basis. I.E., if one Double Meat Whopper with bacon is good, let's be manly and have two.

However. Local restaurants? I don't have the same complaints. Though I don't want to pig out on such things, I do enjoy watching Guy Fieri on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Good local food, well made.

Food eating contests? Not so much. So when I first starting seeing commercials for Travel Channel's Man v. Food, my first thought was Oh gross. Just what the world needs. But it turns out the host actually knows something about food, as well as acting. And Adam Richman was even on Joan of Arcadia.


I mention this because I just watched an episode set in Atlanta -- Richman turns out to be an Emory grad, so Atlanta was his old stomping grounds. wendyb_09, have you heard of these places?

The Vortex

Lots of burgers, some of which sound pretty good. But the big thing, I forget what it's called, uses two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of a bun or bread to hold the thing together. Ouch. A different sort of college hang out than say, The Varsity.

Gladys Knight and Ron Winans Chicken & Waffles

They explained fried chicken and waffles came out of Harlem in the 1920s, as late night people wanted supper and breakfast. Gladys Knight herself showed up at the restaurant her son runs. The Night Train consists of four huge meaty fried chicken wings and a plate-sized waffle. And though I usually prefer pancakes to waffles or French toast, the combination of chicken and waffles sounds pretty appealing. And this food was beautiful.

Big Pie In The Sky

So there's this Carnivore pizza -- a 30" eleven-pound pizza, somewhat New York style -- six pounds of pizza and five founds of pepperoni, sausage, bacon crumbles and ham. Okay, I still object to massive amounts of bacon, and for my money ham has little place on a pizza of any size. And this pizza is still not conquered in an hour by a two-man team.

So while I reserve the right not to eat/stuff myself silly, I can appreciate even big foods when they are well made and lovingly cooked. Don't think anyone needs to be up to big food eating challenges, but that's a whole other matter. Yup, I can choose to be inconsistent.

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Snow Scoops

Why Shovel?

I've mentioned using Yooper Scoopers before, and thought I'd post the link to Silver Bear in Michigan's U.P. which made our scoops 15 and 25 years ago. They've about doubled in price since then, but what hasn't? Given the durability, sixty bucks plus shipping is a pretty cheap price.

They didn't have the wheel kits when we got ours -- useful when the snow cover isn't complete.

The first one we bought in the U.P. at Copper Art in Calumet MI, which doesn't seem to exist anymore. The second one we ordered from Copper Art once we bought the current property and faced a 240-foot drive with only one scoop. (grin) It came via UPS and they'd just reversed the handle and taped on the shipping label. (double-scoop-grin)

Anyway, if you're moving snow, and either want to bag the air choking exhaust of those damned snowblowers or save your back from shoveling, check it out.

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Cryptic Confusion

An Upcoming Appearance

I suppose I have to actually mention this. (grin) This self-promotion stuff is sometimes a surprise. (double-grin)

Anyway, I am going to be on some panels at the 2009 Cryptic ConFusion, at the Troy Marriott in Troy MI, 23-25 January 2009. ConFusion is one of the best run operations and traveling to the east side of the state, even in Michigan's weather and even having to brave a stretch of I-94 in winter, is worth it every year.

Which panels? The schedule isn't finalized yet. AND, I volunteered to do a reading. So we'll see what transpires.

You can see my bio buried into the list of panelists.

Come to Troy. There'll be pirates, for sure. And many really great people:

* Cory Doctorow — Cryptic Guest of Honor
* Cat Rambo — Pro Guest of Honor
* Diana Harlan Stein — Artist Guest of Honor
* Elizabeth Turtle — Scientist Guest of Honor
* Ralph D. Lorenz — Scientist Guest of Honor
* Davroz (David Rozian) — Raconteur of Honor
* Freon (Michael Andaluz) — Fan Guest of Honor

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