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Just wanted to have a place like the the original off topic thread.  Yes, I know we are a cooking site, but this particular part of the site is for non-cooking issues, and I would really like to have somehwere to continue in that vein.

 

So, I would like to respond to Yeti....

 

You are most welcome.  I cannot do much about the weather, just learnt to manage it in my lab.  The  Finesse in this field is amazing to manage.  On some days where the temperatures were unmanagable, so we just didn't do some of the finer work on these days.  Or, which was pretty funny, trying to work in the dark in the lab, no backup generator when the power went out due to the local drain on power facilities, and having to use torches and candles.  Which again affected the temperature so all we could do was measure stuff like steel rulers, that sort of thing, with fairly rough requirements.  No fine work.

 

That's amazing there is only one person in the world working with that international standard.  I envy that person actually, they would get to see a lot of companies in a lot of countries smile.gif

 

I hope we can keep this new thread going, as there has been a lot of interesting conversation and input for a long time in the previous one.

 

DC

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DC Sunshine, it's been a while since I visited this site. It's great to see you here

 

This site sure has changed, and frankly I've lost interest in the new setup. It's not the same site at all. I'll pm you my contact info so we can stay in touch if you like.

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Yeti - I'm not even sure why your original thread was blocked.

 

Moderators - the thread was a great way to chat about anything not regarding (but may have included) anything  to do with cooking and people could get to know each other.

 

Confused I am.

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That's amazing there is only one person in the world working with that international standard.  I envy that person actually, they would get to see a lot of companies in a lot of countries 

 

DC


I must have made it out to be a lot more interesting than it is. If Fluke totally depended on me, we'd be sunk! Luckily I have knowledgeable people around me, even if they aren't fixing things.

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I really lucked out food-wise. I'm renting the basement of a 3-story house, with my own kitchen, bathroom etc. The owners live above me. They are originally Ethiopian, and when they cook, dang does their food smell good. When I told the guy I like injera, and that my Eritrean friends turned me on to their food, he said they would bring me something good to have with the injera. And DAMN is it good.

 

One dish is a not-too-spicy fragrant beef dish with carrots, and the other, the one that really got me going, is a chicken and boiled egg dish in a sauce heavy with peppers, mostly sweet and with some hot to it. Sheesh, I'm hooked. I hope I can learn some things from them. There are probably some ingredients I never tried. I'm glad they're friendly. I'll make some things for them too if they want some. I have a happy tummy right now

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And no, I don't want to do the facebook thing. Why can't I just post something here? Sheesh, I'm getting invaded with the facebook thing. Damn annoying. <---- Now THAT, what I just wrote I would agree to publish on Facebook.

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That food does sound good smile.gif  I'm glad you landed on your feet there - I'd not enjoy being a boarder with someone I couldn't get along with - so that's excellent my friend.

 

 

Re Facebook - I find it, well, immature and too hard to use.  I'd rather be here or emailing.  Maybe it's a case of teaching an old dog (i.e. me!) new tricks - my kids swear by Facebook.  Oh well, each to their own.

 

Summer is coming along here after a really long wet spell - gotta dig out the shorts and tank tops.  And finally maybe even get a tan happening (Yeah - a tan is not healthy, blah blah blah ).  I figure it's a good dose of vitamin D so experts - go away.  Had enough of doctors lately and I've never met one that didn't tell me off for something.  Arrgh.  So I take their advice in moderation.  As moderation should be taken - in moderation   Also another excuse for some sun is that I lost the cats in the weeds after all that rain now sunshine - so I must do something about that.  Cats re-appeared eventually.  At suppertime, of course.

 

P.S. What is injera?

 

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I am not on any "social networking" sites. Socializing to me is done in person. And I am not computer illiterate, I program, build computers, and all kinds of other electronic goodies.
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That food does sound good smile.gif  I'm glad you landed on your feet there - I'd not enjoy being a boarder with someone I couldn't get along with - so that's excellent my friend.

 

 

Re Facebook - I find it, well, immature and too hard to use.  I'd rather be here or emailing.  Maybe it's a case of teaching an old dog (i.e. me!) new tricks - my kids swear by Facebook.  Oh well, each to their own.

 

Summer is coming along here after a really long wet spell - gotta dig out the shorts and tank tops.  And finally maybe even get a tan happening (Yeah - a tan is not healthy, blah blah blah ).  I figure it's a good dose of vitamin D so experts - go away.  Had enough of doctors lately and I've never met one that didn't tell me off for something.  Arrgh.  So I take their advice in moderation.  As moderation should be taken - in moderation   Also another excuse for some sun is that I lost the cats in the weeds after all that rain now sunshine - so I must do something about that.  Cats re-appeared eventually.  At suppertime, of course.

 

P.S. What is injera?

 


I do use Facebook, but I don't do a lot of things there. I got in touch with old friends I hadn't seen in 30 years, friends I went to school with in India. That was great!

 

The cats-in-the-weeds thing reminded me of something Jeff Foxworthy said. "You might be a redneck if ... you mow your lawn and find a car".

 

Injera is kind of a big crepe that I think has yeast in it, and usually has teff flour in it, sometimes wheat too. Teff is a grain that's grown a lot in Ethiopia, that's got a lot of flavor to it. Injera is more chewy than pancakes are, and thinner. I haven't had anything else really similar to it.

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I am not on any "social networking" sites. Socializing to me is done in person. And I am not computer illiterate, I program, build computers, and all kinds of other electronic goodies.


