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Pot Luck

by: JayinPhiladelphia

Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 16:30:12 PM PDT

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The soup bar... (4.00 / 1)
...on Girard, a couple blocks off the El, is open again.  I hope they get a little more adventurous with their regular offerings this year.  I'm not quite sure why, but I get regular cravings for soup these days.  Even during the summer, when nobody was crazy enough to sell (hot) soups.   I've never had them before.  Maybe it's because I'm old now.  Heh.

And it's finally possible to breathe outside!  Although still a bit too hot for my tastes, since we're going back into the mid-70s for a day again on Thursday.  Hopefully my beloved 50s aren't too far off?

I'd like to spend a sunny and breezy 51 degree Sunday in New Hope and Lambertville very soon...


Tatsoi is good!  Just sauteed a bunch for dinner, w/ a hot pepper, garlic, onion and eggs.  Finally hit the Headhouse Farmers' Market this past Sunday for the first time.  I'm in an apple mood lately, picked up some winesaps.  I have to get to looking for some rarer varieties in the coming weeks.  Also picked up the tatsoi, some of the last of this year's peppers (hot and sweet), some carrots, potatoes, Asian eggplant, a bunch of arugula, and I'm sure another thing or two I've forgotten and since eaten.

One of those hot peppers kicked my ass!  I was surprised, not many can do that anymore ever since I really got deep into Vietnamese, Thai and Mexican foods over my last year in Portland, and succeeded in getting used to the hottest heats.  Unfortunately, I don't know exactly what kind of pepper it was since I just grabbed 6 for $2, out of a basket full of about a dozen varieties.


The Sixers looked great in blowing Boston out of the arena last night!  Without Bynum, even.  32-point win.  I like the way the young guys play together.  I dare say this team can be very ,very good for a long time if they can keep it together!

Well, the rain has returned to Portland. (4.00 / 1)
Can't really complain. We had a spectacular summer that lasted until last Friday. The summer was dry and warm, but not unbearably hot.

Now, we have rain and temps in the 40s and 50s, some low 60s, and wind gusts. Guess summer is over for this year.

I'm ready for rain. All the wild fires, coupled with brush fires that spread because everything was so dry, made the air almost unbearable.  

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We had a bunch... (0.00 / 0)
...of rain over the past week.  East Coast-style thunderstorms.  Not fun.  But we also needed it, after a dry summer.

I (grudgingly) got used to the heat again in my first summer back here from Portland, and by mid-August I noticed it less and less, although I sure knew it was there.

Going back to the soup thing - we don't need to make hot soup in a Philadelphia summer.  We walk through it every time we step outside.  ;)

The winter's gonna be way tougher for me, though.  Snow gives me headaches, and makes me irrationally angry even to look at.  I despise snow with the fury of... well, with the fury of a thousand things that are very furious!  I'm sure there's a Chinese proverb or something for that somewhere.  Heh.

"What rotten stuff is the snow and how beautiful it looks," Pilar said.  "What an illusion is the snow." - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Truer words have never been spoken...

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I've been pressing apples for cider (4.00 / 1)
for a week now. So far I've pressed close to 5 bushells of apples for a total of 16+ gallons of cider. I'm going to start some hard cider fermenting tomorrow.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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There's a great cider... (0.00 / 0)
...on right now from Kensington's very own Philadelphia Brewing Company, right down the street from me on Frankford Ave.  Expensive, though.  At PBC's bar-which-technically-isn't-their-bar-but-said-bar-only-has-PBC-on-tap-and-the-kegs-are-rolled-right-in-their-side-door-from-the-brewery-across-the-street-every-day, Atlantis, it's $5 a pint (the others are $3 or $4, the cheapest it gets for craft pours in Philadelphia).  Elsewhere I've heard it's as high as $7 a pint.  Ouch.  It's great, though!  And I'm not usually a hard cider fan.

