Monday, September 26, 2011

Peanut Butter sandwich with fried Marshmallows

Have you ever had a sandwich for dessert? Try this.

Spread your favorite kind of peanut butter on two slices of bread. The thicker you spread the peanut butter the messier the sandwich will be. I put it on fairly thin.

Heat up a skillet and melt enough butter to coat the bottom.

Take four large marshmallows and place them in the pan (flat side down). These will mushroom out and get slightly brown. When this happens you can flip them over to the other flat side. This is the last time you will be able to touch them with your fingers. Once this side mushrooms out knock them to their sides. I like to use two forks for this. Try to brown the marshmallows all the way around. It goes pretty quick once you knock them over.

Once the marshmallows are browned use the two forks to place all four of them on one of the slices of bread. Squish them all together with the other slice and enjoy.

It should be noted that the hot marshmallows have properties similar to napalm and Greek fire. If you touch one it will stick to you. It will burn and it is there to stay. Licking hot marshmallow off of the above mentioned forks or a finger will burn your tongue. There is my “I told you so” message for the day.

Hot marshmallows cool pretty fast once they are smashed in the sandwich. They are only dangerous in and immediately out of the pan.

You may be wondering. How did you come up with this?

I had a craving for a marshmallow fluff and peanut butter sandwich. I don’t know why. We never keep fluff in the house. We just don’t eat it that often. We did have marshmallows though. I got it on the first try. I used too much peanut butter the first time and it dripped all over the plate and made a mess. It is outrageously good though.

If you try this please respond to the post. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

All out of "give a shit"

A customer calls me this morning around 7am.  He is livid because his computer is running slow and no one will fix it. This has been an on going issue.  He has rebooted several times (this only slows things down for the first 20 to 30 minutes) and nothing will run.  He shouldn't have to come in to work and wait that long for his computer to function properly.  He ranted on for about 5 minutes.  There is nothing I can do to help him directly.  I open a ticket for the local technicians.  I also note that there is an open ticket for this issue, but I open another one anyways.  This sends an email notification to the customer and usually makes them feel like something has been accomplished.
He called me back about 3 minutes later and demanded that I send someone to fix his computer immediately.  " Call somebody at home if you have to!"  He was really busting my balls.  I calm him down the best I could and attempt to contact someone at his location (knowing full well that no one will be there until at least 9am). 
As a help desk technician am not supposed to take things personally.  This is much more difficult that most people realize.  When someone questions your integrity and starts demanding things you can not do it is almost impossible.  We are human to. 
Now I am fired up so I check the ticket history.  It turns out that the local techs did try to help him, but he wouldn’t let any of them troubleshoot the issue.  He kept telling them to fix it after business hours.  Most of them work the same hours as him.  Those that work later have other things that are a priority and do not have time to help him. 
I’m sorry sir.  I’m all out of “give a shit" now.  Have a nice day.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Read a Book or Re-Read a Good Book

When I served in the Air Force a good friend of mine owned a lot of books. Some of these he would read over and over. It took me a long time to understand why. I even questioned him about it on occasion. Well Nick, I understand and I do it myself now.

I read books like some people watch movies. If I like them I will read them again. I like to revisit the stories and the characters. After a while they become old friends. The Hobbit is one of these books. I read it at least once a year. Ender’s Game is another, but this book has a tendency to grow legs and disappear from my collection . I purchase a new copy every other year or so and I am happy to do so. I would rather see a child curled up on the couch reading than playing video games (and I like video games as much as the next child).

Now that I think about it there are a lot of books I like to re-read. I think it is almost to the point where I find it more difficult to read something new (unless it is written by an author I like).

I was reading one of my favorite sci-fi action adventure novels a few days ago. Deb walks in and looks at the book “How many times are you going to read that book?” I shrug “until I get tired of it.” She rolls her eyes and walks away. She knows I won’t get tired of it.

This book is not particularly well written, but the story is about a battle of epic proportions. The characters are larger than life. The villains are larger than life. The book is a complete escape from reality. This is why I read it. It is also why I will read it again.

I read to “escape from it all”. If I want reality I will turn on the news or read a paper.

I re-read books. Some perverse part of my brain is hoping that this character won’t step on the landmine this time or maybe that character will not get eaten by the dragon when he goes into that cave again. That very same part of my brain is eagerly waiting for that same character to dance on the landmine or hand the dragon some ketchup first.

If you have never read a book twice then do yourself a favor. Go find a book you really enjoyed. Read it again. You may find that you have forgotten a lot of things that made the story fun when you read it the first time. I bet you like it just as much the second time as you did the first.