Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Three Beautiful Things 09/14/09: US Open Surprise, Spanish Rice, New Kellogg Book

1. I watched much of the U. S. Open tennis final live online; late in the match, the streaming video stopped working. I wanted Federer to win, but I was mightily impressed with del Potro's power, agility, and guts. He could have packed it in after the way he lost the third set, but instead, after a wobbly start to the fourth set, he turned up the heat and wore Federer down.

2. I threw a pound of hamburger, candied onion, and red pepper together in the frying pan while I cooked a pot of basmati rice; I seasoned the meat mix with cumin, garlic powder, and crushed red peppers. I poured a can of crushed tomatoes and a couple of uncanned tomatoes into the meat mix and the sauteed some mushrooms and then I put it all in one pan, the rice and tomato meat mix and the mushrooms and we something like Spanish rice for dinner.



3. I found out today that Julie Whitesel Weston, the daughter of the doctor who was the first to treat me when I arrived in the ER from the Zinc Plant after being gassed, has written a book about Kellogg, which I was happy to hear about, and I was offered a chance to review it for www.idahoyesterdays.org. I might have to turn down the review offer, but I look forward to reading Weston's book: The Good Times Are All Gone Now: Life, Death, and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town

7 comments:

inlandempiregirl said...

Your mix for Spanish Rice sounds very yummy. I always LOVED Spanish Rice in hot lunch. I also try to duplicate something similar, but don't quit hit the mark. It is probably because I don't add enough spicy stuff. I has not known about this book either. Gosh... my book stack is getting a bit out of control.

raymond pert said...

I think I might have overdone the crushed red pepper...I tried not to, but...

Stdash said...

I just finished Julie's book. It paints a fair picture of the valley from a young lady's perspective and how radically it has changed over her life time. She draws on the memories and observations of those from earlier times to illustrate the complexity of the valley's history and the union troubles that nearly tore it apart. She also gives us an insight into her father's dark side. A good read...

myrtle beached whale said...

Somebody more "our" age should write a book about Kellogg. Maybe you. Her accounts were much earlier than what we experienced. There is much about growing up in the Fabulous Valley that outsiders will never know.

raymond pert said...

Maybe reading her book will inspire me to formulate my own project. I look forward to reading her perspective and her account.

Retirement project, maybe, in, oh, about 30 years....

Stdash said...

Your perspective would be ten or more years on from hers...she graduated in '61. You both share the point of view of having left and returned, but you would have insights to events she missed after leaving to begin her law career in western Washinton. I wouldn't wait for your retirement to write it. Some of your posts for the blog would make good jumping off points for chapters in the book. I say do it.

raymond pert said...

That's great encouragement, stdash...I'll read her book -- and my comment about retirement was a little facetious...I was kidding with my long time friend myrtle beach whale (we've known each other for over fifty years) about how long it would be before I retire.

I appreciate very much knowing you are reading this blog and your above comment is, again, very encouraging.

Many thanks...