Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Two Times I Was Knocked Out

October 1986

I woke up and my wisdom teeth were gone. I was still groggy. David Jansen was kind enough to be my designated driver. I hope he and his sister remember the all the Almond Roca wisecracks. As I came to, the nurse laid out all the ground rules. The only thing I can remember was her saying no alcohol. Somehow I had the presence of mind to make an audible groan. Even then I knew it was only a joke on my part.

October 2017

I was ordered to have debridement. Honestly I had never heard the term before. The cause of this was the monster back zit from hell that caused my blood sugar to jump up to 300. When I came to I had 2 questions : 1) what time was it? 2) What was the score in Game 1 of the World Series? I had the presence of mind to only ask the first question. I bet even local sportscasters would trouble with that question.

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Favorite Song

A student asked me what was my favorite song. My immediate reaction was "good question." I explained that response by saying his question made me think. I then settled on a song that had a better than average melody. Notice I did not say it was the greatest melody. The words will not bring about world peace.  The power of The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota lies in what it does to your imagination.

 I am old enough to remember a time when I was already a music junkie and there was no MTV let alone YouTube. You played a song and it generated images in your head. And they were your images, no one else's. This song tells a story so well with the spirit, the lyrics and the melody that a video of it would be a complete disservice. There are a billion answers to the question what is your favorite song. Maybe a million answers on how you justify your favorite song. This is mine and no one else's.

P.S. Twenty three years ago I shook the hand of the performer/ composer of this song.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Worms

I just wrote the following. I was instructed to describe a scary antagonist from the world of fiction. I know a lot of people will bring up Dementors, Death Eaters  or the practitioners of the Dark Side of the Force. I was tempted to write about the Yellow Liberal Party but that is not fiction.  

The Worms are antagonists not in a book but originally in the classic Pink Floyd double concept album called the Wall. There was a movie made out of the album in 1982 but I am satisfied with my appreciation of this terrifying piece of work with just the images the music  and the lyrics invoke. There was a live concert in 1989 at the site that the Berlin Wall came down. 

The album Wall is about the  figurative wall the protagonist  (Pink) builds to try and insulate himself from his fears and insecurities. Even his earliest memories of love and warmth seemed to be fleeting as evidenced by the song "Thin Ice". A nice gentle piano number suddenly turns sinister with growling guitars . Initial talk about comfort then gets stained with the mention of " .... a million tear stained eyes ". 

We find out that Pink's metaphor of crashing thin ice is the huge void that was caused when his father did not return from flying a mission in the war. This void seemed to make him even more vulnerable to  anixieties that all of us have in our developing years. The realities of Pink growing up with a single parent culminate in the song "Mother" where the protagonist admits that his mother helps him "build the wall".

Songs like " Comfortably Numb" and "Nobody Home" further illustrate Pink trying to cope with  his feeling of emptiness. No matter how much he builds the wall the Worms still find a way to work their way through it. 

In many stories, the protagonist hits rock bottom before they truly face what conflicts them. This happens in the songs "Waiting For The Worms" and "Stop". Pink faces his fears directly in the song "The Trial" where the prosecution in his mind charges him of being "caught red handed showing feelings of an almost human nature ". 

The trial goes on with several more "witnesses" to Pink's "crime" which then leads to the verdict of the trial as determined by the judge. He is indeed guilty of having those feelings and the sentence is to be "exposed before your peers". The sure fire way of carrying out that sentence is to "tear down the wall". The orchestra then leads to a musical climax followed by crumbling sound effects. This leads to the epilogue of the story titled "Outside the Wall". It is much calmer but the lyrics suggest that Pink will still encounter the "Wall" of others in his life.

The Wall is a truly terrifying piece of work. A lot of fiction originates from someone's reality. The Worms in the Wall are from the reality of Roger Waters but that is what makes it real to me having first heard it as a fourteen year old. The Worms are from our reality. Anxieties we all face in our life's journey. That makes them scarier than any Sith Lord or Dementor. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

She's Good

 Coraima Martínez says her parents are hesitant about her playing football.  Article dated August 24 2016 Source 

It was the fall of 1980. My first year in high school was also my first year in a new school and a new country. I had no idea it was the genesis of a new  life long addiction. Watching American style ( tackle) football. Not only did I watch it all day on Sundays ( went to church Saturday afternoons) but I watched my classmates play their games in the park near our house. Note that is so long ago, the only primetime NFL game was Monday night with Howard. 

