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Dancing in my underwear

I had to go to an awards dinner a few years ago (I wasn't getting the award). I wasn't real excited about it. It was one of those things where you dress up, eat bad food and do small talk with a bunch of people you don't know. It's like going to your spouse's class reunion. I never have figured out class reunions, you would think they would want to do things that were fun when you were in High School. But for some reason they always want to have a dance. I went to several prom/dances in high school but I don't remember any of them being real fun. I always liked the people I went with, but I always wished we were doing something else. The only fun part was the anticipation and getting there, after that I was ready to leave We always had to wait till the band played "Color my world" (last slow song at every dance I ever went to). A friend of mine and I took a couple of girls to a prom one time, they were both great friends of ours, that was fun. But I still remember taking them home at 10:30pm, Just looking for anything else to do but be at a dance. The bad thing about a dance is that every hour or so you have to dance, the girl expects it. I guess it's romantic, but it's not like we were doing the tango, we were just standing there rocking back and forth like our shoes didn't fit. Every time I rented a tux for one of those things I kinda hated to take it off. I always felt like I should go down to the Peabody lobby and stand around striking poses like an overweight Calvin Klein model. Anyway…. I went to this dinner. It was OK, the speaker was great and the woman sitting next to me was interesting and most important the person who invited me saw me there.

I had just started to wake up one Saturday morning when my wife told me there was no hot water. I've got one of those tankless water heaters, if it's off, all the water is cold. If it's working you can have hot water forever, 2 hour showers, stuff like that. I should have known better when I stepped barefoot on the pull-down stairs that go to the attic. That always hurts my feet. I climbed over some duct work, scratched my leg on the corner and then I couldn't get the water heater to light. Why is it so hard to fix stuff in your underwear? Maybe it's because you don't have any pockets? I went back down to see if I had gas on the stove, I did, went back up stairs and started taking the water heater apart. The first thing I saw was that the exhaust pipe had come loose. Good thing it went out or we might have burned the house down. I put the pipe back on, got a lighter stick and finally got it lit. Of course I'm the one who put the water heater in, the one that didn't get the exhaust pipe on right.

God's like that: there's always something good or something to learn even when you don't want to go. And the things that seem like one more hassle are really God keeping you safe. God watches over the simple minded…

I've got to go start on my new Calvin Klein diet so I can go pose at the Peabody more often. I'll be the one in the red tux..


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

I saw this in Saveur magazine. I remember my mom making Corned Beef Hash when I was a kid and also remember how bad it was, tasted like dog food. I never could figure it out because I loved corned beef, but this stuff was terrible. What made it bad was where the corned beef came from. The corned beef I loved was a corned brisket that she cooked in a pressure cooker. The bad stuff came out of a can. It even looked like dog food.. yuk … For this recipe you have to use real corned beef … The best thing about this is that the meat could be anything, doesn't have to be corned beef.. This dish was made to get rid of leftovers, so you could use leftover BBQ pork, leftover hamburger meat or cooked hamburger, leftover pork chops, leftover shrimp .. anything will work .. all you need is 1 potato and 1 onion.. you've got everything else…

This is from the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs West Virginia

Corned Beef Hash

2 Cups roughly chopped cooked corned beef (any Deli) .. or Use any leftover meat/fish/shrimp

2 cups roughly chopped boiled potatoes (red skin, russet, Yukon gold.. any kind of potato will work)

1/4 cup chicken stock or water

1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional … if you don't have it forget it)

1 tbsp whole-grain mustard (or any rough mustard or any mustard other than yellow hot dog mustard… but that may be good too)

1/4 tsp dried thyme (optional)

1 medium onion chopped finely

1 garlic clove minced

4 tbsp butter

Nutmeg to taste (optional)

Salt & Pepper to taste (if using corned beef, taste before using salt)

6 eggs (will be fried/poached an put on top.. optional)

To Cook:
Here's the hard part… Just kidding. This is too easy!!!

Mix everything together in a bowl. Melt the butter in a skillet (iron or non-stick works best… NOT STAINLESS STEEL, IT WILL STICK HARD) that is big enough to hold the whole mixture in a 1 inch layer (about a 12 inch pan)… Put the corned beef mixture in the skillet and cook stirring, until it is heated through. Then flatten it out so it covers the bottom of the pan. Let it sit and get brown and crusty on the bottom, about 10 min. Then flip it (you're on your own here.. usually a big spatula works well) and cook the other side for 8 - 10 min to brown it too… Remove to plate … To serve: cut in wedges.. Top with a fried/poached egg …..

You could also top with Tabasco, ketchup, Maple syrup, Strawberry jam, Mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hollandaise sauce, melted cheese under a broiler, scallions, chives …  anything … there are no rules on hash .. its leftovers, use anything you want …  


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 11:39 AM