Tonight for dinner, I engaged in an experiment. I brined a pork chop in the fridge for 24 hours, then browned it in a frying pan, and finished it off in the oven. I also cooked up the trimmed fat into crispy chips (I'm going to trim the fat, but I'm also going to eat it!!), and prepared an onion jam (reducing the onions in the pork fat, and cooling it in the fridge for a day). I topped the whole thing off with a few sprigs of micro-basil from my balcony planters. It was delicious, but I overdid the saltiness, so I'm going to hold back on the recipe until I get it right. But it's pretty, no?
I love all of you. I love my Republican, Democrat, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Buddhist, Atheist, Straight, Gay, awesome friends. I love my artists, my programmers, my mathematicians, my colleagues, my former colleagues, my family, my old and dear and wonderful friends.
I love all of you.
I focus, sometimes, too much on the news that tells me that we're going to destroy each other. Mostly, I'm pretty sad that I can't conveniently get all of you in one room and give you, each of you, a huge hug.
So, to help me out, I have a plan: all of you should move to Sacramento.
My friends in Aberdeen, Arlington, Asheville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Burlington, Cayce, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Concord, Columbia, Cordova, Dunwoody, Durham, The District of Columbia, Elgin, Fairfax, Gaston, Greenville, Groton, Knoxville, London, Los Angeles, Manama, Margaret, Miami, Nashville, Newington, Orlando, Palm Coast, Piscataway, Plainfield, Phoenixville, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Roseville, San Francisco, Saratoga Springs, Seattle, South Bend, South Plainfield, Tampa, Warwick, West Columbia, and the many, many, many other cities that people I love live in.
Just, you know, all of you, move to Sacramento. Free hugs to anyone who takes me up on this.
I love you guys.
Also, holy crap, I realize now that there are two true things:
1 - There should exist an app that quickly lists out where all of your friends live.
2 - It's clear that you guys engaged in a collective, massive, hateful conspiracy to spread yourselves out as much as possible. YOU BASTARDS!!
I love you all anyway.
Tomorrow, ADVENTURE!! :)