Keep in mind this is a a 37 year old memory with nothing to back it up. I was standing in the sidelines.  Montgomery Park ( adjacent to William Osler school 5970 Selkirk St.    ) had no seats. So you were either sitting on the ground or standing.  My grade 8 team ( Vancouver College FIghting Irish) were playing the R.C. Palmer Griffins if memory serves.  Not that much of my facilities serve me well at this age.  Grade 8's at that time were 13 years old. I overheard two of the coaches on our sideline discussing the players warming up.

Coach 1 " Watch #57"
Coach 2 " Why? Is he good?"
Coach 1" She's good." 

I can not remember if she played defensive back or linebacker but she was definitely on defense. She was definitely not a kicker.  At 13 years old she was not only in position to be giving hits and taking hits but she was in the starting defense taking away a position that 99.99999% of the time will be held by a guy. I just tell you this because there are maybe a handful of people on Earth that have seen a solitary girl play tackle football in an organized game . Not that I deserve a medal but I thought a story worth mentioning.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Life You Save May Be Your Own

"There's no one as honest as those in pain " -
 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Very sad but if we can learn even  one thing that can help someone then it will be so worth it. I know the person who wrote this and I knew her sister who is no longer with us. This piece is so raw that it is very uncomfortable to read. Welcome to the world of those in pain. Maybe I am being idealistic but if you learn one thing that will allow you to relate to a person who is undergoing internal turmoil, you will never know if that rapport will prevent them from a fatal tipping point. Suicide is real. You can also be a real suicide deterrent with some love and understanding. 



OKAY SO. It’s a strange feeling, having something like 13 Reasons Why blow up not too long ago and realize that for the first time you’ve fallen under the demographic trigger warnings are for. What? Sorry to anyone who’s had to deal with me the past month. I’ve been pissy and angry and everything quiet in between-- 

The year is 2014. Around this time, my sister is buying pizza for me and my 10 year old brother. She never does that. It’s a Sunday. Our parents are out of town. We play cards. She wins. She’s deleting files. There was no note. 

Until then we had been together almost every day of our lives. 

And maybe it’s because of shows like 13rw, or the recent influx of media personalities passing away under similar circumstances that I’ve been hearing conversations budding (good or bad?). These kids are sad. Suddenly people are asking again. They say they didn’t ask to be born. I wish I knew what to say. 

Just don’t do it. I know the world can be a little like A Tale of Two Cities. You're in the same place, but yours is sadder and darker than that of the people around you. Not everyone is going to understand. People will be insensitive and abusive when they don't have to be. You watch a video of a child getting a hand transplant and suddenly you're hagulgoling on the floor.

My sister made herself appear to be happy and strong (and she WAS, but nobody is strong all the time). She had issues. Mostly to do with her body and how it never looked the way she wanted it to. And I used to feel guilty talking about it. Like I was spilling a secret. And I could blame beauty standards, or the weird prestige we place on having a "good body" (spoiler: ALL bodies are good bodies), or the way we (don’t) talk about mental health in this country. But at the end of the day, this is the reality we live in. 

Before it happened I had been off anti-deps for about a year and feeling pretty optimistic about things. And now I’m sad. There are so many feelings, all wild and confusing and I don’t know what to do with them all. Nights are long. Sleep is difficult. 

And I don’t need anyone to feel sorry for it, because of course we’re all sorry and of course it hurt a lot of people. And I’m not sure what happens to you when you kill yourself, but I have some idea about what happens to the people you leave behind. 

I. There’s this kind of pain I still don’t understand. I’ve never felt so hurt in my life, and yet I still love her the most a person can. I’m functioning but I'm buggy. Like something's missing. Like something's been missing. I want to be home. But home was where you were. Where is home now

II. You were the only person on earth who understood me without me having to say anything. I never felt incomplete despite my imperfections, my incurable shyness, my intense awkwardness, because I had you. You could do everything I couldn’t do: you had more friends, laughed as hard as you liked, danced without music, hugged the people you cared about. Now I feel like I lost my other half. The half that could

III. I miss our inside jokes. I miss when we would laugh and we were the only ones who understood why. I miss having a sister. Us against the world, and I love you. I love you. I love you. And I don’t know if you believed in God towards the end, but the first prayer after you left— I’ve never prayed harder in my life

