Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

Today is Father's Day. It turned out to be a pretty decent day - slow starting but with a nice finish.

First off, I woke up at 6AM, threw some clothes on and drove to church. Did I misread my clock? Service does start at 9AM, so I suppose it is feasible to assume I read my watch upside down. No, this was my week in the sound booth, so I needed to setup, do sound check, practice, worship, sermon, end of service worship, second service worship, another sermon, another end of service worship, then teardown.

Ok, that sucked with brief periods of extreme fun.

Then came the first highlight of my day. I got to operate one of these:

We had to take down one of the ceiling mounted video projectors that had stopped working. So, we got in the lift and seconds later were bumping our heads against the ceiling 30 feet above. I don't have a particular problem with heights, but when the lift is fully extended, it becomes rather wobbly. Especially when you have to drive it around while you're way up there. Anyway, it's great fun to drive when not 30 feet up, so I left church feeling very manly, having operated some machinery.

We came home, where we were soon met by some friends who came by for a visit. After that, and after my daughter woke up we headed out to dinner, courtesy of a gift card we had received to PF Chang's. Extremely overpriced, but good tasting, we enjoyed a nice dinner out for free :) The best kind of meal.

Then proceeding home, I settled down to employ my new vegetable brush (did I mention Williams Sonoma next to the restaurant?) to washing our lemons for the next highlight of my day.

We are now only mere weeks or months away from having Limoncella. If I can wait long enough, we will celebrate the arrival of our new baby with a tasty beverage. Yum.

Happy Father's Day everyone.

-The Krunchy Krab

Friday, June 06, 2008

The quest, parts 1 through 19

After basketball this week, one of the guys barbecued some pork kabobs for all the guys - there were 11 guys there, so none of us got much, but he had a selection of dipping sauces out. I tried one that turned out to be my new favorite. So, I asked him which grocery store carried that sauce - his response was "Any grocery store". Ha!

Thus began the quest.

On my way home that night, I searched a Safeway, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer. No such luck. Now, to my angst, I had neglected to memorize the brand name of the sauce, only what the sauce was called, and what the bottle looked like (It had a fairly unique color scheme).

Current store count: 3

It was a Thai sauce, so I figured I would have it made when I checked some Asian markets.
The next day, I visited 3 QFCs, 2 more Safeways, another Fred Meyer, Central Market, and Ballard Market.

Current store count: 11

Later that evening, I checked Trader Joe's on my way home and the Ranch 99 market, which is an Asian market (though I didn't know that until I was inside)

Current store count: 13

Finally, I checked Food Emporium, Double D Meats (I REALLY thought I'd find it there -they have every sauce known to man... except this one) and the Asian market near our house. I don't know what the name of it is, because they only have foreign characters on the side of the building. I checked another QFC, and another Fred Meyer.

Current store count: 18

Then came Thursday. Thursday, I discovered that the fates were laughing at my attempts. I went to Gwinn for lunch, and one of the featured entrees was a cold pork salad with... the sauce.

I know now that I'm fighting against something larger than myself.

So, I gave up. I'm going to present my findings to this guy, and ask again at what store I can buy this sauce. AND, I will get the brand name this time.

So why do I say parts 1-19 when I only visited 18 stores? Well, this evening I went to Central Market with my daughter and bought some sauce with the same title, from a different manufacturer. I've been craving it all week.

Craving satisfied. I like this sauce just as much as the original. Problem solved, quest complete.

-The Krunchy Krab

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The passing of a friend

Today at 2:20PM, my childhood neighbor, Jerry Stewart passed away. He has lived next to my parents for my entire life. He will be missed.

-The Krunchy Krab