Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Let the Bidding Begin, What Am I Bid?, -and- Burning Man

Let the Bidding Begin - the weirdest things ever put on eBay
What Am I Bid? - Hollywood props go on block
Burning Man - dog walker bursts into flames after being struck by lightning

On this day in history: August 4, 1994 - Howard Stern withdraws his candidacy for governor of New York, ostensibly to avoid complying with the financial disclosure laws.

Born on this day in history: August 4, 1901 - Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) Born August 4, 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.--died July 6, 1971, New York, New York. The leading trumpeter and one of the most influential artists in jazz history.
Armstrong grew up in dire poverty in New Orleans, Louisiana, when jazz was very young. As a child he worked at odd jobs and sang in a boys' quartet. In
1913 he was sent to the Colored Waifs Home as a juvenile delinquent. There he learned to play cornet in the home's band, and playing music quickly became a passion; in his teens he learned music by listening to the pioneer jazz artists of the day, including the leading New Orleans cornetist, King Oliver. Armstrong developed rapidly: he played in marching and jazz bands, becoming skillful enough to replace Oliver in the important Kid Ory band about 1918, and in the early 1920s he played in Mississippi riverboat dance bands.

Scripture of the Day: For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. - 1 John 5:4

Video of the Day: "Lock N' Load" - Big Stick and Rocks to Rockets

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while driving past the lake on the way to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Cool Weather!

Mr. Nitro's exterior probe indicated that it was 59° while I was driving to my office at 7:30 AM this morning! That is nearly cryogenic—compared to the low-80° temperatures at that time for many weeks. The high today is forecast to be a mere 89°! It appears this week will be relatively cool.

Chicken Livers and Rice

For dinner last evening, I made chicken livers and rice—a great favorite of ours. I cooked a cup of Jasmine rice in the microwave (in a covered casserole dish: 1 cup Jasmine rice, 2 cups water, cook on high for 5 minutes, cook on power level 3 for 10 minutes) and set aside. I coated chicken livers with panko bread crumbs that I had seasoned with Pappy's, garlic powder, and crushed red peppers. I sautéed the livers in extra-virgin olive oil and crushed red peppers until they were crispy on both sides. I spread the rice out on a serving platter. I tossed six green onions, chopped, into the sauté pan, removed from the heat, and poured the chicken livers, green onions, and olive oil over the rice. At the table, we added generous dollops of sambal. It was a delightful meal.

The Corruption Trial

At the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness. "Isn't it true," he bellowed, "that you accepted $5,000 to compromise this case?" The witness stared out the window, as though he hadn't heard the question. "Isn't it true that you accepted $5,000 to compromise this case?" the lawyer repeated. The witness still did not respond. Finally, the judge leaned over and said, "Sir, please answer the question." "Oh," the startled witness said, "I thought he was talking to you!"

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