July 5th, 2003

Tom Lehrer is Smug

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There is nothing quite like the immense personal satisfaction one gets when one goes down to the smashed-up automobile, grabs the overhanging jagged bits with both hands, and yanks 'em over the tire so that the car can actually be driven.

It's a nice little feeling.

Unfortunately the axle seems to be nice and cracked too. That's unfortunate. The appraiser stopped by on Thursday and left his calling card on the windshield, but I don't expect to hear from the insurance company until Monday given the whole Fourth and all. The real worry now is whether or not they'll consider this a total. If it's a total, things will suddenly become a lot more interesting.
Tom Lehrer is Smug

Ain't no food snob, but...

Good old Betty Crocker's still coming up with wacky dishes to make us all scratch our heads and wonder. For instance, here's something I found on the website that just boggled my mind:


Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Toppings
Wow your guests by serving mashed potatoes in martini glasses!

Yeah, that's a Wow all right -- but would that be "Wow, didja run out of clean plates already" or "Wow, what a hilarious party, now for serious where's the booze?"

(and of course the recipe calls for the instant flavored mashed potato flakes which, on their own, are terrifically quick comfort food, but what's stopping you from making your own garlic mashed potatoes out of actual mashed-up potatoes and actual roast garlic and putting pimentos or whatever in them and mushing them into a martini glass? Besides, like, lack of "creativity", which the recipe writers at Betty Crocker seem to have in abundance.)

Serves 16. I want to know just who has 16 martini glasses lying about wishing they could be potato-ized.