the big (giant) unit

i’m excited to see randy johnson pitch for the giants this season. he’s 5 victories short of 300 but still dominates hitters with a brushback chin-high zinger every once in a while. his pitch speed is down to low 90’s but i think a lot of batters are still hesitant to face him. his 2nd-half ERA last year was in the mid 2’s. he’ll also be a good tutor to the giants young arms. i’m not sure barry zito was set to be the leader yet in the clubhouse. maybe in arizona, the mullet was cool but he should get a more sf-friendly haircut before he makes his debut at att park.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The San Francisco Giants, having faced 6-foot-10 Randy Johnson more than any sadist would suggest, figured after signing him this off-season that the coast was clear. No more sidearm fastballs at their ribs. No more leg-trembling at-bats against the most intimidating left-hander of their lives.

Or so they thought. In Johnson’s first throwing session against Giants hitters on Saturday, his new teammates took a few too many pitches for his taste. Unabashedly incensed, Johnson grumbled afterward, “Swing the stinking bat!”

“Something tells me the next guy who takes a pitch against Randy’ll get a fastball right in the cranium,” one Giants player said, requesting anonymity because he preferred not to be that guy.

randy johnson loses a little off the fastball, but not the reputation [ny times]

variations of ramen noodles

as seen on digg forums…it made my mouth water a little bit (mostly thinking about the excessive salt in the flavor pouch).

I put the powder in a bowl dry, and cook the noodles and drain the water and dump it in and toss it around. We call this “janitor style” because we learned it from a janitor at the high school years ago.

I also mix worchestershire sauce or soy sauce with the powder first to make a slurry, then put in the noodles. You can also put in a big scoop of peanut butter.

I advise buying the cheapest frozen chopped corn or broccoli and mixing a handful in when you cook the noodles. That is still cheap, keeps the meal under 30 cents, and it feels like a real meal.

I have done the egg drop thing, but when I invented the peanutbutter and soy slurry, I started frying the egg and putting it on top. I was trying to make something vaguely like a Thai dish I had at a restaurant once, it tastes ok but not the same. (Use chili powder and lime juice with the peanut slurry to make it more Thai-like).

Finally, I have discovered that you can get a giant bag of the cheapest wide egg noodles, and pretty much cook them just like the ramen noodles. It takes a tiny bit longer to cook. You have to do without the flavor packets, but sauce packets left over from fast food can substitute, as well as the packets that come with some pizzas.

Parmasan cheese or grated regular cheese is also good on it. I have also tried sour cream, which was surprisingly good. If it’s about to go bad in the fridge, I’ll mix it in.

i will try these out and post the results, if i am still alive.

the difference between men and women

Friendship Among Women:

A woman didn’t come home one night. The next day she told her husband that she had slept over at a girlfriend’s house. The man called his wife’s 10 best friends. Not one of them knew anything about it.

Friendship Among Men:

A man didn’t come home one night. The next day he told his wife that he had slept over at a buddy’s house. The woman called her husband’s 10 best friends. Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over, and two claimed that he was still there.

dimply boy

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got the mobile posting working again! i can now post pics from the phone right to doylez.com. it helps that the iphone has that portrait dimensioning (vs landscape, for example) so it fits the website good.

monday morning distractions

i always have the best intentions of starting monday morning with a bang, finishing stuff that i neglected to finish on friday and getting a bunch of stuff done…then the internet calls and starts to suck the life out of me. this is what did it today:

-> google maps tells you how to get from seattle to honolulu in ~14 days [google maps]

-> 23-year-old east coast guy defends himself from getting mugged at fruitvale bart, killing one would-be robber and injuring the other. father of killed mugger, “…wants someone to pay for this.” [sfgate]

-> although, instead of just killing your muggers, make a “muggers wallet” to give over in case you get robbed – very nifty idea [wikihow]

-> new batteries are coated with a solar charging film. when the batteries go dead, leave them on a windowsill for a short while to make them recharge [gizmodo]

-> excellent iphone app to show you the nearest coffee shops using your gps as reference. how did we make it this far in life without something like this [tweakersoft]

-> tearjerker-story-of-the-day: construction workers on the new wing of a cancer treatment center in boston paint the names of the kids on the beams as they work – at the kids requests [boston.com]

-> the bart police still have some phones from that johannes meserle shooting that were confiscated and never returned. insane in the membrane first amendment violations abound! [indybay]

-> some sf supe wants to tone down the b2b race. the solution – responsible parents keeping their kids away from the whole thing like i do [cbs5.com]

seriously, what’s the harm in seeing stuff like this?

pictures stolen from [sfgate]

almost the weekend linkage action

the nice thing about having a holiday during the week is twofold – you get the initial three-day weekend and then the following work week is only four days long. so, on that note, i’ve put in 12 hours of work this week so far and i’m officially headed towards the weekend!

-> i wasn’t going to give the octuplet mom nadya suleman the benefit of getting some space on doylez.com, but i figure it’s worth it because it depicts her in an ugly, negative way [celebitchy]

-> just knowing someone’s beer preferences really indicates what kind of person they are. can we just get barack obama in for a lifetime term already? [chicago tribune]

-> someone (single) built the entire rebel separatist landing craft out of lego’s [gizmodo]

-> riding bart isn’t all that exciting as most of the seats face frontwards or backwards. in some other subway systems, thought, the seats all face each other so you can get some interesting shots [dilidoo]

-> who would have thought that people in ohio have a sense of humor? the following plates were denied by their dmv – the story has a link to all of them [ohio.com]

i’m proud to say that i have a lot of relatives in ohio. happy wednesday beezies.

happy valentines day!

some people are into v-day while others dismiss it as just a marketing ploy. regardless of how you celebrate, it’s still a reliable source of humor for me with both my single and married friends. i’m looking forward to recovering from a nasty flu bug myself so it will be toned down from the usual grand spectacle i usually produce every year for the lucky lady.

here’s some gay moments in the world of sports [the chive]

some great relationship postings, courtesy of FML [f my life]

and

happy birthday leni!

mateo in the hospital

mateo has spent the last couple days at kaiser hayward because of some bronchiolitis. it’s pretty common among the little ones and a few other kids here are suffering from the same thing. it’s been with him for a week already the doctor said it could be another week before he’s back to normal. it’s probaby safer to spend the night in the hospital in case thing get worse because you don’t want to mess around with respiratory stuff too much, especially at 5 months old.

here’s mateo with his first two teeth cutting through:

on that note, i’ve assembled the following thoughts:

-> i haven’t showered since wednesday morning, but don’t feel all that dirty

-> the left shoulder of my shirt has some crusty dried throw-up

-> why are most nurses from the philippines?

-> why does the hospital cafeteria sell bacon cheeseburgers?

-> i can already see the days of the teen girls hanging out at the house waiting for one of my boys to give them the time of day

-> mateo rode from kaiser fremont to kaiser hayward in an ambulance. it was nothing serious but i think thats just how kaiser transports patients between hospitals. i asked them to turn the lights on but they declined. i rode in the ambulance with the baby just to make sure he would be fine and it was nice to ride in an ambulance without actually being the one strapped in the gurney.