Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Quote For Today
(and possible a lifetime)

Fred Allen Speaks:

"I have just returned from Boston. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there."

Jasper Speaks:

I have no idea who Fred Allen is but I like the way he thinks.
Useless Fact For October 26

The Fact Speaks:

More than a third of all adults hit their alarm clock's "snooze" button each morning — an average of three times before they get up. Those most guilty of snatching some extra sleep are those in the 25–34 age bracket, at 57 percent.

Jasper Speaks:

I am not of the persuasion that does this. However, my beautiful bride is. It can be very frustrating. I am one of those if you wake me up it takes me awhile to get back to sleep types. Kendra is not. So many mornings we fight the snooze alarm battle. She normally wins. I like being married.
Leavin' On A Jet Plane

Jasper Speaks:

So, tomorrow is a very important day for us. We fly out of Boston to Missouri at 4:00PM. This is a weekend that could change our lives forever. We are excited. God is good. If you want details, e-mail me. I won't be blogging until next Monday or Tuesday. Feel free to check back here! Please pray for our safety in travel and for God to do things only God can do!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Can't Take It

Jasper Speaks:

This World Series stinks! I hate living in New England! You have heard me rant about the Red Sox many times. I am just so over the cockiness of the fans.

I am so glad I am going to be in Missouri for all but one of the remaining games. I want to cheer with the fans who agree with me. I actually am just TIRED of baseball. I have watch so much lately. I keep finding myself saying, "is it over yet?" And it's not! I am all about one big game deciding it all like in football. THIS TAKES FOREVER!!!

I am sure I would be less bitter if (A) I was in St. Louis where I want to be right now and/or (B) The Cardinals were leading the series. Neither of those things are happening at the moment so color me grumpy!


Sunday, October 24, 2004

Ladder 49 - A Review

Jasper Speaks:

I saw this movie today with Kendra and our dear friends Nate and Angela. I am still trying to decide what I thought. This was not a bad film. It just was not a great film. It is the story of one man in a fire department. It follows the life of Jack, a young firefighter from his first day on the job until a major fire several years later. I found a lot of the plot predictable. I leaned over to Kendra on many occasions and said this will happen next or of course they have to introduce this character for this reason which did finally pan out as I had thought.

<\It was enjoyable. The fire scenes were top notch and Joaquin Phoenix gives a good performance. However, there was very little character development for anyone but Jack. There were other men in the firehouse and there were several occasions we were asked to care for them but the writers and director had not given us enough emotional connections to make that happen.

Some of the finest acting came when Joaquin Phoenix did not speak. The subtext he brought across with simple looks was incredible. The worst acting came from John Travolta. I have never been a big Travolta fan but in this film in particular in his most emotionally charged scene, his acting was atrocious. Here he is yelling at the men of the fire house after a tragedy and I am laughing. His acting was so bad here. I have seen seventh graders deliver lines better.

Overall, I think this is a good rental flick. If you haven't seen it, you can wait. Joaquin Phoenix is proving again that he is a star in the making. His acting is superb and I hope Hollywood continues to reward him. He is the strongest link in a chain that was just about average.

Useless Fact For October 24

What are hot dogs made of?

The Facts Speak:

Are hot dogs really made from pigs' snouts and unused meat scraps? Contrary to popular belief, hot dogs are not made from left-over meat laying around on the floors of meat-packing houses. Whether it is pork or beef that is stuffed into a hot dog, the meat trimmings are carefully selected just like the meat you buy in your grocer's coolers.

Most recipes for hot dogs combine together a tasty blend of favorite meats (pork, beef, chicken, or turkey), meat fat, a cereal filler which could be either bread crumbs, flour, or oatmeal, a little bit of egg white, and a mouth-watering array of herbs and seasonings including garlic, pepper, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, and onion.

Once these ingredients are grinded together, the stuffing is squeezed into sausage casings. Many of the hot dogs sold in stores are enclosed in synthetic cellulose casings, but most home-made hot dogs are made out of natural animal intestines. (Ed. Comment: "YUCK"!)

Following the stuffing process is the pre-cooking cycle in which the hot dog links are tossed into boiling water for approximately 15 minutes. Finally, the dogs are packaged, loaded on delivery trucks, and sent off to food markets.

There is particular hot dog lingo. Hot dogs are also called franks, frankfurter, weiner, mini sausages, ball parks, and dachshund.

Did you know?

July is National Hot Dog Month?
An average American eats 60 hot dogs a year?
In 1893, hot dogs became the standard cuisine for baseball games?

Controversial debate surrounds the creation of the hot dog. Who really created the first hot dog? Although the city of Frankfurt, Germany credits itself for the origin of the first frankfurter in 1852, some argue that Johann Georghehner, a butcher from Coburg, Germany created the first frankfurter in the 1600s.

Jasper Speaks:

I had hot dogs and macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight. I am not the biggest fan of the frank but I can take one every now and again. Even though this entry says things to the contrary, I am pretty sure that hot dogs are filled with anything and everything they can find left over in meat plants. I once heard of someone finding a mouse tail in one. EWWWW!!!!
And that animal intestine thing, I could have lived without that too!

Quote For Today
Corrie Ten Boom Speaks:

The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.

Jasper Speaks:

Makes me wonder how big my donation has been.