Philly is a surprisingly awesome beer city for the northeast, which as a region is behind almost every other region in the country in terms of microbrews and brewpubs and whatnot.  I am very pleases with the current State of My City's Beer.  :)

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I have struck out on a cheap cider press (4.00 / 1)
Instead, we bought a big steam juicer. It is a lot slower than a press, but we only have one tree. So far we have steamed out about 12 quarts of juice. The juice is a hit. We could probably make it into hard cider, but we have been drinking it as fast as we make it.

Also put up applesauce, apple butter and chutney. A lot of work, but worth it.  

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I love both my steam juicer and my cider press (4.00 / 1)
They're both great in different ways.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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More tatsoi... (0.00 / 0)
...because I have a feeling tatsoi is going to become a close friend of mine for at least the next few weeks.

This looks like a win for the next time I need a quick dinner.  Now I have to find a tatsoi soup.  Soup.  :)

Couldn't you use tatsoi like you would swiss chard or (4.00 / 1)
spinach in a soup? You know, make white bean and swiss chard soup, but use tatsoi?

Make a vegetable or vegetable beef soup with tatsoi in place of spinach?

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Here you go. A recipe for Hanoi Chicken Soup (4.00 / 1)
with tatsoi and bok choy. It is a Vietnamese soup.

I think i might try this soup. It sounds tasty. And I like a bit of spice in my food.

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Here is a quick and easy recipe for the chili garlic sauce, (4.00 / 1)
truong ot toi, that you need for the Hanoi chicken soup.

This stuff sounds tasty. Now I have to go in search of peppers. Any ideas for what I can use to blend everything? The recipe calls for a food processor, which I do not own.

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Potato masher? (0.00 / 0)
I have one of those, and I also have a (cheap) food processor, though I use the former at least twenty times as often as I use the latter.  Mainly because I'm lazy, and it's easier to clean the masher. ;)

In general, I always just avoid recipes that call for food processors / blenders in the first place.  I even make hummus and baba ghanouj with the masher, even though it's roughly a hundred times harder than with the food processor...

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Good point! (0.00 / 0)
I think my lunch (the liveracce at Paesano's - quite possibly the richest sandwich I've ever had in my life) shut my brain down for the day.  ;)

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I love tatsoi (4.00 / 1)
Steamed, sauted, wilted, in soups, on sandwiches, in a salad, or just grab a handfull and stuff it in my mouth. I grew some savoyed tatsoi last year. It was pretty cool. And if you grow it, let it bolt and then you have big leaves, tender and sweet stalks and tasty flower clusters. I don't think there's really any bad way to use tatsoi. It's one of the most versatile greens a person can have in the kitchen.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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Yeah... (0.00 / 0)
I snacked on almost 10% of the bunch I picked up, riding the 25 bus home on Sunday.  I liked it raw even better than the arugula.

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Ah ha! (0.00 / 0)
Looked up some pictures, I'm pretty sure it was a cayenne pepper I used yesterday.  I underestimated it, and used way too much of it as a ratio of what I made, apparently.  I just chopped up a whole one, and dumped it into my two-egg scramble with a little bit of onion, a few cloves of garlic and half a bell pepper.  Oops.

Ughh... (0.00 / 0)
Let's make fun of a working-class Irish family and pretend we aren't just as racist as the ultimate 'winners' of this show are!

Apparently, these people are associated with a similar show in South Boston, another old working class Irish neighborhood similar to Kensington / Fishtown.  Because making fun of poor people is fun!

Yeah, no.

I wish crotch rot on the degraded scum who make money off shit like this.  And also, I wish to follow these losers in thirty years, when 'reality teevee production' is no longer a viable career path, and they're begging these same families to toss them a head of cabbage, a few carrots or a chunk of bread.

Now that'll be a 'reality' show.

Go back to Brooklyn where you pay $3,800 a month for a closet with a shared-bathroom half a mile from the subway in Williamsburg, perhaps after you learn a thing or two about survival from the same families you're making fun of, you ironic little dicks.

IMO, reality TV is scourge upon the nation. (4.00 / 1)
So, I have no sympathy for the producers you are excoriating. Still, I am confounded by the people who agree to be on theses shows.

