Monthly Archives: June 2020

hiding again in the preserve

1:30 a.m. in the Nature Preserve. 🌛

waffle tip

Credit card company meddling in my business, but yeah, there are plenty of reasons for leaving a 33% tip at Waffle House:

— middle of the night.
— I was dining alone.
— tab was artificially low due to a special.
— I had a good time.

I should have made it $5 instead of 4 because it sounds better.

#tipping #gratuity #wafflehouse #lacasadewaffle

cookbook – the unwatched pot

I got this yesterday at Granddaddy’s Antique Mall in Burlington for $3. Cookbooks are always a bargain. I especially like the ones by churches and civic organizations.

From 1975, “The Unwatched Pot” by Paula Franklin. A crockful of recipes for electric slow cooking.

Inside the front cover, the name of a past owner: Ruth D. Klenner, August 1979.

One of the consultants for this cookbook was affiliated with Hamilton Beach, so you won’t find the name “Crock Pot” anywhere in the pages. Only the company “Rival” (now Sunbeam) is allowed to use the trademark name of Crock Pot. All of them by any maker are technically “slow cookers,” so you’ll never be wrong saying that.

With that said, all three of my slow cookers are Crock Pots by Rival/Sunbeam. I would not be opposed to a Hamilton Beach. They look quite good.

This cookbook, The Unwatched Pot, is on the easy side, so it suits me. A lot of the recipes have a ham butt, ham bone, or chopped bacon in the ingredients, but I can work around that. All I want is the basic idea.

Three dollars for all that fun and a nice history lesson of slow cooking as the intro. I like slow cookers, obviously.

arizona-sonora border crossing in the early 90s

From ’92 to ’94, Brian and I lived in Tempe, Arizona. Sometimes we liked an adventure drive (about three hours) to the US/Mexico border to eat and go shopping. The scenery was beautiful, and the drive was partly through Native American lands, about which I had curiosity.

We usually went to Lukeville, AZ/Sonoyta, Sonora. The border crossing back and forth was easy, I suspect because we presented a certain “appearance,” plus the real checkpoints were set back a ways on both sides of the border. We would park on the US side and just walk over, though one time we just drove the car, no problem. The divided cities were a sort of a free zone.

Both the US and Mexican sides were sleepy, just a few agents outdoors on stools asking an occasional question of the passersby. We crossed over with a friend from Germany one time, and on the way back into the US, the customs agent said, “Hey Germany, I just need to see your ID.” We were startled that the agent knew.

We’d eat, shop, then head back to Tempe. I bought this objet d’art (obra de arte) on one of those border trips. It still hangs on a wall in our house after all these years.

In spite of the relaxed sleepiness of this small border crossing, we heard stories that if you gave a ride to someone into Arizona, somehow “they” knew, and all hell would break loose.

triad city beat gets facebook block

Triad City Beat has been a good way to find out what has been going on locally during protests. This media org has gotten the Facebook block. How odd! Even the Mayor of Greensboro is concerned.

1:40 a.m. hide out in the preserve

Chandelier on the glow
Chandelier on the glow with blur

2:48 a.m. in the Nature Preserve.

icq new

You can tell I have nothing planned for tonight. Feels good to have a free weekend.

Just playing with an app.

secret nature preserve daytime

Morning coffee in the secret nature preserve. I used the west entrance this time. j/k. You just walk to the back of the yard, and you’re in.


Thinking back to the 90’s when home net access was by dial-up over copper phone line and hoping all modem lines weren’t busy.

[touch-tone blast] growl-growl, ka-dang-a-dang-dang, pssshhhtttt, thunk! ☎️ 🖥