Zildjian K Ride

Expensive. Perhaps I will get Guitar Center gift certs for my birthday and buy one. Every time I play my kit I frown when I hit my Sabian B8. It's warm enough to play in the garage again so it's time to tune up the heads and start getting back into the swing.

Weekend Consumption

Friday night beer was consumed in honor of D's birthday, and though my stay was short it was nice to be out and about. My first visit to Carson City Saloon and they had some good beer on tap, attentive waitstaff and thankfully, good music that wasn't so loud that I couldn't hear the conversation.

Saturday we had dinner with lilostitch and her fiance at The Library. The company was much better than the food in my opinion, but the space was neat, the beer selection was great, and the novelty children's book menus were really cool. I didn't recognize the place at first since they changed their sign, it used to look an awful lot like the Carnegie Library System's logo but the consensus at the table was that they probably had some sort of legal trouble with that. The menus still had the old logo though, which made me believe that I'm actually not crazy.

Sunday I made General Tso's Tofu. I use a bottled sauce so I can't take too much credit, but it's still a chore to make- I have to bread the tofu, fry it until it tastes enough like something other than tofu that the ladies in the house will eat it, then mix it together with some veggies in a wok to cook while I fret over timing the rice perfectly. Someday perhaps I'll try to make my own sauce, but I like the Iron Chef stuff and so do my "customers" so I'm in no hurry. For dessert sonbanon and T made some Banana Nut Muffin/Bread stuff which I enjoyed with some coffee as I settled in for a mindless night of video gaming.


Power outages and the screaming wind you can only experience when you sleep in an attic bedroom atop a Pittsburgh hill make for a rough morning. The sound effects up there are staggering.


Go Steelers. It's like "May the Force be with you" or "God bless" or any other religious invocation that can be used in place of a standard greeting. Being a Steelers fan is not a choice for me; I was raised a Steeler fan and my formative years were the heyday of the 70's Steelers dominance. I've never wanted to stray and while I don't always show up for services (indeed I only watched a couple games this year), Black and Gold is my religion and I associate strongly with my tribe.

How are those other religions working out? Kurt Warner tried the whole Jesus thing and it didn't really work out.

The game was very exciting. I kind of agree with John Madden that James Harrison shoving the Cardinals player when he was down was uncalled for, and it's too bad that image sticks with me rather than his historic 100 yard interception return or Santonio's ballerina catches.

Best stat of the game though: 1 safety! That's got to make some unlikely football pool winners. I guess you could get to 23 with a field goal, 3 touchdowns and one missed PAT though so maybe it's not that uncommon.

I'm a little surprised we only beat them 33-27 on time of possession since their entire offense was basically quick passing drives. I guess we don't have the running game we used to have.

Ah well, as I drove home from my sister's place last night people were outside of their houses dancing, people were waving terrible towels out of their windows honking, and there was generally just a festival atmosphere in the whole city and it's hard not to smile when you see people so happy. Go Steelers!