Monday, October 28, 2013

At the start of October my dad (Leroy) was hospitalized with an illness that doctors have not been able to diagnose. They treat him for one thing, then another, then another and another only to see his condition worsen.

 All my life my dad has been a pillar of strength and love. He doesn’t know how to take a day off from work and his work ethic is something I thank him for everyday. Despite his sometimes grumpy disposition, he is a bottomless pit of fun, caring and love.

I am asking all my friends and family for their continued thoughts and prayers for his improved health as we try to get him moved to the Mayo Clinic. Most of you are already aware of the fund raising effort started to help with his medical costs. Thank you to each and every one of you for your support.

Now, I am reaching out my community, my people. The comic fans, the gamers, the Whovians, the Trekkies, the kaiju lovers, I am calling out to a community that is legion. It is the greatest community that no other can rival. Leroy is one of us and I am calling on each and every one of you. All of us have stepped up for one another in some way time and time again. I’m asking that you step up once again.

Your well wishes, positive thoughts and prayers are needed. If you come across me or a family member on the many social media platforms, please drop some positive energy us. If you find my dad on Facebook share some love with him. We have also started a fund raiser at GiveForward and it can be found here:

I know times are tough on all of us right now, but if all of you can help me spread the word and we can get people to donate a dollar or two, we can reach our goal. I am asking all of you to please, share this, re-blog it, re-tweet it, and give what you what you can, even if it is just your thoughts and prayers.

To further things along I will also be going through my collection of books, comics, miniatures and auctioning what I can, I'm going to try some live stream gaming marathons stuff and working on some other ideas to help out. I don’t have a timeline but I will start working on it today and will post updates here.

My dad is responsible for who I am today. He is the one that introduced me to video games, Star Trek and Godzilla that put me on the path of geekdom. He also took me to see Ozzy Osbourne, how cool of a dad is that?

To all of you, friends, family, fellow geeks and total strangers…thank you.

Monday, October 21, 2013

That Cooking Thing I Do

Since the start of this blog I've wanted to do something with cooking. I have fifteen years of restaurant cooking under my belt, everything from a truck stop dive to fine dining. Even though it seems like a chore at times, it has been the one hobby that I have never taken a break from and very seldom feel burnt out on. It is also something that has tainted my trust of others in the kitchen. When going to a restaurant there's always an amount of blind faith that you have to put into it. As for friends or family members, it can be on both ends of the spectrum for me, either I refuse to touch it or I can't get enough of it.   

I have a few drawbacks on the cooking front at home that get both my wife and I riled up sometimes and that is having an unlevel electric stove that doesn't not hold the set temperature very well. I would love to get a gas stove but the house doesn't have a gas line for the kitchen. We also have fluorescent lighting in the kitchen, so when I take pictures of what I've cooked it always looks to be more yellow or orange than it really is.

For some things I still use measurements but I'm close to being able to eyeball ingredients, which is how I have been doing a lot of my cooking lately and when I put up my recipes the ingredients will be listed with no measurements unless it's otherwise necessary.  

One of the challenges thrown out to me by my kids is making my own barbecue sauce, something that I've never done and it's something that I'm intimidated by. I've had some great scratch made barbecue sauces and I would become obsessed with everything being absolutely perfect. The base for a good sauce is pretty much a staple, it's finding that perfect balance of flavor, heat, sweetness and viscosity.  

Outside of that I am continuing to learn how to use my smoker. I've given it a few goes and getting the temp right seems to be my biggest hurdle. Everything so far has turned out great, but I won't be happy until I've mastered controlling the temp. I also don't get the chance to try cooking any fish, I'm the only person at home that likes fish, so it never makes the grocery list.

That's it, that's a blog post. I hope to get some something cooking related up soon and hearing from fellow foodies out there.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Things have finally settled down at work which means I can finally write again. i have things I need to take care of on the home front but once that is done, I should be able to get back to writing on a somewhat regular schedule.