~ Blonde Gator
Archive for September, 2011
Anne all the way, baby!!!!
My girl Anne is going to clean his clock for him, again. I fully expect Anne to be in the Final (and win!) and Robert Irvine to be close in the running, due to his experience under pressure on his Dinner:Impossible series. I don’t know very much about a couple of this crop of chefs, Chuck Hughes and Elizabeth Falkner (apparently a pastry chef who has migrated to savory)…but I expect to see Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson, and Jeffrey Zacharian (of Chopped fame) exit early, along with Beau MacMillan (another of Anne’s unsuccessful foes on Worst Cook in America and Chopped). IMO, the judges on Chopped, w/the exception of Aaron Sanchez, can talk the talk, but not walk the walk. I expect Spike Mendelsohn and Michael Chiarello to stick around for a while, as I’ve seen both cook competitively, and they both have interesting culinary POV’s.
Cooking reality TV is my guilty pleasure. Even the perennially awful Next Network Food Star hooked me (Susie the adorable Mexican chef got hosed, I’ll never watch the Sandwich King….sheesh, if you can’t make a sandwich just stop breathing already, I don’t care how “funny” the host supposedly is!).
Anne is going to rock it out, beginning October 30th. My foodie pal Shanon will be back by then, so we have some great reality TV in front of us….except this time I think we’re going to cook Sunday afternoons to get in the proper mood for the evening’s competition.
~ Blonde Gator
Oh how I love the third weekend of football season. This year, the annual mash-up of the Vols was absolutely Seventh Heaven. (For those of you who don’t follow SEC ball, this is the seventh year in a row we’ve gotten into their heads to the point that the game was more or less decided before the first whistle blew). Now, on to the visuals:
~ Blonde Gator
All in all, an excellent first outing by the Coach Boom (Muschamp) led Florida Gators. A workmanlike, yet passionate display of very talented players who have been Work(ing) (th)’em(selves) Silly Gators to learn and perfect new schemes on both sides of the ball.
The defensive line and backs were the most impressive, as was special teams (blocked punt for a TD, and a called back by penalty, take it to the house kick off return). Offensive line was adequate (and only one errant snap)…Quarterback play, while improved, still needs work, but it was good to see our future, Jeff Driskel, play with the first team early, even though the results weren’t over-the-moon, cheer worthy. Yet. Young guys need playing time. John Brantley, although no longer a young guy, was mostly competent and much improved. Charlie Weis was KISSing yesterday, but the plays, while not spectacular in the SOS Fun & Gun style, were, for the most part, well executed (did I mention the blocking was damned fine?).
Jeff Demps and Chris (Scored 3 Ways) Rainey lived up to Charlie Weis’ comment that he’d never, in his entire 33 year career, coached two faster backs. Speed kills. And speedy we are (much!). Woe be to the doubters who ranked Georgia and Notre Dame ahead of this Gator team to start the season.
All in all, a solid B+/A- performance. And Demps/Rainey rocked the retro uniforms, a la Emmitt. GO GATORS!!!
~ (Happy Happy) Blonde Gator
I have an internet pal, motherbelt, aka the Duchess of Duct Tape, from whom I occasionally swipe a catchword or phrase. For example, she will often post “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. ~ Inigo Montoya”. And another phrase she is known for in certain circles, is “The Money Quote”, which immediately popped to mind when I read the following:
It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence.
Now in it’s larger context:
And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?
Here is the entire article, at American Thinker.com, by Matt Patterson. Obama: The Affirmative Action President
Go read the whole article, then ponder for a moment the recent actions of members of the Congressional Black Caucus in light of Patterson’s article. Maxine Waters, saying the Tea Party can go straight to Hell. Frederica Wilson, the Mad Hatter, who called the Tea Party “the real enemy”, and lastly Andre Carson, who literally accused the Tea Party of being a lynch mob, wishing to hang black Americans from trees.
Connecting the dots, the liberal members of the CBC (and the complicit liberal media who condone their comments) are lashing out at the Tea Party because they, too, are as embarrassingly inept as Obama.
~ Blonde Gator
The cranky economy is speeding up, all right…..from a super sluggish (Y-T-D) 0.7%, the OMB is now predicting the entire year’s growth shall be a grandiose *ahem* 1.7%. Which would, of course presume a bit more (actually, quite a bit more) than a doubling of economic activity thus far, Y-T-D.
HOLY MACKERAL….LOOK AT THIS FREAKING ECONOMY GROW!!!!
Fine, no problemo. I believe everything I see on TV. And everything I read, too. NOT.
Don’t you just love the way the Mainstream Media carries Obama’s water? (Oops, I forgot to draw the bucket, oh well, we can’t afford one anyway, China has no lending dollars for water-carrying buckets).
Now tell me, aren’t you just waiting with pins-and-needles anticipation for Obama’s
Opening Night Football Speech Jobs Plan?
~ Blonde Gator