Is it for the money? Do those shows really pay people much? I never understand people who go on talk shows and lay their life out for all to see and comment on. You know, Jerry Springer and Maury and Rikki Lake and old Oprah before she got too disgusted with it. And don't get me started on crap like Wife Swap, The Bachelor, that one where they have out of control kids and a British nanny comes to fix things.

I just do not get it. But I am sure these producers will get plenty of families responding to their casting call.

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I'd say it's... (0.00 / 0)
...about the 'fame.'  In cases like this, it's definitely not about the money.

But if you're on the teevee machine, hell... you're chiseled into a little piece of history forever!

I know the feeling, kinda.  I want to have at least one novel published , somewhere somehow some way, before I die.  Now if only I would ever actually finish one.  And one worth reading, at that.  ;)

Again though, my main take on this is that in twenty or thirty years, whatever family 'wins' this show will be precisely the kind of family that's always plugged along in their own way, and always will; while a couple decades hence these 'producers' won't be able to make a living in the predatory way they currently do, and they'd better hope karma ain't got too good a memory.

It's elitism in its absolute lowest form, and it truly disgusts me to no end.

I roll my eyes at the participants in such shows myself, admittedly, but the ultimate problem is those who want... "real white trash!  we're filming in your town next week!  send us an email and let us know how trashy you are!"

Clearly, it isn't yet politically incorrect to mock poor white people, so these losers can get away with that for now.  If they think they're any different than bigots of any other variety they currently look down upon, though, well then they've got another think coming...

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I was channel surfing (4.00 / 1)
and came across this really interesting documentary about character actors. Some whose faces you might know. Its harder and harder to make money as one because there are less movies being made, and also less tv. But lots of reality shows.

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Interesting... (0.00 / 0)
Yeah, I hadn't thought about that myself.  Good point.

Oh, and also.  John C. Reilly is the greatest character actor on the planet right now.  End of discussion.  ;)

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I love John C. Reilly. nt (4.00 / 1)

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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His late late late night... (0.00 / 0)
...cable show on 'Adult Swim,' what the Cartoon Network becomes between 9 PM and 6 AM, is simply one of the most awesomely weirdest shows in the history of television.

I can't get enough of it.

Check It Out!  with Dr. Steve Brule

The 'food' episode from the first season is a classic.  "Remember, if your pasta is too hot, wash it down with cold milk!"



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Today is now officially the day... (0.00 / 0)
...we will see the yankees swept out of the playoffs.

Go Tigers!  Good times!

Ha! (0.00 / 0)
And the yankees are officially for sale by their owners.  If you'd like to buy them, contact the Detroit Tigers at...


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Well, I may be moving..... (4.00 / 1)
I talked to my lawyer the other day and he said that one of Harold's kids may not want to sell after all. I've got a friend who's a realtor in the area helping me look for another piece of property.

We found one that's only about 3 miles from my place, on the flat, and zoned EFU (exclusive farm use). It's got a house (if it's zoned EFU and doesn't have a house you have to generate a minimum of $80K in farm gross revenue before the county will even consider talking to you about allowing you to live where you work). It has 8.86 acres, all open with just a few trees on it. Fenced and cross fenced. Gas heat, stove, water heater, city water, septic. Listed for $170K Which I think I can pull off.

The other one we found is in Canby on 3 acres. A fixerupper, on a well (which can be a good or bad thing depenging on output and minerals), septic, and forced air heat (report says electric/oil). It's only $150K which I could do better. I could work on 3 acres, but it would be cramped, although from the sattelite picture it looks like there might be some adjacent land I might be able to rent. This place is also fenced and cross fenced and has what looks to be a nice sized shop building with a runin shed for the horses that are on the property.

I'm going to go over with the realtor to look at the closer place on Friday morning. Hopefully it'll be raining.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

Bummer. You've done so much work where you are. (4.00 / 2)
If you have to move can you get reimbursement from the kids for the improvements you've made?

And will you be able to deconstruct and then reconstruct your tunnels and  greenhouse and such without damaging them?

When will you know whether or not the kids will all agree to sell?

