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Rare Steely Dan Clip from 1973

21 Nov

You gotta dig Steely Dan … they are the best. Very eclectic … jazzy & rockin’. Check out all the shaggy long hair, loud shirts, bad teeth, and a young Bill Cosby doing his best Groucho Marx imitation. Denny Dias and soon-to-be Doobie Brother Jeff “Skunk” Baxter chip in with dualing guitar riffs. Love it!

Sweet Potato Tipsy Recipe

21 Nov


Here’s another good recipe for Thanksgiving …


SERVES 6 – 8

An adaptation of a Louisiana recipe from How America Eats by Clementine Paddleford.

8 medium sweet potatoes
2 pinches of salt
7 tbsp. butter
1⁄2 cup half and half
1⁄4 cup dry sherry
3 tbsp. brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Put 8 medium sweet potatoes into a large pot, cover with cold water, and add 2 generous pinches of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium, and cook until soft when pierce, 30-40 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

2. Peel potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Coarsely mash potatoes with the tines of a fork, then add 5 tbsp. softened butter, 1⁄2 cup half-and-half, 1⁄4 cup dry sherry, and 3 tbsp. brown sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

3. Transfer sweet potato mixture to a buttered medium baking dish, dot with 2 tbsp. butter, and bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Griffey Jr. Accepts Governmental Post

21 Nov


I just spied this nugget on a Yahoo Sports Blog …

As I may have mentioned before, I tend to always measure and lament my rapidly advancing age against the life progression of Ken Griffey Jr.

That sounds a bit weird and maybe pathetic, but I’m sure I’m not the only one to use the career span of a ballplayer as a benchmark. When I was 12, I used all of my earnings to try to pull his rookie from packs of Upper Deck. Now, as he nears the end of his career, I’m worried about things like 401Ks and losing all of my earnings to the state of the economy. The circle of life ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.

At any rate, to see Griffey named an American Public Diplomacy Envoy by Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday enhanced the contrast even more. Once derided by baseball’s old guard for doing things like wearing his hat backward, blowing bubblegum bubbles and endorsing video games, The Kid outgrew all of that to become not only an elder statesman of the sport but of the entire country. (Again, people of my generation — we are getting old.)

As an unofficial ambassador, Rice said Griffey will travel overseas to “talk to young people and to spark their interest in America and in our culture.” His first trip is scheduled for Panama in January, where he’ll hopefully be able to meet my two favorite Panamaniacs while avoiding the trouble Cal Ripken just found in Nicaragua

Continuing the discussion here, I’d like to throw out a question to my older readers. Who was the “Griffey” of past generations? Who was there not only for your grammar school graduation, but for your first car, your first beer, your first kid and beyond?