IV. Now my brother and mother hold me so close. Like I’m going to disappear. And I can’t help but feel like they’re trying to hold on to you. But I’m not You! I understand as much as anyone the void you left. And I feel such pressure to fill it for them, because our family is hurting, and they have so many questions about you. What have you done

V. I hope it didn’t hurt. The tabloids got your name wrong. It would have been me if you didn’t go first

VI. I am a different person. You were such a big part of who I was that I don’t even know who I am trying to be now

VII. You had the rest of your life. Things would’ve been different in 3 years

VIII.  You hurt a lot of people. What about all the things we were supposed to do? You would’ve been a good part of a lot of people’s lives. They won’t be able to meet you now. The best sister in the world. It was so dumb to think we could be together forever. I can’t stop thinking about you. The day keeps playing over and over. I didn’t know it was our last conversation, our last game of cards, the last time I would hear you laugh. (Why can’t I remember what it sounds like)

IX. It’s so difficult seeing people so happy when you are so sad. You’re still the same in my dreams, and one day I might be 80 and old and bent and wrinkly and you’ll still be 18. Your hair will never change, you’ll never graduate, never fall in love. You won’t have any new stories to tell

X. Who are you now? I haven’t seen you in 3 years

XI.  Ways to Say I Love You:
“Why do you look like a foot”

Me at 3am: Why didn’t you pick up when mom called?
“I don’t know. I would have answered if it was you.”

Drunk, walking/stumbling to a McDonald’s with our school bags: “You’re the best sister in the world.”

XII. People are going to miss you. They will be different after. Scared. Those who celebrated your birthday every year will dread it when it comes. Why didn't you ask for help

XIII. You were never your body. You were so much more. You were so smart. You could have done anything you wanted to. (Why didn’t you want to get better)

We need to have more conversations about mental illness. We are a long way from being able to say the words "I am depressed" and have people understand why you can't work or be out when you have a functioning body. There is so much more to learn even if you are suffering from one yourself. Be patient with yourself. Be kind even when you don't have to be. There's not enough of that in the world. 

(June 26, 1996 - August 3, 2014)

Love always ;

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Union Jack Tavern in Makati

 There was a time when the only thing smoking here was the Indian food. 

Been going here since the Murphy's days. I always considered their Pale draft among the best in Makati. I was a regular last December then they closed earlier . Work ends at midnight so i could not return and enjoy. Yesterday i was so looking forward to a pint or two and i returned to the section i was used to and I knew in an instant something was wrong. Every table had smokers. As in you think non smokers are $hit. Ash trays in every table. Great . Bye.

Phone(02) 894 1884

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Let Us Put This Claim To The Test

Just in case I get blocked for my honest and sincere question. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bladerunner Voice Overs

I watched Blade Runner yesterday. I found myself trying to remember what he originally said in the much maligned voice-overs present in the pre 1991 editions of the movie. I am in the vast minority but I got something out of the voice overs. I did not find them in one place in Google. Here they are for your reference.


Deckard (voice-over): Skin jobs, that's what Bryant called replicants.
   In history books he was the kind of cop that used to call black men

      Deckard (voice over): Sushi, that's what my ex-wife called me. Cold

  Deckard (voice-over): I'd quit because I'd had a belly full of
   killing. But then I'd rather be a killer than a victim. And that's
   exactly what Bryant's threat about little people meant. So I hooked in
   once more, thinking that if I couldn't take it, I'd split later. I
   didn't have to worry about Gaff. He was brown-nosing for a promotion,
   so he didn't want me back anyway.

   Deckard (voice-over): I didn't know whether Leon gave Holden a legit
   address. But it was the only lead I had, so I checked it out. Whatever
   was in the bathtub was not human. Replicants don't have scales. And
   family photos? Replicants didn't have families either.

   Deckard (voice-over): Tyrell really did a job on Rachel. Right down to
   a snapshot of a mother she never had, a daughter she never was.
   Replicants weren't supposed to have feelings. Neither were blade
   runners. What the hell was happening to me? Leon's pictures had to as
   phony as Rachel's. I didn't know why a replicant would collect photos.
   Maybe they were like Rachel. They needed memories.

