Thursday, June 16, 2005

Have fun in Zurich

Lexi and Andrew's flight to europe departed a few hours ago. They left a birthday present on my doorstep (thanks guys). I can't help but think about how empty the house will be this summer. At least last year I was all bitter and introvertive when they left (in case you forgot, here's why).

Well I don't have to worry about it for a week, as I will be in Idaho for 7 days rafting on the third best river in the U.S. (I'm not really sure what comes between the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and the south fork of the Salmon River). I'm not necessarily looking forward to a 13 hour drive with 5 high school students, but these are the well behaved, can-stand-a-week-of-them breed, so it shouldn't be too bad.

In the meanwhile, I've got about 10-20 pounds of pig that need to be consumed, so I'm going to be making some chile for the office. At the very least someone will take out the trash there before I get back from Idaho.

Lessons Learned While Biking

1. I accurately input the circumference of my wheel into my bike's computer and consequently the speedometer part works as it should.

2. It is in fact possible to set of those stationary radar speed detectors on roads while on a bike.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Pig Roast

On saturday we bid our farewell to Lexi and Andrew. Well we celebrated their approaching time in Zurich. And we did it with a whole pig. We had so many people over that I definetly consider the party a success. The yard was quite full and there was significant bleed into the house (though that was precipitated by Pruett's visit and complete lack of interrest in watching a pig be sliced up for food).

The imu worked well, and I have some ideas on how to improve it as when we pulled Wilber out, he wasn't done cooking. Some quick work with my camping knife (I'm so happy with my purchase from Colorado) and he was ready to be finished on the grill. Of course even with the crowd we gathered, I still have about 20 pounds of pig in my fridge. I have to be very careful any time I open the door as Ishy gets a little excited to see it.

And what would be a party without some alcohol? I had a little to drink and was easily persuaded to juggle and breath fire for a bit. I wasn't thinking at the time that it was all that luau-y (more Ricketts-y) but in retrospect I suppose it added to the atmosphere.


Friday, June 10, 2005

That's a lot of chemical energy

There is currently a couple of micro-Hiroshima's of chemical energy sitting in the imu in my back yard. I've got my fingers crossed that the paper in the center doesn't spontaneously combust while I'm at work today. (I've got it covered and there's no way it's getting to Farenheit 451, but still).

I managed to find everything I needed at Osh and Nob Hill this morning. As soon as I pick up the pig tonight, I'm ready for a luau. Did you know that they make something called a Pig Bag expicitly for carrying pigs. Apparently it's a hunting thing. I'm so glad Tolles mentioned it to me.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Banana Leaves

As the time before I take posession of my pig approaches, I'm starting to realize I need to work out some of the details for it's preperations. (I don't know whether to call it Wilber or Charlene yet). Yesterday I went to Chavez Meat market upon Mike's recommendation looking for banana leaves and was a little disappointed with their selection. So today, I wandered of the Ranch 99 in Foster City. I hadn't realized there was one so close until I started doing some investigation.

I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for (as this is my first luau attempt) so I wandered through fresh produce for a while finding nothing. Then on a hunch I went through the freezer section and stubled through dumb luck upon them. I went in thinking I needed about 30 pounds (given a 50 pound pig that seems reasonable, along with some whiskey coated burlap sacks to steam the pig) and to my surprise they had exactly 29 one pound bags. Sweet.

So, now that I have the pig to pick up tomorrow, a hole dug, and 30lbs of banana leaves, all that's left is a big ass pile of hardwood, some porous rocks, a 'pig sack' (apparently I can get one at a gun store -- I'll go see if I can find it tonight) and a bottle of Jack Daniels. I've got a plan for everything other than the rocks. Not really sure where I'm going to get those, but hopefully inspiration will strike before too late tomorrow.

Oh, and if I've forgotten to invite anyone to the BBQ, stop on by Saturday at about 5 or 6. We'll need some help with all this meat.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Friday, June 03, 2005

Damn gas prices...

I put some gas in ThunderBolt for the first time today. It cost me almost $5 to fill up half the tank. :)