The Beginning of the End

No, that’s not a political or technical review of society. I’ve started painting the last room in the house. We got nearly the whole house done in the months after we moved in but we had one more room left over and didn’t really know what to do with it. It’s a spare bedroom now and it’s getting a coat of paint. This removes the last baby-poop color from the house.

That’s the room prepped for paint and the first square of ceiling color going on. It’s ┬áthe same ceiling and wall color throughout the house.

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Odd Things Annoy Me

I’m looking for a job again and I’ve come across Taleo applications again. I used to just close the browser and not apply for the job if it required completing the app on Taleo. I’m trying to get over that and it’s actually has gotten a bit better. There are still two of my pet peeves in the app however.

They ask for location and you can’t just type it in, you have to select from a pre-populated set of options. It’s divided by country and state which works fine, but then there is this section labeled region. This isn’t the county – which I would expect but a listing of cities with some un-officially named areas thrown in. A few of the locations I have to choose aren’t available to be chosen and the field is required so I have to pick a random city not really near the correct location. I wish there was a box near the affirmation that I’ve completed the form accurately so I could say ‘except for the locations I can’t choose correctly’.

The required nature of the field is the other pet peeve I have. If you have a required field and you have a little red asterisk next to the required fields – don’t leave one out. Mark all of the fields that are required as such.

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Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin

We’re trying to get better about using leftovers in a more creative way. Sometimes it’s ok to just warm something up but when we have the time and energy it’s fun to mix it up. We made a pork tenderloin the other day with a honey – chili glaze and it was pretty good. Today we took slices of that and fried it with a panko coating and added a cream sauce. A bit fussy for lunch but yummy and easy.

 

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There is only one Tickets

We’re very interested in food. We watch Anthony Bourdain and chopped. More recently we found the wonderful chefs table. Somewhere in there we found the 50 best list. Published by San Pellegrino, it’s a list of the 50 best restaurants in the world. Arbitrary you say, I’m sure. Curated, of course it is. But we thought it would be something to try and one of them is here in Barcelona.

The night started with a taxi ride in the rain. We’ve been getting by on broken spanish in a catalan speaking Province of Spain. When we got in the taxi I said Tickets, the driver asked “the restaurant?” I acknowledged. My wife asked “do you need the address?” To which he responded “there is only one Tickets”. Well after dinner I can agree, there is only one.

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The Wonder of Traveling

We’re in Spain, arrived yesterday so this is our first full day. There isn’t a coffee pot in the room and so we ventured out early to find coffee and maybe some breakfast. Surprisingly the coffee shops listed in Google were all closed until 10 AM. So we grudgingly decided to have Starbucks, which was right around the corner since we’re staying at a hotel near the train station. On the way to Starbucks we were diverted into a diner, as breakfast sounded like a good idea and afik the diner was local. We really try to have what’s local, rather than what is familiar. McDonalds would have been easy but soul crushing.


Most of the places we’ve been, diner food is’t considered the best. While there are some fabulous diners, overall they run to the low end of food quality. This diner was interesting because it seemed to cater to an international crowd. We ordered from a picture menu and got well prepared food, my “bacon” was cooked perfectly. The bacon however wasn’t the same cut of meat, while it looked very similar to American bacon it had three or four chunks of gristle running down the center of the slice.

The ratings for the diner were uniformly bad, even mentioning the wait staff were hanging out behind the counter with a look of ‘why am I at work’ on their faces. While our waiter was fine – and our table service prompt I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the place unless you want an experience in what some Spaniard thinks English food is like. This is one of the interesting parts of traveling, the patterns and norms of the local community are obvious when you get to stay there for awhile and you try to venture out of strictly tourist space.  We could have had breakfast in the hotel, but beyond that the pickings were slim.

The bacon pointed up how hard it would be to open a truly authentic restaurant in another country. Partly of course it’s the clientele, they have to want to have authentic regional food rather than what’s comfortable for them. Partly it’s the availability of the food, they have pigs here, and they are fabulous but to get real American bacon someone has to know how to butcher the pig. Today it should be relatively easy to find that information but even just 50 years ago that would have been very tough. I certainly couldn’t show a Spanish butcher how to cut bacon, and I’m not sure how I could get him that information if I wanted to. By the way that’s one ingredient on the menu.

What was uniform world wide was the clientele of the diner, it was a few older couples and a few younger couples. The older couples looked like us, a little disoriented and surprised to fine themselves here and the younger couples were one of each. One group the girl was happy and smiling and (acting) infatuated with her man and the other one was quite clearly over the loser.

We’ll have to do a little better with the research and find some better places to have breakfast. It seems that’s not a common meal to eat out here, and if you do it’s more like second breakfast around 10. Google is our normal go to for information, but we’ve found for restaurants in cities it’s not really the best. Many times it doesn’t show the restaurant or shows it (or us) in the wrong location. We’ll have to work on finding a better resource for that.

 

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In a World

In a world where a guy was making good money from dis-assembling ‘failed’ batteries and re-assembling the good parts into good batteries, where is the person killing it on this?

 

Killer Opportunity

 

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Denton Blues Fest

You can’t see them in the picture but there are a bunch of folks here. They are just hiding in the shade where it’s 94. I’d toast up pretty good if I was out in the sun. 

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Cleaning the Dryer Vent

Cleaned out the dryer vent tonight. The house is 20 years old and safe to say this hasn’t been cleaned since the house was built. Yes. That brown stuff is straw from a birds nest that was built in here at some point. 

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Grilling Bacon an Experiment

We don’t like frying bacon in the RV, it seems we can never get the smell out. We bought some bacon for collared greens and had a lot left over. We decided to try grilling it. Everything is better grilled and it seems like bacon is no exception. 

It flared up quite a lot but we noticed that really didn’t hurt anything. The fat burned off and left us with very smokey tasting bacon. The fire was a bit too hot and some of the strips did curl up but most of them came out great. Next time I’d use fewer coals. 

I’m having another BLT today and just heated the bacon in the microwave for a few seconds and its perfect. This might be our way to have bacon on the road. 

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I want this as my grocery store

Not only do they sell the growlers they have taps to fill them as well. 

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