They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me


May the First -- May Day
May the Fourth -- Star Wars Day (May The Fourth Be With You)
May the Fifth -- Cinco de Mayo (May The Fifth)

To all these celebrations, we now add:

May the Sixth -- the Anniversary Of The Year Without Summer

It was Monday 6 May 2013 that a wound specialist with Spectrum Home Nursing took one look at my foot and said, "You're going to the ER." I couldn't even get up off the floor, I'd gotten so sick and weak, and the Allendale Fire Department came, put me on a canvas sheet and pulled me through the house, into the garage and onto the gurney from Life Ambulance. I wouldn't be released to go home until 19 October 2013 -- 5½ months later.

Mrs. Dr. Phil, whose summer was equally long and did heroic duty holding everything together AND visiting me nearly every day, proposed we go to this Mexican place she found last summer, near the one hospital, have dinner and thumb our noses at the hospital. I proposed that we go to Baldwin Street and Bangkok Taste in Jenison MI -- she'd just talked about needing a run there to get the seafood dish she gets nearly every time we go there. I get duck nearly every time.

It wasn't a hard sell.

Dr. Phil celebrating May The Sixth NOT in the hospital. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Mrs. Dr. Phil celebrating May The Sixth by NOT having Dr. Phil in the hospital. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

Our feast:
Cream cheese and crabmeat wrapped with wonton skin, served with sweet sauce.

SP3 NOODLE SOUP (with vegetables)
Noodles, bean sprout, onions, lime juice, beef flavor, black pepper, hoisin sauce and chili paste.

Crispy catfish slice topped with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, eggplant and coconut milk in a red curry.

Half duck Thai style barbequed, served with Thai special sauce.

The innocent sounding Noodle Soup, medium hot, was spectacular and HOT. They had us at lime juice -- and there really was a strong lime flavor, especially the mushrooms.

The fish and the duck always change, but the BBQ Thai special sauce was lovely and the duck slid off the bones. I would normally try some of Mrs. Dr. Phil's fish, but the soup was a huge soup for two and we both had two bowls. So we were full.

Our main courses... I killed the built-in flash and jumped up to ISO 1600 to make it look more like food. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Just as I started to back up the Bravada after dinner, the Low Fuel light came on, so when we got to Allendale we stopped for gas. Now Friday gas was $3.63.9/gal. And it was $3.42.0/gal this morning at 9am -- so what the hell happened that it was $3.78.9/gal at 7pm?

Still, I got a nice shot of the pink flowering trees we pased this morning. Of course they were backlit this morning. (grin) You shoot with what you've got. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

It was a lovely day for driving around, though the thunderstorms have just hit at 2am. But all in all, a fine May The Sixth celebration. A new tradition in our household. Y'all are free to celebrate May The Sixth, too, hospital stay optional.

Dr. Phil
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