Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trials of the Stomach

It has occurred to me that I cant eat as much as I used to without hitting the saturation "wall".  Now is that me getting older or is that all the swimming tightening up the walls of my stomach?   Prob just me getting older.  I should be thrilled!  Less work to satisfy my nutrition... but somehow I'm disappointed because my brain has so many ideas for tastes.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dave's Thoughts of the Day: August 31st

It has truly been a wonderful day here in Santa Monica.   Lovely weather all around, and good times wherever I go. 

So, out of the blue, I compiled a list of inexplicable internet memes that annoy me.  I can't even explain why I'm so annoyed by them but I am.  So, bear with me, as I go through these.

Internet Memes that Annoy the 'Cow  

"Yes, please."  I've seen this so many times on twitter and even in person.   Like some babe is shown on TV and a guy will go "yes please."  What, are you 8?   That's part one.  Part two... it sounds so silly and contrived.  What can you do?

There's another one where people post a quote inside of a picture.   Now being annoyed by this makes no sense.  Why should it bother me whether the quote is inside a fancy looking picture or just written out in text?  But it does!   I don't know why either, it's so bizarre.

Facebook posts, with exceptions, that are longer than a paragraph.   Some folks out there write whole essays.  HAHAHAHAH it is a *scene*.   For me its like "thanks for sharing but man get to the point, you're taking up the whole webpage here!" 

It's not a very big list, that was it.  HAHA.

I tried to grill bratwurst links today and man, I have never tasted self-made bratwurst that good.   It was fantastic.   I finally got it right!  Low heat, covered grill, 15-20 minutes.   Everything hit home.   I just gotta remember not to let any of the links hit a stray flame on the gas grill.   When that happens you get all sorts of smoke.  It was fantastic.  I'd do it again next time I have the chance.

When you cook bratwurst or other sausage on the grill, how much effort do you use to heat or grill or steam the buns?   It's an open book.   Today I put zero effort into it and just ate them at room temperature from the package.   You know, it didn't matter today.  The taste of that bratwurst really stood out.   The bun was merely playing a bit role today.

It was a rare weekend where I attempted to not go out anyplace at all.   I was taken to a restaurant by family earlier Sunday afternoon and it was quite great.   Native Foods restaurant.   It's an all vegan restaurant, but if you just went and ate their "native chicken" you wouldn't even know it.   Honestly I think I and some family had the best chicken sandwich we ever tasted, but get this, there was no chicken in it!  Instead, it was "Native Chicken" which was a vegan chicken substitute made of soy, wheat, and pea protein.   I dare any of you to go try the Native Chicken Run Ranch Sandwich.  You would swear there was actual chicken in it.   It was simply outstanding.

That's a wrap for today.  Have a great Labor Day everyone!

First week results: LOCKS of the Week go 0-4.

The title says it all...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dave's LOCKS of the Week: August 29th

LOCKS of the Week!!

Here's our LOCKS for Labor Day weekend... the first week of picks we'll do this year.  I'm hoping to finish above .500 as always and I have tricks of my sleeve.  We start with these FOUR games:

Florida State -18 vs Oklahoma State at Jerryworld
UCLA -22 at Virginia
Alabama -26 vs West Virginia at the Georgia Dome
and who doesn't love Northwestern -11 vs GOOD OLE CAL coming off their 1-11 2013 season?

This week, all favorites.   Sometimes that's not good strategy but you're looking at some serious mismatches this week.   Seems like easy cheese; we will find out.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A staffer brought in some "Asbach" chocolates from Germany, so I tried one. The damn thing *exploded* in my mouth! Turns out they have liquor injected into the chocolate!! HAHAHAHAHA Definite :wtf: moment.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dave's SEASON LOCK of the Year: Seahawks Under 11 Wins

I have officially denoted the Seahawks UNDER 11 wins as my o/u pick of the year.  I think there are others I'll select, but with the Niners still hungry, and with a tougher schedule, even a great team like the Seahawks will get just under 11 wins for the year.  I have the Seahawks going 10-6.   One thing to watch for with the Seahawks is injuries.  The defense was mostly unscathed in 2013.  We will see if the same applies to their defense for the 2014 season.

Having said that, of all the defending Super Bowl Champions, this team, the Seahawks, with almost everyone at or approaching their prime, has the best shot to repeat as champions.  Perhaps they won't have the best regular season record but if they have everyone well in January, they're as good a team as any.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dave's Thoughts of the Day: August 25th

All right, here it is.   I saw the giant rubber duckie this weekend!  It was impressive my friends.  Over 100 feet tall, maybe over 200 feet tall and roughly 70 feet long.  What a wonderful inflated facimile!  It was gorgeous my friends.  Driving down to San Pedro to see it was worth the time and effort, and it was a lot of time and effort to be sure.  Freeway traffic was no big deal, but parking and waiting around for shuttles took quite a while.  There were so many people here that overflow parking lots were set up down the street for miles with a shuttle to take tourists back and forth.  The shuttles got packed.  It was quite a scene.

Awww... but isn't it worth it for this big guy?  It's so cute!

The duckie was parked at Port of Los Angeles for the "Tall Ships Festival."   I didn't even check if they had "tall ships" there.  Nobody did!  Everybody went down there and flooded the harbor walkways for the duckie.  

On the way home I looked up fried chicken... I was in the mood and I was on the Freeway by the airport at the time.  Then, as I drove towards it, I saw, on the other side of the street, Phillip's #2 Barbecue restaurant.  You'd suspect as much for a building with tons of smoke coming out of the roof.  Both of these were straddling the corner of Centinela and Beach Ave.  For me it's the "Magnificent Corner."   At Phillips, great barbecued meats, ribs, and the famous rib tips.   At Louisiana Fried Chicken, the best fried chicken I've had in town.  My goodness it was GOOD.  They use seasoning salt, not sure which kind, and fry that batter just right.  It's fresh, it's hot, it's juicy, it's simply remarkable.  The fries that they serve there are equally good, using that same seasoning salt.

One of the best parts of the "Magnificent Corner" is it's easier to get to from the freeway than I thought.  You just take 405 south to La Tijera and get off there, head east and make the right on Centinela.  If you were the kind of joker that would want to take chicken or ribs to go to your home in, iono, the coast of Santa Monica, you can do it!  The food keeps well...stays hot.  It's a dream.

There happens to be a Smart and Final wholesale grocery store next to the Phillip's... if one were to posit the idea for a party, they could head to the Magnificent Corner, and get all the food they need for one phenomenal night.   Ribs, a HUGE order of Fried Chicken, maybe some barbecued beef, then Smart and Final for the plates, forks, knives, napkins, chips, and sodas.  Picture that party!  Maybe grab a few cases of beer too.

I'm ready for a fun week.  Enjoy your Monday!