I'm actually getting my blog in early. I'm heading out to Denver tomorrow for my second week of Total Safety Culture training. It's actually a pretty fun training class. Working for the Railroad has afforded me the opportunity to work with a very interesting and eclectic group of people. Most railroaders are pretty fun-loving people. Some are harsh and grumpy, some are kind and generous. (I tend to fall somewhere in the middle of that) In anycase, I'm looking forward to chatting with people and having a good time. One of these days I'm going to try to coherantly formulate a synopsis of what Total Safety Culture is all about. It's a pretty interesting process. But for now ... on with the show!
Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
Jam a bunch of people together in a tight space like a bus or the subway and something crazy is bound to happen. What's the most memorable thing you've seen on mass transit?
I was usually the one screwing things up on mass transit. However, I did get my foot broken once. I was headed down to the subway platform and as I stepped down someone coming down the stairs around me stepped right on my foot. At the time, it was a bit painful but I didn't think much of it. About 10 minutes later my foot looked like a very large potato. Swollen and painful, I had to call an ambulance to come pick me up from my subway stop and take me to emergency, where I found out that my foot had been fractured. Several hours and a half-cast later, I'm hoofing it two blocks to my apt, from yet another subway trip, on crutches. Good TIMES!!!
adjective: Relating to or like oats.
From Latin avena (oats).
"See birds that know our avenaceous store,
Stoop to our hand, and then repleted soar."
I'm still reading Janet Evanovich, Plum Spooky in addition to the History of Western Philosophy. The latter I'm reading in shorter increments, usually a chapter or two at a time. I still need to head to the bookstore for the other list of books I posted several blogs ago, but to refresh they were: 5000 Year Leap, Liberal Fascism, The Real Benjamin Franklin, The Real Thomas Jefferson, and The Real George Washington. I'll be reading those once I pick them up and after I get back from Denver.
Tonight is: Legend of the Seeker. Pretty good little sci-fi flick about a 'chosen' one who is destined to defeat the horrible and evil ruler.
The full-orbed moon with unchanged ray
Mounts up the eastern sky,
Not doomed to these short nights for aye,
But shining steadily.
She does not wane, but my fortune,
Which her rays do not bless,
My wayward path declineth soon,
But she shines not the less.
And if she faintly glimmers here,
And paled is her light,
Yet alway in her proper sphere
She's mistress of the night.
Henry David Thoreau
Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs
2 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 tablespoons pure chile powder, such as ancho
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined
8 small chorizo, sliced 1/2 inch thick
On a cutting board, using the flat side of a chef's knife, mash the garlic and salt to a coarse paste. Add the caraway seeds and finely chop them. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the chile powder and olive oil. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add the chorizo and cook over high heat for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Let cool slightly.
Tuck a chorizo slice in the crook of a shrimp and thread onto a skewer; the shrimp should be attached at both ends. Push it to the end of the skewer and repeat with 2 more shrimp and chorizo slices. Using more skewers, repeat with the remaining shrimp and chorizo.
Grill the kebabs over a hot fire, turning once or twice, until charred and the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.