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How To Live The Life You WANT To Live! October 13, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, People.
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If you feel awkward, shy, and unassertive, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or liquor monger about the benefits of . . .

TEQUILA!

Feel more confident immediately!

Wikipedia ~ Tequila (in Public Domain)

Finally, a medical advertizement that makes sense . . . stop hiding and start living with Tequila!

Warning:  Side Effects may vary, but tend to increase in direct correlation to the number of shots you inhale, imbibe, or consume.

Pass the salt!

 

Go Tribe! Hark Upon The Gale! October 13, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in People, Travel & Leisure.
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My 30 year college reunion is next week.

Thirty years!  Thirty years since I graduated with a sub par G.P.A. from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Wikipedia ~ The College of William & Mary, Wren Building (in Public Domain)

Thirty years since I first questioned what to do with the “rest of my life.”

Thirty years since my roommates, lodgemates, and the Class of 1980:

* Lived in dorms (and senior lodges) without the benefit of air conditioning, cable, or computers.

* Typed Philosophy and Econ papers at midnight (or later) on portable typewriters, correcting typos with the liberal application of White Out.

170px-At&tPhone* Rushed to receive incoming calls from a pay phone shared by everyone on the hall ~ long distance calls required brisk jogs to ensure the caller did not hang up before we picked up.

* Skipped class to toss a frisbee or play the guitar in the Sunken Gardens on a gorgeous Fall or Spring day.

* Borrowed trays from the Caf to use as impromptu sleds during unexpected  snowstorms in early December.

* Attended Sorority Pledge Dances and Frat Parties (with bottomless kegs).

* Enjoyed extended “study breaks” while listening to local bands at Rainbow’s End or the Hoi Polloi (the campus pub).

* Made midnight runs to Paul’s, the College Delly, or the Dirty Deli to ingest a Hot Holly, Chandler, Jefferson, or Cheeseburger Sub.

* Chowed down on spanakopita, tiropita, dolmades, and baklava at the Green Leafe.

* Wandered across Crim Dell, holding hands with the “beau of the day,” while hoping for a memorable kiss on the most romantic bridge in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Wikipedia ~ Crim Dell Bridge (in Public Domain)

* Crammed for exams, stuffing ourselves full of esoteric knowledge which clogged the arterial passageways in our brains until regurgitated the next day.

* Lined up at William and Mary Hall for tickets to see (and hear!) the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Eric Clapton, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Little River Band, Bob Seger, Jackson Brown, Starcastle, Firefall, Boston, and other bands of the day.

* Wandered around throngs of  tourists on DOG Street (Duke of Gloucester Street) in Colonial Williamsburg ~ popping into the King’s Arm Tavern (for a Mint Julep or Peanut Soup), watching horse drawn carriages, or joining the Gambols celebration at Chownings Tavern  (for pub games, colonial music, and  Bubbles and Squeak).

* Visited Merchant’s Way to browse at the Peanut Shoppe, Shirley Pewter, the Band Box, the Cheese Shop, or Partlett Plaques.

* Waited for the Flat Hat to hit the stands to marvel at the side-splitting  editorial cartoons created by Mike Jenkins, and the brilliant reporting by his sister (and my roommate!) Pam Jenkins Partain.

* Attended football games, soccer matches, and swim meets while cheering for the Home Team:

Go Tribe!  Hark Upon The Gale!

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Two-Grain Veggie Casserole October 13, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Barley, bulgur, and vegetables cook in the oven and create a fiber-rich entrée or side dish while you . . . do anything YOU want.

“Oh, sorry.  Not now . . . I’m in the middle of cooking dinner.” 

Two-Grain Vegetable Casserole

Wikipedia ~ Cereal Grains (in Public Domain)

2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp. parsley
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup pearl barley
1/4 cup bulgur /cracked wheat
1/4 cup onion, chopped fine
1 15 oz. can beans (black, kidney, or garbanzo), drained and rinsed

In a 1 1/2 quart casserole, combine all ingredients. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until barley and bulgur are tender. Stir once halfway through baking time.

Makes 6 side dish servings or 4 main dish servings.

If desired, sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes, uncovered, until cheese melts.

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