If you have to move, I know you'll land on your feet, but it'll be too bad if you have to expend your energy moving and rebuilding your farm instead of continuing your pretty amazing growth at the current place.

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Yeah, I can imagine... (0.00 / 0)
Moving a farm has to be one of the most... not fun... things to do.

Sorry to hear that.

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It's supposed to start raining again after 10pm today (4.00 / 1)
so hopefully it'll be raining at least a little when we take a look at the place tomorrow.

I'm hoping to know by the end of this month if the all of the kids will sell. The wife of one of the sons died last week so things are on hold for now. But hopefully by the end of the month I'll know one way or another.

There are advantages to staying and advantages to moving, but moving a farm is really a pain in the ass. The biggest pain is that I have to grow everything in contianers so I can take my crops with me. The grapevines I planted are in loose stacked block towers, so I'll be able to move them I think, at least I'll be able to move the blocks.

The big greenhouses aren't built yet, so that's not a problem and the tunnels can be moved easily. The Cube will be problematic. The frame's not too much trouble, but the I-beam probably weighs 150-200 lbs and it's 10' off the ground. That's a problem. Although getting it down would probably be easier than getting it up was....

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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If you go on Monday, I understand it will (4.00 / 1)
definitely be raining.

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Kids. (0.00 / 0)
My 6-year old niece told her mother wants to be... a chicken... when she grows up.  Good times.

Eastmoreland Market & Kitchen... (0.00 / 0)
Closing at the end of the month.  That sucks, they were my favorite sandwich spot in Portland!  Never had anything less than an excellent experience there, with anything.

The butcher counter, the sandwiches, their fresh mozzarella made three times a day, the produce (they essentially had a small farmers' market in the back, almost all local), all was fantastic and very high quality.  They even had good beers and Boylan's and other craft sodas in the cooler.  Their Cubano was one of my favorite sandwiches in Portland, and the people there were all awesome.

They'll be back soon elsewhere, they say, and hopefully it'll be in a spot where they'll get more exposure.  I used to go out of my way to eat and shop there as often as I could (it wasn't hard to get to, but it sure wasn't easy either, especially in the rain - the closest bus stop was either the 19 on Woodstock in front of Reed College, or the 75 Chavez and Woodstock, both of which are over half a mile away from their spot on SE Knapp).

As for that location, it appears the landlord may have decided against renewing their lease.

We've got residential corner bodegas every few blocks here in the rowhouse neighborhoods of Philadelphia, but certainly not anything close to the quality and care of a place like Eastmoreland!

Truly a shame, and I'm really sad to see such a small, local old-school neighborhood grocery become no more.  It was apparently such a grocery going back almost a century, probably the last of its kind in Portland.

Bad news. EMK is a sweet little place. (4.00 / 1)
It is kind of a hassle to get to even with a car, but well worth the trip. i love sandwiches (such a great food delivery system) and EMK offered some of the best in town.

I hope they come back soon.

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I wonder if... (0.00 / 0)
...they still carry any Oregon olive oil (they did last year - I think the last time I was there was in December, and I left Portland in March), and if so, if they'll ship me a bottle?

Well, that kinda defeats the whole purpose of the local thing, but!  1. We'll never have Pennsylvania Olive Oil, and 2. that stuff was great on salads!

Can't remember which one I liked best, but they carried one of the arbequina varieties from that orchard in Keizer, I believe?

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Check with the orchard in Keizer (4.00 / 1)
maybe they'll ship you some. I love Olive oil!

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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WHOOOregon... (0.00 / 0)
Think they're trying to make a statement tonight, Casey?

Up on Arizona State 43-7 at half time.  In Tempe.  Wholly mole-y!

Yeah, I think the Ducks are gonna win.  And win big.  Over a very good ASU team...

But hey, that;s no way to win championships!  The way to win 'championships' is to join the SEC, not even win your own division, and play teams like Northeast Central Tuscaloosa Junior High in your out-of-conference schedule.

Heh.  Hopefully, I'm not once again being prophetic regarding the BCS...

