The thoughts of a writer.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Minnesota Weather

Yesterday I went hiking in the woods and I actually got pretty warm since I was off trail and it was 67 degrees (F). Before I finished my two-hour hike, however, the temperature dropped about ten degrees and the wind got stronger. By this morning it was 26 degrees (F) when I was driving to work. You've got to love it here!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Recipe (Game Hens and Rice)

I have yet to share any recipes on my blog, though I am thought to be a pretty good cook. This is perhaps best explained by the fact that I really don’t use recipes, I just cook. Recipes usually have some ingredient that I don’t have. My mom learned to cook on a farm with whatever was in the pantry. This is how I cook too. I find it to be an enjoyable experience when I make up my own rules. Anyway, here is an outline for a fabulous dinner I made last Friday.

I took two thawed game hens, and spiced them with chopped onion, green pepper and a clove of crushed garlic. I also used a little thyme, cilantro, ground ginger, Lawrey’s Season Salt, salt and pepper, crushed red pepper and maybe some other stuff, I don’t remember. Then I placed them in a large roaster with about an inch of water in it. Then I poured wild rice in the bottom (spread out). Then I cooked this, covered, at 350 degrees (F) for one hour.

Next I removed the roaster, turned the hens over, added a little more water and then I spread a good amount of white rice (bulk) around the birds in the water. I also added a couple of peeled carrots and some peeled and quartered potato. Then I cooked this for another hour.

Once again I opened the roaster and poured in one can of cream of chicken soup and spread it over the top of the whole contents. I returned the roaster to the oven for about twenty more minutes.

Then I removed the roaster, and opened the cover to a fantastic, one-pot meal. The hens were well done and ready to fall off the bones (the way chicken is best!). The (white) rice soaked up the soup, and when scooped out with the well-cooked wild rice made a delicious mixture.

This was the first time I did this, so I told my dinner guest that I was experimenting. Fortunately, my cooking experiments usually turn out well.

Friday, October 27, 2006

His Angel

He woke in the darkness and reached for her… his Angel. She wasn't there.
He remembered how he had mentioned to his Creator that he couldn’t stand to be hurt anymore. That was when he noticed her. His Angel had been there and he hadn’t realized it.

She was quiet and hard to read, but he was drawn to her. He started to visit her and at first he didn’t know if he was intruding or not. But his Angel began to visit him. This went on for some time before he realized that he loved her.

Now as he lay alone in the darkness he needed her to know how he felt. He had told her many times by now, but words could never convey his true feelings. There had been others, but there had never been an Angel... until now.

He reached into the darkness one more time for her. She still wasn’t there. “Tomorrow,” he thought. “I’ll see her again tomorrow.”

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Secure Feeling

Nothing makes me feel more secure than knowing that I am on a giant rock that is hurling around a big ball of burning gas in a super cold universe.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Negative Campaign Ads

By now, many of you have probably seen or heard the negative campaign ads produced by both the Republican and Democratic parties, which make many ridiculous claims against me. I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight, and remove any doubts as to my integrity in regard to my run for the Presidency of the United States of America.

First, I did not, have not, nor will I in the future, ever eat live kittens with my morning breakfast cereal. This claim is false. I am actually quite partial to breakfast burritos which I make myself. These contain no feline matter.

Second, I did not go to any of Osama bin Laden’s bachelor parties for his third and fifth (wives) marriages. I do not know Osama, and I have already gone on record as saying he is a fartknocker.

Third, while I think George W. Bush is also a fartknocker, I did not say he was gay. In addition, if he is gay, that is his business, not mine.

Fourth, I did not vote against a ban on banning bans. I have no idea what this is about, as I am not a member of congress and can’t vote on this stuff. I was not even allowed to go to the meeting about having meetings.

Finally, I did not start World War III. This is false. In fact, to date, World War III has not officially started.

I would also like to say that I refuse to run a negative campaign. You already know that I am the best person for the job. I could tell you how awful my opponents are, but why bore you with details you probably already know?

Kevin J. Curtis for President in 2008!

I’m Kevin J. Curtis, and I approve of this blog.


