Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween


Mmmmmm.... pumpkin pie. So good in all its number-ey goodness! I thought this was a clever picture so I thought I would post it. It makes me laugh, but I may be just that big of a nerd. Oh well, its who I am.

I would also like to post another picture, but its on my camera, and I don't know how to get it on here. This morning our IT guy came in dressed just like Willy Wonka (the newer version with Johnny Depp). I was nice to him and complimented him on his outfit, so he gave me one of his Wonka bars.

He is also the only person in this office who has seen Red vs Blue (let alone even heard of it). So whenever he walks by we give eachother little quotes that make us laugh. And before you go start making fun of him for spending all that time to look exactly like Wonka, let me give you this little fact. He stopped by here while on his way to the Children's wing at Fairfax Hospital to cheer up the kids there this morning. And from what I have gotten from him, he has done this a few times on Halloween to say hello to the children (but dressed up as someone else obviously). He may be a little weird, but I like him. Anyways have a great day!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The End of a Jar

Last night, a few hours after my yummy spaghetti dinner, I was still a little bit hungry. So I decided that I would have a pickle. I get to the fridge, grab a pickle, eat it, and I am both happy and sad at the same time. The happiness comes from eating one of those delicious pickles, the sad part comes from the fact that it was my last one. Now I know what most are thinking, "no need to worry, just buy another jar and everything will be alright." That is what I plan on doing today, but its not that simple.

I will have a new jar in my fridge by tonight, but I cannot eat them right away. Why, you ask? Simple, they have not been made into the succulent goodness that they can be. What one does is add garlic and onions (I prefer the red ones) to the jar and let it sit for a few weeks. Oh, I could easily eat a few of them right when I get home, but they do not taste the same. Now does this make much of a difference? If you are a pickle fan like me, oh yes it does!

Let me give you a scenario to prove the point I am trying to make. One goes to the store to buy a pork loin. Now what are your options in preparing this treat. You could cut it up into little pieces and nuke it in the microwave. The quickest way, but not nearly the best. You could cut it into pork chop sizes and pan fry them. Once again not too long to make, but not nearly the best. Or one could baste it several times over with different sauces over the course of days, let it sit in its juices, then take it to the grill and slow roast it. Now that sounds like a meal!

The point is certain foods taste better when they are prepared differently. The pickles, after sitting in those juices for a few weeks are much better than just an average pickle. Now some may say that this type of food is not worth it, but to me it is and that is what matters most. Just like my roommate, who enjoys his cottage cheese; I despise the stuff but he loves it. Food is a matter of opinion and with food I say, "to each their own." So, even though last night was sad because it was the end of the jar. Today should be happy because it is the beginning of a whole new one which will bring more joy.

Monday, October 17, 2005

A Fun Movie

Yes, it has been a long while since my last post. Things have been hectic these past few weeks. What with work actually picking up, going to a few job interviews, and a select few other things that have been occupying my mind (mainly just one, but there are others). So, to make this short, it is my fault for forgetting to write. Actually the only way I remembered is talking to someone last night who reminded me that I need to add another entry. Here it is.

Last night me and a few other people went to see Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Overall a funny, entertaining, good for everyone movie. The director was aiming for a movie that gave everyone enjoyment and I think that the succeeded. It also helps that the creator is British and there is much British humor in it (I do love me some British humor!). It is not top-notch animation (it never tries) but it is no matter, the movie is still excellent. If you liked Chicken Run (the clay animation movie about the chickens trying to escape - parody of The Great Escape) then you will like this movie a lot.

What also made this movie, extra great was the group of people that I went with. It is one of those movies that is good by itself, but if seen with a nice group of people, makes it so much better. Its great when there arer people around you who get the same jokes and it just makes you laugh that much harder (esp. when they have the same sense of humor). Sort of like The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, not a great move by itself, but when seen with the right people and if you are in the right mood, can be one of the funniest things that you will see. Last night I was in the mood, had the right sort of people around, and it ended up being a hysterical movie.

I'll give a brief summary of the movie, one that will not ruin anything if you want to see it. Wallace and Gromit are a man/dog duo who protect people's gardens from pests. When a monster were-rabbit begins ravaging the town, it is up to them to solve it. Doesn't sound like a winner, but the plot is coherent and it fits well with the modd the movie sets. The only potential downside to this movie, like what many other British movies have, is there is a few cases of innuendo. It was nothing bad (very tame in British standards) and I highly doubt any children will pick up on any of it, just something to know. I think it is a family movie and one that people of all ages will enjoy. Just get a good group of friends together and go watch this movie. Don't look for a movie with an in-depth plot or something that will be intellectually stimulating, because you will not be satisfied when you leave. Just expect an entertaining, funny movie and you will leave the theatre very satisfied.