In other words, you are not a redneck, eh?

 

All in fun--I know some cool people who call themselves rednecks

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The old thread became nothing more than a place for new members who wanted to get their post counts up. If you look at many of the posts they are one lines. The real deal is the old threads are a big demand on the server so please start a unique topic for what you want to talk about. 

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The old thread became nothing more than a place for new members who wanted to get their post counts up. If you look at many of the posts they are one lines. The real deal is the old threads are a big demand on the server so please start a unique topic for what you want to talk about. 



Yeah I agree, so that topics in this forum will be organized and not mixed up. smile.gif

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The old thread became nothing more than a place for new members who wanted to get their post counts up. If you look at many of the posts they are one lines. The real deal is the old threads are a big demand on the server so please start a unique topic for what you want to talk about. 


Thank you for your response Nicko.

Daina


 

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Yeah it was all bullshit. But then again there was a hell of a lot of fun on that thread. We would shoot the breeze a lot, say what what was on our minds, casually, and there was a lot of friendship. We could bring up anything we wanted, and in my experience there was almost no meaningless chat. If you want to close that off, your choice of course, but you must not have been following that thread.

 

I'll stay here as long as I can connect with my friends here, but it's not what it used to be.


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This is really puzzling me--why would anyone care about their post count? Are there prizes to be won or something?? This is weird.

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Hello OY - long time no 'see'!

 

Some new members want to up their post numbers in older threads so they won't be spotted until after they make the minimum number required to let them post links in messages, a subtler form of spamming!

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I replied earlier but I must have messed up. It doesn't show here.

 

Ishbel, nice to see you smile.gif

 

In the off-topic theme, I just started a batch of basmati rice with some kachu-jang paste cooking in it. I think it will turn out good. I think eggs over-easy on that rice will be nice for a simple breakfast.

 

One thing that I am liking about Lynnwood is that I have a choice of Korean restaurants. I can even get dolsot bibimbap here--I have to try that for sure! In Corvallis I could get bibimbap but not the stone-bowl kind.

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"I am liking" is excellent, grammatically. Right?

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"I am liking" is excellent, grammatically. Right?

 

Usually not.

 

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Our puppy dog has gone bird crazy.  Now it's mating season for the birds the are all screeching and fighting on the dog's lawn.

 

He's up to a count of 6 so far smile.gif  But at least it's only the noisy ones.  He's a Kelpie, so loves to chase anything that moves.

 

He tried it on with the cats, but soon learnt they have a pointy end, to his regret   Silly puppy.

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Our puppy dog has gone bird crazy.  Now it's mating season for the birds the are all screeching and fighting on the dog's lawn.

 

He's up to a count of 6 so far smile.gif  But at least it's only the noisy ones.  He's a Kelpie, so loves to chase anything that moves.

 

He tried it on with the cats, but soon learnt they have a pointy end, to his regret   Silly puppy.

HAH! Wait, doesn't "kelpie" refer to a dog who hunts seaweed? Tell him that.
 

post #22 of 47

A thumbs-up for Trader Joe's "Bohemian Lager". It's not quite Pilsener Urquell, but it's really good and fresher than what we get from Czech.

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I was having some really good pecan pie, and it struck me how much it was like baklava.

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Very droll Yeti lol.gif  Thank you for the laugh.  I'll make sure not to take the dog to the beach. 

 

About to go home for a week after Christmas, really looking forward to catching up with old friends and family.  First holiday in about 5 years even if it is only a week, but, thank goodness, at last!

If I don't manage to get online for a bit, happy holidays one and all.

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This is really puzzling me--why would anyone care about their post count? Are there prizes to be won or something?? This is weird.



 Wait! There are prizes?! WHY AM I ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW THESE THINGS?! Darn it all to heck. Everyone always gets the good stuff but not me! Think I'll go to that far corner of the internet and sit in the dark for a while...grumble, gurmble, grumble....

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 Hi OY... good to see you again!

 

As for the post count thing.. why do people care about upping it?  For me, if I have nothing to add to a converstation I keep my mouth shut.. I know hard to believe (LOL) but I actually do that now and then!

 

Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season!

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I was having some really good pecan pie, and it struck me how much it was like baklava.



I've noticed this in the better pecan pies I have had. Bad ones just taste like corn syrup.

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Just spent a week away interstate with family and friends.  Exhausted, but by geez it was good to see everyone again.

 

Anyone else get to travel over the holidays?

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DC

I didn't - but that was because family came to us.

 

My sister rang this morning, she said that it had rained every day when she was down the Coast at Bateman's Bay, so they went home to Canberra last weekend.  Her sister-in-law (who lives permanently at Bateman's Bay, NSW) is frantic because her son and his family have lost everything in the Queensland floods, house, cars and his business that employs 100 people. They cannot leave the area where they are being looked after in a sports hall.

 

My heart goes out to those poor people in Q'land and northern NSW.....

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Hi Ishbel,

 

Yes the floods have been devastating.  An area the size of Germany and France has been flooded, some places up to 20m.  Many have lost everything, some have lost their lives, many are still missing.  Have never seen anything like it.  There are houses, cars, tractors, wharfs, boats, even wharfside restaurants floating at high speed down the rivers.  The impact will be unbelievable.  Queensland is one of the major crop growing and mining areas of our country.  Financial losses are unimaginable, apart from the impact on human lives.

 

I wish the best for your family members over here - it must be so heartbreaking.

 

Take Care - DC

 

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