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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Mon, Aug. 18th, 2008 08:51 pm
// Weekend Adventures in the Key of Food. /

The weekend, in 5 courses.

Funny Story.
I think my favorite funny story about Hans all weekend was when his dad mentioned that one of the only times Hans was rebellious was when his dad played rock-n-roll and Bob Marley, at which Hans retaliated by blasting Bach from his room. The detailed story involves a complex synthesis of specific tones and the way they carried through the walls, but I like it 200% better without the details.

Mighty Hunter!
I did a bunch of new things last weekend, and new things are always exciting. I rode a ferry (small people chartered ferry to/from Decatur) AND a car-ferry from Whidbey Island. I learned to dig clams and was actually pretty good at it! And I killed crabs by whacking them with an oar and learned to clean them and then immediately taught someone else, which was super cool. And then I ATE the crabs I killed and Hans cooked and that was JUST ABOUT THE COOLEST THING EVER. I drove a boat and was totally NOT good at it! That was interesting because I took to flying a plane almost immediately and intuitively, and water was just foreign and it totally felt like a major confusing struggle to try to understand it or how to work with it or find out what I wanted to know from it. I wonder if I'd be any better with a sail-boat, since there's more wind involved?

Nothing exceeds like excess.
Hans's family has this ritual thing with eating. Actually, it's probably "Dining" or something. They eat like it's Thanksgiving on vacation, and one would conjecture they just have a big festival of food all day long on eating-oriented Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everybody contributes, the food is amazing, and everybody clearly enjoys themselves while they talk about all sorts of everything while meals go ON and ON for HOURS with COURSES and COURSES of food and wine and coffee and scotch. I mean, I've hung out with plenty of diverse families at their eating rituals, but I've seriously never encountered such an amazing vibe of ritual food appreciation ANYWHERE before.

Uber!
I also got to be strong and chuck around some decent-sized logs. And I got to be handy and fix a broken faucet. And I got to be smart and talk about science and how the internet works and hackers and enterprise security and how qmail is superior to sendmail.

AND!
I saw a corner-lot castle in Suburbia, I visited a mostly-Red (GOP) town and found its liberal high-school coffee shop which had dilettante chocolate mochas, I saw Paul Allen's island, explored Deception Point, took some pictures, crossed Whidbey Island, and ate at Ivar's.

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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)

I'd been reading about the history of Seattle and the Ivar's story came up a lot and we were having a Lesser Seattle day so we decided I needed to try it. Tasted like classic Seattle junk food, and was just right at the time.


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doublefeh
doublefeh
山歩騎士アルバート
Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)

I am clearly in geeky-fail mode here, because my first reaction was "Ivars... Is that some sort of programmer/geek café?"

[self setCoffee:frenchRoast];


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)

Ivar! More clam-digging, less programming!


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faerieloch
faerieloch
faerieloch
Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Thanksgiving and Christmas-- you're right, they do! Most of the day is spent in preparation, with breaks for gardening and piano-playing, and the late afternoon/evening is spent noshing with friends (and having fun testing the properties of microfiber "waterproof" napkins). You should try it one year. :)

Oh, and near as I can tell, it's not "dining", it's "food", in whatever form it may come. From tracking down the one good Mexican diner near Bryce Canyon to having friends over to holidays to super-special events, it's all about the food. :) And it's lots of fun!


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doublefeh
doublefeh
山歩騎士アルバート
Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)

Nancy turned out to be quite the natural at it.


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