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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I Love Faygo




This afternoon when I finished worked, dad said to me: "Let's get lunch at that hot dog place so we can get lunch and you can buy Faygo!" So, we had lunch and I bought Faygo. Faygo is a soda pop made in Detroit, MI. It's hard to find around here and only one place in my area sells it. I decided to write a poem about Faygo. :)

"Untitled"

She handed me the grape Faygo can
while we waited for the bus bound to Detroit.
Needed after a long, midnight delay plan--
she handed me the grape Faygo can
to welcome me to Detroit, a solo woman,
to show friendship and a life once adroit.
She handed me the grape Faygo can
while we waited in Ohio, bound for Detroit.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In Response to Curt Schilling's "The World We Live In" Blog Post

This made headline news this morning - Curt Schilling's blog post in response to the bullies that were harassing his daughter over Twitter. For those of you unfamiliar with the story and unfamiliar with Curt Schilling - Schilling was a baseball player for 15 years (Phillies and Red Sox). His 17 year old daughter was just accepted into college and being a typical dad, he posted his excitement on Twitter. Sadly, it quickly turned dark. Two guys replied back with derogatory tweets in response to Schilling. The tweets mentioned hurting Schilling's daughter once she arrived at college in the fall. You can read Schilling's response through his blog at 38 Pitches. Fortunately  it was easy to figure out their identities. One was suspended from community college and the other was fired from his job with the New York Yankees (for those of you who aren't into baseball: the Red Sox and Yankees are bitter rivals).

I'm going to be lazy and copy what I posted elsewhere about this situation:
    Good for Curt Schilling. I applaud him for doing this detective work and getting these two perverted trolls fired/suspended. What they said about his daughter is not okay and we should not forgive them for their actions. What these men said is not funny - it's disgusting and despicable. This type of talk is not okay. This blog should be shown to all boys; fathers and mothers need to teach their sons more respect. We need to be there for boys and be examples of how to treat not only women, but everyone! The Golden Rule is not dead! This kind of behavior on social media is not okay! I just hope these guys just talked the talk and never walked the walk...


It's echoing on a response I saw on Schilling's blog:
March 2, 2015 8:01 pm
I commented here this morning, and I agree with your message, but as the day went on, and I’ve read the comments here….I’m concerned. One of the offending people posted an apology and explanation (not a good explanation, but an explanation) he’s was met with terribly harsh responses. Cruelty. Surely that was not your intention to perpetuate more cyber cruelty. I fear for their safety and mental health. Yes, they did all did a horrible thing with out thinking. I hope the goal here is to educate not destroy these young men. I hope this is a lesson for all young stupid boys who choose to disrespect women in order to impress their peers. Obviously, there is something lacking in their lives if they resort to this sort of celebrity baiting for attention and approval. I am concerned for them. Their world’s have been rocked. I hope they know this doesn’t have to define them and it’s never too late to apologize, ask forgiveness and change the direction of thier lives. Let this be a blessing not a curse for all involved. Let it be a lesson not only in cyber bullying but the power of forgiveness.

There should be zero tolerance for this type of talk. Yes, most of us go over the line at times on social media, but talk of hurting someone is not funny. In fact, if someone mentions that and keeps going on and on about hurting someone, I would think they are not drawing attention to themselves or trying to be funny - I would think there was something seriously wrong with them and would call the authorities. I'm glad Curt Schilling did and I'm glad people stepped in before things could happened. As I posted elsewhere, I think young people - not only guys - need to be taught respect. Social media should have common courtesy like real life. These types of comments/tweets are unacceptable and there should be repercussions for actions. Young people need to realize that we don't live in a vacuum - everything we do has consequences, whether it's good or bad. Everything has consequences. Bullying and harassment should not be welcomed into our world. I hope what Curt Schilling did is an example for everyone.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lotus Inn's Chinese New Year and Lion Dance



Yesterday evening, despite the freezing rain and ice, Aunt Kathy, Uncle Dave, mom, dad and me went to the Lotus Inn. The Lotus Inn is located within the Swedesford Plaza Shopping Center in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. On February 19, the Chinese New Year celebrated the Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram. I thought the celebrations were only on February 19; I was glad they were celebrating the New Year. I've never experienced a Chinese New Year celebration and was excited for this.

When we arrived at close to 5 PM, we were the only ones in the restaurant. Within 20 minutes, that changed and other people started pouring in. I wanted to order the sake first, but I decided I would start off with 7Up. We all ordered the 12 course meal, with a seafood winter melon soup first. That soup was interesting - I liked the broth and I was surprised the winter melon wasn't sweet. Some of the pieces did have sweetness, but they mostly took on the flavor of the broth. We were served spring rolls, chicken on skewers and wontons next. They were AWESOME! I loved the wontons the most, though.

