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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top Ten Sandwiches of the Year

Its the end of the year and you know what that means resolutions and Top Ten Lists.  I hate top ten lists, unless they're being read aloud by David Letterman.  I mean my Top Ten movies of the year probably will in no way be similar to yours, or books I've read, or whatever. 

So that being said I wanted to do my own top ten list.  I thought what could it be about.  My top ten favorite Packer players who got hurt this year, nah. My top ten favorite pairs of socks, hmm closer.  My top ten favorite stupid things said on Fox News this year, who could decided?  So sandwiches it is.  The top ten sandwiches I've eaten this year.  I love me a good sandwich.  I think my all time favorite sandwich that I've ever had was from a little stand in the Mexican town of Barra de Navidad.  Hands down the best, but that was years ago so it didn't make the list.

Here we go....

Number 10, the Open faced Roast beef sandwich at Gwennies Old Alaska Restaurant.
Not actual sandwich but pretty close.

It clogs my arteries just thinking about it.

Number 9, the toasted cheese sandwich with Kraft Mac and Cheese I made for lunch last weekend and the weekend before that.  2 Kraft singles in the middle of that baby.  Go here for all things Grilled Cheese.

This is an actual Toasted Cheese Sandwich also know as a Grilled Cheese, it is not the one I ate though.

Number 8 the Meatloaf sandwich at Snow City Cafe.  If you get a side of there mac and cheese you'll probably go to heaven.
Not actual sandwich, but looks damn tasty.

Number 7.  The Club Paris: Paris Special Fillet Mignon Burger, yep that's right they grind up all of yesterdays steaks to make their lunch burgers.

Again not actual sandwich, I don't take pictures of my food very often.

Number 6.  Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse Teriake Chicken Sandwich.  This one's not on the regular menu but should be.

Now imagine on a bun with a slice of pineapple and teriake sauce.

Number 5.  Terra Bella Terra Turkey Avocado Sandwich with a bowl of homemade bean soup.

Actual sandwich.

Number 4. L'Aroma Bakery and Deli I can't remember what exactly I ordered but it was damn good. And homemade soups too.

Penquin sandwich.

Number 3.  Peanut Farm's Panini Prime Rib Sandwich. 
Yummy. Where's my grinder?

Number 2  The turkey sandwich I made for lunch on Monday and then didn't eat it so I ate it on Tuesday.

I also had some Lay's Kettle Style Maui Onion chips with it.  They are awesome.

And number 1. Peppercini's Restivo- The Hot Italian. I wasn't expecting much but this little sandwich shop in a crappy mall was great.  Really I'm not being an asshole here.

I don't have a picture of the sandwich but here's another hot Italian.

Happy New Year's, cheers.

cb out

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Teriake, Nipple Porn, Slut Bomb, Reggie Jackson, Free, did I mention Porn?

Well the year is almost done and I want to thank Hackenbush for being my only follower on this blog.  I have 6 blogs in all.  This being the only non-sports relate blog of them all, or rather the only not specifically sports related blog, seeing as I'll talk about sports here if I damn well please.  No rules on the 13 Tenets!!!  I figured I'd like to have a place to post anything about anything that tickled my fancy.  That being said it is my new goal next year to gain 3 followers.  Lofty goals I know.  I figure one great way to lure people in is the great tags or labels at the bottoms and nifty searched words in the title, seeing as according to the stats page most people have wandered in here from a google search.  Suckers. 

That being said I do not fancy myself as a writer.  I'm a terrible writer.  English and grammer were my least favorite subjects in school and my worst.  All I can say is thank Buddha for spell check. 

I really enjoy reading alot of the sports and sports card related blogs but I also love a good laugh and that's where Red means go and Hyperbole and a Half come in.  Check them out they're great sites. 

Rambling Rambling, oh right the point. 

Well I started this blog to be a rant sounding board.  But lately I've taken a chill pill.  I still can't stand the drivers here and there are always little things that piss me off but lately I've found a nice place.  Good for me terrible for a rant blog.  So I've decided that I'll post what ever I damn well please here rant, comedy ect. 

Not many people know that I also cartoon so I'm going to make this the home of my comic strips as well.
Once I get my scanner set back up.  So in closing yadda yadda yadda...

