Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fighting Back, The Taxman, -and- Missing

Fighting Back - homeowner shoots, kills masked intruder
The Taxman - Oregon proposes 1900% beer tax hike
Missing - 150 bowling balls disappear from bowling alley

On this day in history: February 17, 1989 - The cinematic masterpiece "Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure" starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter opened in theaters.

Born on this day in history: February 17, 1963 - Michael Jordan (1963 - ) Born in New York City, basketball star Michael Jordan played with the Chicago Bulls from 1984, and was named the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player five times. He holds the record for most points in an NBA play-off game (63), and scored over 50 game points 34 times. He earned his nickname, Air Jordan, for his remarkable athleticism.

Scripture of the Day: For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. -Isaiah 54:5

Video of the Day: Amazing Northern Lights Time Lapse - submitted by Laura

Imagine my surprise when, upon entering the back of my office this morning,
I was greeted by this vulpine creature, welcoming me! Click to enlarge.

RAIN! It has been raining nearly without respite for several days now. The water levels of lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks have risen significantly. The forecasts are for the rain to abate tomorrow. That will be good—should these forecasts prove correct. The ground must be allowed to absorb some of this water.

For dinner last evening, I cooked a box of Barilla thick spaghetti—stopping the cooking process just prior to it becoming al dente. I sautéed fresh grated ginger, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and sea salt in extra-virgin olive oil. I added 90 medium cooked, deveined shrimp and stirred until the shrimp were heated throughout. I added the pasta and slowly stirred until it was incorporated. I sprinkled dried chives and a ground Cayenne pepper / ground chile de arbol mixture atop the pasta. At the table, we added fresh cilantro leaves, red pepper flakes, and fresh grated Parmesan cheese. It was delicious. A quantity followed Laura to Chico this morning, and an amount sufficient for another dinner waits in the refrigerator.