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Jan. 22nd, 2016

Well, let's see what has happened to ol' Charlie since the last time I related anything.... Dave was here last weekend, and we went to the Detroit Symphony to hear them play Mozart's 38th symphony (a joy) and the world premiere of "Desert Sorrows" by Mohammed Fairouz (mixed; I liked it, Dave thought it was gimmicky). We also ate at most of our favorite restaurants, and even co-created some tasty spaghetti for dinner one night. No, we did not go to the auto show. (Actual auto show link here.)

I think I managed to miss reporting that I spent New Year's at Dave's house, just hanging out and going out to eat at our favorite Louisville restaurants. (Notice a pattern here?) For New Year's Eve, we created crock-pot sauerbraten from one of altivo's holiday gift cookbooks, and it was splendid. Then we rang in the year with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin on CNN, as we usually do.

Otherwise, things have been unexciting. The weather has been cold but not very snowy, unlike parts of the country to the south and east. What little snow has fallen has stayed, since it's not melting. I don't mind; this is about what winter should be, finally. I noted as I walked into my office from the parking lot that there was a passel of robins (that's an ornithological term, "passel"). Apparently we will have no "first robin of spring" because they're not going away in the winter anymore. I hope they make it through the next few weeks.

I've been spending a good bit of time in Second Life, working out the learning curve so that I can actually have a little fun and not just walk off a boardwalk into the ocean all the time. Though, I guess I could also be a merman if I really can't stay out of the water; I found an avatar for one that looked pretty cool. I seem also to have outgrown the motion sickness I reported back in November. That pleases me no end, as motion sickness is one of my less favorite things. I've done nothing to facilitate this except keep playing; no meds or anything else.

Anything else? Not really. I played an open mic a couple of weeks ago, and that's been the only time I played guitar all year. I have to make some time for it this weekend, because I think I actually have started missing playing.


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Jan. 22nd, 2016 05:41 pm (UTC)
The times you have spent with Dave sound very pleasant indeed - and civilised.

I hope you get to play to your heart's content henceforth.
Jan. 22nd, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
It was very pleasant and civilised. It also included many naps, which is always a plus.
Jan. 23rd, 2016 08:18 am (UTC)
Many naps - any naps - is always a plus!
Jan. 22nd, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yay, sauerbraten. Boo, price of beef. I'm just about back to being vegetarian because beef is outrageously priced. Only thing keeping me back is the fact that chicken remains affordable.

Glad you "rich" kids enjoyed the recipe, though.
Jan. 22nd, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
The beef was a splurge. If we knew the stock market was going to do what it in the following three weeks, we would've replaced the beef with eggplant. (Well... maybe.)
Jan. 23rd, 2016 11:47 am (UTC)
*snicker* Actually, eggplant works well as a substitute for beef if you put it in stroganoff. It makes good spaghetti sauce too. Sauerbraten not so much, I suspect.

I think the high price of beef is in part driven by the cost of feed corn, since much of that has been diverted to ethanol production in recent years. Now that oil is suddenly dirt cheap, we may see some dropping prices.
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