Have a great New Year's and I'll see you on the other side.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cynicalbuddha's Alaska

Lets be clear this isn't a sports related post this is a pissed off post. Lets lay a little foundation so you can see where I'm at. As many of you know, as I've blogged about it before, I live in Alaska. I moved up here almost 13 years ago for work. I was a fresh faced college grad with a fisheries biology degree and no job prospects in my native Wisconsin. And believe it or not there is a ton, or at least was a ton of work for biologists up here. So I like to think that after a decade it's pretty safe to consider myself an Alaskan. My children will be Alaskan and I plan on staying here for a long time. And while I just moved backed to Anchorage, which they say is as close as you can get to Alaska without being in Alaska, I like to consider myself fairly outdoorsy and wilderness savvy.

A few years back the Discovery Channel discovered Alaska could bring in big ratings much like sharks. That's not surprising because I remember growing up Alaska always had that awe factor and remoteness. I worked as a fisheries observer on commercial fishing vessels up here for over 11 years and there's a reality show right there. I was around when the Discovery Channel filmed their show the World's Deadliest Job, which was the precursor to Deadliest Catch. And at the time I thought that was a good idea. Crabbers are the craziest MOFO's I know and it's an insane job. Then came the first season of Deadliest Catch and I couldn't watch it knowing that they had to go out and fake scenes for the first season because the weather during the opener was the nicest it's been in 20 years. Then the Discovery Channel does there Alaska Month of shows or was it week? Seemed like a month. That's great. The state needs the tourism money and we actually like showing off out state. It's big, it's wild, and there are lots of cool things to see. Granted most people come up here on package deals and cruises and that's fine too. I have to say that if you truly want to see Alaska you have to come up with a very loose agenda and enjoy yourself, listen to the locals they'll tell you where to go. Little known fact you can't see Mt. McKinley from the National Park but you can from the State Park, if the clouds will let you. Oh and I forgot IRT, too, that is a crazy job, still how many episode can you watch of someone driving a truck on icy roads where it's really cold out? Quite a few I guess.

And of course Alaska was shoved into the limelight when our ex-governor was nominated as a vice-presidential candidate in the last election. Which led to more interest in the state.

Now she's got her own show and I have to apologize. Sarah Palin's Alaska is not my Alaska. And oddly enough most Alaskans don't really support her crazy agenda. I've met Sarah Palin she came to Haines when I was living down there and I got her autograph, this was before the election and the nomination, she's very short and yes attractive in person. I watch the first episode with my fiance and I said that's enough. Please take everything you see on that show with a grain of salt. It's produced!! Just like Deadliest Catch for maximum appeal.

Now there's a new show on the boob tube, Gold Rush Alaska. This is filmed about 25 miles north of Haines in southeast Alaska. And when I saw the previews I thought cool. After watching the first 2 episodes I want to hurl. First if you haven't seen the show it's stupid and all the "miners" are morons. Here's the premise taken verbatim from Discoveries website:

"In the face of the economic meltdown, six men will risk everything to strike it rich mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska. Todd Hoffman of Sandy, Oregon, along with his father, are leading a group of greenhorn miners in search of the American dream and a new frontier. Gold fever is back, and the rush is on."

So instead of finding a group of experienced Alaskan miners we take 6 guys with almost no experience in mining or living in the wilderness and send them to Alaska where with a grubstake of about 150k they expect to strike it rich and save themselves from financial hardship. OK now I realize that it probably did matter how much they picked out of the ground since there probably making a butt load from the show and merchandise, but historically mining is a losing proposition. The local Haines paper had this story about the show. hmmm $20,000 return on a $150,000 investment genius! And the guys are portrayed as such morons and dicks. I'm kinda glad I wasn't around for filming this year. I also like the comment on how lazy they were. Typical made for TV drama. I'm sure there will be a second season, I mean how many seasons of Deadliest Catch are there. How many ways can you make the dangers of crabbing different and interesting. I guess quite a few.

And I've seen the previews for the new bush pilot show. Those guys are crazy too. And that's another deadly job. I hope this one's a little more accurate. At least with bush pilots like crabbers and ice road truckers you can't take novices and just throw them into a silly situation like you can wannabe gold miners.

whew. Alright I'm done bitching. My point was don't believe all the hype it's bullshit. Although bears are real and they will eat your graham crackers!!

