The finals are coming, the finals are coming. Actually, I took my science final about 3 weeks into the class… it’s an online class, so I really didnt’ ahve to follow anyone else’s timeline on it. English may be a little tricky, but I’m sure I’ll pull out a B at worst, giving me an A in the course when all is said and done.
Nay, the beast what approaches and fills with dread and glee and rapture and knocking knees is the Culinary Arts I final. Don’t get me wrong, I’m confident that I’ll do well. To put it comically, “I got mad skills, yo!” In all seriousness, cooking is my passion, one of my greatest loves. All of my life, I’ve embraced the art and opened myself to it. It’s like the force, it flows through me, guiding my actions in a pure and blissful simbiotic relationship. I’ve received numerous compliments from the Chef Instructor, mostly relating to my “feel” for food and flavor. So I know I have this. My fear is that I’m going to have a grocery store moment…. that moment when you walk into the grocery store to pick up something for dinner and are so overwhelmed at the options and possibilities that you end up getting frozen fish sticks and french fries. I’m not going down like that.
I didn’t mention that we did seafood in the most recent class, did I? of course not, I haven’t been updating as regularly as I should. Well, we did seafood in the most recent class (um, last night). I think the best part for me was sharing a plate of raw oysters with my station-mates. It was my first raw oyster experience, and it was fantastic. We also made sushi, which was both delicious and fun. I’ll have to do that at home the next time I’m craving it. Wonder where I can get some tobiko…
The Walking Dead… oh The Walking Dead… have you seen this show? I’ve been watching from the beginning, though I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before. I LOVE this show. What I don’t love is that they have a midseason finale and then start again 2 months later, leaving me hanging on some huge cliff hanger that makes me wanna scream! Ok, most episodes end on a cliff hanger, but then there’s only 7 days to wait before the next episode. This time there are like 60 days to wait. DAMN YOU! DAMN YOU TO HELL! Before you ask, yes, I’m “team Daryl Dixon.” It has nothing to do with how good looking Norman Reedus is, either (though I’d be lying my ass off if I said that I wouldn’t love to climb on board that mountain of hot and ride till I’m satisfied or dead). The Daryl thing for me is about the character. There’s a lot in the character that I can relate to, and as has been mentioned in countless articles on the subject, he does play the character with such subtle nuance that it seems there’s depth that hasn’t been revealed to the audience yet, which is intriguing. So those bastard writers/directors/etc. leave us hanging on a “Daryl in mortal peril” type of cliff. Fuck you. By the way, you’re brilliant. Someone did their research, and knew exactly what buttons to push to guarantee huge viewership when the season restarts in February. I know I’ll be watching, on the edge of my seat. I may be in the minority when I say that I hope the characters brother, Merle, makes it through their tough situation, as well. The character may be a total asshole, but he makes good TV. Kind of like the smoke-monster on Lost. That smoke-monster was an asshole, total chaos and unpredictability… just like Merle. It would make me very unhappy if Daryl gets killed off, though I must admit it wouldn’t make me stop watching the show. It would probably make the show less appealing, and less of an “I must watch this now.” There’s much in that character that I can relate to somehow, so losing him would make the show less interesting and exciting. It would become one of those things you DVR and watch when you get around to it, unless they added an equally compelling character, without pissing me off.
Not that Daryl is the only character worth watching. Rick and Glenn are pretty awesome in their own right. Glenn is becoming more of a bad ass and that’s pretty cool. I guess love will do that to a guy. Carl makes me sad, he’s lost his childhood. Someone needs to come along and re-teach that kid how to play. There should be time and opportunity made. Andrea needs to stop drinking the koolade (dick-ade?) and wake the hell up. Michonne is one of the coolest (and strongest) female characters I can remember seeing in awhile on any show. I think Carol needs a love interest, or someone to nurture. Oh yes, and there needs to be a dog. Seriously. The “prison group” needs a dog or two. Just some random survivor mongrel dog that can love them and be loved and be loyal and protective. Daryl should find a dog and teach it to ride on the back of his bike.
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