   Deckard (voice-over): The report would be rountine retirement of a
   replicant which didn't make me feel any better about shooting a woman
   in the back. There it was again. Feeling, in myself. For her, for

Deckard (voice-over): I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in
   those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not
   just his life, anybody's life, my life. All he'd wanted were the same
   answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going?
   How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.

    Deckard (voice-over): Gaff had been there, and let her live. Four
   years, he figured. He was wrong. Tyrell had told me Rachel was
   special: no termination date. I didn't know how long we had together,
   who does?

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


This was a very sad story that happened when my time in Simon Fraser University was coming to an end. The article really touched me at the time. I also found out one of the wives really felt a kinship with the Garth Brooks song The Dance which I had since learned to love. This was 1993 so there was no Youtube to check out the song nor did I feel it was worth stalking the country music station for. Touching piece. 



THE PICNIC ON LITTLE LAKE Nellie was organized by two new members
of the Cleveland Indian family, pitchers Tim Crews and Bobby Ojeda.
The outing, on March 22 at Crews's lakefront house, was put together
at the last minute, however, and most of the other Cleveland players
already had plans for the only scheduled off day of spring training.
Pitcher Steve Olin, the leader of the Indian family, went because he
wanted to be with the new guys, to make them feel more welcome.
That was what Steve Olin was all about. That is what the 1993
Indians are all about. In this free-agent era, with players switching
teams constantly and team loyalty fading fast, clubhouse talk of a
team-as-family is often hollow and contrived. But not so in
Cleveland. With so many young players at their core, the Indians are
growing up together.
And when Olin and Crews were killed in a boating accident on that
little lake 25 miles west of Orlando, Fla., the Indians wept
together. It was dark when Crews, with Olin and Ojeda seated on
either side of him, apparently steered his 18-foot bass boat too
close to shore and struck a dock jutting 185 feet into the water.
Olin, 27, was killed instantly, and Crews, 31, died 10 hours later
from head injuries. Ojeda had surgery for severe head lacerations.
The Indians' unusual closeness was evident when 10 players
gathered in pitcher Charles Nagy's room for an all-night vigil after
hearing of the accident; at a team meeting the next morning, when 40
players huddled around manager Mike Hargrove and cried; at a memorial
service in Winter Haven, Fla., 48 hours after the tragedy, when
former Indian Andre Thornton, who lost his wife and a child in a car
accident a few years ago, gave a stirring eulogy that left the
players with tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces.
On March 25, before Cleveland's first game following the accident,
Hargrove said, ''There's a tremendous sense of family here. It's a
concept to take hold of. We have a lot of personalities and
nationalities here, but what we have in common is a sense of
responsibility to each other. We have problems like any team. But I
can't imagine doing anything else, anyplace else, with any people
other than these.''
Reliever Ted Power, who has been with seven teams in 13 years,
says, ''Nothing compares to the closeness on this team. I've never
heard from guys in the off-season as much as I have from these
guys.'' Adds Hargrove, who as a player spent almost seven years with
the Indians, ''On some teams you want five months away from your
teammates in the winter.''
It used to be that way in Cleveland, once a city where no one
wanted to play. But that began to change in December 1989, when the
Indians, who were losing about 90 games a year and were strapped for
cash, decided to rebuild with youth. They acquired catcher Sandy
