Friday, February 17, 2017

Me and My Memory

Memory is a strange animal. I just remembered a song that I have been trying to put my finger on since the early 80's. Yeah, a hazy part of the tune has been floating around in my head meat for that long. I just figured that I would hear it on the radio, or something, and "voila!", I'd have it.

Didn't happen. I remember the year, because that same night, I heard Huey Lewis' "I want a new drugl" for the first time too. That, I remembered. And the odds got even worse when the internet popped up because radio kind of went the way of the buffalo, and the 80's just faded away. That wasn't the first decade to get locked in the closet, but I really do miss the music from it.

Anyway, I was half-ass listening to a webinar that was teaching me how to be a millionaire by Thursday, and it hit me. Not only the name of the song but the artist too. So, I tried to figure out what triggered it. I mean, after over 30 years of wracking my brain, I think I deserved an answer.

The guy babbling in the info video stuttered, and that's what triggered the memory. Here's the song.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

I Miss Gyros!

One of the foods I miss most from the good old USA are Gyros. There were several places to get good ones in St. Louis, but I enjoyed them the most at the vendors that would set up during holiday celebrations. Every 4th of July, Octoberfest, etc, there were always Gyro stands around.

They are easy to make, and I can get everything here, but they just don't taste the same. Besides, other than talking about Gyros, it's really hard to work the word "tzatziki" into a conversation.

Here is a search results for a bunch of easy Gyro recipes.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Superbowl 51 Was a Hoot!

Well, another Superbowl has come and gone. Vit and I watched at the Hooters on soi 15. I don't think there was as big of a crowd this year, compared to last year, but it was still pretty full. It was definitely one of the best SB's in recent years. The falcons totally dominated the first half, and were up by like 3 touchdowns at the Gaga break.

 But, in the second half, the Patriots did what the Patriots do, they went ballistic. As much as I wanted to see Atlanta win, it was still an awesome comeback to watch. A lot of longtime records were broken in this game. In the end, it was the Brady bunch by a nose. I don't know why I thought it would be any different.

There were two guys that running around the bar high-fiving everyone each time the Falcons scored. But, at the end of the game they were sitting in a booth, quietly crying (literally). Anyway, a good time was had by all.

Thanks to Vit for being there, and to Jeab and the rest of the Hooter babes for taking good care of us. See you next year!

Here's a video someone shot during the halftime break. You can see Vit and I in it a few times.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Superbowl 51

Kind of like Area 51, isn't it? I was really hoping that Pittsburgh or Green Bay would make it to the big game. But, as a supporter of anyone against New England, you have to take what you are given. So, it's off to Hooters at 7am on a Monday morning for the game. At least Atlanta got top billing.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My First English Conversation Video

I have been playing with animated video to help my students practice their English Conversation. The video shows a new A/B set in each scene. When a scene appears, the teacher recites a line and the students repeat it.

Every scene gets one set longer, so the students must repeat the majority of the conversation several times. After the video has ended, I have the kids recite the entire conversation, then I do A and they do B, and then we switch to end the speaking part of the lesson. The video is only about 5 minutes long.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New England No No!

Could someone PLEASE beat the Patriots? You don't have to kick their ass to an embarrassing extent, not that that would bother me, just get rid of them. I would really like to see two of the other teams, that are having a consistently great year, play. I will admit that they looked better today than they have earlier in the season. But still, enough is enough. how about some new blood?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Medical Non-Incarceration Update

Well well well, just back from Thamassat hospital...AGAIN. The news wasn't too bad. The bones look good and the wounds are healing. My foot got a little red and swollen a few days ago though. The doc says it may just be a touch of arthritis. He says all my bio whatever levels are OK, so he doesn't think the infection is back.

He also said that he will unbolt this damn brace from my leg when I go back to see him in 3 weeks. He will put me in a cast for a few weeks after that, but a cast will be much easier to get around in, and I can kind of walk in it.That should give me a couple of days practice getting about before the Superbowl.

The doc, and MOST of the nurses, have been pretty groovy throughout this whole thing. But today, I met the head nurse of the Osteo department. I though this would be a piece of cake, but noooooo!

That woman tore off old scabs, yanked out old sutures, sliced off dead skin, and apparently, just to feel she had given me her all, she decided to dunk my foot in an alcohol bath. Plus, she didn't say a word through the whole thing. But, I did detect the slightest hint of a smile when my open wounds hit the alcohol. Upon our next meeting, there will be a reckoning, I swear it.