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VCon has moved from Thanksgiving to a later weekend this year -- which means that I can attend from October 19th to 21st and travel to Brazil October 6th to 11th for the World Puzzle Championships!* I get to do both! Yay! And I won't even have to be jet-lagged!

The biggest difficulty I foresee is that it appears to be impossible to travel from Vancouver to Rio de Janeiro without changing planes somewhere in the US. This is going to test my resolve not to enter that country until they reinstate human rights for foreign citizens, and I fear my resolve may not be up to the challenge. Maybe if I'm lucky, the US Congress will decide to reinstate the Bill of Rights before October, and it won't be an issue. Go US Congress!

It's been a very busy couple of weeks at work, but life continues on. Last Sunday I climbed my first 5.8 route, and tonight I'm going to see about tackling my second. Edit: I did it, too! Oh, and I've also spent quite a bit of time on Google trying to figure out what these numbers actually mean, qualitatively speaking. It's harder than it sounds. All I've been able to find out is that a 5.8 is "harder than a 5.7 but easier than a 5.9" (thanks; I figured that out already) or that it's "about as hard as the Such-and-such Climb in Such-and-such State Park" (great trivia; not helpful on a limited travel budget). Does anybody know of a good resource which actually defines these numbers in terms of anything concrete, like the techniques that you might need to use to scramble up the route?

Last night I tried out a recipe I saw on the food network while standing in line at the bank t'other day: fried shallots & garlic in broth, layered beneath puréed peas & mint, layered in turn beneath seared salmon filets. Numm. I swapped veggie broth for chicken broth, since I don't eat chicken and all, and skipped the lemon zest in the broth on account of not having any lemons on hand, but the whole thing worked remarkably well. Puréeing peas turns out to be much easier with a rolling pin than with a blender, though it must be noted I still haven't figured out what blenders are actually good for -- apart, that is, from searing & liquefying two centimetres of food at a time, at which point the blender must be taken apart and the blades scraped off before reassembling it with another two centimetres of wannabe purée.

Then I unwittingly invented hamburger cookies: cookie dough which turned out to be rolled several times the thickness I originally intended, baked until it rises to more than half a centimetre thick, allowed to cool, then set in pairs with likewise-denser-than-I-planned chocolate icing between. What was supposed to resemble homemade reverse-colour Oreos ended up looking a lot more like miniature hamburgers. They still tasted yummy though.

==> And I still need to find some more open mike nights. If anybody should notice such a thing at your local cafe, please copy down the address & contact numbers & let me know!



*Assuming I qualify, that is. Which isn't altogether unlikely, given my record these last few years, but is by no means certain.
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VCon has moved from Thanksgiving to a later weekend this year -- which means that I can attend from October 19th to 21st and travel to Brazil October 6th to 11th for the World Puzzle Championships!* I get to do both! Yay! And I won't even have to be jet-lagged!

The biggest difficulty I foresee is that it appears to be impossible to travel from Vancouver to Rio de Janeiro without changing planes somewhere in the US. This is going to test my resolve not to enter that country until they reinstate human rights for foreign citizens, and I fear my resolve may not be up to the challenge. Maybe if I'm lucky, the US Congress will decide to reinstate the Bill of Rights before October, and it won't be an issue. Go US Congress!

It's been a very busy couple of weeks at work, but life continues on. Last Sunday I climbed my first 5.8 route, and tonight I'm going to see about tackling my second. Edit: I did it, too! Oh, and I've also spent quite a bit of time on Google trying to figure out what these numbers actually mean, qualitatively speaking. It's harder than it sounds. All I've been able to find out is that a 5.8 is "harder than a 5.7 but easier than a 5.9" (thanks; I figured that out already) or that it's "about as hard as the Such-and-such Climb in Such-and-such State Park" (great trivia; not helpful on a limited travel budget). Does anybody know of a good resource which actually defines these numbers in terms of anything concrete, like the techniques that you might need to use to scramble up the route?

Last night I tried out a recipe I saw on the food network while standing in line at the bank t'other day: fried shallots & garlic in broth, layered beneath puréed peas & mint, layered in turn beneath seared salmon filets. Numm. I swapped veggie broth for chicken broth, since I don't eat chicken and all, and skipped the lemon zest in the broth on account of not having any lemons on hand, but the whole thing worked remarkably well. Puréeing peas turns out to be much easier with a rolling pin than with a blender, though it must be noted I still haven't figured out what blenders are actually good for -- apart, that is, from searing & liquefying two centimetres of food at a time, at which point the blender must be taken apart and the blades scraped off before reassembling it with another two centimetres of wannabe purée.

Then I unwittingly invented hamburger cookies: cookie dough which turned out to be rolled several times the thickness I originally intended, baked until it rises to more than half a centimetre thick, allowed to cool, then set in pairs with likewise-denser-than-I-planned chocolate icing between. What was supposed to resemble homemade reverse-colour Oreos ended up looking a lot more like miniature hamburgers. They still tasted yummy though.

==> And I still need to find some more open mike nights. If anybody should notice such a thing at your local cafe, please copy down the address & contact numbers & let me know!



*Assuming I qualify, that is. Which isn't altogether unlikely, given my record these last few years, but is by no means certain.

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