Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Whereabouts, Change

Kim's new job at OPM as a Special Agent starts on November 8. Movers come on November 1, and we start a three day trek to Santa Fe the next day. She gets her cool new Government Owned Vehicle, laptop, blackberry, badge and other spiffy credentials, etc., then. I'm advocating for the Dodge Charger over the Jeep Liberty.

Clients continue to come in to Parkinson Consulting, my new business. Since we are bottom feeding, I'm dealing with a lot of small businesses, and that's different than dealing with companies with millions of dollars of revenue, like I did the last time I ran this kind of business. It's more like running a one man law practice - people show up who need your services but don't have a lot of cash flow or cash reserves. I'm learning how to help them and make money doing it. My current business model wants these kind of clients.

We have our new apartment on the Indian reservation called Pueblo of Pojoaque. Prime rib special every night at the Cities of Gold casino just up the street! Mountain views from our kitchen. A new, great career for Kim and new portable one for me.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Meat Loaf?

OK, so mostly we eat things for dinner like Fennel Encrusted Pork Chops, Buccatini Ala Matriciana, Larks Tongues in Aspic, or Stuffed Quahogs. Lately, we've been making Meatloaf. It's good!

I don't know how to make meatloaf. My method when I don't know how to make a dish is to find a seemingly reasonable recipe, make that, and then use that as a baseline to make my own recipe. Here's what I've learned from meatloaf round two.

I took a basic recipe which had ground beef and pork, eggs, plain bread crumbs, spices. I added more bread crumbs, worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, chopped parsley, cream, and more.

Lesson learned:

1. The more ingredients, the better. Load it up, dry mustard, whatever. Obviously, try to layer the flavors. There is a limit here though, because there is only the one cooking process.
2. Mix the dry ingredients first. Keep the hand mixing of the meats down to discourage toughness from over-handling the meat.
3. Cream. Use it.
4. Make a good gravy.
5. No tomato based product has any business anywhere near your meatloaf, no matter what a recipe calls for. The same with BBQ anything. Leave them out.
6. There must be a million or more meatloaf recipes.
7. The French make their own version of meatloaf which is way over the top, but probably great. At $20.00 a slice.
8. My second generation recipe is pretty good.
9. Everyone loves meatloaf.

Last, if anyone would like to send me two dozen quahogs in a cooler, I would be grateful. I'll replace your cooler.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mainstream Media - Fair?

CNN broadcasted, live,  the debate between Chris Coons, the democratic candidate running against Christine O'Donnell for the Senate (Delaware). This is proof of the liberal bias in the mainstream media.

We haven't seen CNN broadcast other local debates - only this one. Why not? Because of CNN's liberal bias!

The reason CNN made this broadcast is simple - none of the other races are as intellectually lobsided. O'Donnell came off in this debate as a "low information" republican, which she is. She couldn't cite a single Supreme Court decision she disagreed with. We can blame her handlers for not preparing her for that question, I guess. Coons was completely prepared, informed and articulate - after all he is Yale educated, which gives him an unfair advantage. As O'Donnell says in her ads, she didn't go to Yale. It's just not fair that she should be made to debate a person like Coons. And CNN made her do it.

It's pro-intellectualism at it's worst - showcasing an intelligent, thoughtful candidate like Coons against a perfectly formed idiot like O'Donnell. Shameless. Shame on you CNN. Advocating that smart people make decisions in government. Shame!

We need to have a separate forum to allow weak-minded, or under-educated right wing candidates to debate their pointy-headed, over-educated left wing political rivals. With easier questions and simpler language, you know? Whatever it takes to allow them to get their message out without having to answer those pesky, difficult questions from the liberal elite media, like CNN, that require critical thinking.

Wait a minute! We have that already:

Fox News!