Monday, March 25, 2013

Getting Ready for Passover II

If you're coming for Passover tonight, you're in for a treat. We've got so many good things cooking. I've been outside in a Hailstorm, making green tea-marinated, maple-smoked corned beef, and it is starting to look really good. Next up: my famous Matzo Ball Soup.


Die, Evil Toaster Oven...


One of the worst chores involved in getting ready for Passover is cleaning a Toaster Oven. I'm sure there may be very observant people who say it's impossible, but I think it can be done. Crumbs may be chometz, but once they're charcoal, they're not. However, in the case of this particular Toaster Oven, I am gladly getting rid of it. (Click on any picture to see larger version.)

I used to jokingly say, "Promise her anything, but get her Black & Decker," which was a play on an old perfume ad. This was back when Black & Decker only made power tools. Now they're making small household appliances, as well. Unfortunately, this particular appliance has been an evil presence in our house since the day we bought it. The timer mechanism has never worked, and it has charred more bread & baked goods than I can recount. It is with real pleasure that I am putting it in the trash (if I had a baseball bat, I'd probably be whacking it to pieces first), and looking forward to getting a new one that works properly.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Deadly Yogurt

Back from San Diego. Two highlights from our return journey, wherein we cheated Death by flying through the Air. First, early this morning an alert TSA Agent prevented me from smuggling deadly Greek Yogurt from Trader Joe's onto the Airplane (I'm guessing he forgot to bring his own breakfast to work), and

Second, the "Tornado Shelter" signs on the Restroom entrances at the airport in St. Louis (although to be honest, if I saw a tornado rushing across the tarmac towards the all-glass wall of the Terminal, I'd probably be running to the Restroom, anyway).

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Boston Needs This

View from the Skyfari ride at San Diego Zoo. Just missed getting picture of descending Airliner about 200 feet above the highway (which looks like an aqueduct, running across the upper left-hand side). Anyway, this is exactly what Boston needs, a Cross-Town Gondola Ride. It would not only be great for Tourism, but would also be a very practical way to get from one side of Town to the other. The Gondolas could be open in the Summer, and enclosed the rest of the Year.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Goat Path to the Beach

We made it down the goat path to the Beach below Torrey Pines. It was hazy and only 66 degrees, so we were able to be there for an hour plus, without hearing that sizzling frying pan sound and realizing it was us. I managed to get myself in more than waist-deep, but wasn't up for body-surfing. We did gather a bunch of shells, but nothing spectacular. Of course, once we had reached our bag limit and were heading back to the trail, then we started to see the good ones. Shells like the Balboa Babiyaga, the multi-chambered Convolutus (AKA "the Conchominium"), and the rarely-seen Whampeter's Stoma. Oh, well, there's always next time.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tide Pools

It was just a few minutes after dead-low tide, and definitely time to check out the tidepools and the sedimentary rock formations between the Pumphouse Beach and La Jolla Cove. (Click on any photo to see larger versions.)

 Made me think of Ireland for some reason....

 The sedimentary rock has the same lunar look as the Burren,

with erosion creating some strange effects.

This looks like a line of giant vertebrae....

Dance of the improptu Beach Sculptures...

Possibly left by an ancient, beach-worshipping civilization?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden is just before the San Diego Zoo, right on the west side of Park Drive. It's a great place to walk through, as it has all kinds of unusual cacti and desert plants. (Click on any photo to see larger versions.)