Saturday, November 10, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

There Are Rules About These Things

Yesterday, S and I were out enjoying some of the SLIFF movies, and we saw our first public Christmas decorations.  As much as I love Christmas, I agree with S that they should not be up until after Thanksgiving.  Here's how he feels about it:

Friday, November 2, 2018

Goals 2018 -- November Edition

We were gone for two weeks in October, so there are many changing-of-the-seasons things which did not get done.  Here's what I'd like to work on this month:
- Pulling dead plants from my garden
- Over-mulching for the winter
- Planting garlic
- The last grass cutting of the season (although perhaps I should save this one for K?)
- The annual closet clean-out
- Annual bike maintenance (really this should probably be monthly, but who has that kind of time?)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Goals 2018 -- October Recap

Looks like I get a freebie this month, since we haven't gotten our pictures yet.  I'll take it!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree -- Take 2

The nice thing about murder mysteries is that they're easy to read.  Sometimes a little too easy; I just want to get to the end even when I should be doing other things.  But books like that are nice sometimes, especially if you just need to give yourself a proverbial kick in the reading pants.

So it was with Inspector Singh.  Reasonably compelling, fairly well-written.  I was especially fond of some of the more European turns of phrase that were sprinkled throughout.  (The author - and the titular inspector - are from Singapore, which began its life as a British colony.)  It wasn't terribly surprising, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading.

Most importantly, it carried a flavor of the place -- that's what I was really looking for.  How accurate of a flavor it is, I can't say just yet.  But it certainly was a flavor.  And the good Inspector Singh's fondness for curry sure did make me hungry!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Tiny Grammar Rant

I know there are some sources that say that the use of apostrophes to make an acronym plural is acceptable.

Here's the simple thing about that: they're wrong.

And I would at least expect better from the library:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Classic Bic

You may not have known this, but the classic black Bic pen has gotten a promotion.  It is now the "special ballot marking pen" for Missouri elections.

I'm sure it's a conspiracy on the part of one side or the other.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pizza Tour: Peel Wood Fired Pizza

Peel Wood Fired Pizza, which has long had a location in Edwardsville, Illinois, recently opened a shop in Clayton.  I've been a few times, and have very much enjoyed it.  Here is a quick rundown of some of the predictable (and not so predictable) things I like about the Clayton location:

- The pizza is good: a California/Neapolitan style.  Also good is the goat cheese gratin (pizza in another form)
- Well-designed bathrooms, including floor-to-ceiling doors and trough sinks
- The bar is enormous
- Even when it's reasonably crowded, it's not super noisy (This is huge! When did it become the hip thing for restaurants to be noisy?  For whom is that enjoyable?)
- Their take-away pizza boxes are compostable

So, if you're around Clayton, or Edwardsville, or O'Fallon, give it a try.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fritanga and Gateway Cup

One very hot Friday evening not too long ago, S and I had a wonderful St. Louis outing.  It started with dinner at Fritanga, a Nicaraguan restaurant down on Jefferson.

It was, as I mentioned, toasty.  Probably because I had been sitting in a freezing cold office building all day, though, for the short walk from the car to the restaurant, the temperature felt nice.  Consequently, I made the erroneous decision to sit outside.  And it wasn't actually so much the heat that was annoying, because we had cold drinks (a Nicarita for me, beer for S), but it was the mosquitoes.  Nevertheless, we very much enjoyed our food.  I went the app route -- chicharron de pollo and empanadas.  S had the canoa de maduro with pork, and we shared the queso frito.  One thing Nicaraguan food is not, at least when served in the US, is light.

We decided to make ourselves feel better about our unhealthy dinner choices by going to watch other people race bikes.  The heat was even worse standing out on the pavement of Lafayette Square, but at least every time the riders came around, we got a nice breeze.  And it's always a thrill to see a crit!