Saturday, December 29, 2012

Into the Breach...

Was going to go on about the fiscal cliff, but we already know that Obama is merely posturing and has no clue as to successful economic policy.  The guy is much more adept at letting things explode and then pointing fingers.  At this point in the game it's all he's got.  So let's sit in the snow, and talk of other things.

DogShaming
True story.  If anyone out there is interested, the good folks over at dogshaming.com are putting together a collection for a calender and book.  Their admins have informed me that only new submissions will be accepted.

I imagine having a catshaming would be a little like dividing by zero, or trying to go faster than light.  Some parts of the universe are limited, people.

Movies
Loved "The Hobbit".  Yes, it was long.  Yes, Peter Jackson took some liberties.  I don't care.  As a story, it stands up and the acting is wonderful.  On a side note, I saw it in 3D and really wasn't bothered by some of the complaints people were having about the effects of shooting at a higher FPS.  Hitting it up again today with the in-laws.

Also saw "Silver Linings Playbook".  Bradley Cooper was exemplary, and I've never been his biggest fan. Can't say the same thing about that broad from "The Hunger Games".  But she does have...assets.  DeNiro was horrible.

Without ruining anything, it's not a rom-com even though it's being sold as such.  I would watch it again if I needed a movie for date night and wanted to stay in.

And as far as Philadelphia Eagles movies go, it's way above that steaming pile "Invincible".

Food
The in-laws have a tradition of fondue for Christmas dinner.  I always thought fondue was roasting bits of meat over a flame and then trying various dipping sauces.  Nope.  According to them, it's taking perfectly cut pieces of New York Strip steak, dipping them in boiling oil, then slathering horseradish or some other sauce on it that causes major heartburn.  Boiling oil in pots is good for two things: chicken wings and keeping people out of your castle.

When I saw my mother-in-law cutting up perfectly good steaks, I couldn't stop thinking:

Chef: "They lined us all up in front of a hundred yards of prime rib --
magnificent meat, beautifully marbled.. Then they started throwing it in these big cauldrons, all of it -- boiling. I looked in, an' it was turning gray. I couldn't fucking believe that one. I went into radio school..."

I wanted to make a prime rib roast.  Never get off the boat.

Christmas Swag
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes takes its rightful place in the upper echelon of "Best Christmas Presents Ever Received by Drozz".  It joins the the likes of, Criss-Cross-Crash, Rick Tocchet jersey, Mylec street hockey goalie pads, and this Star Trek masterpiece:



Bill Waterson never relied on worn-out character cliches and produced real artwork.  He never used a balding doofus of a father, a precocious kid, or smarmy animals.  He never went into the political.  It was just Calvin's clever manipulations of the world.

2013
My resolutions are to run a marathon, learn how to use a smoker, start attending church every weekend, and read Volokh on a more frequent basis.

Anyhoo, I hope you all have had a great holiday and are ready for the new year.  Here's some Primus:


No message here.  Had a dream about fishing for striped bass and this song kinda just popped in there.



1 comment:

K T Cat said...

Smokers are awesome and totally easy to do! Good luck on the marathon training.