Tuesday, August 10, 2004

A few quick updates. There doesn't seem to be a single liquorice Altoid in all of Chico. There is a store called Shubert's, though, that sells a drink called a Brown Cow which is mighty nice when you've been walking for two hours in the Chico heat.

I don't understand the esoteric timetables of Chico poetry, if any. I tried to go to one over a month ago and the place was closed for the night like an hour before the reading was supposed to have started. Tonight I went to one where I thought there was a poetry reading on Tuesday nights but I was the only person in there besides the counter guy. I would like to meet some other artisic minded folk in town but so far I've been horribly unlucky at every attempt. Oh well. I suppose I should accept it as Providential and trust the right moment will come when it's damn good and ready to.

Tempeh looks like the healthiest thing in the world on paper, but it seems to be a black hole of flavor. It's so bland that you have to practically marinade it in Tabasco after you've already marinaded it in red wine and olive oil and cooked it brown just to get a little flavor out of it. I'm sticking to straight up tofu from now on. It's much more subordinate.

These are all negatives though. There's got to be a positive from today. Well, there was the Brown Cow. Oh, here's one. I read this little story today that I can share:

A poor man went to heaven. When he got to the Pearly Gates a rich man came behind him. Saint Peter welcomed the rich man with much enthusiasm and opened the gates. Inside were trumpets and parades, a great celebration at this man's arrival.
Saint Peter came back out for the poor man and said, "Okay, now you can come on in."
The gates opened on heaven, but with no trumpets or streamers or anything special. The poor man said, "So this is how it is even in Heaven? The rich still get treated much better than the poor?"
Saint Peter said, "No, buddy, you've got us all wrong. It's just that poor men come up every day. It's been a couple hundred years since we've had a rich man arrive."

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Blogger esp said...

Hey, I've heard good thing about quorn. ( http://www.quorn.us/ ). Most of it was from people in the UK, and I don't know where to find it in the US, much less Chico.

Personally, I think it's rather unnecessary. After working out today, my tomato sandwich and cucumber slices were plenty without worrying about meat content. That, and I made up a killer curry over the weekend that has been atop cous-cous, a vermicelli/rice mix (like rice-a-roni), and even some ramen noodles. I still eat meat, but I think needing meat substitute is all in the mind, as long as you know where to get a little protein once in a while.


August 10, 2004 at 10:45 PM  

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