Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
It’s been a while since I had gone to NYC, so I jumped at the opportunity to go when Blue Orca invited me to join the EVACs gang for dinner up in Manhattan this past weekend. We had quite a big group together as 11 of us circled around two tables connected to each other at A La Turka, a Turkish restaurant if you didn’t imply from the name :P Since most of us hadn’t been to a Turkish restaurant before, picking out what to eat became a slight chore, but the store manager was kind enough to come out and work with us to put together an large appetizer and entree order that everyone could share together. We also ordered two pitchers of Sangria (one red win and one white wine), which I found pretty refreshing to drink considering I’m not the biggest fan of wine, but I’m guessing the addition of the fruit diluted the alcohol to make it easier (at least for me) to drink.
The two giant appetizer plates that came out for each end of the table consisted of various “dips” (humus, bean salad, yogurt, a spinach-tasting dip, etc) that everyone could dive into using these large “disks” of bread that the waiters were quick to replenish once everyone started tearing into their basket of bread. The appetizers went quickly, but the two giant entree plates consisting of lamb, beef, and chicken kebabs along with some rice and veggies plates came in just in time to continue the feast!
There was also a fish order put in, and it was quite the spectacle seeing it brought over on a flaming tray!
We figured out later that the first was covered in some sort of breading that was set on fire, and the manager used a mallet to break open the breading and cut up the fish. While the presentation was cool, the fish unfortunately didn’t taste as good. Fortunately the kebab meat platter had a lot of good meat to go around so the fish didn’t put a damper on the dinner.
As we finished up dinner, it was brought up that we’d all head over to Serendipity 3 for desserts. But a giant hoard of people waiting outside greeted us as we got there, which added up to a 2 to 3 hour wait. So we decided to keep walking around, and eventually we ran into Dylan’s Candy Bar.
This store was probably the dream child of Willy Wonka’s other persona named Dylan, because practically every candy and sweet you could think of can probably be found at this store. Heck even the stairs had candy imbedded in it!
Before we browsed around, we went to the second floor cafe to get some desserts. I settled on the Perfectly Peanut Butter Sundae, which was good but there was sooo much chocolate and peanut butter syrup in the tall plastic cut that the sundae was served in that right now I’m still tasting the sugar. But this was nothing compared to the monster that was the 10 scoop sundae…
Fresh off our sugar high, we looked around the store and found some interesting chocolate bars and candy themes.
There was also a display of celebrities signatures on boxes containing their favorite candy. The funniest one was the half eaten Payday bar with Bill Clinton’s signature :P
All in all it was good to see the EVACS group again and walk though Manhattan.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The next day, Y, Y's wife, Y's dog Gizmo, and I went down to DC to take a look at the cherry blossoms that were in full bloom. It was the perfect day to be outdoors to enjoy the sights, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. We made our way along the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial since I've never been there before, and we ran into a large group of people watching a cultural performance in front of the memorial. But I managed to sneak into the memorial and cap a few pictures of Jefferson's statue before being overwhelmed by the crowd. By this time, Gizmo had seemed to reach his limit of walking, so we decided to head on back, but before heading back to the condo, we stopped for some lunch at a pizza place and did some shopping at Trader Joe's, which Y's wife really wanted to go to. Upon returning to Y's condo and inspired by the drumming performance, Y wanted to do some Rock Band drumming, so we assembled the drum set I brought over and rocked out till dinner, which was Y's friend R, who has a gigantic house and allegedly lives close to Gilbert Arenas. Yan managed to find out that the mix of Coke and Captain Morgan's results in a chocolate tasting drink, but I argued it really tasted like vanilla. On a side note, I'm beginning to realize that alcohol accelerates my heart rate rather than act as a depressant, but I can't find any good reasons for that. Also, the slight shortness of breath that accompanied it told me it was time to stay away from Y's new drink. After dinner and a tour of R's remodelled bathroom, we headed back and I started by drive back to MD. On the way back, I forgot that there was a toll road I needed to go through, and I didn't have any cash on me and the booth didn't take credit cards -_- But fortunately, the woman working at the booth was rather nice despite it being about 12:45 am and basically said that a bill will just be sent for $2 (which is the regular toll cost) to my house, so I was relieved.
Thanks to Y and Mrs. Y for having me over!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
1) Reading for leisure: I think the last time I read a book for leisure was the last Harry Potter book, and that wasn't really for leisure since I was speed reading through it so that I wouldn't be left behind in all the HP discussions :P Any good suggestions out there?
2) Get my butt in shape: The funniest reminder to me that I need to get back in shape came this past summer when Dragon and I tried to do some suicide runs on the tennis court, and we were pumped up to do this across all four courts. Needless to say, we gave up after only going halfway across one court and just collapsed to the ground with laughter at how pathetically incapable we were -_- The issue with this is that I don't like going to the gym and would rather play sports to stay in shape. I'm thinking of looking into maybe joining a local tennis club or something because I have an itch to get back onto the courts after hearing about KiraTomato's attempts to take over as the number 1 tennis veggie :P
3) Finish video games that I bought: Yeah, I know I said that I wouldn't be a couch potato, but I want to get full value from all these games that I bought!
4) Take a trip on weekends to someplace different: It'll be hard for me to get lost in the Kungmobile, so I figure to try to plan a weekend trip somewhere interesting. Might lead to some interesting blogging and some photography practice.
5) Read up on investing: Might as well put the $$$ I make to work for me.
6) Learn to cook: Frozen foods just don't cut it taste-wise...
I'm sure I'll think of more things to do since I hate being idle and doing nothing...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
But seriously, I want to thank everyone for all their encouragement while I was in school :) You all helped pull me through!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The presentation slides are almost done, and I'm debating right now whether I should reference the veggies in the acknowledgment section by their veggie name. I don't think too many people will be looking at my thesis in the future, but apparently my thesis will be archived in variously Ohio Libraries and the Library of Congress, and I just think it would be funny for someone to randomly pull up my thesis, read the acknowledgment section, and wonder "who the heck are these people? Cucumbernator? GrapeofWrath? Catnipped? jOrangeJuice? Kiratomato? ..."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
So today, the exterminator and one of the apartment maintenance guys came by at around 10:30, and the exterminator proceeded to inoculate my rooms. I asked the maintenance guy what prompted the spraying as I wasn't having any bug problems, and he mentioned that one of the apartments above me was apparently having major issues with bed bugs, so they decided to spray all the apartments in my building as a precaution. The process was pretty quick, and the exterminator had my entire place sprayed in like 10 minutes, though I found it sort of strange that he was spraying each of the wall sockets (I had images of the sockets blowing up, but that didn't happen :P). But after the spraying, I had to be out of the apartment for two hours, so I killed the time browsing at the local Circuit City to see if there were any extraordinary sales. They had everything marked 10% off, but nothing really jumped out.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
In sadder new, the XM8 that Cucumbernator brought for me had a rough trip in my luggage, and the back end of it broke off -_- But fortuantely, everything else worked after I plugged the battery, so maybe I'll just duck tape the back end to give it the battle worned look :P And I will confirm that the sound the gun makes after you let go of the trigger does sound similar to the plasma blast in Star Control 2.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Looking back, I didn't do too badly in fulfilling my resolutions of 2008 in going 3.5/5. For 2009, the major resolution that I want to get in my pocket by the end of March is to get my research done and graduate from graduate school. It'll be a tough road these next 2.5 months or so, but I think I'll be able to grind it out and finish it up. Until then, I'm not going to have any other resolution in my mind, but I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to think of many more once I finish up. So hopefully I'll be able to bat 1.000 on this one.