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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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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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