Now, Jay, you know I am a cautious fan. I (4.00 / 1)
don't like to count the victories before they are won. Still, the Ducks are doing a good job tonight.

They still have to get through Stanford, USC, Cal and a very scrappy Oregon State. I am not worried about the Colorado and UCLA games, but those other four should not be discounted.

And, if Alabama and Florida stay at 1 and 2 in the BCS, well, they'll have to play each other in the SEC championship, which means only one of them will then be undefeated. And, voila, the Ducks play for the championship.

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Yeah, but when... (0.00 / 0)
...Florida wins 5-3, don't discount the computers giving them a rematch for the 'championship.'

2014 can't come soon enough.  ;)

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Okay, Oregon won 43-21. Still, it would (4.00 / 1)
have been nice if the Ducks had bothered to field an actual team for the second half.

What was that all about? A scoreless half, incomplete passes, fooled by an onside kick. Geez.

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Damn. (0.00 / 0)
I was hoping they'd pull an Oklahoma, and try for 90 points...

I'm torn on this.  The good may be that when ASU ends the season 9-3 (including a shocker over USC in 2 OT), that looks like a good win without making the rest of the PAC look bad.  The bad is that a 71-7 win would have given Oregon a "F* You!" edge to their team the rest of the way.  Which is a good thing.  ;)

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20 straight games... (0.00 / 0)
...the Ducks have scored at least 30 points.  I wonder what the record is on that?  I don't even know where to begin trying to look that one up.  I'd guess it probably isn't far away though, wouldn't you think?  I mean, even the most dominant teams in history have a 27-3 win every now and again, right?

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In fact... (0.00 / 0)
...they've only scored less than 40 twice during that streak - 35 in their last loss, against USC; and 34 in their win over Washington last year.  The streak goes back to the second week of last year.  The first week they scored 27 in that gae against LSU.

Their lowest scoring game as far back as I looked was that 15-13 win over Cal in 2010.  And then before that, there was that UCLA game in 2007 that never happened.  ;)

But anyway, I wonder if there's a way to rank teams by scoring offense over the past five years?  And I wonder where the Ducks would be on that?  I'd be surprised if they weren't Top 2, and I'd be stunned if they weren't Top 4.

This is the year they win it all, btw!  Yeah, I called it.  Heh.

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Taking back our streets, redux... (0.00 / 0)
There were apparently zero murders in Philadelphia last week.  We average, unfortunately, 5 to 6 a week.  In a city of 1.6 million, but still.  An unacceptably high rate.  The highest amongst all big US cities.

But you gotta start somewhere, and this is very pleasant news!

That is around 300 murders a year. That is way too many (4.00 / 1)
murders, even for a city Philly's size.

Still, isn't Chicago's murder rate higher?  

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Chicago had 250 murders in the (4.00 / 1)
first six months of this year.

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They're number two... (0.00 / 0)
,...though their rate is lower than ours, since their population is almost twice us.

Smaller cities like New Orleans or Baltimore or Detroit or Memphis, etc etc, actually have much higher violent crime rates than we do, but of course that's of little 'comfort.'

Unacceptably high.

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These are lovely, Eddie. Where were (4.00 / 1)
they taken?

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Lincoln Center for the Preforming Arts (4.00 / 1)
Lincoln Center After Dark

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Beautiful! nt (4.00 / 1)

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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Beavers beat Utah 21-7. (4.00 / 1)
Oregon State is 7-0 for the season. Can this possibly last?

Hey, Jay, I saw Rutgers won today. Beat Temple.  

I think... (0.00 / 0)
...Rutgers stands a fair chance to go 12-0, win their first conference title in school history, and get left out of a chance to play for the title because Oregon and whoever wins the SEC will play for it.

Bah to the BCS!  Playoffs now, argh...

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BCS... (0.00 / 0)
There's some talk that Kansas State may jump Oregon this week.  They were only .0030 points behind the Ducks last week.  You know, I wouldn't get as upset about that as I did Florida being ranked above them initially.  Although Oregon potentially at #4 in the BCS, while a unanimous #2 in all the other polls is ridiculous.

