The plumbers came, cleared out the main line, and now I can flush the toilets (and close the windows). It only cost $70 this time. Last time (different plumber) it cost $85.
The following has nothing to do with the above. It's just a coincidence. Really.
I made a big pot of chili today, which is designed to last for several days. Problem today is that, for some reason, this chili doesn't taste as good as my chili usually does. I strongly suspect the meat. I usually buy fresh ground beef. You know - the kind in the styrofoam tray covered with plastic wrap. For some reason, I didn't buy that kind. This time I bought the beef that comes wrapped in a plastic tube, sort of like the way cookie dough is sold. This beef tastes different, and the texture is different. I would expect the chili seasonings and spices to sort of mask the taste of the beef, but it didn't. Now I'm stuck with a big pot of mediocre chili. That means that I'll probably end up throwing some of it away because I won't have my normal enthusiasm for eating a bowl.
If anyone out there has something bad to say about the sort of meat I bought, please keep it to yourself. I don't plan to buy that kind anymore, but I still have lots of chili to eat.
It amazes me how many people are willing to just give things away on the Internet. I don't mean cars or TVs or things like that. I mean graphics and software and tools for creating websites -- things like that. For anyone out there who does this, a huge thanks from someone who loves to get free stuff - especially cool free stuff. I'll list some URLs for free, neat stuff later. Not now.
I think I'm going to abandon my computer earlier than normal this evening. I've been here almost all day and my hiney is a little numb! Actually, I find that if I don't have a very interesting project to work on, I start to get tired of sitting here. Strange but true. So goodbye, dear readers. For now, at least.
Oh wait. One last thing. Could someone please buy me Thor?
The only problem with that "tube" ground beef is it's not nearly as fresh, and it's got more filler (non-meat cow products including more fat and tissues) hence the taste change. I only buy organic beef because I got tired of the weirdness of the other crap. (Try buffalo, it's awesome in chili and other sauces)
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