Monday, August 2, 2010

A Midsummer Night's Dream(s)

For some reason it is the season for some rather strange dreams by this writer, I thought I would share them with you this week.

• I dreamt I was on the The Next Food Network Star, I won with this recipe – what do you think???


• 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and halved crosswise
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
• 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated
• 1 Kirby cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
• 1 lemon
• 4 whole-wheat pitas
• 8 Bibb lettuce leaves


Preheat the broiler. Soak the chopped onion in a bowl of cold water while you prepare the shrimp.

Toss the shrimp with the olive oil, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread in an even layer and broil until the shrimp are opaque, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Wash and dry the baking sheet. Pour a large glass of Pinot and take large gulps as you pray this comes out okay.

Drain the onion and add to the shrimp along with the yogurt, carrot, cucumber, dill, and salt and pepper to taste. Grate in 1 teaspoon lemon zest and squeeze in about half of the lemon juice.
Lay the pitas on the baking sheet and toast under the broiler. Cut the pitas in half and fill with the lettuce and shrimp salad.

Per serving: Calories 356; Fat 10 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 254 mg; Sodium 670 mg; Carbohydrate 32 g; Fiber 5 g; Protein 35 g

Impressive, don’t you think?

• I dreamt that Doris Kearns Goodwin visited my family reunion in Michigan. All she kept saying was how our clan reminded her of Teddy Roosevelt and his clan. One faction being very liberal, Catholic, and joking – the other conservative, Methodist, and wishing someone had brought a travel iron.

• I dreamt I was involved in a “Cialis romantic moment”, with whom I do not know. But next thing I know I was in an ice rink, at center ice, in a bath tub, next to me in another bath tub was Wayne Gretzky.

I think we are beginning to see a rather strange, twisted and fragile individual take shape.

• My dreams continued, I was in a world where all the cake was white cake and nothing else. This was like heaven to me except I had no friends. “What was wrong with white cake, I kept repeating!”

• I dreamt I had a job, a perfect job, I received numerous job promotions and new job titles for doing very little and at the same time treated my fellow employees like slaves. But then I opened the employee manual and realized I worked for a Charter Municipality. Of course I was paid very well.

Luckily, I am now awake, I think, with proper medication I can get through these bizarre dreams. So we can move forward with our topics for this week:

SUMMER MOVIES – Is it me or are this summer’s movies stinkers? The best we have seen thus far was in the spring – “City Island”.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? - Ex-LAPD chief William Bratton tells KPCC's Kitty Felde that he's enjoying his new life in the private sector.

“It’s a great job. I get to be me! Plus, I got to get back to New York. I’m an East Coast kid. And as much as I loved my time in Los Angeles, working with the LAPD, and the success we had, home for me is the East Coast and New York.”

GOOD TELEVISION - ALEXANDRA PELOSI's latest for HBO Documentaries premieres: “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County.” In the Emmy-nominated filmmaker's sixth documentary, Pelosi chronicles the lives of children living on the poverty line in one of the nation's richest counties.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – Birthday wishes and thoughts this week for Neil Armstrong, Tom Brady, Adham Chehab...famous Financier, Issam Ghazzawi...famous Organization Behaviorist, President Obama, Martin Sheen, Charlize Theron.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK – Carrie Lewis (4), I kept telling you it was a huge mistake.

FOREIGN TRAVEL – Best wishes to nephew Geoff Ball studying this summer in Russia, “добрый день, Надеюсь, все хорошо .”

“CIVILITY IN POLITICS” -- SOLD OUT “REAGAN FORUM WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS,” - presented by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library -- James Hohmann: “MSNBC 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews effusively praised President Ronald Reagan and former House Speaker Tip O'Neill, his old boss, as models of bipartisan cooperation on Tuesday night. 'Things got done for the American people back in the 1980s - good things for the world,' Matthews said in remarks for a dinner in Simi Valley, Calif. … Matthews, a top O'Neill aide during Reagan's presidency, … decried the mindset that politics is a 'zero-sum game.' … 'The thing I miss from those days is the big man-to-man arguments on matters of policy and principle: the role of the federal government in our lives, and in the market, the role this country should play in the world,' Matthews said. 'Two old guys in their 70s - who people said were past their primes - who disagreed on everything but their love of America.'”

JULY: HOTTER THAN DUST BOWL - USA Today 1A -- “July could be hottest month ever”: “New York, Washington and Las Vegas are on track to set record average temperatures for any month. .. The hottest month in U.S. history came during the Dust Bowl in July 1936, when the national average temperature for the 48 contiguous states hit 77.43 degrees … New York City's average temperature so far this month has been 81.8 degrees, which would break the city's record of 81.4 set in July 1999.”

Next week: Our Professional and College Football Preseason picks.

Until next Monday, Adios.

Claremont, CA
August 2, 2010

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