A bullet post. With stuff!
- The Chicago-style hot dogs we made for the Super Bowl were just perfect, in case anyone was wondering. The bacon-infused rye was wonderful too, but maybe I didn't use the right kind of bacon. Because while the flavor was smoky and sweet and smooth, it didn't really have a strong enough bacon aroma for my liking. I found a recipe from a bar in Toronto called the Hoof Cafe that I'm gonna try next. They actually drop the cooked bacon and the grease into the rye and let it infuse for 3 whole days. Maybe those Canadians know what they are doing after all. Maybe not.
- I finally got a chance to sit down and watch The Hurt Locker last week. I've been a fan of Jeremy Renner for a while now, but he was absolutely brilliant in this flick. I don't know how "real" it is, but this was one powerfully brutal flick. Well deserving of all the praise and awards that are being heaped on it.
- So there is this robot, a box is all it is really, that's sole purpose is to re-sell itself on eBay every couple of weeks. It was created by an artist named Caleb Larsen who dubbed it "A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter". It was last sold for $6,350 a week ago so it will be back on sale soon. This, um, thing keeps skipping from one owner to another and all it does is re-sell itself once it finds its temporary home. You still don't get it, do you? It'll find you! That's what it does! It's ALL it does! You can't stop it! It'll wait for you! Oh...sorry. Wrong robot.
- I'm one of those guys that has the news on in the background while I am working and playing. So I hear it, but sometimes I don't process it. Like the story about Sarah Palin writing crib notes for her "tea party" speech on her own hand like she was cheating on a High School History exam. I heard it, but I thought someone was just making a joke. I mean, there is no way she would be caught doing something obvious like that, right? Wrong. My favorite part is how she crossed out
budgeton her own hand. Way to stay in the news, Sarah!
- A while back, RW wrote a little something on his blog about Charles Bukowski. Hank, if you prefer. A helluva writer, he was also pretty famous for being one of those legendary drinkers you're always hearing about. Got me to thinking about which legendary drinker I would have loved to have spent an evening with at the pub. Hank Williams. Ernest Hemingway. W.C. Fields. John Barrymore. Oliver Reed. There's a lot to choose from. I'd probably pick my grandfather. Never met the man. He died before a few years before I was born. But he was a legendary drinker with a capital L, if one were to believe the tall tales. I betcha some of those more famous legendary drinkers have grand-kids that would have loved to known them better as well. I really not trying to be maudlin here. It wasn't really the drink that killed him. Well, not just the drink. I just think it would have been a hoot to hang out with the dude.
- Speaking of legendary drinking, I wish I was down in New Orleans today for the parade honoring the Saints for their Super Duper win on Sunday. I'm sure Bourbon Street will be rockin' and rollin' the way they do. Gonna be a bit crazy though. Being the week before Fat Tuesday and all, Mardi Gras is gonna be a sight to behold this year, I'm tellin' ya! But instead, it's time to dust off my most favorite video ever. Clint Maegdan and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band doing their version of The Kinks song "Complicated Life".
PS - For those counting (Slyde), this is the fourth time I've posted this video here. But it's been over a year, so...
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Get yourself to Preservation Hall. It's one of those magic places that you often hear about.