A class you wish you would have taken? I think it would have been interesting to take an art class. Learn something about perspective and so on. I had books about drawing, but sometimes it’s better to learn these things in person. There are a lot of artistic people in my family from my grandfather down to my middle child-person. I used to be fairly good at sketching and drawing myself, but instead turned my gaze to writing. I paint my pictures with words, as I used to say. Now I don’t even do that so much anymore. Except for this blog. Ah well, I had my time in the sun. But I think taking an art class would have been fun and informative.
Are you scared of heights? I am not afraid of heights, and have gone to some very high places — the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon being one of them. I’d show y’all pictures, but one cannot take pictures while on the glass bridge (you have to leave everything in a locker). You can *buy* pictures of yourself afterwards, but not take them while on the bridge. It was a very neat experience and I enjoyed it. I’ve been to rooftops of tall buildings and balconies of the same. What I am afraid of, however, is falling. I mean it’s true: You can’t cross a chasm in two small steps. But people seem to think that they are invulnerable to falling or something. Whenever I’m near the edge of anywhere high up, there is inevitably someone who is playing fast and loose with gravity and I always fear for their safety. Because once you start falling, dear reader, that’s it. Game over. Gravity is a harsh mistress who will not be denied. So yeah, I’m not afraid of being high in the air — I actually quite enjoy it — so long as there is a significant, sturdy barrier between myself, and the edge.
Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef? I used to be a pretty damned good cook if my friends and family are to be believed. I thought that I made a killer lasagna, but everyone brags about their lasagna, so I suppose it’s not that hard to make a good one. Ha! I made good family meals. Like, the food people eat every day. I can follow a recipe and have whatever I’m making come out pretty much as it’s supposed to. I’m a very good baker, and even gluten free stuff comes out tasting scrumdelicious. I also make a mean mug cake. But the last few years I’ve been too tired to do much of anything in the kitchen. Pair that with a… let’s face it… god awful kitchen. I mean… it’s a crappy kitchen. Let’s just leave it there. And, well… I haven’t cooked much lately. I suppose if I took it up again, I’d be a little rusty.But it’s like riding a bike, right? I started cooking for my mom’s family when I was about 11, and I’ve been cooking since. I think I’m a good cook.
As for a chef. No. Not even close. Chefs, if anything on television is to be believed… chefs want to make things “better”. They want to expand the taste of things. Experiment. They take a dish like Macaroni and Cheese — a pretty simple dish (macaroni and cheese — try this recipe, it’s delicious) and they make a production of it. They add mushrooms, bread crumbs, five different kinds of cheese, &c… I like simple dishes. Okay, that sounds wrong. I prefer more basic foods. I don’t need mushrooms on my Mac & Cheese. I don’t need the fanfare or the presentation to have my food taste good. Another example: apple pie tastes fine without the extra spices and thirteen different kinds of apples. Oh sure, it tastes good with them, but… why go through all of that trouble? I’ll leave the experimentation to the chefs. I like being a good cook.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I saw this video the other day and it made me laugh so hard. It’s the sixth in an ongoing series of videos these guys are putting out… They are three British guys taking a virtual road trip through the United States. The map in this game is very abbreviated so they can “drive” from Las Angeles to San Francisco in less than an hour, but it’s still funny. In this video, they’re stuck in the Grand Canyon. I thought it was hysterical. Enjoy. Also, warning: bad language.
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