Friday, October 27, 2006

Bless You Boys!

As I write this, it's the bottom of the 7th inning game 5 in St. Louis and the Tigers are down 4-2. It's a must win game for the Tigers. I have to say honestly that while would be great if the Tigers won the whole thing (first getting a scrappily played win in tonight's game), but I think it would be great if it also went 7 games-winner take all. And who ever wins-good for them. It is a boon for both cities who have weathered so many down times. Both are blue collar cities and scrappy teams. Both cities are part of the "rust belt" depending a lot on the automotive industry-which has been in the cellar for a while. There are many things in common between the cities, the teams and of course the friendship of the two managers. A lot of people paid god-awful amounts of money to see these games in person, so I hope they all get that opportunity. If the Tigers win tonight, the last two games are in Detroit. I don't have tickets and if I had them, would give them away to my kids and hubby (I don't like crowds). So my fingers are crossed for the chance to let everyone who has a ticket actually get to enjoy the fun of it all.

Luckily, I have been to celebrations like this in my lifetime-the NBA Finals three times and the WNBA Finals once-what a blast! So I wish the same for everyone who loves sports. Thanks to all the athletes who have given us a chance to get away from the real world for a few hours and be a part of something fun and energizing. Bless you boys!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Simple Gesture- A Lifelong Friendship

Sometimes words aren't needed. Sometimes a simple gesture can "speak" far better than well constructed speeches. Such was the case at the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalist from the United States, took to the victory stand and silently raised a fist and bowed their heads. Beside them stood Peter Norman of Australia, the silver medalist. He gladly participated in the "human rights" empowerment by wearing a badge and issuing a statement acknowledging that he was but a small ripple in a deep silent pond and he hoped that one of those ripples would reach the shores and initiate others to be involved in the fight for human rights no matter what the color, profession, age or income of those who are not treated equally.

A few years ago, a statue was erected commemorating the moment at the San Diego State University where both Smith and Carlos had been teammates. Absent from the depiction was the 3rd medalist Peter Norman with his complete agreement to be excluded. He was very aware of his participation at Mexico City and later-Smith and Carlos were two of his greatest friends. His teammates.

Last week Peter Norman died and Tommie Smith and John Carlos were his pall bearers-just at Peter Norman had supported them 38 years ago, they supported him on his last journey. Team mates forever-friends forever.

Monday, October 09, 2006

For the World is Hollow............

This fragile living spaceship is under siege. It is on a deadly collision course with its own native travelers. A large crater is forever imprinted on its shell-and the very foundations of the ship are being shook to the core as an aftermath.

Who is not listening to the pain of this warning? Has the Oracle of Korea issued a tangible prophetic opinion on the rotating ship with this act ? Has he spoken to all the life forms thru colliding objects?

What will be the reaction from other Oracles? This is not a game of win or lose. Only we are aware of the Oracles of Spaceship Earth and their ignorance. One had shown his face and his stupidity-will others follow?

Garlic Pee

I ate so much garlic in the last three days that whenever I pee-it smells like garlic! Had sautéed garlic on Thursday on my veggie sausage pattie sammich.Yum-o. I just discovered that whole wheat flat bread that lets you wrap (I think it's marketed toward kids-it came with tattoos) and they are a small size. My veggie sausage pattie was inside with garlic and then garlic mustard that had a zing!

Friday, I was experimenting and cooked a large bag of mini carrots,thinking I would make a carrot mash bake with brown sugar topping-but decided I wanted creamy soup instead. This was a modified recipe-in which I subbed for all the animal products-using soy milk and veggie broth. I added crushed garlic and ginger-and a dollop of soy sour cream with cilantro on top.

Saturday's garlic was to die for! Roasted garlic with chiabatta bread (a whole loaf!)and boursin cheese-and roasted red peppers. There was some odd greenish sauce on the side, which I haven't figured out-it had a bit of a zing. My sammy also had a garlic aioli. Anyways, wanted to lick the dish clean for the roasted garlic-I did let daughter take the extra home-perhaps a lunch for her or a snack.

So every time, I pee-garlic! But no vampires or werewolves came around with the full moon last night, so must be good-right? I think if they took away the garlic odor-wouldn't be as good.