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Jul. 25th, 2006 @ 01:16 am subject: nothing
Current Music: Golden Boy Feat. Miss Kitten - Rippin Kittin
Ah, LJ. When I can't write, I write here. :b

Over the course of 24 hours I've heard two different guys with acoustic guitars play Elliot Smith. Neither was particularly good, but the second time around the coincidence was strong enough to give me pause. The first one was at a tiny soundstage at Del Monte Square, performing a censored, overzealous rendition of "Say Yes" to a smattering of uninterested restaurant-goers. The other one was a dude sitting outside a bakery/cafe/ice cream parlor, and he was singing a wildly off-key "Between the Bars." I know it's trite to say this, but Elliot Smith didn't kill himself--in each person to whom his music spoke, he lives.

I was walking in Golden Gate Park the other day, and the sprinklers came on, and suddenly this tiny golden retriever came out of nowhere and leapt into the spray, and I was moved to poetry. (Goooooth!)

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Jul. 25th, 2006 @ 09:59 pm a la Amerigo
Current Mood: hungry
Idle question: What's the most American home-cooked dinner you can think of? It doesn't have to be uniquely American--few foods are the unique product of a single culture--but it has to be something that people would recognize as an American meal. Preferably something people would eat on a daily basis, as opposed to things like homemade lasagna or cranberry sauce, which are usually eaten on special occasions.

I'm torn between:

  • breaded chicken breast (as in Shake 'N' Bake), frozen peas, macaroni and cheese, and orange juice
  • meatloaf with ketchup, boiled broccoli, buttered linguini, and fruit punch
  • barbequed chicken wings, potato salad, a slice of apple pie, and red iced tea

    I'm aware that my answers carry a suburban New England bias. :b

    And for those of you who have lived in Taiwan for a substantial amount of time: If you were asked to describe a typical Taiwanese family meal, what would you describe?

    My answer: 紅燒肉 (pan-fried pork cubes with soy sauce and sugar), 空心菜 (water spinach fried in oil and salt), steamed white rice, and 冰麥茶 (iced wheat tea), served seperately.

    Unrelated fact: Canola is a politically correct name for rapeseed.
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