Big City Slider Station, Part Deux


Earlier this month, I mentioned that Ann picked up one of those Big City Slider Stations and other than wanting to repeatedly kick Billy Mays in the electrons because of his loud mouth, we’ve been pleased with it.

Then this happened the other day:

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While cooking some slabs of ground beef, Ann noticed that after removing the press, each slab of meat was covered in what I can only describe as something resembling silver spray paint. I mean what you see above is nothing. The whole top of the burger looked like it was painted with Rustoleum. We ended up throwing that batch away since, well, we weren’t about to eat that crap.

The picture you see above was the second batch we made. Not as bad but they still had some of that strange residue on top. We cooked them as directed; washed the stupid thing as the intstructions read.

Why in the Hell did my burgers have that silver crap on them? Is anybody else stupid enough to listen to that jerk Billy Mays having the same problem?

I’m glad we didn’t throw out the ol’ George Foreman grill just yet because, if this is any indication of the product’s performance, it won’t be getting much more use and is headed to the trash can very soon.

Get bent, Billy Mays.

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School Daze


On Saturday, the family attended an event designed to give parents and children a glimpse of what our local schools have to offer. This was especially interesting since, believe it or not, The Kid will be starting kindergarten this September. Let me get “Sunrise, Sunset” in my iTunes queue…

We went to the event knowing exactly which schools, based on research and recommendations of neighbors and friends, to look into. And man, were we ever thrown for a loop. Although we submitted applications to all of the ones we were considering (as “school of choice”), here’s my assessment of a few in particular; order notwithstanding.

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I’ve Been Tagged!


Kim (aka LadyGypsy) was kind of enough to tag me for this little meme, so here I go and here are da rulez:

  1. Go to the the 4th folder where you keep your pictures on your computer.
  2. Post the 4th picture in the folder.
  3. Explain the photo.
  4. Tag 4 fellow bloggers to join in the fun!

Here’s what I ended up with (and click it to embiggen):

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Not so long ago, we here in southern California were in the middle of a cold snap (for us, at least). The temperatures were in the 30s in the morning and with the rain we had, it produced plenty of snow in the local mountains.

Here you see proof that we do indeed have weather out here. This was actually one of many shots I took the day I posted this image; this one not being the best 😛 We eventually drove up into those mountains to see the snow up close and man, was it a lot of fun.

So here’s who gets tagged: whatigotsofar, Preston, and Fitness Surfer (a regular reader of my weight loss blog). I know that’s only 3 blogs but honestly, those are the only ones I follow regularly. All others are tech blogs and stuff along those lines. Now go to it!

This meme comes at a good time because, as is obvious, I haven’t had much time to post lately. Since buying my treadmill, I’ve been using it regularly and when I’m done, I pretty much collapse on the couch and rehydrate myself. I’ve been jogging about 2 miles a night and feeling pretty good about it. I get the feeling the 5k won’t be as tough as I thought it would be but hey, who knows?

I have also been fighting off a cold or something these last few days but I haven’t let it take me down. If anything, it seems that getting the heart pumping by running on the treadmill may be working better that sitting around sulking about being sick. I’m almost over it and not coughing as much but I’m still taking my multiviamins and drinking plenty of fluids. My runny nose is pretty much gone, too.

Anyway, it’s almost The Kid’s bedtime and my time to drag out the treadmill and get running. I’m looking forward to seeing what pictures you all end up posting!

Holding History


Holding History, originally uploaded by aeromat.

A passenger on the Blue Line goes home with plates from today’s historic edition of the L.A. Times.

Inaugural Throng @ Work


Inaugural Throng @ Work, originally uploaded by aeromat.

Watching the inauguration ceremonies in El Segundo, CA.