F 1 D 0 -- 2001 11 25 at 12 30 The joys of shared accomodation. I've been warned by a friend that she won't have anything to do with this any longer. She hates all of the petty side effects. I'm starting to see it this way. I've lost 4 bowls and some stainless cutlery. I had two pair of scissors only last week. And my cheese mill has vanished. Sigh. Total value of petty disappearances? About 20.00 - hardly worth a war. Except I want to nail it before it continues. So I dunno. I hate wars. I just saw Cathy. She is interested in a bedroom I have for rent here. She had phoned me a lot over the last week. I even got calls from her current roommate, confirming that she really was coming out this way. She rushed the tour. I can tell when someone is unhappy with the place, and this girl didn't like it here. I think it was the two hour bus ride, but I cannot truly say. She works in the west end, and we are in the east end of the city here. After I finish writing this, I should do something active. Maybe run the block. I'd go to the gym if it were not so lovely out. This is the kind of fall time we look forward to all year long. It is about 60F outside. Oh, there is a touch of rain, but I like it. But there are some domestic chores I have been neglecting. So I'm wondering if today is the day? I bought a Kensington WebCam device recently. Don't buy one! Don't! Don't! The price was only 30.00, but if it doesn't do the webcam thing, then it is just a bad digital camera, tethered to the computer. This device requires NetMeeting, and takes about two minutes to load. During this time the computer is completely frozen. This is Microsoft doing their efficiency thing. I smell popcorn. That is popular here. I bought a 5 lb bag of it, and hardly got a taste of it. That happens a lot. People here think that if I buy something and don't use it promptly, it is evil. There are a class of things I want to have around for when the mood hits! Sigh, am I complaining once again? I'll stop. I'm happy when they just use popcorn. It is cheap and makes them very happy. Caesar should have figured this out for himself. His expression would have been "Popcorn and Television" when describing entertaining the masses (he coined "Bread and Circus" instead). Last night's contradance was good. Not amazing, just good. I'm wondering if I'm tiring of the genre, though? What do I want from a good dance? Now and then I'm thinking it is a waste of my time, but interesting. So even as I write you, I'm thinking I may start doing other things on Saturday nights. I have a shortage of useful nights, and this will go on with or without me. Eddie did the door for me almost the entire night. He's got an arthritic auto immune disorder which has been crippling him for the last two years. He's back in business, now that he's got some therapy which stops the problem. But during the evaluation period, he had so much trouble just getting someone to accept his description of the story. Oh, in the last year, it was apparent. His joints became frozen in a bent position, and the skin became shiny with tension. But he'd been seeking help when only he knew the problem was there. Which reminds me. I read in the Metro that a Bio Tech firm in Israel has developed a product which prevents the body from destroying the beta cells in the pancreas. I'll explain. Everyone knows that diabetes happens because you don't get insulin, and that happens in the pancreas. But the interesting thing is that when they try to get the body to grow a new pancreas, it resists. The thing will grow in a lab environment, but put the tissue into a diabetic, and the body kills the important cells. So this is the problem of diabetes: how to keep the body from doing the auto immune thing against its own pancreas. This company in Israel seems to have found an answer. I think it will make money on this one. Last night before bed I was determined to cook something. But what, but what? I took a roast out of the freezer, but didn't feel like that. I decided to try out mixing two creams to create a new softer cream. I read this from Michel Guerard's "Cuisine Minceur." Just mix a cup of sour cream with a cup of whipping cream. Use it fresh if you have to, but he recommends letting it mellow. Use it after a night if you must. But he thinks two or three days is best. (the recipes I share are simply things I have read, and wanted to share with you too. I will try them and write again) After looking and saying, "nahhh" a few times, I decided on making Garbanzo beans from the dry ones. It takes a while. About 2 or 3 hours! But by 530am they were ready for me to puree. I've not tasted them yet. Oh, I ate the stuff connected to the hand blender, but I want to get a serving of it. Have you ever woken up full, kind of disinterested in food because of that fullness? I want to eat, but I'm not hungry, in that empty way. I want to eat before I leave, since I'll truly experience a pang later. That's all I know.