Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Chilly Spring Break

Nothing says Spring Break in Oregon like cold, damp winds, rain and plenty of steely gray clouds. Those poor students, forced to proclaim their utter and complete boredom and make a ruckus while watching people broil on MTV. The injustice of it all.

Meanwhile, the house front continues to drag. I was given the numbers of a couple of loan brokers, but they have yet to return my calls. I just don't get it- I trying to give you business but you won't return my calls? Why is this something that many Oregonians seem to excel at - poor communications when a person wants to do business? Argh!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Spring in full throttle

So, the first day of official spring. While back east there is still wintry storms, here it is lovely- still chilly, but there are lots and lots of flowers. The flowering plums and cherries are in full bloom- with the leaves following right behind. I always wish that the blooms stay for a little bit longer, t enjoy the fluffy, sweet clouds of blossoms. No wonder that the Japanese praise it so- life is truly brief like cherry blossoms- and you really should enjoy it while you can.

I would talk about politics, about Mr. Gonzales being reprimanded, but you know, there has been talked about for the past few years- the restriction of liberties, the politicising of our justice system. It's amazing how thi snational foolishness has now seemed to caught up to us, and there is this great hew and cry. It is all disgusting.

Maybe with spring there will be a rebirth of ethics.


Thursday, March 8, 2007

Cherry Blossoms

So, was walking today- and look!

Cherry blossoms!

There are not alot, but there are enough to really focus your eyes and to trick your nose with the delicate scent of blossoms. the warm spell we had combined with the rain to make the trees wake up and get the sap going. Who needs to go to Japan for cherry blossom viewing?

Speaking of which, I need o get to the Japanese Garden this weekend to see how the garden is going. It is such a meditative pleasure, seeing all the seasons of the garden, and admiring such living works of nature.

A few more thoughts:

- Scooter Libby. Guilty, guilty, guilty. While people say that he is 'the fall guy' and where is everyone else, lets think for a minute. He exposed a woman to mortal danger in order to destroy her husband. That is lowest of the low, that is digusting and he was not under orders to do so. He made that choice in order to please his masters. That is sort of man he is.

- Ann Coulter. It is amazing, how the press makes a fuss, while this woman rakes in the cash. Rakes- I should say Hoover up. Her books are bestsellers, and there is criticism, but is pathetic, on an order of the sniggering high school students. And there quite a bit hedged criticism, whimpy and sad, about how it is all funny.
I think the best way to treat her is like the loud, drunken, vulgar Aunt Ann. We all know Aunt Ann- she drinks too much and always has a crack or three, whether or not you want to hear them. Ignore her.

-Buses. Buses should wait at transit centers until the trains are full empty and out of the staion before pulling off. Yes, I am talking to you, Line 52!

At the very least, rain is more bearable than icy cold. And cherry blossoms are restful for the eyes.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A very short post about Ann Coulter

And so, the other day, Ann Coulter, a columnist who has made her fortune saying all sorts of outrageous things in the name of 'commentary', was criticised and lost sponsorship on her website for calling John Edwards the french name for a cigarette.

There is a lot of hoopla about Coulter, her nasty comments and her bad writing, but there is something that all the huffing and bluffing journalist don't say: Coulter sells crap, just as Limbaugh does, by tapping into real fear and anger that just simmers in a part of our society.

She's a mirror, and it is not lovely what is shown.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Rain and Solar Power

Working, working working when it is raining, raining, raining without stop, raining sideways. Actually I was studying up for work, which needed to be done, and I thought that today would be as rainy, as without let up as it has been for the rest of the week. It was drizzly a bit, but there break in the clouds and the air had a bit of mildness.

But it was still damp, soggy gray and muddy, the only relief being the brave little crocuses growing out of the mud, fairing better than the grass.

When I got tired of doing the studies I looked up a lot of information on solar power. Despite the thick gray clouds and moisture, I would like to install solar panels on my future home. Western Oregon does get it fair share of sun, and the Oregon House recently passed a rather generous incentive to increase tax credit distribution to citizens who purchase energy efficient appliances and/or install solar panels or solar heating. It has yet to pass the Oregon Senate, but I believe that it will. If it does not, then that's okay. With the taxes credit system in place now one could recover the upfront cost in a few years, and a good system would pay for itself. All that, and something like 1 ton of emissions from the air.

All that for the cost of a tidy closet in Brooklyn. Imagine that!

To end the soggy day, I made an impromptu Thai-inspired red curry. I needed something spicy and reminded me of warm days. It was really easy, so let me tell you:

1 large Eggplant ( or three-four slender Japanese ones), chopped into cubes
2 tablespoons Canola/Vegetable oil
2 medium onions,sliced
3 tablespoons thai red curry
3 tablespoons fish sauce
12 ozs-16 ozs turkey, sliced into strips
1 tablespoon sugar
1 14 oz can coconut milk
A handful of basil leaves, sliced or chopped
A Handful of mint or shiso
Rice Noodles ( about 1/2-3/4 of a package)

Set a pot of water to boil. As you are waiting for that, saute eggplant in oil until toasty, browned all over and begin to soften. Take out the eggplant and place in a bowl.
When the water is boiling, place rice noodle in to cook. This will take about 6-8 minutes. While that is going on, go ahead and start sauteing the onion ( add a tablespoon of oil if needed) for a minute until it start to be a bit tender, then add the turkey and thai curry mixture. Cook for a minute more, add the fish sauce and pour in the coconut milk. Let simmer for 8 minutes; add back the eggplant and simmer for eight-ten more.

The noodles should be done. Drain, rise with cold water, and shake dry. Dress the noodles with a bit of rice vinegar, sesame seed oil and the chopped mint. Set aside until curry is done.

Curry for cook for a total of about twenty minutes, until sauce is reduced and caramelly looking. Serve on top of noodles, with a bit of the chopped basil leaves.

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