K-State, Oregon, Alabama / Florida and Rutgers / Louisville may all go undefeated this year.  Hello, 4-team playoff this year!  That would have been great.  Bah.

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And yup... (0.00 / 0)
Oregon fell to #4, and it wasn't even close.  While they're a unanimous #2 in all the other polls, and those aren't close either.

This current Florida team is quite possibly the most overrated in BCS history, btw, imo.  Talk about a soft schedule.  All they have to do is beat an overrated Georgia team next week, then it's smooth sailing the rest of the way against four average-at-best teams.  Then watch them luck out and slip past Alabama 16-14 in the SEC title game, guaranteeing yet another rematch for the 'national championship.'

There will be no national champion until playoffs begin, and this bcs bullcrap ends.

And no, it isn't too early to assume the worst.  It happens every year, it's just more obvious this year than most.  13-0 Oregon will blow out Nebraska by 4 touchdowns in the Rose Bowl.  12-0 Rutgers will beat Florida State 22-19 in the Orange Bowl; while Alabama will 'win' the 'national championship' over Florida, 9-7.  Eye roll.  Two undefeated conference champs will finish 'behind' a one-loss SEC team.  Book it...

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No, no. Alabama and Florida will face each other (4.00 / 1)
in the SEC championship game. So, if KState and Oregon are still undefeated, the SEC winner will face one of them in the national championship.

It should be an undefeated Oregon in the national championship, but if KState is undefeated I'm betting they get the nod.

Now, if KState loses a game and Florida loses a game, well, one of them probably still jumps over Oregon to the national championship.

And maybe my memory is faulty, but I don't remember USC getting this kind of disrespect when they were on the top of the Pac-10 heap. So, why is Oregon?

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Yes, they will... (0.00 / 0)
But we do have a precedent for SEC rematches in 'title' games, unfortunately.  Last year's wasn't a rematch of the SEC Championship, of course... it was even worse!  It was a 'rematch' involving an SEC team that didn't even qualify for the title game, because it didn't even win its division!

Don't discount a similar crap-tastic finish to this year.  #2 Florida edging #1 Alabama in the SEC title game pretty much guarantees a rematch for the 'national championship,' so-called...

Similar to 2006, when Ohio State and Michigan were 1 and 2 until their rivalry game at the end of the year; when OSU just barely edged UM.  Many observers (including me, at that time) thought a rematch for the national championship was warranted, but it didn't happen.  Then again, the Big Ten never had the built-in bias the SEC enjoys, however.

Yeah, I'll agree an undefeated K-State should probably get a nod over an undefeated Ducks team if there's three unbeatens at the end of the year.  But that's not Oregon's fault, and there should have been a playoff if that does happen.  Oregon (or K-State, if somehow Oregon edges them in the computers) gets screwed in the end either way, no doubt.

Also, if Rutgers or Louisville go undefeated, they weren't exactly playing a soft-ass Boise State-type schedule either, I'd note...

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Ughh. (0.00 / 0)
Monday 70, Tuesday 72, Wednesday 76, Thursday 74, Friday 76, Saturday 73, Sunday 70.

The end of October.

Where are my 50s, damnit??!?!


Your 50s are back here in Portland. (4.00 / 1)
We've rain and highs in the 50s all week. And maybe just showers and 50s on Friday.

I feel so bad for you, Jay.  :-)

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Heh. (0.00 / 0)
But don't forget, I live in a shoebox-sized rowhouse apartment with east-facing windows in one of the most concrete-y inner city neighborhoods in the US, which heats up like a microwave just after dawn on every sunny day.  It's still 76 degrees in here right now, even with all the windows open and the fans running.

Even though today's the coolest day of the week, and it's only 65 outside right now.  Argh.

I do like being dry when I go outside, though, so I guess I'll stop complaining.  ;)

Unfortunately though, even with this week heating up again, I don't think it even help farms and gardens, since we already had sub-freezing temperatures north and west of the city for a couple nights a few weeks ago, and it even went down to 33 here in Philly once.

