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A Regrettable Waste of Time





We left our near sea level home in Sacramento prepared for a hiking excursion in Malakof Diggins State Park in the Sierra foothills. We decided to go at the last minute, so I didn't bother calling the park ranger office to check on conditions. Bad move. The… Read full post »

You might say I like my pork roast like I like my women; Cheap, easy and tender.

 This roast was so good my mother-in-law spent most of the meal talking about how much she enjoyed it. I am a vain cook, so I loved that.

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FEBRUARY 27, 2011 12:42AM

My Great Aunt - Pizza and Ostrich Feathers

Alysa Salzberg suggested I write about my long gone Great Aunt Molly. The subject came up when Alysa's post about cooking meatballs triggered memories of my aunt.

This is my story of my Aunt Molly, my grandmother's second youngest sister. This story may or may not resemble the actual facts, since… Read full post »

Last summer I encountered John Muir's ghost in Yosemite. I think this was near Nevada Falls.

Here's the untouched photographic evidence:


Muir's ghost

 Let's see what your guy's Sierra Club buddies think of that!

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lambert dome


Tuolumne Meadows is in the less-visited northeast section of Yosemite national Park. These high altitude Meadows and domes lie among the tributaries of the Tuolumne River.

The lower altitude meadows in the area are at about 8,000 feet elevation. That's the beginning of minor nos… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2011 1:23PM

Madison, Mon Amour, The Glass Half Empty

Some see the glass half full, some see the glass half empty.

I see dirt on the glass.


The conflict in Madison, WI has caused me some conflicted feelings.

I am glad to see working people somewhere in America finally standing up for their rights.

I am sad because… Read full post »

I felt a need (and a gentle prod) to respond to Oryoki's OC.

I wanted to expand the Huffpost's advice to help men as well as women. I am focusing on young men, since almost all the middle aged and older guys I know are married. Besides, so many young… Read full post »


I was as surprised as anyone when my home city of Sacramento came out as number 5 in Forbes much ballyhooed list of miserable cities. In the three or four years since the local housing and employment markets tanked, this really hasn't been the same place. We always expect/… Read full post »

Mediaeval Boeufcakes - Beatniks in the 21st Century

The Mediaeval Boeufcakes started with our inspiration after seeing this Mediaeval Baebes video on You tube.



 Naturally our nearly unrehearsed performance didn't quite measure up to the Baebes, despite our raw masculi… Read full post »

In response to Cheap Bastid's chili.

Here's another authentic Wisconsin recipe for da big game. And, its so easy you can't mess this up, no matter how much beer you've had.

The hunters stews I had in Wisconsin are a lot like what the french call Charcuterie. It's all… Read full post »

I continued my Sacramento Groundhog Day tradition for the second year in a row. I found the first daffodils of the year growing wild near the Sacramento River.

daffodils 1

more daffodils

I stumbled on this stand of daffodils a couple of years ago.  They've been blooming on Groundhog Day every… Read full post »

If any of you have wondered if insurance companies discriminate against you based on your astrological sign, you can breath easy. 

Or, can you breath easy? Dost the lady protest too much? Is this nothing more than a cover-up for a Satanic Conspiracy?

Allstate Insurance Company issued a pressRead full post »

Last month, my wife, her mother and and I went out to Nevada County to do some on site genealogical research about their gold-digging ancestors. Nevada City located in California's Sierra Nevada foothills, where the 1849 gold rush happened. It isn't near the State of Nevada.

Nevada city has an/… Read full post »

I've lived in Sacramento about 10 years, but had never gone to Yosemite until last summer. We spent a week hiking in different areas of the park. This is land so powerful it grabs you by the throat and slaps you upside the head and shakes your guts with its ruggedness… Read full post »


Empire Mine




I've seen so many beautiful pictures of houses, fields, and woods covered in snow on OS. I decided to share another view of January. A January day that feels more like March.


Although I lived my first forty years in Chicago and Wisconsin before moving/…

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Even in the midst of a decade-long violent campaign waged across the world in our in our names as Americans, I was sickened by Saturdays assassination attempt in Arizona.


I fear we Americans have become a People prodigious in avarice and violence, and deficient in the so-called… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 5:57PM

Borscht - Better Than Goat Head Soup

The weather stinks almost everywhere beyond the tropics the Northern Hemisphere. That means it's time for soup.  

Living through this world-wide recession and a jobless recovery means it's time for cabbage soup. Call it Kapusta, Cabbage Soup, or Borscht,

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 I think I'll just have to live without the sweetness of corn syrup, the zesty essence of Tang and the savory double punch of peanut butter and bacon in one cookie. That's right, I said bacon!


Barf Bag


The Kraft Korporate Amerikan Kitchen has a recipe for Cereal… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2011 12:50PM

Our lady of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Our Lady of the Grilled Cheese



Late in the last decade, an apparition visited itself upon me. Since that glorious day, I have been blessed with great parking spaces.

Hail Our lady of the Grilled Cheese fullof grace and toasted goodness.


Thanks to Scanner for bringing up this subject, and remindi…

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DECEMBER 31, 2010 4:54PM

A New Years Gift From the Past, for 2011

After reading Oryoke Bowl's post, I thought I would post another New Years Gift. 

Reading the post, I felt like I was given a gift for the new year. Thank you, Oryoke Bowl.

Many of us have seen our share of disappointments over the last year. Even over the last several… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2010 6:38PM

Target Telemarketing with Dada-Terrorism


I figured out how to leave a telemarketer speechless.  Hopefully, I will not be accused of economic terrorism.

I tried a new approach the last time I had a call from a telemarketer. It worked pretty well.

I tried the radical approach of Total Truth. It… Read full post »


This video is from The Monkees 1967 Christmas Special. I think that was before we invented the "Holiday Special".

Perhaps wanting to provide something beautiful and distant in a time of national anxiety (What would we know about that,my fellow Americans?),The Monkees sang Riu RiuRead full post »

First, I need to get something off my chest.

Hi, my name is Steve. I am a crazy cat person. I have just two cats at home. I channel my cat hoarding impulses into volunteer work at a local rescue organization.

I confess I am one of those people you see…

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DECEMBER 17, 2010 11:36PM

An Angels Christmas Carol in America

I saw a local production of A Christmas Carol last night. I enjoyed it almost a much as reading the story. The Sacramento Theater Company did a musical version that was enjoyable. Most of the dialogue was taken directly from Dickens. It was like reading Dickens with song and dance interludes.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2010 5:41PM

When Cats Write Holiday Letters


Ater reading Susan Joy Creamer's post about holiday letters, I decided to share an edited version of my cat's latest Holiday letter. I edited out stuff that wouldn't be interesting for general readers.  


It’s been a good year. I, Arthur LeChat, and my sister Elaine have comp… Read full post »