Thursday, October 18, 2007

Still sounds good

Kim called last night asking if I wanted my old stereo. She acquired it when we broke up my folks’ home. With some hesitation, I said that I guessed not. She said she was putting it in their garage sale. I thought about changing my mind today, but decided there are some things one has to let go.

Imagine my surprise and, I must admit, relief tonight when I read the email saying she decided it might be a nice retro piece of furniture to keep.

The stereo was my first major purchase. It was 1963 and I was 17 years old. I worked for my Dad the previous summer and saved the money. Stereo music was relatively new, at least in Junction City, Kansas. I think my Mom was with me when we first looked at it. The salesman had a record demonstrating how the sound changed from side to side. It sounded wonderful. Constructed of solid walnut in the modern style that was popular back then, it was a nice piece of furniture with simple lines.

My Dad came to the store to look at it. He thought it was OK, so I paid cash. I bought the demonstration record and one other. It was country western. I think it was Glen Campbell.

That stereo played many hours. I remember Paul and Paula, Peter Paul and Mary, Pat Boone, Kingston Trio, Four Seasons, Pink Panther, Elvis, Beetles, and, believe it or not, Tennessee Ernie Ford (16 Tons, of course). Some 45s but I liked albums when I could afford them.

Kim said in her email that she put on her old school U2. It still sounded good.

Originally when Kim asked if she should sell it, I said Ok, but would she take a picture. Some possessions are hard to let go.

Sounds like my respectable old stereo earned a little more time.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

News of the future

The twin cities of Minneapolis St Paul have introduced a "news of the future" source called MinnPost.

MinnPost has significant financial backing. Additionally, it boasts four dozen contributing journalists, two of which are Pulitzer Prize winners. The article insists it will be news based.

All published on the internet.

Would I check in on this new media source? Probably. However, it would not replace the local Lawrence Journal World web site, which includes videos, pod casts and opportunities to comment. Neither would it replace Junction City Daily Union, and Abilene Reflector Chronicle home town headlines and obituaries.

The internet is definitely global. The local cyber venture will give the journalists worldwide recognition. If someone like me checks the site occasionally, worldwide that amounts to a lot of traffic. With the advertised creative competition, who will assign the “news” stories to this group of super reporters?

Joel Kramer, CEO and Editor of the not-for-profit startup said, “We'll also have some fun.” My guess the fun will be to “hash out” the news rather than report it.

The Minneapolis cyber venture should be MinnPost Block Buster Blog.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tailgating at KSU (47) Colorado (20) game

One of our fall activities the past fifteen years is to attend Kansas State University football games. The past few years we gave away tickets to at least one home game so we invited Marc’s parents to split the tickets with us this year. They said sure.

Until last evening, we have not tailgated once. Because of the ticket share, we only attended one other game and it didn’t work to tailgate then. Kim and I decided it was now or never. Our next game is the second week in November and most likely a cold one.

Here we are tailgating last evening. Obviously, the boys are enjoying their own kind of tailgate food. Little Evan just finished his favorite meal and was in the Roadtrek catching some zzzs. The wind would have made our little tailgate uncomfortable so we tied up the sheet. It worked great.

The menu was brisket, potato salad, baked beans, salsa and cookies for dessert. We didn't get carried away on the food.

Kim made excellent potato salad and iced pumpkin shaped cookies. The cookies were a big hit with the little boys and the rest of us for that matter.

To accompany Kim’s potato salad, I made baked beans. I also made a popular salsa recipe that sort of doubles as a vegetable dish.

There is no better compliment than a recipe request. Kim asked for both. I decided to post them here. Enjoy.

Cindy's Texas Caviar Salsa
(I halved this recipe and it would serve six generously)
2 cans black eyed peas, drained
2 cans shoe peg corn, drained
1 green pepper, diced
3 green onions
2 med fresh tomatoes, diced (2 cans diced tomatoes)
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/2 cup parsley (fresh)
1/2 cup salsa
1 large bottle Zesty Italian Dressing
marinate overnight.
If you like more fire, use Rotel for can tomatoes


Kansas City Baked Beans
2 (16) ounce cans pork and beans
3/4 cup Kansas City Masterpiece BBQ sauce (or any brand)
1/2 cup brown sugar or molasses (I used molasses)
1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored & chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons golden raisins
3 slices bacon, chopped
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Combine first six ingredients and pepper in a 1/2 quart casserole. Top with bacon.
Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.