When our main meal was served - vegetables, a bunch of meat, and shrimp - that's when the Dancing Lions came out. We were given red envelopes to fill with money to tease the Lions. The drums exploded as the drummers and lions entered through the doors. Dum, dum, duummm, the lions kept on beat with the drums as they danced around the restaurant. Most of us teased the lions with the red envelopes. As we danced and teased, the lions followed our movements. The show lasted for a half an hour. The ending was amazing; it's like the lions were bowing down to the drummers at the end. The lead drummer gave the one lion a huge red envelope.

We finished our meal. Our waitress instructed us that there were photo opportunities near the bar. I wish I brought my real camera because my cell phone picture took lame pictures. After we finished eating, we went over to the lions and had a picture opportunity. After the pictures, I ordered warm sake. This was my first time having sake. I thought it tasted good - it reminded me a bit of strong white wine. Aunt Kathy wanted to try a bit, so I poured her one in the porcelain shot glass. She didn't like it; I ended up drinking all the warm sake. I had the sake with our ice cream dessert. I'm glad I had an eight course meal and dessert because I think I had close to 9 shots of sake.  I slept well last night.

I can say this was an amazing experience and I really enjoyed my first Chinese New Year celebration. I can't wait to go to the restaurant again and I can't wait to participate in a Chinese New Year celebration next year!

















Saturday, February 28, 2015

Feeling British Tonight: Bangers, Potatoes au Gratin, and Texas Roadhouse Styled Green Beans

Tonight I was feeling rather British/Irish. I am already part Irish and since Saint Patrick's Day is coming, bangers are now available around here; I wanted to get in touch with my heritage. :p Mom is seeing Elton John tonight with Aunt Kathy; I made dinner for dad and I. Although this wasn't a quick meal - it took me two hours to cook everything, it was still very good. This meal would be perfect for someone trying to impress someone else, but also if someone wants something different (in my case). I will post the different recipes and I will give you instructions on how to warm bangers.


Potatoes au Gratin


  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch thick pieces
  • 3/4 white onions, sliced into rings
  • 1/4 red onions, sliced into rings
  • 1 shot of Jack Daniels
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup, 3 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese



  1. Preheat the over to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a casserole dish. 
  2. Layer half of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with half of the onion slices and half a shot of Jack Daniels.  Add the rest of the potatoes, then add the rest of the onions and Jack Daniels. I added a slice of cheddar to the top - I broke it into small pieces. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In medium sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour, salt, pepper, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted; about 30 to 60 seconds.  Pour cheese mixture over the potatoes, and cover the dish with tin foil.
  4. Bake 1 1/2 hours in the oven.


Texas Roadhouse Styled Green Beans


  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 lbs fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoons red onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white onions, chopped
  • 1/2 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground salt



  1. Place bacon into a saucepan. 
  2. Cook for about ten minutes. 
  3. Take it out of the saucepan to drain. 
  4. Keep the bacon grease in the saucepan, add the butter. 
  5. When the butter melts down a bit, add the onions and garlic. 
  6. Cook until the onions are translucent. 
  7. Add the chicken broth, the crumbled bacon, salt, pepper, and green beans. 
  8. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes.



Bangers

Buy package of bangers and place on skillet. Cook until brown; it took about 20 minutes of cooking until they were done. My bangers didn't turn a golden brown, but they were steaming hot.

Enjoy!
































Speaking of it being a British night, look at the beautiful card I received from Andrew yesterday! :)



Friday, February 27, 2015

Review of Chris Gales

Two weeks ago Chris Gales, a musician mom and I saw while we were visiting Memphis, sent me an e-mail to inform me he released a CD. Mom and I saw Chris while he was performing at Flynn's on Beale Street, which is where his CD was recorded. I ordered Chris Gales Live at Flynn's for $17 and couldn't wait to have an album reminiscent of my Memphis trip. To say I was excited is an understatement.

When I loaded Chris's live CD into my walkman, I was instantly transported back to when mom and I saw him at Flynn's. I remember drinking my Jack and Coke, while carefully eating my catfish and collards; mom imbibing her beer and eating her brisket. As we were waiting for our food, we were mesmerized by Chris's charisma and performance. He's a great singer and a really nice guy.

The CD opens up with his introduction to the crowd dining at Flynn's, then it quickly goes to "Walking In Memphis." "Walking in Memphis" is his cover of Marc Cohen's 1991 hit, and I honestly like Chris's version a bit better (like I said, I like Chris's voice). Eight other songs are covers as well, which Chris's renditions are superb, giving the songs new life: "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King, 1961) and "Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding, 1968), "Good Day" (Storyville), Shaky Ground (Temptations), Crossroad Blues (Robert Johnson), and three others. Chris penned "A Beautiful Thing" and in his performance, Chris's talented lyrics shows a unique side of him. He is definitely a great writer and musician. The way he conducts his performances and his very outgoing nature, I can see why Flynn's always wants him performing. His charisma and showmanship definitely draws a crowd and a following.

I would recommend buying Chris Gales Live at Flynn's. I know it brought back the good memories of Memphis for me; but even if you've never been to Memphis, you would appreciate the sound of Memphis coming out of your speakers. It might just lead you towards your own trip to Memphis to see all the talent that comes from the Delta. You can purchase the CD here.