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June 2011

I Was Not Invited To The BBQ, So I Made My Own!!!

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I have a friend that had a BBQ last night, which I was not invited to! So in retaliation I had my own BBQ. Now, I’m not one of those fancy East-siders so I didn’t have anything special, like table cloths or guests, but I managed to have a good time anyway. It was just Natalie, my girls and I tonight, and my family doesn’t count since Natalie doesn’t eat meat (she believes the spirits of the animals will come back to eat her) and my girls split 1 hamburger, ate 5 bites and ran out to play with their friends without caring how incredible the hamburger was.

Royal Red Robin BurgerA while back I had this hamburger from Red Robin called the Royal Red Robin Burger. It was the best burger I had ever had in my life. They put a fried egg right in the middle of it. I wouldn’t have thought of putting a fried egg in it, but it was amazing!! I was that happiest man ever with that burger (it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy) until I got home and checked the Weight Watcher points. I was following the plan at that time and that one burger covered all my points for the entire day! That’s off topic…

The menu tonight was hamburgers (the pictures should have tipped you off on this), because I love a good burger. I don’t ever know what all I’m going to put in my burgers until I start making them, but I know the basics, which is really just the meat and Worcestershire Sauce. The last time I was experimenting with hamburgers I tried adding feta cheese to the meat and it was amazing. Today as I was at the store to get the feta I saw bleu cheese sitting there and decided to go with that instead. So, to start with I got the hamburger meat, bleu cheese and Worcestershire Sauce. My friend might have something to argue with here since I refuse to eat mushrooms because they’re gross and a fungus, but I’ll eat bleu cheese, which is essentially moldy cheese. I went through my cupboard and found a some other items I could add in the meat, but I don’t remember what I grabbed. One trick that I picked up a long time ago that helps to hold the burger together, oatmeal. I think the oatmeal adds body to the burgers and just makes them all that much better.

Bleu Cheese BurgerYou know what does NOT go on a burger, or anything: ketchup. Ketchup doesn’t go on fries, eggs, hamburgers, hot dogs, or meat loaf. Ketchup doesn’t go on ANYTHING. For my burgers, in the future I think I’m going to try adding sour cream in the meat. The Sour Cream Burger – sounds tempting doesn’t it? I’ll keep my eye’s open for other stuff I could try, like onion dip mix (the package says it’s good).

What I ended up with tonight was beautiful, a Bleu Cheese burger that was so good! I ended up with 5 perfect burgers and only myself to enjoy them. I even grilled onions for my private BBQ. After that I came down to my basement and wrote a blog about it while watching movies on my computer. Have you ever read a blog about a dude with a more exciting life that this?! I made a hamburger than I wrote a blog about it. Although, it was a burger worth writing about. Too bad I was the only one there to enjoy it.

My Bowling Failures Are Not My Fault. I’m Really Good!!

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I gave my old 16 pound bowling ball to my father-in-law because the holes were too big and I wanted a more controllable 14 pound ball. There’s a company in Logan, Storm, that makes a good ball so I went to my favourite pro-shop and got my new ball. The ball is nice with a marble texture and it’s aerodynamic in it’s roundness, the colours are shiny and marbly, and the finger holes double as speed holes (you have to be a Simpson’s fan to get that one).

A long time ago I learned to put a curve on the ball to get it to go right in the pocket to the right of the front pin and make such a perfect strike. I have a long way to go before I perfect the technique, but at least I know how to do it. So I took my new ball to a nice bowling alley and tried it out. I was playing with a bunch of novice bowlers who throw the ball straight, no curve, no style, no magic. I can say that because there’s a chance they’ll read this and I like starting lame arguments, it goes along with why I give Apple users a hard time. I used my skilled curve to get the ball to fall into the pocket. My ball hit the pocket once, maybe twice the entire night. No matter what I did I couldn’t get it to land right. I paid a lot of money for a reactive ball to make the curve just right and it would barely curve. I don’t think I can blame the ball entirely, or the user for that matter. The lanes were those of a night club/bowling alley. I doubt the 16 year old kid that oils the lanes understands the importance of the oil. The lanes are 60 feet and the oil should stop at around 40 feet. I swear they oiled the lanes the full distance. That leaves no break point! At the end of the game I had done awful. I need to find a smoky run down lane, I think that’s the only place I’m going to get a lane that’s run by someone who knows what they are doing.

In other excitement with my life my new job is going great. My employer is fantastic. My greatest fear is that I’m not doing enough fast enough. But they keep getting projects that are never ending projects. Most of those are cleaned up though. Another thing that’s awesome about my position at my company is that I can work when I want, meaning if I need to complete some work at home I can. I know it sounds stupid to want to work more than is required by the hours but I like doing the job until the job is complete, not until I’ve met my required hours. I also dont think its fair that my company needs to pay me more just because I’m not as fast as I could be, so I’m think its awesome that they put me on salary. Perhaps if my last work trusted the employees like my current work does they wouldn’t have run into the problems they did. Of course I knew many employees that were there to take advantage of the system. One person even made up stories about being sick so they could work from home. The problem was they did no work when they were home, but they demanded payment anyway.