1. This morning’s mash may be a bit scant, as I was entertaining guests all weekend and haven’t had much of an opportunity to gather my thoughts. The out-laws were in town, and thankfully, as I predicted, provided nothing blog-worthy.
2. I went to another car show this weekend, and walked away thinking the same thing I tend to think anytime the Big 3’s offerings are next to their foreign competitors: “It’s no damned wonder they are going bankrupt.” With a handful of exceptions, American cars are a boring lot of crap with cheap plastic interiors and uncomfortable seats. I was, however, delighted to see that new and upcoming models from GM and Ford seem to be stepping it up a notch. Chrysler, however, seems intent on building those generic anycars that show up, badgeless, in credit union commercials.
3. I am not a cook. It’s really not that I can’t. Generally, anything I try to make turns out well. It’s that I lack the experience, patience, and know-how to make it a pleasant process. Bonnie and Clyde flew in around dinner time on Friday, and had said they’d probably rather just eat at home that night. So I decided to make a great recipe we had sampled at Publix a few weeks ago–individual cheese-stuffed Italian meatloaves with some parsley and garlic red-skinned potatoes and mixed veggies. Plus a nice salad with citrus-shallot dressing. It all turned out great, but took at least twice as long as the recipe said it would take and I must have dirtied every mixing bowl, spoon, measuring device, and small appliance in the kitchen. Not to mention that by the time I bought all the ingredients, it would have been cheaper to just eat out.
4. It may snow here tonight. Now, I don’t know if you know what happens when it snows this far south. But the people go nuts. They have no idea how to drive in it. There are very few plows to clear it, and no salt for the roads. So the town shuts down. Schools, offices, church services–all closed. The grocery stores run out of milk and bread. (Why in hell do people run out for milk and bread? What are they gonna do–subsist on milk sandwiches til the snow melts? I’m going to stock up on vodka and chocolate.) The hardware stores will run out of generators. And the local news will pre-empt every show for updates on the “Arctic Weather”.
5. I need a vanity plate idea. The powers that be at the DMV have decided to give us all a new standard-issue plate and I don’t like it. So I need some ideas for a customized (the custom ones here are on a different background). Many years ago, I had my initials on a plate. When I switched from having a car in my parent’s name to one in my own, I had to surrender that plate, and before I could get it back, it was snatched up by a septic-tank pumping service with the same initials. So, any clever ideas?
6. I still owe a few folks interview questions. No worries-they are coming!