Friday, May 24, 2013

Post 2344 - Friday

Wow.  A blog post, two days in a row.  What will they think of next?

It is Friday night.  I was off work today due to a scheduled day off.

I will turn in soon.  I have to get up early tomorrow morning to drive to the Valley for 24 hours or so.  I have ordered a side of beef from a neighbour.  It will be ready either on Saturday or early on Sunday.  In order to prepare for this animal flesh onslaught, I need to scare up some space in my mother's freezer.   My mother will even come over from her nursing home to assist me in this task.

I have been promised many steaks, 3/4" thick, two per package.  Lots of hamburger and roasts and at least one brisket.  I will tell you more about this after I get it and have had a steak.  Very much looking forward to it.

I guess I am craving iron these days.   I have been taking iron supplements.  My mouth waters at the thought of eating beef.  Spinach looks appealing to me.  God help me, but Les Muise's suggestion I try out liver and onions 3x a week may even happen, and I typically don't care for organ meats.

I feel sorry for vegetarians.  I suppose it is a noble, even laudable, goal, but they're missing out on the extreme pleasure associated with consuming seared animal flesh.  I like burgers and steaks and chicken and some  kinds of fish too much to consider giving up those things.  I'd rather have a lump of partially-digested beef in my colon than spend the next 30 years eating wheat germ, brussel sprouts, and bacon-flavoured textured vegetable protein.  I'm sure you agree.

The only other new thing going on in my life is that I finally got around to hooking up the new media player I bought last month and bought a membership to Netflix.  I was hesitant to take the plunge because, as I mentioned here recently, my internet connection here is often poor.  Download speeds are often so cruddy that it might seem more efficient for me to write down a series of 1's and 0's on a piece of paper, crumple it up, and throw it at the media player.  However, Netflix's infrastructure is smart enough to take slower internet connections into account, and takes enough time to cache enough data to make streaming nearly seamless.

I have been watching some shows that I have never seen before.  Heard about them, but never watched them.  I watched the pilot for "Weeds", about a widow who turns to selling marijuana as a means to support her family.  I have 101 episodes to go, and all of them are streamable on Netflix along with dozens of other series that I can watch from beginning to end, given enough time and bandwidth.  I can watch all 202 episodes of The X-Files, although I'd probably quit after about season six, when the show started to suck big time.  I can watch every episode of Xena and ST:TNG and "Murder, She Likes Wrote".  Many, many more series.  And movies.  And documentaries.  All for 8 bucks a month.  And the first month is free.

This is is the Canadian version of Netflix.  It is possible for Canadians to get the American version, which evidently has far more content, by doing things like buying an American ip address.  Officially, I don't know anybody who has done that.  Nope.   Not at all.

Anyway, I was off today.  I treated myself to lunch and a trip to Value Village.  I can't get over how, in the back of the store, they sell used electronics in little plastic bags for prices that would make you think that they're selling crap, but they often aren't.  I recently bought a 2 handset Uniden cordless phone system that works very well, and it cost me only 5 bucks.  It's at my mother's, and the built-in answering machine is a joy to use.  The proprietary batteries work just fine and should last for some time to come.  Did I mention it cost me only 5 bucks?  Today, I saw several more similar sets in these little bags for about the same amount of money.  I didn't buy any. But if I were in the market for a cordless phone system, I'd go there first and take a chance.

It is nearly midnight.  I have to get up relatively early Saturday morning.  You'll excuse me if I call it a night.

It's a... I've done that joke before.  Never mind.

See you tomorrow.


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