I hung out in a bicycle shop in Charleston and one day a guy came in with three rusting old bicycles and screamed: “make me one bike out of these three that can go 100 mph!”
“Why would you need a bike that can go 100 mph?” we asked curiously, looking down at this pile of rusted metal.
“Because I’m going to be towed behind a drag racer at a show next week!”
The guy was slightly unhinged, but eventually, we sussed out of him that he was indeed going to be in some auto thrill show and intended to be towed behind a drag racer at crazy speeds. At least that’s what he believed (like I said, he was a bit off). He did give us $100 cash that he said he got from the promoter.
“Ok,” we said, “would you like a helmet with that?”
This made him pause for a few seconds before he looked up at us incredulously and said “what’s the point of a helmet if you crash at 100 mph? You’re going to be dead anyway”
We worked on a bicycle for him but thankfully he never came back to pick it up. Never sure what happened to him…]]>
Tomorrow I have 11 kids coming over for a baking party. It will be nuts. Here is the family Christmas Cookie (Anise Cookie) recipe we’ll be using.
2 sticks of butter
2 cups of sugar
1.5 tsp Cream of Tartar
1.5 tsp of Baking Soda (dissolved in .5 tbl of milk)
1 tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Tsp of Anise
3.5 cups of flour (plus maybe .5 cups during the rolling process)
1) Use softened butter in sticks. Let it sit out awhile or nuke it 20 seconds (do not melt). Mix the butter and sugar together quite well in a bowl.
2) Add and mix milk/soda, egg, Anise, and vanilla.
3) Add salt, cream of tartar, flour.
Mix the dough so it is mixed and ‘rollable’.
On a floured mat, roll the dough, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking to the rolling pin. Get the dough to about 1/4 inch
Cut the cookies with cookie cutters or with a knife to make the shapes you want. Reroll unused dough until you have no more (p.s. I eat the dough but it is very sweet).
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet (nonstick ok) at 400 degree for 6-8 minutes–basically until the bottoms start to turn slight brown. Do not overbake. You can underbake a bit (say 5 minutes in a very hot oven) but make sure you let cookies set a minute or two before trying to remove them from the pan (or they may break up).
Use store bought frosting (I used Duncan Hines–worked fine) to cover them and then colored sugars to decorate.
Store in a ziploc bag to keep the freshness as they do harden quickly.]]>
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FIFA ’11 onto the iPad. FIFA ’96 was a hidden joy I discovered back in law school and now the fact I can start playing again is pretty exciting (I gave up the Playstation when the kids were born).
Take a look at the trailer. Note that they don’t even both showing Spurs on the trailer. That would make people not buy the game if they knew they were going to lose everytime.
“Shopping is the National Sport” of Hong Kong, so the joke often goes. But after purchasing items in Hong Kong and the US, you have to ask if this is the national sport, why is it done so badly here in Hong Kong?
The actual process of purchasing an item, say an iPod, here in Hong Kong is an exercise in silliness and bureaucracy, and most important, a total waste of time. Sliding into a large retailer like a Fortress or a Broadway (think Best Buy) will require some of the following steps:
Ask to buy an iPod
iPod is taken from the shelf to a counter space near cashier.
Person fills out, by hand, a large 8×10 inch piece of paper saying you are buying an iPod.
Clerk asks if you want to open box to see if it works (?)
You sign this paper twice.
You hand over payment.
Payment is taken by salesman and given to a cashier in a back room.
Credit card receipt is prepared, which you also sign.
Big piece of paper, credit card receipt, and credit card are all handed back to you with a bag carrying your item.
You separate card into your wallet and fold mis-sized receipt into pocket.
What a pain in the ass. It takes nearly 2-3 minutes to buy something and in the end you have two receipts (usually neither of which you can use for a return anyway) and it’s all in your hand, requiring you to fold or throw in the bag (after you take out your card). For a country that prides itself on shopping, this smacks of buying something at a country market in rural England in the Victorian era.
Now compare this to an iPod purchase in an Apple Store in the USA.
Ask for an iPod
iPod is taken off the shelf.
Clerk scans iPod barcode with handheld scanner at your location.
You hand clerk credit card.
He asks if you want email receipt (you say yes)
He gives you iPod and you leave store.
Total time, about 30 seconds. You don’t move. It’s all done right where you are and you are out the door. The receipt usually hits your email before you even exit the store.
So I sit and wait and pray that Apple opens a formal store in Hong Kong, not necessarily because I need more access to the products, but because I don’t want to go through the Faulty Towers process of purchasing something. I just want it NOW so I can get on with my life.
End of rant.]]>