Sound Bites

I was traveling around Afghanistan the last several days so didn’t get a chance to update this thing. I’m going to cheat tonight and use some draft material that I never got around to fleshing out to a full post along with some stuff from the last week that I didn’t have time to write. So, don’t go looking for the deeply philosophical subtext you’ve come to expect from my prose. Tonight’s blog will be only moderately awesome.

That Don makes a hell of chicken

C’est Magnifique!

So we head on over the Northline for lunch last week and I see that they've gone all hoity-toity French-cuisine-like on me. Great, but if you're gonna get all pretentious like that you may want to have someone who actually speaks French spell check your menu. Who the hell is Corn Don Bleu? Sound's like a redneck comic from Louisiana. There's not even any damn corn in the stupid dish. Why would they think "corn" would be in the name? I suppose this dish was developed at Corn Don's famous culinary school that, I would presume, is run out of the back of a '75 Ford Econoline.

The Monti Sorry School

There are those who say that one should learn something new everyday. Personally, I think those people have too much time on their hands and haven’t yet discovered the joys of XBox. However, going to the Monti with T and J a couple of weeks ago was an educational experience. This post is all about the useless nonsense one can learn by dining with people who have worked in KAF just a tad too long.
Yup, that’s some shlumpy sour cream alright.

First, I learned the word “shlumpy”. As I was at the salad bar loading up on taco toppings, a man and woman, both in US Army uniforms, were looking at the bucket o’ sour cream. She said “It looks shlumpy, you taste it before I get some”. He grimaced but obliged. I interjected that it always looks that way (kinda lumpy and slightly cottage cheese-like) but has always been ok. She said “I don’t know…it really is shlumpy”. However, upon receiving a positive taste report from her companion, she loaded up on it. There ya go…I challenge you to use shlumpy in a sentence tomorrow. I kinda like that word and it pretty much captured the essence of DFAC sour cream.

I also learned from J, who has a kinda creepy ability to remember every movie he ever saw, and he’s seen all of them, that Contagion isn’t very good. He can’t, however, seem to remember words. He said it was about some virus killing everyone and there was some actress playing a doctor who “specializes in contagious diseases or something”. I suggested, helpfully, “Epidemiologist?”. He said “No, but she was definitely a something-ologist”. I opined, less helpfully, “Probably not a Vulcanologist…that would be dumb”. J then made a hand gesture to indicate pointy-ears and we left it at that.

T talked about a recent oil spill in New Zealand which led to a heated debate about how long the effects of these types of spills can last. I said, with great certainty, that everything would be back to normal in 5 years. To prove me wrong, J countered that they are still finding oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. T pointed out that that was only a couple of years ago. I said “Yeah, and how about the Exxon Valdez”. J said “That was more than 5 years ago”. I said “So, how much oil are they finding up there?”. J said ” I don’t know. Are they finding any?” I said “I don’t know.” T said “Neither do I.” AHA! Checkmate! I think it’s pretty clear who won that debate.

Not a new idea, I guess.

Ever concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and rising fuel costs, we then discussed ways to use the unemployed to generate energy. As contract workers  unemployment is in our not too distant future but J hopefully suggested that, should our plan be implemented, our experience and age would result in us being given a whipper rather than whippee position. Well, that’s one aspect of the global economic crisis taken care of.

We somehow then started talking about Iran and T mention that Khomeini may do something or other. In my usual mocking yet lovable way, I suggested that being dead may prevent him from doing anything too provocative. T said “I meant Khamenei” to which I confidently countered “He’s dead too”. T disagreed and said he would Google it when we got back to the room. I said “Fine. If I’m right you will never hear the end of this. If I’m wrong, we shan’t speak of it again”. ‘Nuff said.

Ya think Aristotle, Plato and Socrates had dinner conversations like this? I do.

That’s Not Cricket!

Inter-species Fraternization

We went to the Cambridge for Sunday dinner last week. I finally exercised some restraint and asked for the pork rather than the perennially tough beef but I still somehow ended up with a combination of beef and pork on my plate. What was the beef doing in the pork tray? They shouldn’t be canoodlin’ like that…t’aint natril. The beef, of course, was unchewable. The pork and Yorkshire were, however, delish.

Pineapple Cake and Echo Plate cookie

I’m not sure if it’s a sign of the apocalypse or they just started using a cake recipe that called for some type of liquid but the pineapple upside down cake I had for dessert was moist and just plain excellent. When I’ve had this same dish on other occasions it was always dry as KAF dust just like almost every other cake here. I don’t know what you did different on Oct 16th, DFAC guys and gals, but please do it again. I also had a chocolate cookie for dessert that tasted great but, oddly, nothing like chocolate. As I wrote my notes into my IPod, it auto-corrected chocolate to “echo plate”. Now, I have no idea what an echo plate is or what one might taste like but, for now, I’m assuming my IPod is correct and the mystery flavour was indeed, echo plate. I’m rather fond of echo plate.

IRFU sounds like it might be rude...

So, what’s all this about cricket in the section title“, you ask? Well, as you may know, the Rugby World Cup had been going on for a few weeks and just wrapped up this weekend. The Cambridge was all decked out with rugby logos in recognition of this event which, evidently, is important to some people.

I’m not a sports fan. I just can’t figure out how the outcome of a game is going to effect my life in the least. Every time I flick through the “big game” with the TV remote back home, my wife looks over adoringly and says “That’s why I love you”.

My sweet little princess about to put a hurtin' on somebody.

Rugby, at least, is eminently more comprehensible than cricket (which I expertly explain here). Basically, if someone has the ball you hurt them and take the ball away. My daughter played Rugby on her high school team so I watched a few games. It was rather entertaining because the outcome did effect me (my teenage daughter would be only moderately sullen when they won). However, despite my own penchant for foul language, I found the spectacle of a score of teenage girls screaming “motherfucker” at each other a little disconcerting. It is certainly not a game for the faint of heart.

The All Blacks had red on their uniforms-I don't get it

Anyway, rugby was the sport for the last several weeks. It was the talk of the town, particularly among the Aussies I usually work least until they were trounced by the Kiwis. Then they wanted to talk about rugby as much as I wanted to talk about Khamenei. Coincidentally, I spent the weekend with a bunch of New Zealanders. I was with them as they watched the final game in which they squeaked by the French to win the World Cup. The best part of the game was hearing the US servicemen who were there repeatedly asking “What happened?” every time the Kiwis would cheer and the Kiwis responding with something unintelligible along the lines of “Sweet as, neepo koiked a neece un”. Congrats on your victory, New Zealand.

Bottom Line

Hardly a piece of inspired literature with a common theme wending its way through a complex web of disparate, yet subtly inter-related intellectual anecdotes but, hey, at least I wrote some shit, eh?

“I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.”
E. B. White

5 thoughts on “Sound Bites

  1. I have to know. How did you tell the beef from the pork? I’m looking at the picture and can’t tell for myself.
    Pineapple makes anything moist.
    My cow-worker has a schlumpy ass. (Yes, I meant to spell it that way)

    • Easy. Beef was tough, pork was tender. Pork tasted like pork. Beef tasted like shit.
      Pineapple has failed to make KAF cake moist on several occasions. It is not omnipotent.
      I’m sorry about your cow-worker…too much sour cream perhaps?

  2. This post was a good un! I laughed out loud a number of times.! I shall try to use the word schlumpy of Steve tomorrow, that should go over well.

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