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Mmmm… turkey…

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Well, at least for most people. Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of turkey only because of how dry it’s always been with one glaring exception: fried turkey. Oh man, is that stuff good or what? A couple years ago when I was more involved in the audio production side of things at the radio station, I helped produce a cooking show, and as a happy consequence, I was in the studio when guest chefs would come in with samples and wines and such. Needless to say, I always enjoyed working weekends (and I built a sizable wine collection that I eventually gifted out one bottle at a time). One guest chef was Rick Browne, author of Barbecue America and other books, was one of the early regulars (not so much anymore), but he introduced me to fried turkey (I realized later that even earlier when I was working in another department at the station, I’d been at one of his promotional events out in town where I’d had my first taste of fried sirloin *drool*). I wasn’t a fan of regular, smoked turkey before, but after fried turkey, there was just no going back. I highly recommend investing in a deep fryer (I’ll be getting my own, with a lot of other things, when I get my own house).

Regardless of your preference of food, it’s Thanksgiving, which as I’ve mentioned before means a boatload of food for most people in this country (not a huge divergence from the norm, but I digress). Frankly, I’m feeling lazy today (anyone want a puppy?), so I won’t go on another diatribe about the problem of overindulgence or any number of other things. Instead, I’ll just say enjoy the day as you see fit, whether it’s with family, at work, going for a run, eating and watching football all day, or whatever else. If you ascribe to a spiritual or religious doctrine, be sure to take care of those obligations as well. For me, I’ll be taking care of puppies, getting in a long-overdue sprint session at the track, doing a short shift at the station, avoiding my family (trust me, it’s best for everyone), and otherwise—well, there is no otherwise. I’m sure puppies will be taking up the free time, which is fine. They’re a lot of fun, growing like weeds, have great personalities, but still need good homes, so if you or anyone you know within, say, an hour or three of Charlotte is interested, feel free to drop me a line. At any rate, I know I’ll get some extra satisfaction from my track session after reading this today. Yeah, I complain and gripe about strains and sprains and imbalances and trigger points and such, but that story sort of puts things in perspective.

Before I get to the links, I wanted to quickly mention a couple random things:

—I’m officially in the market for a bicycle since the girl got a nursing job with some oddball hours (it’s only a mile each from my place to the gym and the station). I’ll be hitting a local bike shop in the next couple weeks to get fitted (goodness knows I don’t need an ill-fitting bike to cause or exacerbate problems). I’m leaning toward a mountain bike frame with hybrid tires (smooth centerline, knobby edges) since most of my time will be on pavement, but I’d like the option of semi-safe off-road capabilities.
—Tony pointed me to this newfound nutrition-focused blog.
—Yesterday, I started reading The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, partly on the recommendation of a friend who’s also helped me through some of my more debilitating myofascial issues, partly because of those issues themselves (mainly hip and shoulder issues). So far, so good, though some of it still seems a bit quacky for all the ailments that trigger point therapy MAY alleviate, but when it comes to direct soft tissue issues and correction, I’m a big fan. I’ll toss out a review whenever I finish, which will likely be awhile since I’m also thoroughly intimidated by—and therefore temporarily avoiding—the other book that came: House of Leaves.
—Just an FYI:

Body bits: traditional versus functional training (the latter seems to correlate to fitness), help for your deadlift and rack position, stayability versus stability, definitive defiance of “instability” training, fixing your force couples, bicycling in the snow, walking tall (bit late to the party, eh?), a couple body-related bits from Eric (yes, I promise they’re buried in there somewhere), Keith’s WTF contribution, improving movement, two classic must-reads for coaches and trainers.

Edibles: HCFS junk-mails Dr. Eades, Mark tackles bake sales (“C” is still for cookie, dadgummit!), quality trumps quantity, one little Coke (Dr. Pepper, in this case) won’t hurt (note: if you don’t want yours, I <3 Diet Dr. Pepper, kthxbai), kitchen tech, humane foie gras, supplement suggestions, “protein makes you fat” and other gems from Tony, confessions of a food pr0n addict.

Mind matters: don’t let your mind hold you back, nap time, trusted news sources speak volumes about the public, Microsoft examines cyberchondria (Andrew’s take), optical illusions due to eye flicker, could “Truman syndrome” be the height of egocentrism?

Kiddie corner: youth largely unaware of junk food impacts, Nate Green’s first offering (for adolescents and older) is top-notch.

Fiscal fitness: think twice about giving the gift of fitness, hard-times home cooking, elderly foregoing assisted living, turning to inventiveness, South Carolina a leader in balancing budgets (USC saves, less PSA spending, mayors don’t want the Feds, painful but necessary trimming), Atlas Shrugged for the current economy.

General health: drug company round-up (cooking the books, prescription data off-limits, journalism conflicts of interest), fitness tips for differing lifestyles, home repair and fitness, new possible biomarker for heart failure, Americans likely sicker than they think, miscellany from Andrew, metabolism’s dirty little secret, insurance may cover medical tourism, forty years since Love Canal, the newest dope in sports, bad boss –> bad heart, stomach chemical linked to bone formation, your new secretary of Health and Human Services (and the possibility of federally-funded stem cell research), why are drugs ALWAYS the ONLY answer?????

Geek-out:
—Transportation: 105 years of the electric starter, vintage iron rules LA Auto Show, Hyundai tries a different battery, diesel is the greenest, a green flying car, Mitsubishi’s EV, Fisker hybrid to use GM engine, Bentley mocks recession, Porsche dilutes the brand, ten cars that mock fuel economy, a top-ten list of songs about cars.
—Tech stuff: the next cryptography battle, turn a scanner into a camera (sort of), Mac virus targets the stupid, touchscreen sketchpad, pushing Microsoft back into startup mode, old-fashioned sleuthing goes high-tech, seeing the previously unseen, Wall-E tech inspired by reality, next-gen ejector seat, graveyard solar farms, a brief history of light, nuclear waste to create universes?
—Nature: ten great biology videos, Moby Dick‘s inspiration anniversary, fish are friends, Mars may yet hold water, teenaged galaxies, quasars hamper young galaxies, Hubble snaps mammoth stars, pondering the design of the universe.
—Miscellaneous: the creatures that ate Hollywood, not sure how I feel about the new Star Trek prequel, ten unconventional holiday movies (along with Colbert Christmas), eco-disaster movies coming, guilt-inducing video games, Random House embraces e-books, physics micro versus macro, futurist ups and downs, the power of words.

Git r dun:
—Some perspective on progression.
—The 10,000 hour rule.
—Reaching a goal doesn’t mean the end of the road.
—Difficult-difficult, difficult-easy.

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