Wednesday, April 11, 2012

C is for.. conjunctiva

So I have a viral eye infection.  My conjunctiva is inflamed.  It looks really gnarly. 

Medically defined.. " The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the inner surface of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball (the sclera). "

It stings a little right now, and the white of my eye is tinged a little yellow.  Just gotta wait it out.  In quarantine. 

Don't rub your eyes, folks. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

b is for .. banh mi!

Ahahaha.  Banh Mi! ( I knew I would go back to food. ) 

I did not ever have one of these until I was 23.  Sad days. 

SO much better than subway.  only like 3.50 each about.

SO many tasty fillings!

Such nice crispy breads!

Wish I had had these for college days.

a is for.. altruism

so.  what is it? 

do you buy it?  is it consumed?  where does it come from ?

Loosely defined as a sense of helping others with no anticipation of reward or benefit. 

Is anything truly altruistic?  Would not the altruistic person decline any benefits from such actions? 

i'm skeptical of it's existence.  but is that really a bad thing?  nature has its own parallel.. symbiosis. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

a to z

Dunno if anyone ever reads this.. but my rad friend, Miss Margaret Krohn posted this and I think it's pretty cool.  so I'm going to try doing this blogging challenge too! 

While you're here.. you should check her blog out.. !!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


"It's the best thing that you've ever had..
the best thing that you've had .. is gone away..."

Radiohead -- High & Dry

Food snobbery is a wonderful thing.  To learn to appreciate some of life's greatest pleasures.  The finest sake, the freshest fish, the most tender green.  

Yet, it is restricting.

Some simpler pleasures, little tastes you used to enjoy, just don't compare any more. 

Not to mention the expense.  The expense tends to alienate you from those who don't appreciate good food, or who just can't afford to join you.

To that, I compromise.  Eating should be social.  You should be enjoying your meal (and tastes of those around you).  Likewise as they should for you.  Why?  Because there aren't enough meals around to try a restaurant's menu one meal at a time for every place worth eating.  Even tasting an entire menu for a night, you still wouldn't be able to try it all.

To this end, a great meal falls on a sliding scale of food quality and good company.  Carne asada fries at 3am with some good friends.. or the head chef's choice with one or two kin spirited foodies.

I leave you with one of the lasting impacts of food quality on my life.


One big regret in my life is not having had more fresh salmon while living in Seattle.  To be fair.. I lived an hour away by bus, and I figured taking fish back on the bus would be a bit of a pain.  Oh what a fool I was in my youth. 

But oh, one bite of fish here or there takes me back.

I can still taste that last morning's sockeye salmon.
A little bit of butter, lemon, and dried dill.

SO F'ing GOOD.

I was not prepared for the flavor, the warmth, the aroma, the blood redness.

I was instantly filled with grief that I was only then discovering what I would be leaving and missing. 

Something to be craved or to be excited for. 

Something I would go back to look for on interview trips.

Something that would make salmon from most establishments just not worth it elsewhere in the country. 

If you don't like fish, you've probably just been eating bad fish. 

Man.. sockeye salmon sashimi was delicious.   DELICIOUS. 

Sometimes.. there is no substitute for quality.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


"Cause I want it now
I want it now
Give me your heart and your soul"

--Muse - Hysteria

What is a craving?  Can you crave something you've never had?  Can you crave an idea, an ideal?

Why.. at 1am do I suddenly want a turkey wrap like I used to get from the college dining halls??

Mad shout out to Ro*Tiki and the monkey.

My theory is that we all operate on two levels.  The conscious and intellectual, and the subconscious emotional. 

Cravings are a vehicle to achieve nostalgia.  The nostalgic feeling reminds us of good times in the past, they bring comfort. 

I think as the conscious represses the desires of the subconscious, a force bottles up until it can no longer be contained.  That force .. is a craving. 

When you feel your faith erode.

Monday, November 8, 2010



-- Avenue Q

As I was walking back from 7-11 today.. an idea struck me.  An idea for what this blog is all about really.  Besides being somewhere to put down thoughts about the things that interest me. 

What better thing than to think about humans and what they do.  What they believe.  And how they do it by their own expressions in music and eating habits through some self reflection.