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The Coffee Monster

So recently Someone said they liked the chocolate flavored coffees. Me I like French Roast. So we got a French Press. It’s a far cry from earlier efforts in that it’s got several layers of filtration. It was all of $14.95 on Amazon.

And the coffer – there’s a little bakery extension right across the street from us. And they grind the coffees fresh for you. So Someone picked up two 12oz. bags of it.

Now as to the health benefits of coffee I’ve observed a mixed bag. Some say it’s good for you, others say it’s bad for you. All I know is I like a nice strong coffee.

First major snow storm of 2017

So up to know we’ve been pretty fortunate, just gotten dustings that were here in the morning, gone by late afternoon. In essence, the kind of snow I like.

However yesterday we got about 7 or 8 inches of the shit called snow. Yeah, I don’t like it, dislike driving in it even more. At one point the car is drifting to the right, so I steer right, nada. Steer left, nada.

Also discovered something about modern cars, you cannot over-rev them in snow. The computer figures out the wheels are spinning and won’t apply power. Ut si!

And I’ll likely work from home tomorrow since the sidewalks aren’t cleared yet. Oh mine are, after all I’ve agitated to get the snow laws changed so there are penalties with teeth. And temps are pretty cold but that changes by Tuesday/Wednesday with 50’s and rain. What we’re seeing here is the arctic blast from the north overpowering warmer air from the west.

And it’s not even good snowball snow damn it.

 

Great Friday Night

So this evening we went out to eat. We had wanted to hit Nordstroms Cafe but alas they close at 7:30PM. Winter hours they say. Next stop was the Cheesecake Factory but the line was a mile long. We finally settled on Pizzeria Uno – I know not your average spot for dinner but it worked.

Afterward we saw the movie Hidden Figures.

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The movie is about three black women who worked for NASA back in 1961. The movie had several themes that piqued my interest. Sure there were the Redstone and Atlas rockets. But it also had an IBM 7090, and some super brilliant mathematicians that happened to be black women.

One of them was a natural at math, even advanced subjects in math.

Another wanted to be an engineer and she took the night classes in order to become one.

And the third, that IBM 7090, it had a room full of IBM engineers who couldn’t get the thing to run. But one of those three women, she studied FORTRAN and learned how to program that IBM 7090.

All in all a really good movie.

Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017

Another orbit around the sun has finally ended. Here we are in the year 2017, firmly entrenched in the 21st century now.

Went to a little party on the eve of the day last night. Got to see a new music act and I commented studio magic would be great for the duo. The guitarist had a nice collection of pedals and a very cool little drum machine.

Still haven’t drunk the champagne yet – that’s about to occur in about 20 minutes or so.

All in all a low key entry into 2017. Woke up at about 10AM this morning. The life of leisure this past week – it’s what vacation is supposed to be but it can’t last forever, back to work on Tuesday.

 

 

The Bigots at the National Organization for Marriage don’t give up

Some time ago I had signed up for the National Organization for Marriage (An oxymoron if I ever saw one) emails. I did it based upon the saying, keep your friends close, your enemies closer.

But apparently they’re having trouble hitting fund raising goals as this recent email from them laments.

Anthony — With only about 36 hours left in our year-end $100,000 matching gift challenge, NOM needs every supporter to step up and make an immediate contribution so that we don’t lose out on this incredible opportunity to have every gift we receive be doubled by midnight tomorrow night.

I am so grateful to all those who have responded with a contribution to support our year-end matching gift challenge, an incredible opportunity made possible by a group of donors. But, unfortunately, we are still $22,885 short of our goal.

Please, I’m asking you to make an urgently-needed donation today so that we have the funds we need to move forward aggressively in the new year to restore marriage, uphold the truth of gender and protect religious liberty.

And of course the email is from Pumpkin Face Brian Brown. But that last sentence, to restore marriage? How? A bit of a nebulous statement on his part. The truth of gender – what might that be? That there’s a spectrum of gender out there and Brian the crybaby doesn’t like that?

And religious liberty – I think he misses what the framers intended – that religions can do what they want and cannot interfere with the state. Of course nobody told the Diocese of Providence that since they still lobby the General Assembly.

But your religious liberty ends at the tip of my fist.

What to do with 2lbs of strawberries

We picked up 2 pounds of strawberries last weekend. Yesterday we had to do something before they rotted away.

So I capped them, split them in half and into a pan with about 1/2 cup of turbinado sugar, a pinch of salt, and some pectin. Heated it up and let it come to a boil for a few minutes. The strawberries were delicious on even Aunt Jemima waffles.

So after yesterday I had 2 cups of the strawberry syrup left over. So made a dynamite batch of home made waffles. Really simple recipe – 2 eggs, 1 4/4 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, four teaspoons of baking powder, quarter teaspoon salt, and then a teaspoon of Trader Joe’s Bourbon Vanilla extract.

1/2 Cup in each of the waffle maker spaces and then cooked until the green light came back on. Perfect waffles, I had mine with the strawberry syrup, someone added bananas.

The Post Celebration Notes

During the holiday I found out I’d been left a significant sum. Enough to buy a car and do some investing.

So doing some math I tumbled on I can get a VW Golf Wolfsburg edition for $24K or less. Hmmm. Guess what car I’m going for.

That will leave roughly $10K to invest. A modest amount to be sure but I did some projections as there’s a real estate mutual  fund out there returning about 20% and even when you back out the 1% management fee it’s pretty attractive. That $10K with an additional $10K per year dropped in gets over $300K in 10 years. Not too shabby making a $100K profit over 10 years. I suppose I should project it out to 15 and 20 years. But hell even the 10 year outlook is pretty fucking rosy.

I also projected it out to 20 years and the amount is astounding. For a modest initial investment and a consistent addition. And where does the $10K in addition come from? Well if I buy the car it frees up the $363 per month I spend on the MBTA pass, and the $500 or so on Zipcar rentals. Do that math and you get $10,356 additional saving per year. And I do plan to stick to that. I mean at year 3 I’ve got the dough to say buy a BMW X3 cash. Though I’d likely be reluctant to trade the VW Golf in at that point. So just let the cash ride.

And for breakfast it was Trader Joe’s Black Forrest Bacon, with my signature scrambled eggs, and then some roasted tomato dusted with salt,  red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper.

And for dinner some filet mignon with Montreal Steak seasoning, thyme and butter just in the sous vide bath now.