Planes II

November 12th, 2001 § Comments off § permalink

My timing, it seems, couldn’t have been worse. Jesus.


November 11th, 2001 § Comments off § permalink

Since September 11, I’ve dreamt about planes.

Sometimes nothing goes wrong in my dreams—there’s a plane flying, no more. Sometimes I dream of a plane spiraling down to earth, not directly towards my house but perhaps a few blocks over. It probably doesn’t help that I live right by the train tracks; at 4 a.m., a freight train roaring past sounds a lot like a jet engine.

A few months ago, I went to a Giants game at Pacific Bell Park. Not long after sitting down, I had a vision of an airplane crashing into the stadium, and I spent much of the game wondering how far we were from SFO and how wide a Boeing 767′s wings are.

Mercifully, the dreams have started to recede in the past few weeks. I thought of them tonight, though, when I read yet another article about why the World Trade Center’s towers collapsed. And after reading the last two paragraphs of the article, I’ll probably dream about planes again tonight:

The south tower, its top listing noticeably to the southeast, fell at 9:59 a.m.; the north tower followed at 10:28 a.m.

Workers have been removing debris and human remains from the site ever since.

Vegetable soup, or What I ate last night

November 11th, 2001 § Comments off § permalink

Adapted from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. Perfect for a rainy night.

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
3 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 bunch small leeks, chopped
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken stock, warmed

Over medium heat, warm the olive oil in a large pot. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the vegetables, salt and pepper, rosemary, and thyme, and cook, stirring, for 2 or 3 minutes.

Add the stock and bay leaves and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve.

Clean slate

November 10th, 2001 § Comments off § permalink

I’ve started over from scratch, ditching the old design, scrapping the old links, and banishing Blogger. Here’s the result. The design isn’t quite what I had in mind, but it has the significant virtue of being finished.

But Christie, I haven’t forgotten you: Here’s your beloved Battleship link.

Lots more to come, I hope.

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