As baseball catching great turned English butcher extraordinaire with a knack for Malapropism Yogi Berra's famous quote "This is like deja vu all over again" was quite apropos last evening at R.E. Dad's domicile. Spewing out the events into simpler terms, our local vomit fairy returned with a vengeance one week to the night and a second child puked off the side of her bed with mass quantities of last night's supper from Chevy's lying randomly upon the shag carpet below. The little tax exemptions that these little creatures provide might need to be replaced by larger tax exemptions or perhaps bucket loads of cold hard cash to adequately replace population in extremely stressed-out industrial countries....just saying.
Rapidly switching gears from 1st to 3rd, Bren asked me the other day what I use to eat off in college. Aside from the dorm year (I don't count my second stint in the dorms. I still consider it to be my year of shame, long story), I honestly don't remember much. I DO know that I gained about 50 lbs from the first to the 'final' year, so I must have eaten something or somethings. I also know that I barbecued steak and hamburgers often, but this was mostly on weekends.
Funny how I can remember my roommates eating patterns better than my own. One roommate worked as a cook at a restaurant, and later at a liquor store. I called him "the snake" as he skipped many meals and ate one huge meal every three or four days. I suspect he snacked at work, and was fed occasionally by his girlfriend. My second roommate was a carb freak eating PB&J sandwiches on white bread, of course. He also frequently dined on rice, and various cereals and pop tarts. My other roommate ate a ton of fast food, but was well ahead of the recent health craze as his favorite destination was Subway.
This was the same roommate who liked to cook gourmet meals for himself. One day he decided to stockpile garlic, so he brought home a huge hanging cluster of garlic. At best, our apartment smelled of stale morning breath generated from one hundred sleeping individuals with questionable hygiene in an airtight 10 foot by 10 foot room. At worst, the allium sativum A.K.A. garlic worked as a female repellent. By a vote of 3 to 1, the situation was quickly 'handled.'
Finally, people that know me, know that I love to jot down my favorite or least favorite something. I also do enjoy lists ....best, worst, love, hate, top 10, etc which becomes a record or a snapshot of who I was, where I was or what I was thinking (what was I thinking??) Here are a few of my favorites in the past 12 months.
Favorite Movie by far - 'Gran Torino'
Favorite Vacation w/o kids - Florida (Key West, Miami, Jupiter (spring training)).
Favorite Vacation with kids - Mark and Karol's in North Dakota.
Favorite Day Trip - 3-way tie (San Francisco, Chico, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom).
Favorite TV Show - '24' - Jack loves kicking ass, taking no prisoners.
Favorite Concert - Tie "The Police" at Sleeptrain Amphitheater and Bren's solo at Talent Show.
Favorite Sporting Event - NY Knicks vs. Miami Heat..D-wade leads incredible comeback.
Favorite Fair or Festival - Strawberry Festival.
Favorite Restaurant & Meal - Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach.
As Yogi says "I didn't really say everything I said." Really, enough said on this particular Random Tuesday.