Monthly Archives: December 2008

Three alarms

Nothing like a three-alarm fire two doors down to get your heart going at 5:30AM in the morning. Sirens are pretty unusual on our quiet little Barcelona Avenue here in the  city, so when they stopped right in front of my bedroom window, I knew something serious was going on.

This is what three alarms looks like

This is what three alarms looks like

I threw on my clothes and ran outside (sorry cats), and saw flames shooting out of the building just two buildings over. Embers billowed over my roof as more and more fire trucks showed up. After seeing my neighbor from the same building run out with his cats and his computers, Javier and I ran back inside and forced the cats from under the bed and into the carriers. By the time I got out, the flames were a little smaller and my nerves started to ease.

We watched as the firemen broke into our nieghbor’s house (left building in picture). They are on vacation and I am hoping that we can help somehow when they get home.

Javier and I, along with his parents who are staying with us, are back inside now drinking tea and watching the local news coverage of the events (I declined to be interviewed on camera, especially since my story isn’t that interesting). But I think Javier’s dad was one of the few to get pictures while the flames were in full force. So here you go…

They weren't on our roof, but they kept an eye on it.

They weren't on our roof, but they kept an eye on it.


You never know

For the first time in a long time, this blog could be used to consider me for a job, like a for-real job. This is why I never write anything that I wouldn’t want my mom to see.  But that got me thinking about my Web 2.0 claims to fame.  The Web 2.0 buzz has died down quite a bit, but let’s reminisce, shall we?

  • Illegal use of my photo in the New York Magazine’s blog Grub Hub. I contacted the writer, explaining that you can’t steal photos from Flickr and how copyrighting and basic blog etiquette works. I never got my blog link that was promised.
  • My brief moment of fame.
  • The answer to why I do this and why you should too.
  • Food writing.

Anyway, blogging seemed to be the first step towards making communicating via the interwebs accessible to more people, and now with things like Facebook and Twitter, it is becoming even easier to communicate. Although the shift seems to be going from telling the world about your grand thoughts and caring about links and hits, to talking directly to your friends and family and caring about their personal responses. That’s why I’ve found myself less and less here on WordPress and more on Facebook (sorry Twitter). There is also the move to mobile apps, which I am still not a part of thanks to my cheap little phone.

Totally unrelated, here’s why I don’t have an iPhone yet. It’s like herd immunity. When everyone you are around is immune to a disease, you aren’t going to catch it, even if you aren’t immune, because there is no one to catch the disease from. I don’t have an iPhone, but since everyone I know has one and there is always someone nearby with one, I have all of the benefits of them without owning one. Granted, now that I am running around more on my own during the days instead of being stuck at work, I sometimes wish I had one. I do want an iPhone, of course, but it just hasn’t been a pressing issue for me. One of these days I’ll get around to it.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Yes, I made a casserole. In fact, I was craving a casserole. Go figure. Anyway, finding a recipe that does not have condensed cream of mushroom soup is the key. I searched the interwebs and here is my recipe based on one that I found. It is surprisingly tasty, and I am really looking forward to the leftovers!

Tuna Noodle Casserole

  1. Boil 8 oz. of fusilli pasta and drain.
  2. Saute in 3 T. of butter 1/2 an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, and two stalks of celery till tender. Add salt and pepper.
  3. To the veggies, add 3 T. of flour and cook for a few minutes. Add two cups of whole milk and cook until thick.
  4. To the sauce, add the pasta, 1 cup thawed peas, and 1 can drained tuna. Pour into a greased baking dish.
  5. On top of the casserole, sprinkle about 1/2 cup jack cheese, 3 T. panko mixed with 2 T. melted butter, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for a half hour, and finish by browning under the broiler for a few minutes.