Alomar Jr. and second baseman Carlos Baerga in an '89 trade that sent
star outfielder Joe Carter to the San Diego Padres. In '91
outfielders Glenallen Hill and Mark Whiten and pitcher Scott Scudder
were picked up in deals for veteran pitchers Tom Candiotti and Greg
Swindell. Other trades in the last two years, which at the time
appeared to be minor transactions, yielded centerfielder Kenny
Lofton, the runner-up in the '92 American League Rookie of the Year
vote, and first baseman Paul Sorrento. What's more, a rejuvenated
farm system produced Nagy, Olin and leftfielder Albert Belle.
The result is a Cleveland team on the rise, young (at 26 years, 10
months, the Indians had the youngest average age in the majors last
season) and hungry. General manager John Hart's plan has been to keep
this group together by giving his talented youngsters multiyear
contracts -- 18 Indians had them, the most of any team in baseball.
Lofton, 25, signed a four-year deal this winter, after only one
full year in the big leagues. ''It showed they had faith in me,''
Lofton says. ''And that's important. It's like being back in
college. As a freshman you know the guys you go in with will be there
four years later. Because we know we're going to be together, we're
in good spirits, we pick each other up. You don't see that much
In recent years you hardly ever saw any Indians living in
Cleveland during the off-season; now nine of them have bought houses
and reside there year- round. That means a lot to the fans.
Season-ticket sales for 1993 have tripled, to nearly 10,000, from
last year. That total will jump again next season when the Indians
move into a new stadium.
''The fans feel they're loved,'' says Hart. ''They think of our
kids as their own.'' The kids won 40 of their last 74 games in '92 to
finish fourth in the American League East. ''People in Cleveland are
eager for us to win now,'' says Alomar. ''I go to the supermarket,
and people are pumped. They say, 'You guys are going to do it this
year.' ''
Well, maybe not this year. Even before the tragedy, the Indians'
pitching was weak; it hasn't developed as quickly as the lineup has.
The reality is Cleveland is likely to finish closer to last place
than first.
The accident dealt a massive blow to the rebuilding effort, not
only because Olin (8-5, 29 saves, 2.34 ERA last year) was the
Indians' closer, but also because he exemplified the success of
Cleveland's plan. Though he had marginal stuff and a sidearm delivery
-- no one thought he would make it past Triple A -- Olin never quit.
Hargrove called him Mr. Rogers because he was so upbeat. Olin was the
p.r. department's go-to guy when it came to appearances, interviews,
Crews, who was signed as a free agent in the off-season, broke
three ribs early in spring training but was going to make the team as
a middle reliever. Ojeda, who was released from the hospital on March
25 and is expected to return to the team, was being counted on as the
No. 2 starter.
With no obvious candidate on hand to replace Olin, the Indians
will operate a bullpen-by-committee, filling Olin's role on a
game-by-game basis. ''When you lose an Olin and a Crews, with a young
club, that's a major concern,'' says Hart. ''But, no excuses. We're
taking the high road. This tragedy is going to bring us closer.''
The bullpen was already the closest group, even before the
accident. Last year Olin, Power, Derek Lilliquist, Eric Plunk and
Kevin Wickander were inseparable. They had rituals, like walking to
the pen together before every game and levying a $5 fine on any
member of the group who didn't make the walk with the rest of them.
After Olin's death, his wife, Patti, gave some of her husband's
personal items and baseball equipment to his bullpen mates. Wickander
got Olin's watch. Power got his leather belt.
''I used to tell Stevie to use an elastic belt, like mine, because
it stretches,'' Power says. ''Stevie wouldn't. He told me, 'I wore
this belt when I broke in. I'll always wear this belt.' Well, that
baby is mine now. I'll always wear that belt.''
It will stay in the family.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

