December 27, 2007

Pocket of Love: Barnacles

To temper the hate, I present...a sweet pocket of love. I love saying the word "barnacle." It rhymes with "monocle" and "pterodactyl." I have never had to wear scuba gear to scrape barnacles off of ships' hulls, which would perhaps make me hate them. But, until that time, it's all love between me and the sweetness that is the barnacle.

This photo does kinda frighten me, however. Do they want to eat me?

December 12, 2007

Pocket of Hate: Chicken Diane

I'm not fond of the name Diane in general, but pair it with chicken and it's just wrong. Just say it once out loud and you'll agree: Chicken. Diane.

4 boneless chicken breasts
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. chopped chives
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp. brandy
3 tbsp. chopped parsley
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 c. chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Place chicken breast between wax paper and pound slightly with mallet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in skillet. Cook chicken over high heat for 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to warm serving platter. Add chives, lemon juice, brandy, parsley and mustard to pan. Cook 15 seconds, whisking constantly.

Whisk in broth and stir until sauce is smooth. Whisk in remaining oil and butter. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

December 05, 2007

Pocket of Hate: Park La Brea

The following IM conversation says it all, really.

[11:43] Nancy: so - park la brea freaks me out
[11:43] Nancy: i got trapped inside a week ago
[11:43] Keith Wagstaff: My former compound!
[11:43] Nancy: how ever did you manage to live there???
[11:44] Keith Wagstaff: It's a strange, strange place.
[11:44] Nancy: it's a freakish little microcosm of oddity
[11:44] Nancy: i felt like i fell down a rabbit hole
[11:44] Nancy: and no amount of drugs would ever help me escape the surrealism
[11:45] Nancy: i need to know more about this place
[11:45] Keith Wagstaff: It's an incredibly complicated network of streets..giving directions to visitors was impossible.
[11:45] Nancy: maybe i'll set up a conference call
[11:45] Keith Wagstaff: Well, every morning there are lots of old Asian people doing tai-chi
[11:45] Nancy: HAHAHAHAHA
[11:45] Nancy: yes - i did notice quite a few humans of asian decent within the walls
[11:47] Keith Wagstaff: It's also filled with lots and lots of Asian families. We got an apartment there because it was fairly cheap for the huge amount of space we got. I actually really liked my apartment, the only problem is that the gigantic buildings feel very impersonal and we never really talked to anyone in our building
[11:47] Nancy: yeah - well, after being inside...
[11:47] Nancy: i now know there are 2 distinct types of people in LA
[11:47] Nancy: those that have been inside park la brea and those that haven't
[11:48] Nancy: and those that have been inside, can never really explain what it's like to an outsider
[11:48] Keith Wagstaff: Haha. I think there is something like 10,000 people who live there...we were like the Borg
[11:48] Nancy: because no words can adequately describe it
[11:48] Nancy: hahahaha
[11:48] Nancy: did you know the only Borg that ever had emotion was named Hugh?
[11:49] Nancy: classic episode
[11:49] Keith Wagstaff: Hugh? What kind of Borg name is that?
[11:49] Nancy: i know - how random is that??
[11:49] Keith Wagstaff: Also, there's a weird facilities guy who talks to me in this office, and he made a borg joke while holding a package scanner next to my face. He's a strange man

The End.

December 03, 2007

Lone Gunman Envied By Married Gunman

The Onion

Lone Gunman Envied By Married Gunman

LOS ANGELES—"Running around firing indiscriminately into a crowd—now that's someone who doesn't have to wake up and go furniture shopping tomorrow," said Henderson.