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We just found out how badly our condos were designed. The cable TV people were here, scheduled last November but they’re here months later and the company is stingy with equipment so I assume someone is sitting in the truck checking things off as they complete this tall building.

The people who designed this place were nuts. This place is all about views. They placed all the cable connections where one cannot have a view. Today, they ran Cat 5 all around our bedroom and living room. We are supposed to stick it to the wall or whatever. There are not enough outlets for devices like cell phones and laptops to be charged.

As a cook, I minimize countertop appliances. Toaster, tea boiler (learned that in Scotland), a 5 qt. Kitchenaid mixer, crock with oft-used utensils and Kitchenaid food processor and a blender. That’s it.

Other electronics are based on the builders’ vision of how people would actually live here. I have something to say about that. They got it backwards. Think when a friend told you to relax and smell the roses. They should have looked out the window and thought “they’d put the bed here or here, Let’s give multiple outlets.

Luckily my husband is a physicist and engineer. He placed the modem in the middle and we also have The Beast of a printer with Bluetooth. I asked the guys not to move the modem or anything my husband set up. Internet, tv are working, faster. Unfortunately until we finish and go wireless, we’ve got about 60′ of Cat 5 wiring going around our place.

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Today I had no Internet because of cable disruptions. I did get to see wings, however, many planes for the Air and Water Show that starts tomorrow and those of the birds that do not need an engine to fly. I almost hear them talking to to each other, seagulls that normally fly alone. What is that Coast Guard fire boat doing out there? All this noise, and the practice for the pilots? We do this, we fly elegantly every day. All we want is to is dive into the bay and get some dinner!  Get lost, humans!

My husband decided to take a different route today, business lunch and our vacation, his several-hour tour of another air endeavor. I got to clean dishes, laundry and floors. Luckily he’ll be back sometime tonight. Cheers! Dee


Favorite Food Places: USA

Since I was born and grew up here I’m not going to deal with the best restaurants but regional iconic food. That means the pedestrian food I grew up with and love.

First of all, farmer’s markets, especially organic. Use them, join co-ops. It’ll broaden your culinary horizons (see my cookbook selections).

I’m going to go around the country now, notice I miss Kansas City BBQ because I’ve not gotten the chance to go there as yet. Only foods and places I’ve visited/frequented.

Here are some of my favorite foods:

Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese and celery sticks (no boneless wings, please)

Corned beef and cabbage sandwiches (Albany NY) with deli mustard

Sesame bagel with very little cream cheese, Nova lox, capers, onions and lemon optional

Cranberry-Orange muffin with Tazo Wild Orange tea

Steak at Peter Luger’s in NYC

Maryland blue crabs, cracked on a friend’s table with butcher paper and mallets

Fresh clams on a grill, with clarified butter ready to dip

The best burger I ever had in the world, in Bonham TX, place is now closed. Father-in-law thought $4.50 was a lot to ask for a burger. Jim and I knew otherwise.

Mussels, in moules mariniere (no tomatoes or cream for me)

Chanterelle mushrooms

Salmon caught off the Mendocino coast

True smoked brisket and Texas (Germanic) sausages

Baby back ribs

Great coleslaw (not sweet) and baked beans

and Buffalo’s wonderful Beef on ‘Weck, a northeastern treat.

Hope that does it for now. Dee