Archive | July, 2010

my gym

28 Jul

Summer 2010 was gonna be the summer I got back in shape after a year of doing nothing but sitting. My workout plan began lightly with power-walks in Chickasaw Gardens every night, but with heat advisories in triple digits, that quickly stopped. I ended up joining the gym with a friend, and promised myself I would go at least five times a week. I’ve been to many gyms before, but this gym was a little different. The equipment is a little old and janky, I’m probably in better shape than most of the workers, and there’s no window to the outside world…anywhere. It’s not a prison gym, but calling it a fitness club is being kind.

All gyms have pretty good people watching–that could actually be a whole ‘nother post.  In fact, many days the people watching is all you need for a distraction, especially the insane rush between 5 and 7pm. However, two or three times a week, we’ll take a workout class to spice it up.

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picture

25 Jul

found this polaroid in my car a few years ago. later found out it was lil momma’s who found it in chicago!

(oui, oui is yes, yes in french pronounced wee, wee)

OTIS REDDING: otis blue

16 Jul

Few albums do I own in more than one format; it seems unnecessary and expensive. However, with OTIS BLUE, I own the vinyl (for home), the cd (for the car), and the mp3s (for the ipod). I have consistently listened to this album since I first purchased it four years ago and find a new favorite with each listen. My current on-repeat is “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” two minutes and forty-four seconds of wailing and weeping by Otis that has made me tearful more than just once.

The album begins with “Ole Man Trouble,” a song pleading for trouble to just leave him alone and find someone else to pick on. Many music fans agree this song perfectly complements his last single, “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” released posthumously. Otis sings with all his heart while the horns and other brass instruments bellow completing this classy song. Interestingly, the next song, “Respect” was an Otis song before Aretha Franklin made it one of her major hits. Although Aretha’s is the more familiar version, Otis offers a more abrasive, grittier one.

The third, “A Change is Gonna Come” is another song where you can picture Otis singing on his knees, begging for some new light, some new hope. He sings desperately asking his brother and mother for help to just carry on.  Otis’s version of “Down in the Valley” is so much more soulful and saucy than the original by Solomon Burke. How Otis repeats words and keeps groaning them makes this an Otis Redding classic. Continue reading

bookoos haikus

10 Jul

restless leg syndrome:

bounce, shake, bounce bounce all night long…

a nervous habit?

muggy memphis morn’

passing crackheads on Tillman.

I hope they don’t SNAP!

recipe: spaetzle!

6 Jul

In preparation for Germany’s defeat of Spain in the World Cup this Wednesday, it seemed only fitting that Pink Slip offer a recipe for some fine German cuisine. The featured dish is spaetzle (shpetz-leh)—a soft, chewy egg noodle that is perhaps most popular in Southern Germany. Though not a national dish by any means, homemade spaetzle has always been my favorite German food. Works as a side dish with brats, or mix with grated Swiss cheese and fried onions for a hearty main meal. Crack open a frosty Weissbier and watch as the Germans kick some serious Spanish trasero!

Game time: 1:30 pm (CST) on EPSN 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

 

Directions

  1. Mix together flour, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. Beat eggs well, and add alternately with the milk to the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  2. Press dough through spaetzle maker, or a large holed sieve or metal grater.
  3. Drop a few at a time into simmering liquid. Cook 5 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
  4. Saute cooked spaetzle in butter or margarine. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley on top, and serve.

 

Yields about 6 servings

 

–Baby Bird

t.s. garp

6 Jul

the last book I read was the world accordinto garp by john irving. (by the way, all of your high school required reading is for a reason—the books are amazing.) the novel has really original characters, like an asexual nurse that the media turns into a feminist, a group of feminists named the Ellen Jamesians that have cut their tongues out to protest the brutal rape of a young girl, and t.s. garp, named after the only word his dying father could say, “garp.” for the novel to be a classic, irving touches on many taboo issues like cannibalism and a rape scene involving a clothes dryer. despite the long length, the novel is a quick read and hard to put down. like irving’s other novels, it is set in new england, contains wrestling scenes, and has been made into a movie. other novels to check out: the cider house rulesa prayer for owen meany, and the 158-pound marriage.

-big daddy

flannery o’connor

2 Jul

FLANNERY O’CONNOR is known for her southern gothic style and overall badass-ness.

Already a mini-celebrity for teaching a chicken to walk backwards (really, is that hard?) at the age of 5, this lady also wrote two novels and many short stories. Her writings are heavily influenced by her Catholicism and often touched on ethics and morality. Many times after reading, I felt the need to think and reflect. Her characters often have physical deformities that represent moral defects. And like “It’s Always Sunny’s” Charlie, Dennis, Dee, and Mac, most of the characters only care about themselves and no one else.

a good man is hard to find (1955)

(read: NOT a hard man is good to find)

I suggest reading this collection first. Characters like the Misfit, the grandmother, Hulga, the traveling Bible salesman, Mr. Shiftlet and Lucynell bring meaning to the phrase “sounds like a character from a Flannery O’Connor story.” Also her death scenes are extremely graphic and gruesome, and many may find it surprising a lady wrote this in the ‘50s.

everything that rises must converge (1965)

I thought this collection showed more racial tensions between the characters than the previous collection (may reflect the current issues). Many of her characters also have an inflated sense of smugness and this usually ends in big trouble. My favorites: “Greenleaf” (about a farmer lady trying to get rid of a bull), “A View from the Woods” (about a grandfather weirdly favoring his granddaughter), and “Relevation” (about an old lady with a funny hat riding the bus with her son). Fun fact: Jacob from LOST is seen reading this book in the “touch” episode.

Flannery’s two novels, Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear it Away (1960), are also worth reading. It’s fun to notice characters in her novels that were in previously written short stories. In 1964, Flannery died at the age of 39 from complications with lupus. She is quoted for saying she prayed more about her writings than she did for her health.

– big daddy