Saturday, March 25, 2006
The ride was good today. We rode from Longmont down to Superior and checked out next week's race course. Round trip was 50 miles, and I'm pretty tired and a little sunburned. I need a reminder every year to put on sun block.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Coconut Macaroon Shrimp with Pineapple Plum Sauce
1-pound fresh or frozen raw shrimp (20-30 in shells)
½ cup all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
3 egg whites
1 ½ cups shredded coconut
Plum Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact (if shrimp are frozen do not thaw; peel under running cold water.) Make a shallow cut lengthwise down the back of each shrimp; wash out the sand vein.
Heat oil (2 to 3 inches) in deep fryer or Dutch oven to 325 degrees. Mix flour, salt, ginger and pepper. Beat egg whites just until foamy. Coat shrimp with flour mixture’ dip into egg whites. Pat the coconut onto shrimp covering completely.
Fry shrimp, turning once, until coconut is golden brown, about 2 minutes; drain. Serve with Plum Sweet-and-Sour Sauce or if desired soy sauce. Makes 4 servings.
Plum Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
½ cup canned crushed pineapple in syrup
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
¼ cup vinegar
¾ teaspoon soy sauce
1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
1 ½ teaspoon cold water
¼ cup plum jam
Heat pineapple (with syrup), sugar, 1/4-cup water, the vinegar, and soy sauce to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Mix corn starch and 1½ teaspoon cold water; stir into pineapple mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; cool to room temperature. Stir in jam
Do-ahead Tip: Fry shrimp. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours. To serve, heat uncovered in 350 degree oven until hot, about 10 minutes
As much as it PAINS me to do it, I plead guilty. I have a real problem with pleading guilty to something when I didn't do anything wrong, but this saves me more wasted hours at the courthouse. It really bothers me though, because it means that a cop can write me a traffic ticket for any bogus thing that he wants, and I have to take time out of work for 2 trips to the courthouse, and eventually pay $60 for something that NEVER HAPPENED. I had to bite my tongue when the court person was reading the police report and it said something about him determining that I was going fast by the fact that I passed some cars, and that my RPM's were high. Hey asshole, I can wind my car out in 1st gear if I want and still not break the speed limit. I'd like to pen a letter to the court and the cop that wrote the ticket, but I know it will do no good.
It could be worse though. A friend of mine got a reckless driving ticket and ended up with some points, probation, and community service. The difference was that he was actually checking the performance of his new WRX ECU, and I was just trying to drive home. I'm glad I've got this closed up though, because now I can drive with my car in its "loud" mode again without worry. And I'll continue to drive my car loudly in first gear by cops, I just won't rapidly accelerate it while I do it. :)
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Somewhere in America today, someone will be told they have cancer. It's a scene that will be repeated 3,500 times throughout your standard work day - that's the equivalent of more than seven new cancer diagnoses every minute that you spend at the office.
That day came for me on October 2, 1996. Like 10 million other Americans currently living with cancer, I suddenly faced a new world filled with fears, doubts, challenges and questions. But I was lucky. Unlike those being diagnosed today, I never had to question my government's commitment to my future. However, this week Congress is considering a budget that, for the first time in 40 years, slashes funding for cancer research programs, cancer survivorship programs and important cancer-related initiatives.
If Congress approves the President's proposed 2007 budget, law makers will effectively turn their backs on our national commitment to defeating one of our leading killers and turn back the clock on progress against the disease Americans fear most. As proposed, the 2007 budget cuts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget by $179 million and carves $40 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Far from arbitrary figures, these funding cuts translate directly into diminished research discovery, treatments and programs that help people with cancer live life on their own terms.
While all of us understand the need for budget constraint and the difficult choices facing our elected officials, we also know thattaking money from the fight against cancer is not a tough choice - it's simply the wrong one.
We have so much to gain and too much to lose, so I'm challenging you to join me in this effort today by contacting your representatives in Washington. I urgently need your help to protect funding for cancer programs.
Tell your representatives loud and clear that the fight against cancer deserves more, not less. To contact your representative now,simply send a message from our LIVESTRONG Web site.
You can also forward this emailto your friends, family and others who you think will want to help stopour nation from turning back in the fight against cancer.
Founder, Lance Armstrong Foundation
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Thursday, March 9, 2006
When I found last week that I was coming back out here, I casually asked one of my coworkers if he knew a way for us to get tickets to the San Jose Sharks game (since HP is the title sponsor). We didn't get tickets from HP, but our vendor ponied up and got us some tickets to the San Jose / Edmonton game. The first period was scoreless, but both teams stepped up in the second half with two goals each. The Sharks opened up the game in the second period with a couple more unanswered goals and took the win. I haven't watched much hockey lately, but it was really fun to see a game live. It sure beat sitting in a hotel room and responding to work email.
Nice seats at center ice