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Wasp Crackers

I was all ready to file this one under "Redundant Slurs Against White People", until I looked at the picture.

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ETA:  Speaking of crackers, we're teaching American Sign Language to Troy, hoping that it will reduce the terror of the Terrible Twos by allowing him to communicate his needs to us.  We're using the Baby Signing Time series of videos. 

One of the first words they teach you is "cracker":

Click to see a video demonstration of the word "cracker" being signed 

Of course, me being me, I couldn't resist; instead of making the correct sign, I simply said "cracker" and pointed at Kelly.

That set off an internal struggle inside my brainial region:

I'm so offended!

No, wait – that was HILARIOUS!


It's tough being a half-breed.

Cugini's is still good the second time around


Yeah.  We're pathetic.  We had lunch from Cugini's for the second day in a row.  The pizza is sooooo gooooood!  We just couldn't help ourselves.

Anyway, we didn't do a whole lot yesterday.  We went for a walk in the morning, and, after lunch, we headed up to Morro Bay to walk around on Embarcadero St.  We had a nice relaxing afternoon up there.  The weather was perfect, and, by chance, the local merchants were having a street fair, so we got to check out an eclectic mix of wares being hawked.  One guy was even selling backyard drilling contracts with his plates of BBQ Tri-Tip.  That confused the hell out of me until I took my finger out of my eye socket and realized that his business was in fact backyard grilling.  I are smart, Cletus.

For dinner, I had a Red Dragon Roll from Yanagi Sushi.  That's absolutely one of my favorite rolls of all time, though I wouldn't go so far as to call it #1.  In fact, I don't know if I could designate any roll as the top dog.  There are just too many good ones out there to choose from.

Like I said, it was a pretty mellow day.  You tend not to do too many Wild-N-Crazy Things when you have an infant in tow.

Not that I'm complaining.  This downtime is just what the doctor ordered.  It's nice to get away from it all.

KSLY's Gone Country!

Jeez, you leave for 2 years, and everything goes to hell.  Not that there's anything wrong with country music, but when you're bombing down the Cuesta Grade at 11:30pm, and there's nothing on the XM radio, and you've listened to the CD in the deck about 47 times since you started driving, the next natural step is to turn on the good ol' terrestrial FM radio and tune into the stations that you know will play some good Top 40 tunes.  Instead, I got an earful of manure.

Othere notable changes since the last time I was in SLO:

  • There is a COSTCO
  • Tortilla Flats has closed down, and a Karaoke bar took its place
  • Lots of previously open spaces have been developed
  • Cal Poly has been seriously developed – new dorms/apartments, and mondo additions for the College of Engineering
  • There is a HUGE Apple store downtown
  • Sakura is no more – it's now called "Sushiya"


One thing that is still the same is the presence of elephant seals up north of San Simeon.  As you can see from the picture above, they are quite fat and lazy.  Get a job, ya bums!

Also, the weather is just about perfect compared to the cesspool that is the Sacramento Valley.  Glad to see that hasn't changed.

We're having fun driving around, reminiscing about all the good times down here.  It's hard to believe it has been over 10 years since I first came down here to go to school.  This city is just so awesome.

We're also trying to hit all of our favorite restaurants while we're here.  Yesterday, we hit up Cugini's (for me), Nucci's (for Kelly), and Mandarin Gourmet for dinner.  That's always the dangerous part of coming back to SLO.  There's just too much good food here.

As for Troy, how's he handling all of this, with the moderate climate and the fresh air and the beautiful sights?  Let's just say that he "exploded" with enthusiasm, "unloading" his glee at being in new surroundings.  He is "relieved" at the prospect of finally seeing where Mommy and Daddy went to college. 

(I'll just come out and say it: he's no longer constipated.  Yesterday was a BIG day for TroyTroy's colon.)

It was a great day


Many thanks to my family for coming over to celebrate.  Little Man got me a new 22.5" Weber One Touch Silver charcoal grill (how did he know???), and we used it to 'cue up some juicy cheeseburgers.  Coupled with the various side dishes and ice cream brought by the guests, we had an awesome early summer BBQ.

I couldn't have asked for a better day.

Kimchi: One of the World's Healthiest Foods


I love kimchi.  It’s spicy, it’s crunchy, and it has a fantastic flavor.  Served over white rice or alone, it’s the perfect complement to Korean dishes such as Bibimbap and Bulgogi.  And now, according to Health.com, it’s one of the world’s healthiest foods:

Kimchi (or kimchee) is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt. This good bacteria helps with digestion, plus it seems to help stop and even prevent yeast infections, according to a recent study. And more good news: Some studies show fermented cabbage has compounds that may prevent the growth of cancer.

This is horrible news for Kelly.  If you’ve never experienced kimchi in the flesh, it stinks, and it looks like the Syracuse mascot barfed in a jar and let it ferment for a couple of decades.  So even though Kelly thinks it tastes alright, she just can’t get past the smell.  It’s always a struggle to get her to buy it for me.  Lately, I’ve had to resort to bargaining.  I’m now down to one kidney and 1/2 a lung.  And whomever was the recipient of my duodenum, you’d better enjoy it.  I miss you, Duod.  You were always like an intestinal tube to me.

But back to my point, I love kimchi, and I now have a valid excuse for eating it, stink and all. 

(On a related note, I have unilaterally decided what Troy’s first “solid” food will be: puréed kimchi.  Mm, mm, good.)

Thanks, Hunters!

Thanks to Bret and Vanessa for a fabulous evening of dinner and drinks.  The tri-tip was outstanding, and the shrimp?  Oh, the shrimp…  Succulent.  Juicy.  Cajuny.  Very, very good.

Sadly, I was too distracted by Señor Coors Light to even attempt to take any pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination.  Or, look at some of our old ones.