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Time:01:07 am
You may notice that I haven't posted any entries titled "I ran" in a while. There's a reason for that-- I haven't been running. My body doesn't seem to be much of a fan of the running thing, so I decided to try something less joint-rattling. I've been bicycling. It seems to be working pretty well. In fact, I just got back from an hour-long ride down into the Port of Oakland and back. It's nice to ride down there at night since I pretty much have the road to myself, and I don't have to dodge cars.

I'm not fast, but neither is my bike. Still, I'm going farther and getting faster with each ride. I track my rides with my ForeRunner 305. Having lots of metrics is a motivating factor for me.


On Friday night we went down to San Jose to see God of Carnage, a play that I wanted to see on Broadway but didn't get to. We had about an hour for dinner, which limited our choices. PF Chang was the closest place to the theater, and we figured "when in Rome..."

It was the worst meal that I have had in ages. I'm pretty sure PF Chang is Chinese for "house of goopy brown sludge" in honor of the sweet, disgusting sauce that they put on everything. It was a meal of truly epic horror. The play made up for it, though-- it was hilarious! I learned afterward that it was made into a movie called Carnage last year. The lineup is fabulous-- Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C Reilly, Christoph Waltz, and directed by Roman Polanski.


This power failure woke me up at 4:32 a.m today. I do so love the unsynchronized beeping of UPSes in distress.


I took a knife skills class at Kitchen on Fire last week. It was pretty fabulous. I didn't have really good role models for cooking when I was growing up, so a lot of my skills are seat-of-the-pants. I had several, "Oh! That's the easy way to accomplish that" moments. Plus, I didn't cut myself even once.

It was fun watching a thunderstorm out the window while slicing and dicing carrots, zucchini, onions, celery, peppers, and herbs.


Speaking of classes, I just signed up for Ladies Rock Camp next month-- a friend of mine twisted my arm. So, apparently, I'll be performing at the Starry Plough on Sunday the 6th. Feel free to giggle now, or show up and giggle in person.
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slowjoe
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Time:2012-04-16 10:22 am (UTC)
Have you ever considered rowing, Patti?

It's essentially zero-impact, there is no eccentric loading, so soreness is much more rare. It's also harder work, so the return on time invested is better.
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evwhore
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Time:2012-04-16 03:06 pm (UTC)
On Friday night we went down to San Jose

And you didn't ping me? Of course, I was otherwise engaged, but still :-)
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evwhore
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Time:2012-04-16 03:12 pm (UTC)
BTW, I pass by there whenever I take light rail to work (just passed it while making the above reply). There are plenty of eating options in that area, so you only have yourselves to blame :-) (no one felt like checking yelp or something on a smartphone?)
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-16 03:48 pm (UTC)
Half of the appeal was "when in Rome..." Plus, Tom had never been to PF Chang. I pointed it out as a joke, and when he said he'd never been there then that settled the deal.

And no, I didn't ping you because it was a late-binding decision to go to the show.
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evwhore
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Time:2012-04-16 04:13 pm (UTC)
I've actually eaten at PF Chang's voluntarily at least once. It's edible, at least, and still a notch above the random Chinese place I tried on a whim while visiting Los Gatos that gave me food poisoning something fierce.
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prock
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Time:2012-04-16 04:27 pm (UTC)
"A notch above food poisoning" is faint praise indeed.

:)
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2012-04-16 05:39 pm (UTC)
I like their chicken lettuce wraps, but I'm just a hick from Indiana.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-16 10:41 pm (UTC)
I remember the chicken lettuce wraps as being good from the last time I was in a PF Chang's, though that was several years ago. This time they seemed to be minced chicken and water chestnuts in goopy brown sludge.

If I want to eat that much sugar I'll order dessert.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2012-04-16 04:15 pm (UTC)
That is such a sweet bike.

And yay bicycling! Last weekend I rode to Jack London Square, along the Bay Trail and Embarcadero (Oakland) before going into San Leandro, and I loved that part of the ride: very few cars even on a sunny Saturday afternoon (well, after I got out of JLS), and beautiful waterfront views contrasted with empty industrial spaces. The roads were pretty debris-ful, though, so I was glad for my Gatorskin tires.

So do you feel like the knife skills class was worth it? As much cooking as I do, I lack proper knife skills, but am always so hesitant to take classes because so many of them are so awful and boring.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-16 04:31 pm (UTC)
Worth it, but not the best thing since sliced bread.

You'll probably pick up some knowledge that you didn't have, like how to chop vegetables for stir fry vs. for saute, or why you handle basil and cilantro differently.

You're not going to leave the room wielding a knife like it's part of your hand, but you'll definitely have new skills. Yesterday I made a salad that had black beans, onion, tomato, avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro, and I definitely noticed that I did things differently than before.

The one complaint that I had about the class is that the assistants were very new. The guy who was working with us at our table was literally on his first day on the job. I'm not sure if he was there for training or to help us, but he wasn't a lot of help.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2012-04-17 03:10 am (UTC)
I will probably do Ladies Rock Camp up here in July (I'm waiting for next school year's work calendar to see if going in July or August makes more sense). What are you going to play? Or will you be singing? Maybe next year the three of us can all go, and then we've got half a band already set!
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-17 06:14 am (UTC)
I don't sing. I well and truly do not sing. You see, I have perfect pitch... and I can't carry a tune. I am one of the worst singers on the planet, and I have references to back it up.

Bass, unless that's full in which case I'll fall back to keyboard. If things were way unbalanced I could play guitar I guess.

I came reasonably close to buying one of these tonight. Well, just because.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2012-04-17 02:16 pm (UTC)
I have some Hello Kitty stickers for it, if you want.

I can't wait to hear how camp goes for you. :)
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Lynn Jones
Subject:Ladies' Band Camp
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Time:2012-04-17 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh, you took sssooooooo much arm-twisting!
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Ladies' Band Camp
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Time:2012-04-17 06:15 am (UTC)
There was implicit arm twisting.
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Lynn Jones
Subject:Re: Ladies' Band Camp
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Time:2012-04-17 03:55 pm (UTC)
I can do implicit arm-twisting? And I think a Patti-pink guitar is perfect for you. I have some Patti-pink LEDs we could wire it up with.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Ladies' Band Camp
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Time:2012-04-18 10:55 pm (UTC)
How about cobalt blue sparkle? Would that be an acceptable color?
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