What A Moron

I wrote this a long time ago.

Rappers are jealous because they can't even sing , write songs or play notes.

I also wrote this. 

Rap Music is an oxymoron.

"I hate rap music, which to me sounds like a bunch of angry men shouting, possibly because the person who was supposed to provide them with a melody never showed up. "-   Dave Barry 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Whatever Happened to

Yes I am a music snob. I am in fine form in this thread.
1 hr ·
whatever happened to michelle branch?

Maan Parreno Villar
Jemy Gatdula just got to see her and santana's 'game of love'. very good. along with 'breath'. so got to wondering ...
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Stefano Gelano
Stefano Gelano Oh, she's around, doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that :)
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Michael Victor Ong
Michael Victor Ong She already said..."Goodbye to you..." haha
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Jemy Gatdula
Jemy Gatdula 😭
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Ed Lopez
Ed Lopez The thing is the acts of the 70s and the 80s we were spoiled. You bought 4 or 5 or 6 ALBUMS not just songs. Last 20 years these guys about 5% as talented. If you want don't believe me point to me the 2000s version of Billy Joel , Eagles , Carole King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. And please show me their albums that equal the acts I mentioned.
Denise Ortiz Calnea
Denise Ortiz Calnea I wonder, too. Loved her songs.

Jemy Gatdula 1 hr · whatever happened to michelle branch? LikeShow more reactions CommentShare 11 11 Comments Maan Parreno Villar Maan Parreno Villar Like · Reply · 1 hr View previous replies Jemy Gatdula Jemy Gatdula just got to see her and santana's 'game of love'. very good. along with 'breath'. so got to wondering ... Like · Reply · 1 hr View more replies Stefano Gelano Stefano Gelano Oh, she's around, doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that :) Like · Reply · 3 · 1 hr Jemy Gatdula replied · 1 Reply Michael Victor Ong Michael Victor Ong She already said..."Goodbye to you..." haha Like · Reply · 1 hr Jemy Gatdula replied · 1 Reply Ed Lopez 

Ed Lopez The thing is the acts of the 70s and the 80s we were spoiled. You bought 4 or 5 or 6 ALBUMS not just songs. Last 20 years these guys about 5% as talented. If you want don't believe me point to me the 2000s version of Billy Joel , Eagles , Carole King, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. And please show me their albums that equal the acts I mentioned.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Surprised No One Has Ever Said This Yet

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jeepney Story

I was waiting to cross the straight in one of Makati's busiest intersections ( Buendia/ Ayala) . For my foreign friends Ayala is basically the country's Wall Street. A jeepney was approaching the intersection and hit the concrete divider in the middle of the street so hard that it ended up on its opposite side. This was about 1:05 PM today. Again for the uninitiated , when you get into the front seat of a jeepney there is neither a seatbelt nor a front door to keep you in place. The young man sitting there was actually lucky . Momentum propelled him onto the street. But he landed on his feet. He was lucky in two respects: 1) There was no speeding car in the adjacent lane to hit him. 2) he was able to back step as the jeep fell towards him missing him by maybe a foot. I really thanked God I did not hear screams from the people anywhere near that jeep or in it. I  refused to take a picture because  I have my reasons. Tune into this space later since I have a perfect meme that captures the spirit of jeepney drivers that I saw online a few years ago. It is not available on Google.

Please note. Story happened January 30 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thank You For The Music

I wrote the stuff below 3 years ago and I never went back to it. Nobody reads anyway so I will release as is. In hope my friends find this. 


When you are as old as I am and lived a long time in two different cities, there will inevitably be friends you lose touch with. Sometimes caused by burnout sometimes because it fades away. When you get to this fossilized state that I am in, you realize that some people you do lose touch with leave you things that you are still appreciative of. I am talking about things that you learned to enjoy and still enjoy that you may not have discovered without them. In some cases it is another friend but it can be music, movies or a certain sport.

I have been thinking about this for a while. That is paying tribute to friends who I am not in touch with despite all the modern social networks that were not around in the 80s. Friends who leave you a gift that keeps on giving. A lasting appreciation of certain artists and albums that you would not discover on your own. Your life long  enjoyment of something you owe  solely to word of mouth from somebody you happened to be friends with.

Bernard Lakowski

Bernard Lakowski and Adrian Lakowski- Two brothers from a huge family.

music- early Dire Straits, 60s Dylan , World Party, The The , The Housemartins , Paul McCartney and Wings Venus and Mars, Hoodoo Gurus, CCR beyond Greatest Hits, Van Morrison Moondance, Spencer Davis Group

Concerts I  saw with Bernard: Bob Dylan , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, King Sunny Ade,

Todd Schindler.

Music: 80s Dylan, Meatloaf Bat  Out of Hell,

Movies- Deliverance

TV even deeper appreciation of WKRP and Star Trek .

Concerts we saw together- Randy Newman, Joe Jackson, Ry Cooder and David Lyndley, Jay Leno

John Kilpatrick/ Colin MacFarlane -

music: progressive rock, 70s Genesis, Marillion

Concerts we saw together - Marillion, Supertramp , The Motels

Fraser Hannah-

Music: Tom Waits.

Where I know him from: Langara classmate. Philosophy. Prof Bonnie Strickland.


Music- Lou Reed New York, Surfing With The Alien Joe Satriani, Captain Sensible

Movies- Heathers

Concerts we saw together- Kiss, Stanley Jordan, Randy Newman

Shyest guy you will ever meet. I left his last name out because I testified against him in court.

This list does not include people who I am still in contact with after all this time. They should be appreciated too. Join your song of the day. It has been a while since my last blogpost here in blogspot. Should you want more, I post more regularly in Get Real Philippines.


Todd Schindler

Todd Schindler. I miss  him. I wonder if he will ever  Google himself.

Todd Schindler. UBC Chemistry
Todd Schindler. Hamilton Ontario 
Todd Schindler. Rick Spratley 
Todd Schindler. Randy Newman, Bob Dylan , Rednecks 
Todd Schindler Panagopolous Pizza
Todd Schindler Jay Leno
Todd Schindler Apocalypse Now 
Todd Schindler Vancouver B.C.

