Saturday, June 18, 2011

I won the lottery

I received an email this morning in my spam folder.  I opened it like I do with spam so I can click the unsubscribe button if there is one. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I had won the lottery.  The British Powerball, to be precise.  Funny, I had thought that you needed to be British and actually buy a lottery ticket, but this 2 million pounds that I won proves otherwise.  Well, I'm rich now, so I guess I can stop trying to find a job.  I'm a millionaire, what do I need a job for?  2 million pounds is close to 4 million U.S. dollars. (Don't worry guys, I don't really think I won the lottery.)

In other news, feeding the homeless gives you a serious case of the warm fuzzies.  Two nights ago, some of my roommates and some of their friends and I made a bunch of turkey sandwiches and no-bake cookies and bagged them up along with fruit and Goldfish crackers and took to the streets in search of homeless people.  We managed to give away all of the food and we even gave one guy the big box we had been carrying it in.  This one guy was so grateful he gave my roommate a bracelet he had found.  Guess what guys, homeless people are people too.  They have feelings and their feelings get hurt when people treat them like they're radioactive aliens or something.  For the most part, they're really nice too.  True, some of them are crazy, and I wouldn't advocate talking to those ones.  If, however, you don't have any plans for a Friday night, I encourage you to make some sandwiches and give them to homeless people and talk to them.  The majority of them are really interesting and some are even hilarious, just like other people, because they are people just like you and me.  The best part of the night was when this lady and this guy played us a song on musical saw and guitar, respectively.  Sidenote: A musical saw is the single most beautiful and haunting thing in the entire universe.  Anyway, this woman was barefoot, and she asked if we happened to have any shoes.  I replied that I actually had two pairs that were too big for me.  She said, "They wouldn't happen to be size 10, would they?" That was the exact size that they were. One pair was size 10 and the other size 10.5.  So I went to the house and got them, as well as a pair of socks, and the size 10.5 ones fit her perfectly.  She was so happy, and it made me happy too.  Quite easily, one of the best experiences of my entire life.

And now, for the last thing that I wanted to share.  I never really cooked much.  I can make macaroni and cheese or hamburgers or ramen, but that's pretty much the limit of my cooking experience.  So last night, I decided to make myself dinner. I went to Safeway and got the ingredients and came back. I found out that there is a very good reason to buy boneless chicken.  Removing the bones from chicken is hard. I found myself wondering how in the world serial killers dismember their victims, since human bones are way bigger than chicken bones.  Anyway, after 20 minutes or so, I had deboned one chicken thigh and cut it into thirds.  Next, I crushed up some snack crackers.  I used vegetable flavored crackers, but you could probably use just about any kind.  Cheese flavored may be a bit weird, but if you're feeling adventurous, then go for it.  I dumped my homemade bread crumbs in one bowl, then cracked an egg and stirred it thoroughly in another.  I dipped all three chicken pieces into the egg and then the bread crumbs, then put them all in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil.  After that, I cooked some spaghetti noodles and then put garlic alfredo sauce on them, out of a jar.  Then I put everything on a plate and ate it.  It was actually really delicious.  So I guess I can cook.  It's good to know.  The best part is that I couldn't finish it all, so I have leftovers.

photo evidence
Want some?

After that, I made a bunch of oatmeal raisin cookies, probably about 3 dozen.  I never imagined I would share a recipe on my blog, much less one I came up with.  I feel like I need a chef hat now or something.

Did I tell you guys that I dyed my hair black? Because I did.

Really not a fan of that camera, going back
to my old one which didn't take blurry pictures


  1. That is so nice about you giving shoes to the lady playing a saw!
    Since you like the musical saw - do you know that there is a festival dedicated to this instrument every summer in NYC? This is a video of the TV news report about last year's festival:
    And this is a band that played at the festival (with a musical saw lead, of course):

  2. I didn't know that. That song on the second video was really cool.


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