Now if you've never been to Alaska you should come. If you want to take a cruise or buy the package deal I don't blame you. But I highly recommend flying up here renting a car, or damn rent an RV. I hate driving behind you in the summer but I understand the appeal. Get a good guide book or travel guide and go. Get a fishing pole and a berry bucket and enjoy. It's unbelievable up here. From the Southeast with it's temperate almost Northeastern climate, to South central and the Kenai Peninsula and it's awesome salmon fishing to the Interior and North Slope with it's majestic mountains and tundra.

. Trans Alaska Pipeline from the Dalton Highway

This is actually called a highway, the Dalton Highway

Alright enough everybody have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Festive Kwanza, or whatever.

Friday, December 10, 2010

I will Not Suffer fools gladly

Warning there will be swearing in this post, lots of swearing....

I apologize ahead of time this will probably get obscene and tangential, but the whole point of me putting this blog together was to be able to rant and rant about anything and not have to make my readers over at my other blogs listen to my non sports related diatribe.  

First off let me impart some wisdom my father gave me many years ago that has stuck with me.  He once told me after catching me cussing with my friends that people who  swear have to because they aren't smart enough to communicate any other way.  And with that FUCK. 

That being said I don't often quote the bible either or misquote I should say.  "For you suffer fools gladly, seeing yourself as wise."  II Corinthians 11:19.  I do not suffer fools well, especially when I am dependant on them for things. 

This brings up another great quote, quotes galour here today. The Peter Principle states that people rise to the level of their Incompetency.  Now your probably saying why cynicalbuddha what ever has you so irate?

Now lets be clear here this is an annoyal post.  I am annoyed with some people.  This is not a fucked over post at least not yet.

I'm going to tell a little story. True story.  When I moved back to Anchorage months ago my fiance and I decided that we didn't want to rent in Anchorage anymore, and the rent here is absurd, and we started looking into buying a house.  We met with a loan officer, who also lead us to a great real estate agent, who led us through our first home purchase.  Anchorage is one of those cities that wasn't hit very hard by the housing bubble.  To understand that you have to realize that Anchorage sits in a bowl surrounded by huge high mountains and land here is at a premium.  So to find something in our price range that wasn't a total shit hole was a challenge and we eventually settled on a nice, but small, 2 bedroom near where a couple of my friends had bought their houses.

We had a few stipulations, we had a lease on our apartment till the end of December so we didn't want to close too fast and have to deal with paying rent and a mortgage so we asked to close in  mid December.  That worked out in our favor because it also meant that our first mortgage payment wouldn't be till February.  Now we had lots of time from when we submitted out offer, had our inspection, submitted our request of repairs, and eventually applied for our loan.  Now with it already past our closing date we still have not closed.  Is this my fault?  The owners fault?  Nope it's some asshat at the mortgage companies fault because he can't spell.

Here's the saddest bit.  I was told that I should expect an email from the senior processor and that he needed some more documents from me.  Sure no problem.  I wait and no email.  I'm not too worried because I got this news second hand so who knows when he will really get around to emailing me.  This of course is on the Friday before the week we want to close.  No email, no email all weekend.  So Monday I finally get an email from this guy asking for all this other stuff the underwriter wants for the loan.  It takes me about an hour of surfing the net getting banks statements and other paperwork together and then I email it all back to him.  24 hours later I finally get a confirmation email that he got it and then a few hours later a call from the ass hat saying that he got it all. Great.  But then he tells me that he doesn't think that they'll get everything done in time to close on Thursday.

Hmmmm.  That's not the worst part.  My real estate agent hears this and is pissed, rightfully so, I'm sure she would like to get paid and tells me that the reason I never got an email from the guy on Friday is that he misspelled the word Alaska  in my work email address.  This guy works for a company called AlaskaUSA Mortgage!!!  Misspelled the word that is the first word in his companies name. 

Needless to day I had a few days where I was very unhappy.  I should be moving into my new house tonight, but I'm not and I probably won't be till the middle of next week.  I feel bad for the sellers.  They live in Homer, Alaska which is over 200 miles from Anchorage and came up this week to sign paperwork, although they didn't have to. 

So enjoy the weekend my friends I know I will.  I'll be packing in hopes that I get to move soon.

cb out