Todd Schindler Fish Called Wanda 
Todd Schindler 
Todd Schindler, Alice Donut, Ed Lopez 
Jaws as pre game Super Bowl show. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Games That Made A Lasting Impression On Me

Rules of the game: Copy this and post as your status update. List 12 video games that made a lasting impression on you. Don't take too long and don't think too long!
1. Eternal Darkness (GC)
2. Earl Weaver Baseball. ( 1990) (mono color Mac)  
3. Dark Castle ( 1988)  (mono color Mac)
4. Star Trek ( 1978 and 16K) (Apple II) 
5. Resident Evil 4.(GC, Wii and PS3)
6. The Last of Us (PS 3 and PS4)
7 . Shadows of the Empire (N64)
8. Rogue Leader (N64 and Wii)
9. Madden 1991 (SNES)
10. Ocarina of Time
11. Galaxian ( Apple II)
12. Pikmin ( Gamecube) 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Garlic Sauce Recipe

Which I have used several times from my cousin Bonggamom. 


Tips for making the perfect Lebanese Garlic Sauce

photo: KCET Los Angeles
Lately, we've been obsessed with toum, or Lebanese Garlic Sauce. I found a recipe video online (actually, it found me; it just appeared on my Facebook feed one day). The instructions seemed really simple: mince garlic in a food processor, then slowly add oil and lemon juice until the mixture reaches a fluffy consistency.

Our first batch ended up an oily, soupy mess. It turns out that there's more to making toum than just throwing things together (my preferred method of making just about anything). to making sure this sauce emulsifies properly (i.e. doesn't separate into oils and solids).

Here are a few things to keep in mind when making Lebanese Garlic Sauce:

1) Pour the liquids into the food processor SLOWLY.
I can't emphasize this enough! Don't just dump everything in. Drizzle the oil and lemon juice slowly, in a thin, steady stream, in equal parts, over a total time of 10 minutes. Make sure the liquid is incorporating nicely before pouring more.

2) Use a good food processor.
Ten minutes is a looooong time when you're running a food processor. My food processor is a fairly decent brand (Cuisinart), and after ten minutes of constant churning, the motor was hooooooooot. I can easily imagine a cheap food processor's motor burning out!

3) Use a large capacity food processor.
The recipe I used calls for 4 cups of oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1 cup garlic. I didn't think about the fact that my food processor only holds about 4 cups of liquid.

4) Measure exact amounts
I'm the kind of cook who always likes to throw in an extra pinch of cinnamon, an extra splash of vanilla, and extra shake of curry powder. I was way too generous when measuring out my garlic, so our first batch was so garlicky, our skin was exuding garlic for hours after our meal! Remember, this is raw garlic, so don't be tempted to pile your 1 cup of garlic too high, like I did.


Recipe: Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

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Garlic Sauce
If you have been to Zankou Chicken or one of the many other Lebanese and Armenian restaurants in Los Angeles, you're likely familiar with toum, the fluffy, creamy garlic sauce that often accompanies grilled meats and kebabs. Over the years I developed the habit of always ordering an extra little tub of garlic paste, which I'd carry home to slather on bread, roasted vegetables, and more. Eventually I realized that I could simply make it myself and have this bold, garlicky condiment any time I wanted.
There are lots of different methods for making garlic sauce. "Toum" literally means garlic in Arabic, and the simplest recipes call for lots of fresh garlic cloves and oil, pounded with a mortar and pestle (or a food processor) to form a paste. Some cooks include additional ingredients like egg whites, cornstarch, potatoes, yogurt, lemon juice, or citric acid. I like the simplicity of the recipe below, which uses garlic, salt, lemon juice, and oil. (My go-to oil is grapeseed oil from Trader Joe's. It's inexpensive, neutral tasting, light bodied, and expeller pressed without chemicals.)
In order for the sauce to emulsify properly in the food processor, it requires a rather large volume of garlic and oil. Fortunately, this keeps for quite a few weeks in the fridge, or you can spread the joy and give a jar to all your garlic-loving friends.
Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)
Makes about 4 cups
1 cup peeled garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups neutral oil such as grapeseed or sunflower
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice