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Canada Day Vittles Chez Park-Methot Cod filets poached in a mixture of Korean sesame leaves, oyster sauce, sesame oil, celery, green onions, mushrooms; seasoned with garlic and Korean red pepper powder; served with rice. Happy Canada Day! Life is good.
Next Year we will include Leeks (Wales), Game Hen (Cornwall?), Haggis (Scotland), Tourtiere (Brittany), Schnitzel (Germany), Cheese (Holland), Nasi Goreng (Indonesia), Sashimi (Japan), and Something Boiled Beyond All Rational Consideration (England) in our as growing salute to all our household roots in one mammoth Canada Day Heritage Meal… You’re all invited. Bring Wine.
One Liner of the Month: "A Brit, a Jew, and a Polish guy all walk into the bar and say, "Holy crap, Romney is a douche." From Andy Borowitz Via Paulina Davidesco
What Teachers do When They Are on “Vacation” First Day of Vacation for me. Busy. Moved the computers down to the old playroom (which was the study room before, and before that the downstairs bedroom and before that the office). Now it is office again. Melissa and I sorted through a mound of old toys. Grand Nieces are in for a treat. Funny how experience conditions you and engrains unquestioned reflexes in you. I was dreading moving the stacks and monitors down... Then I ...lifted a screen and realized that my experience with monitors was 8 to 10 years out of date (ancient history these days) - the flat-screen was about 1/10th as heavy as the monitors I remember lugging up and down the stairs. Cleaned out the guest room and washroom and "my" closet. Broke the hot mop on the living room floor. And all this with a raging 4 day case of GI-trots. How do I do all this? Easy - I'm coasting on all the energy saved from NOT teaching 45 kids a day. Life is good.
Olympics Observation #1 I've been watching the Canadian and American TV coverage of the Olympics, with some online stuff from Korean broadcasters as well. My take? The Americans seem to follow the American versus Opponent story line - the other guys are interchangeable. The Koreans are just as homer, but they give more detailed coverage of the event, the Canadians tend to try to cover everybody...
One new fave for me (and a must in the house for future Games) was the archery competitions. Melissa and the girls and I watched the Korean coverage as it streamed online – and this guy was a marvel.
Legally blind, yet record setting in archery. He proved that focus is not so much in seingth etarget as in willing the performance.
What’s Wrong With God These Days Anyways? (Part 1) I used to have a Faith Community like this one… What happened to it?
Took a Car Trip to Vermont by Way of Montreal in Early July Stayed just off the Dorval Circle for a night’s rest then drove through Eastern Township back roads and went through Frelighsburg and down the 108. The border was uneventful – no Officer Singhs screaming without provocation. Melissa remarked how very much like Korea the mountains and valleys were, but in Korea it would be terraced rice paddies instead of Holsteins. I love the 108 – it winds through valleys and past authentic farming country. We went down through Smuggler’s Notch . The Notch was crowded with cars and narrow and winding as I remember.
We went up the Gondola to just under the peak on Mansfield (opposite side to where Steven and Natalie and Mark and I used to climb), maybe next time we’ll come up the other side in the old fashioned way.
The girls loved it. We had lunch at the peak and the view was spectacular. We then made it to Waterbury (where I want to live my next life) and had ice cream at Socialist World HQ (Ben and Jerry's) and bought apple butter at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
That night we had sushi in Burlington (Rule of thumb - for a sushi restaurant to be halfway good you need a critical mass of local population from Japan or Korea - this was Vermont - 'nuff said). The next morning we took the Grand Isle Ferry and cut across the ancestral Ganien'keh homeland in upstate New York. All in all it was a great trip making memories.
Quote of the Month: "I remain convinced that American conservative thought is now not a philosophy but, rather, a book of spells, a series of conjuring words that have meaning only to the initiates." Precisely.
Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/se-cupp-obama-collectivism-video-10756552#ixzz2127RMnpG
Olympics Observation #2
My God Paul McCartney looks old... My God *I* am old
What’s Wrong With God These Days Anyways? (Part 2)
"Only 40 percent of Americans can name more than four of the Ten Commandments, and a scant half can cite any of the four authors of the Gospels. Twelve percent believe Joan of Arc was Noah's wife. This failure to recall the specifics of our... Christian heritage may be further evidence of our nation's educational decline, but it probably doesn't matter all that much in spiritual or political terms. Here is a statistic that does matter: Three quarters of Americans believe the Bible teaches that “God helps those who help themselves.” That is, three out of four Americans believe that this uber-American idea, a notion at the core of our current individualist politics and culture, which was in fact uttered by Ben Franklin, actually appears in Holy Scripture. The thing is, not only is Franklin's wisdom not biblical; it's counter-biblical. Few ideas could be further from the gospel message, with its radical summons to love of neighbor. On this essential matter, most Americans—most American Christians—are simply wrong, as if 75 percent of American scientists believed that Newton proved gravity causes apples to fly up."
Things get Lost in Transition/Translation So Melissa started a new job this last week. She is super excited about it and working super hard. Sunday, she made cod filets in a stew of Korean radishes, potatoes and other tasty bits with a neat sauce. We ate it all up except a bit left in the pan. I did the clean up. Melissa asked me what I did with the "leftovers" I told her I had put it in wet recycling. Monday morning and we transitioned from a two person kitchen to a house-husband kitchen. I did all the dishes, prepared three meals, and mopped the floors and scrubbed the countertops, put all the stuff away and stacked unmatched Tupperware odds and ends on the counter by the sink. Tuesday morning we noticed a smell in the kitchen, so I washed out the recycling box and scrubbed the wet recycling bin. Last night Melissa remarked that the whole ground floor smelled funny and we lit candles and opened all the windows. She is taking today off to take the girls for appointments, so last night she allowed as how she would get up early and give the kitchen a scrub. I greatly feared that we had a dead raccoon (or worse) in the ceiling. I got up early and scrubbed the tile floor and then steam mopped it. I put away all the dishes and scrubbed the sides and front of the refrigerator. I started on the counter tops - triple scrubbing. I poured comet in the wet recycling bin and scoured it with steaming hot water. I scrubbed the stovetop and island. Finally I started matching up the loose Tupperware that I could and moving it from beside the sink to proper places under the counter. I figured that if the place STILL stank I would have to take a crowbar to the ceiling and go dead raccoon hunting. That's when I found the Tupperware juice jug. I should have followed the flies. Melissa had thawed the cod in the jug and used about 3/4 of it. When she had said "leftovers" she meant the raw fish that she hadn't cooked rather than the pan fried stuff we left uneaten. So today's lesson is: Make sure you understand what your spouse is saying; otherwise it may cause an unnecessary big stink and a waste of effort. Life is good