Just two from the yard today on a hot, CrabAppleLane Sunday.
CrabAppleLane raccoons - July 6, 2014Not the best image - Couldn't go outside for fear of disturbing them
CrabAppleLane Spring Garden 2014 - Almost all gone - July 6, 2014Harvested one last tomato and pulled up the bushesPeppers are still producing - Patsy made deliciousstuffed peppers last night. They're beckoning me now
Just a few of my preferences for the burger aficionados out there: Here nor there but I butchered "aficionado" on my first try. I guess I've never seen it or used it in writing because I was off by a mile. Anyway, back to the point. I'm a fast eater. It comes from years of eating at my desk and it's something I wish I'd never learned to do. I only state that because I get burgers these days that I have to finish with a knife and fork because the bottom half of the bun has disintegrated. Put that on the "don't like" side of the ledger and is the biggest burger sin in my book. Not wild about ciabatta bread or Hawaiian buns on my burger, either. They're too sweet and better-suited for pulled pork and other BBQ sandwiches to balance the sauce. The bun should complement the burger, not compete with it. Sesame seeds are preferred but not a dealbreaker. Thickness of the burger is irrelevant to me. If it's cooked all the way through, I like them thick or thin and anywhere in-between. Burgers blended with pork or pork sausage are fine by me, too. I like cooked chopped onions on some burgers and I like raw chopped onions on some burgers. I don't care for sliced onions and fried onion rings on a burger ... well, just not for me, thankyouverymuch. Oftentimes, I prefer no onions at all. I like cheese on my burger. I like cheddar best but also Havarta, American, Swiss, Provolone, and most of the "Jack" cheeses. Lettuce, tomato, pickles, and cole slaw are OK on my burger but not required. Please don't put Romaine lettuce on my burger or any other sandwich of mine for that matter. I can tolerate it in a salad but it doesn't belong on a sandwich. As for condiments, I'll take mayo but just a little and ketchup but just a drop or two except for the onion burgers at Lee's. For those, I want mustard and those onions only.
Jimmy Graham had his grievance go against him this week. The arbitrator ruled he was a tight end but he left himself wide open to appeal by coming up with an arbitrary 4-yard benchmark. He determined that Graham lined up within 4 yards of the tackle more often than beyond 4 yards so that made him a tight end. Alrighty then. Despite that silliness, I don't think it's going to make much difference. The Saints are going to do right by him. They always do. They're not cheap. New Orleans is now one of the places players want to be and it's because they're committed to finding the best players, putting them on the field, and putting them in position to have success. Having an elite head coach and quarterback add to the attraction. This deal will get done and everyone will be happy.
60 days until football season ...
5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Last Five Five-Star Purchased Playlist:
- Heaven Knows - The Pretty Reckless - Going to Hell - 6/26/2014
- Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison - Blowin' Your Mind! - 6/24/2014
- We Just Disagree - Dave Mason - Let It Flow - 6/8/2014
- Can't Play Dead - The Heavy - Can't Play Dead - 6/7/2014
- Hush - Deep Purple - Shades of Deep Purple - 5/28/2014
Quote of the Day
The architecture of the U.S. Supreme Court Building is rife with turtles. There are turtles holding up the lampposts in the courtyard and turtles engraved in the stone decor. You can buy turtle coffee mugs at the gift shop. The turtle is said to represent the slow and deliberate pace of justice. This is an institution, the turtle tells us, that moves slowly, deliberately, and removed from the knee-jerk pace of the political branches.
Dahlia Lithwick and Sonja West, Slate.com
Blog of the day is here.
Quote from said blog: "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent opposing the conservative majority's decision to let small, private companies refuse to pay for health insurance that covers birth control."