Sunday, May 31, 2009

Summer Barbecues

We never had a grill while I was growing up but with the free one that our neighbor gave us how could I resist. Space is at a premium where we live and we really don’t have a front yard so we just opened up the garage and set up the grill in the driveway with everyone sitting in the garage. It made for a good instant party space. My friend on the other hand has a fire pit on a couple of cinder blocks on the roof of his apartment.
I am not expert at all when it comes to BBQs so we try to keep things simple. Shish kabobs seem pretty hard to mess up so we have had them many times. Skirt steak seems to also be one of the easier meats. One of my favorite things to make is barbecued corn:
Pull the hair the corn but leave the husks. Soak the corn in water while the grill is warming up. Grill the corn until the kernels are no longer translucent. Peel back the husk and squirt lime juice on the corn. Enjoy. I just like how the sweet corn and sour lime juice contrast.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


It is now allergy season. Everyone around me is sneezing and rubbing their eyes, and for the first time in my life that I can remember I am not. In fact I can breathe through my nose. It was such a marked difference that it made me ancy thinking it would happen sooner or later. In reality it looks like the allergy shots have paid off. Over the last 8 months (I was doubling up the shots at the beginning to get through the regimen as quickly as possible.) Starting with shots twice a week, and slowly moving up the dosage until I was getting 1000 times stronger shots every month. I need to get shots every month for the foreseeable future but I only sneezed around 5 times for the whole season. Compare that working at half brain power for May and June, Sneezing until my nose is raw and a 24/7 embarrassing runny nose and I’ll take some small lumps on my arms one day a month. The only thing I really have to think is why didn’t I start doing this sooner. I can only imagine how much more socially adept I would have been as a kid if I wasn’t always the snotty kid in the corner. I guess with a big family the squeaky wheel gets fixed and allergies are not life threatening.