Saturday, October 21, 2006

Ely Trip

On Wednesday, October 18, we left for Ely at 9:30AM.
We walked down a muddy hill and visited Lake Superior.
We had lunch at the Nokomis Bar and Restaurant.
We finally arrived in Ely after 4:00PM and got a room at the Paddle Inn.
The weather was near freezing and there was a rain/snow combination.
After visiting several shops in town we ate at the Grand Ely Lodge.

On Thursday we went to the Dorthy Molter (AKA "Rootbeer Lady") museum. It was closed but we walked around Dorothy's cabins.

We went to the International Wolf Center when it opened at 10:00AM. The wolves were visible and we stayed for about 2 1/2 hours.

We ate at a cafe in Virginia and visited a Finnish store.

We ended up in Garrison, MN, near Lake Mille Lacs and stayed at the Garrison Inn.

On Friday after a moring walk (in the light snow) along Lake Mille Lacs, we left and visited the Unclaimed Freight Store in Milaca.

We stopped in Princeton for gas and lunch and arrived home in the afternoon.

572 miles


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

No Peeing Allowed

I've been seeing a lot of these "no peeing allowed" signs. Do people pee along the road a lot???

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Nuclear Opinion

This is my response to an email conversation that I had with a friend. After I sent it, I decided it could go on my blog so people know my feelings about the subject of our current government leadership and that of North Korea.
Remember to vote for me for President in 2008.

"I think Kim is a nut-job. He is about 40 years too late.
Bush is as dumb as he is rich, and worried about his assets.
In the balance, there are millions of brainwashed masses on both sides. Not a good scenario.
Still, I don't know if the USA can (or should) keep nuclear power from other countries. We've had it for a very long time and it was always predicted by the scientific community that it would be commonly possessed in the future.
The future is now.
Two stubborn relics and their cronies are leading the way with a bunch of wussy other countries with lots to say and not much in the way of real resolutions.
The world is as it has always been, except that we have bigger weapons now and those who fire them aren't necessarily privy to watching the blood squirt out of their opponent as in the days gone by.
In some cases, an operator just types in some coordinates and pushes a button. Perhaps this is true barbarism, as opposed to driving a sword through a man and having to see the anguish on his face as the blood drains his life onto the battlefield."

Monday, October 09, 2006

North Korean President Kim Jong Il Reported to have Nuclear Penis

North Korean President Kim Jong Il is now claiming that he has a nuclear powered penis.

The North Korean leader and madman made the announcement in a speech today, in which he asked of George W. Bush, "Who 'da man now? You can't even say nuclear right!"

To date, no one has seen the North Korean nuclear unit, though it is reported that Kim Jong Il has a "certain glow about him these days."

Friday, October 06, 2006

E-Coli in Spinach Takes Famous American

The whole e-coli in the bagged spinach thing is really very sad, and shows a disturbing danger in our food production system.

Now, it has taken the life of a very recognizable American...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

“Tough Guys” Who Shoot People at Schools

The news recently is filled with the “daily school shooting.”
What is it that makes someone shoot unarmed kids and adults in a school?
Is our society so incredibly sick???
Do these people realize what cowards they are?
Do they think that they appear tough?

Since I work at a school, and I am recently required to sit at the front entrance for part of the day, I have taken notice of this disturbing trend. It isn’t necessarily in the inner-city schools either. It is more often a rural thing.

Where I work, I have suggested a security entrance.
This request was ignored. Instead, an untrained “guard” is stationed near the entrance, “armed” with a walkie-talkie. This is done largely because of how funding is allocated. Instead of using money to install a security entrance, much more money is ultimately spent to employ a person to sit at the door and potentially be shot to death if an intruder ever does come along.
I digress…

Those who take out some personal vendetta against unarmed people and unarmed schoolchildren are among the biggest cowards possible. How tough does one have to be to shoot an unarmed child to death?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Neighbor From Hell

My neighbor in the condo directly above me, who has been partying and making noise all night... most nights, has moved!

Actually, I think she lost her lease because the condo owner was under pressure from the homeowners association. Regardless, she is gone!