Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

How are things?

In a couple of days, Americans will celebrate the time long ago when our ancestors arrived as immigrants from overseas and committed horrible acts of terrorism on the native people living here.

It's called Thanksgiving and we engage in those festivities without too much thought about it. We get the Sunday school blather that the Native Americans gave the pilgrims maize so they would survive the harsh winter. They leave out the part where the pioneers gave the Native Americans blankets infected with small pox, to wipe them out, essentially.

Thanksgiving for me is a time to celebrate that there is only one more month left of the hellish holiday season and then we can settle in for the deep freeze (in Wisconsin) of January and February. Too cynical? Probably...

Here's some optimism...I am very thankful that I will be escaping the cold weather during the first two weeks of February by going on a Caribbean cruise, followed by a week in Florida. With my luck, ISIL will probably do something sh!tty and foul up air travel right when we have to leave for our trip, but probably not (statistically). It's too bad there is so much overblown hype and fear about Islamic terrorism. I don't know who is fanning these flames, but probably the fear mongers in government and corporate media. I researched the subject a bit and it turns out more Americans have been killed by domestic terrorists than foreign ones and you are still statistically more likely to die from almost anything else than from a terrorist attack. In fact, if you are black in America, you are over 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist.

I don't pull these numbers out of my arse. Google that sh!t. (Sorry, I am not going to do your homework for you, but you can start here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-terrorism-statistics-every-american-needs-to-hear/5382818.)

"Toxoplasmosis is a brain-parasite. The CDC reports that more than 375 Americans die annually due to toxoplasmosis. In addition, 3 Americans died in 2011 after being exposed to a brain-eating amoeba. So you’re about 22 times more likely to die from a brain-eating zombie parasite than a terrorist." (SOURCE)

Giving Thanks

I have a lot to be thankful for. I like to spread my appreciation for all these things out over the entire year, not just cram it all into one food and drink engorged afternoon with friends and family in late November. But I am the odd man out on that, so I will be a grudging participant in the massive turkey holocaust this coming Thursday.

The fates have conspired against me and I am now a reluctant co-host of Thanksgiving festivities. Deborah and I were not originally supposed to host the Thanksgiving dinner but a perfect storm of horse manure has placed us in the hot seat. I am not a naturally social person (I have to work at it) and my introversion leads to high anxiety when I need to host social events. I'd be lying if I said my belly is not so full of dread right now that there is barely any room for pumpkin pie and turkey flesh. I will get through it though. In reality, my social anxiety is inflated and it should be far less taxing on my nerves than I envision it will be (*crosses fingers hopefully!*).

I am trying hard to adhere to the philosophy of my own chosen religion, Dudeism, and "abide." It is not easy. But some new facts have come to light, man. So, like...whatever.

I will make the best of it, but I need a beverage, badly.


A Mini House Concert for You

Today, I had the day off. And what do I like to do on my day off?


Play music.

In this case, I played music and video recorded it as one of my mini house concerts.

This is one of my favorite things to do. I pulled up my master set list on the computer and practiced a few songs off it until I had enough for a 6 or 7 song mini set. Deborah was out running errands today and I had the house to myself. So once I got my recording gear set up and my guitar and vocal levels dialed in, I started rocking. This is good practice for my birthday show on January 8, 2016 at the Bos Meadery in Madison WI (6-9 PM, fyi).

The first video below is the 15 minute mini house concert (rated PG, I think) I recorded this afternoon and live streamed it to the entire Intarwebz.

Below that is an encore video of one song (rated PG13).




PSA: Vote for Bernie Sanders.