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Conference tomorrow... (0.00 / 0)
I'll be spending tomorrow attending a conference of the organization whose food pantry I currently work with.

I'm particularly looking forward to the 'nutrition education' section, and being able to learn more about the limitations and logistics involved regarding being able to hand out more fresh produce to our clients.

I already have some ideas on this, but yeah it's gonna cost a lot of money.  Which we don't have, and which sucks.

A real eye-opener, to say the least...

Pennsylvania Voter ID law... (0.00 / 0)
Immediate implementation of the law for this election (which just so happens to be a presidential election in a traditional swing state, but I'm sure that was totally coincidental, wink wink...) was put on hold two weeks ago, as it should have been.

I still think it's BS, and I'm still waiting for any proof whatsoever that 'voter fraud,' so-called, exists.  Which it doesn't.  But anyway, I'll roll my eyes but still accept, okay, that this will be the law in Pennsylvania next election cycle.

I'll still believe that requiring every citizen to obtain and show an Official State-Issued Photo Identification (show us your papers, citizen!) is unnecessary, but as long as we have at least a year to implement it I'll drop my immediate objections.  The real problem was the rush to implement it this year, right here right now, and therefore disenfranchise thousands of voters who don't have drivers licenses or another form of Official State-Issued Photo ID (comrade!).

Anyway, here's another example of someone who would have been denied their vote if this law were to have passed this year.


Thanks to Governor Corbett, the Pennsylvania and national Republicans, and their fear of allowing brown and / or poor people to cast votes, I will most likely not have an official photo identification in time for November 6.  Even though I switched my drivers license from Oregon to Pennsylvania in plenty of time, and even provided all of the required paperwork and documentation.

My voter registration has come through, but not my drivers license.

Even better, PennDOT punched a hole in my Oregon license to invalidate it, while issuing me a two-week temporary PA license, which expired two weeks ago and won't be renewed for probably another month they say, until they can get things in order... so I even had my driving privileges revoked because Tom Corbett and his Pennsylvania Republicans are afraid of black people voting!

Good thing I don't need to drive, I guess.

I guess it's just lucky for them that I'm a Democrat, and will be voting straight ticket D once again this year, even as much as I currently dislike the party and its leadership at almost all levels.  At least they didn't cost themselves a Republican vote!  So they're still coming out ahead in the end then, I guess...

The delay... (0.00 / 0)
To clarify, the delay in issuance of my drivers license has been admitted to have been due to the massive confusion caused by this proposed law, which caused unprecedented rushes on PennDOT drivers license centers for Official State-Issued Photo Identification (thank the Republican Central Committee for ensuring Enemies of the People can not vote against the Revolution, the Running Dogs that they are!).
Kinda gives the Red Decade a new meaning, Corbett and pals do...

(and yes, I greatly enjoy calling them Soviets, and no I will not stop)

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Well, that totally sucks. (4.00 / 1)
If you needed to drive, say to get to work or to get kids to school, what would the state of Pennsylvania suggest you do? Drive without a valid license? Quit your job? Pull the kids out of school?

Right now, here in Oregon, Kate Brown is facing a Republican challenger in the secretary of state's race, a man name Knute Beuhler. One of Beuhler's positions is that Oregon should institute a voter ID requirement. No idea how that would work with our mail-in voting, but there it is.

The Oregonian loves Knute Beuhler. He is a former Rhodes Scholar and a dentist. And, inlike other GOP candidates for statewide office, he doesn't spout most of the usual rightwing gibberish. And the folks at the paper are desperate for a GOPer, other than Greg Walden, they can endorse.

Now, Kate Brown is not my favorite person, but IMO, adopting the GOP talking points on voter ID is a good indication that more rightwing drivel will follow. But Knute looks more reasonable than guys like Kevin Mannix. So, nobody is bothering to look very closely at what he says. And I suspect that if he wins, The Oregonian will fall all over itself to push him as a candidate for governor in two or six years.

