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Archive for December 22nd, 2008

Computer going in

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I’m shutting it down and taking it in now. Maybe no more posting until tomorrow.

Written by Leisureguy

22 December 2008 at 8:33 am

Posted in Daily life

Passing of an era: homemade soup

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The Wife has started her winter holiday with a bad cold, so I naturally leapt into action to make chicken soup (basic recipe below). Because the Wife is a connoisseur of cute, I of course wanted to use little alphabet pasta in the soup—or at the very least, little stars. Went to three stores and could find none. Don’t people with kids make soup anymore? I did find some tiny tube pasta and made do with that.

Basic chicken soup for a sick spouse:

1 onion
3 stalks celery
3 carrots
1 bunch parsley
herbs you like—rosemary, oregano, fines herbes, whatever
some chicken: I used two chicken thighs
chicken stock
juice of a lemon (and some lemon zest if you like)
tiny pasta

Chop onion and sauté in chicken fat (which seems to be a mild antibiotic). Add chopped celery, carrots, and parsley and sauté those as well, adding some salt and several grindings of black pepper.

Add a quart of chicken stock, the lemon juice, and the two chicken thighs. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for an hour. Remove thighs from soup and pull off all the meat, and return that to the soup.

At this point you can add another quart of stock and the tiny pasta you’ve found—acini di pepe works well, though of course alphabets would be best, with tiny stars as a runner up.

Simmer until pasta is done, and have lots of the soup.

Then have a nice cup of hot tea with honey, lemon juice, and bourbon.

Written by Leisureguy

22 December 2008 at 8:21 am

The Barber of Seville

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I just watched the Netherlands Opera version of The Barber of Seville, and I enjoyed it immensely. I’m not an opera buff, but watching this production showed me clearly why people love opera: wonderful voices singing arias written to challenge and display those voices to best advantage, in a setting of costume, story, and dance.

I’m now going to watch a whole series of operas, beginning with the other versions of this opera. Great stuff.

If you haven’t seen an opera lately, stretch your wings a bit and rent this production. I think you’ll be surprised how enjoyable it is, if you just relax and enjoy the music and those incredible voices.

Written by Leisureguy

22 December 2008 at 8:05 am

Posted in Daily life, Music

Computer problems

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The pausing has reached new levels. In 45 minutes I’ll call PC People, our local computer store, and try to schedule a repair. In the meantime, light blogging, I fear.

Written by Leisureguy

22 December 2008 at 7:50 am

Posted in Daily life

Criminal penalties: necessary?

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Certainly not, say pundits, not if the crime was committed by someone powerful and involved politicians of both parties. That seems to be the message we’re getting on war crimes trials—just like the message on the illegal domestic surveillance. Glenn Greenwald dissects the (weak) arguments in this column, and in this one shows how deeply the Democratic leadership are implicated in the war crimes. It looks as though we need to kick out all the current Democratic Congressional leaders and start fresh. I would gladly say goodbye to Reid, Pelosi, Dodd, Schumer, Feinstein, Rockefeller, Reyes, and the like just to bring in fresh blood and (to mix the metaphor) new brooms.

Written by Leisureguy

22 December 2008 at 7:48 am

Posted in Daily life, Government

Bamboo Teak to start the week

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Honeybee Spa shaving stick, since it’s Monday, and the Harvard 3 Best brush. A great lather, which the Hoffritz Slant removed along with the stubble, leaving totally smooth skin. Then New York aftershave left me feeling great.

Written by Leisureguy

22 December 2008 at 7:39 am

Posted in Shaving

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