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A bit of a take on a grungy garden turtle
Here’s some shot’s I took of my friend Chris Shaw at White Knuckle Ranch. They turned out better than I expected.
I have trapped the source of the strange sounds under my bathtub. This took me over a week as he is extremely smart. Now to figure out what to do with him.
“Hmmm…”, I thought. “Lets give them another 5 minutes.” So I reset the timer and went back to the chair. When the timer went off I checked them again and still they weren’t even close to brown. I decided to give them yet another 5 minutes. I set the timer and sat down and then it dawned on me. I had reduced the oven temperature to 200 when the rolls were rising. They were never going to cook at this rate!
I raced into the kitchen and turned the temp up to 400, wondering what I was going to finally end up with out of this fiasco. I gave them about 8 minutes and they were browning on top so I pulled them out. I pulled out my wooden cutting board to place them on, turned the pan upside down and shook, waiting for the rolls to pop out. Oddly, the rolls gave no response. I shook again. Still no response. I banged the edge of the pan on the cutting board. Still nothing. Then it dawns on me. I didn’t grease the pan! I grabbed a spatula and tried to scrape the rolls out of the pan but ended up just ripping things apart.
I looked down at my failure with scorn, but decided I might as well see what the taste and texture is like. I gathered some of the mush up on a plate, grabbed some jelly and sat down at the table. They were not the best rolls I’ve had, but they were definitely edible. I discovered from the taste that to attempt to recreate Donna Blair’s rolls, I would need to add some more sugar (hers were definitely sweeter) and a bit more flour and salt.
All in all it was a worthwhile experiment and I will definitely try again, but probably not until the weather cools in October time frame.
Day 15 of the 31 Day Personal Photography Challenge
Like a lot of people, I’ve got several calendars tied into my Google Calendar (personal, work, holidays, birthdays, etc…). I also sync my Google Calendar to my iPhone. Since I had been syncing, it seemed that the Apple/Google tag team was only good for the top level calendar. When I linked the two on the iPhone, this was all that showed up. Since I really USE my iPhone, I grumbled and acquiesced and put almost everything on that top level calendar. Today, I decided that the company’s were too big to have overlooked this and that it must be me, so I started looking. It’s buried pretty deep in there, but, if you can find the page, it’s easy as pie. Google! Why do you have to bury this stuff!?
So here is the link to the page to selectively add all your calendars to the iPhone sync.
I went to go add Thanksgiving to this years google calendar. It seemed like common sense to just have it repeat every year on the 4th Thursday of the Novemeber so I checked the repeat box and selected yearly and was surprised there was no obvious way to set. After fiddling with it a little, I discovered that it, in fact, can be done. The setting is just a little odd so I thought I would pass it along for anyone else who might not know.
- Create the event then check the “Repeat…” box
- For repeat, choose repeat Monthly.
- Choose repeat Every 12 Months.
- Choose repeat By Day of Week.
Works like a champ! Also helpful for Labor Day!
Call me old school, but I love my Levi’s 501 button fly jeans. 501s were the first jeans I bought when I was actually allowed to pick out clothes on my own, around age 19, I think. As I was allowed to stop wearing the Sear’s toughskins my mom had always gotten me, I looked around and saw two very important factors that drove my decision: Commercials and older cooler kids. I mean, they couldn’t both be wrong, right?
I’ve tried other jeans throughout my life. I tried to do the cowboy thing and attempted Wrangler’s, but, they never really fit right plus my IQ seemed to drop 30 points every time I pulled them on (This is a side effect that certain forces have tried to keep hidden since Wrangler started making jeans. Seriously, look around at the folks wearing Wranglers. Go ahead. Try it. Don’t they seem just a little ‘Larry The Cable Guy’? And if you’re one of the folks wearing Wranglers, “Oh you did such a good job! Now here’s a cookie. Go sit at the table and fingerpaint.”
Another great thing about the 501 button fly, is the button fly! How many times have you (especially you Wrangler zipper fly patrons) left the lavatory (Translation for Wrangler wearers: outhouse) and forgot to zip the fly? Now you’re running around with your fly down and you definitely can’t attract a sister wife that way, since the first place they look is the crotch. With the 501s, this doesn’t happen. If you somehow manage to forget to button them, within two steps they have jumped down to your ankles and tripped you so you face plant on the floor of the public restroom. It’s a little feature is what Levi’s likes to call ‘fly assurance’, and it’s done with a microprocessor in each button that monitors your brain waves for signs that you have not zipped your fly. It then trips you and attempts to force an abortion on you! (This is theory put forth by Senator Jon Kyl and ‘not meant to be a factual statement’).