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Birth defects and cancers alarmingly high among agricultural workers (4.00 / 1)
Pesticide Threat Looms Large Over Farmworker Families:
A new analysis by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN) draws a disturbing connection between pesticides in our food system and serious health problems among women and children. The report reviews empirical research linking agricultural chemicals to birth defects, neurological disorders, childhood cancers and reproductive problems.

"If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove" Cheyenne

This is a fantastic read... (0.00 / 0)
...for the baseball fans amongst us.  The reality of life in the minor leagues, and not a Bull Durham-type thing either.  ;)

This part is particularly relevant to us here -

The pitfalls for minor league baseball can be numerous. Combine not having a lot of money and limited options on the road, and when it comes to nutrition, you've got a recipe for disaster.

"It's hard to eat healthy when you have less money, way harder," Smith said.

"The only part that's bad is the road trips, where the only place we can stop on the highway is McDonald's with the hours and it's just the easiest spot to stop so we don't waste time. The dollar menu looks real nice."

For players who are into nutrition, and that certainly isn't everyone on any given roster, a lot of thought goes into both what they can eat and when they'll be able to eat it.

"You have to plan your meals, bring things, have snacks and that sort of thing," Malec said.

"As much as the money thing, it's the time constraints and the travel. You're in a hotel, and you're at the liberty of there being two or three options there; a McDonald's, maybe an Applebee's, something like that. You don't have many options. At the lower levels, one thing that really hurts is when your game ends at 10:30, 11 o'clock, there's nothing open at that hour. So that's kind of a drag, too. But to eat healthy, it is difficult. You really have to make a conscious decision. If you don't budget your money wisely, it's going to be difficult to get your fruits and veggies in there."

I always knew... (0.00 / 0)
...the salaries were low, that there's no union at that level, and that players are only paid during the season (and barred from working second jobs even if they found the time in between off-hours workouts and whatnot), but I never knew that Spring Training was unpaid (?!?!), and that even during the season salaries average only $6-something an hour for most players in Single-A.  That's below minimum wage!  And of course, in the end, 90%-plus of them will never get a Major League paycheck.

Farmers and minor league baseball players, eh?

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I was a good... (0.00 / 0)
...high school-level player myself (I was one of the greatest defensive catchers on the planet!  heh.  but I couldn't hit too well), and I'm sure I could have been drafted by some organization in the 30-or-40th-something round if I had kept it up, but I moved on to other things by my late teens.  Pretty sure I never would have made 'The Show,' but who knows.  Anyway, I'm kicking myself now because I'm sure I could have gotten a novel or something out of the experience, at least, if I had stuck with it.

Hell, I didn't really end up doing anything else all these years, after all...

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I wonder if the players are considered independent contractors (4.00 / 1)
that would account for the wages figured at an hourly rate. If you were to figure my wages at an  hourly rate, I make way less than minimum wage. But I can do that legally because no one owns my job, only me, and I'm free, under the law, to make as much or as little as suits me.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

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Don't know the answer to that, but... (0.00 / 0)
...the difference as I see it is that you can charge as much as you like for your product, and if it's good enough people will certainly pay.

Minor league baseball players, on the other hand, are completely at the mercy of 30 corporations which collude in their practices at all times and are exempted from federal antitrust laws.

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Getting ready to launch my very first value added product (4.00 / 1)
Green tomato pickles. I have two types, the larger wedges and the whole small pickled green tomatoes. Of the two, I like the little ones best, they have just a little bit of tartness, are crunchy and taste a little like a cross between a green olive and a cucumber.

I can't wait to get some more tomato plants going. I'm going to grow cherry tomatoes this and next year specifically for green tomatoes to brine.

I'm trialing different recipes for the pickling solution and seasoning, all are white vinegar and kosher salt based. I've got sunchokes to dig and I'm going to be pickling a lot of those too.

Normal people scare me. But not as much as I scare them.....

I'll send you Uncle Sidneys recipe for pickling green tomatoes (4.00 / 1)

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forgot to add (4.00 / 1)
I like the little ones too.I pickled a bunch of tiny Rutgers which were good small and not so good big

and join the tomato mania list serv on yahoo. Good for marketing too

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