Monthly Archives: April 2013

Boston marathon bombing one more reason we will never have world peace

It’s times like these that I’m reminded that we will never have world peace in this lifetime.

I know it’s a strong statement to make, but think about it: world peace means peace on Earth, it means there is no more fighting and no more wars and no more extremists going around blowing up innocent people who just wanted to partake in a normal community event such as a marathon.

It makes me sick to think that some people exist in this world for the sole purpose of bringing harm to others, people they’ve never met and don’t know at all. People who have families and friends and day jobs and dreams and goals, and maybe some debt they’re trying to pay off and maybe some issues they’re trying to work out but overall, these people are good-hearted, normal, everyday people who just want to enjoy their lives. And then some crazy person(s) with a bomb has to come along and screw all that up.

I wish I knew more about what goes on in the minds of people like this, because it really baffles me, truly. Maybe if I knew more about psychology and how the mind works I would comprehend a little more, but even then I think I’d still have a hard time rationalizing it.

It would be easy to write it off as insanity (because clearly someone demented enough to detonate a bomb in a crowd full of innocent people must be insane). But even after labeling the attack as insane, after declaring the attacker to be of unsound mind, even after locking them up and throwing away the key, the sad truth is someone else just like them is going to come along when no one is expecting it and do something equally f*cked up and begin the cycle all over again.

I’m not even trying to be my usual cynical self here (although I could understand how my negative outlook could be confused with pessimism); I’m simply ranting. I usually have a point or direction to most of my posts (random they may be), but I wouldn’t even know where to begin in this case. I would truly love to see world peace in my lifetime, but I’m not holding my breath. I can only hope one day I or my children (or my children’s children) will live in a world without psychotic people who get off by ruining the lives of everyone around them.

Wishful thinking.

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How to keep guac from turning brown (maybe)

Don't bother saving the pit, it won't help.

Don’t bother saving the pit, it won’t help.

Now that Easter is over, and I’ve eaten all my Peeps, it’s time to get back to my guacamole obsession. On a scale from one to healthy, guac is pretty high up there. With ingredients like avocados, tomatoes and onions, I don’t really feel badly about gorging on the delicious dip on a semi-regular basis. But I could never seem to figure out how to keep the guac from turning brown once I’d had my fill and it was time to refrigerate it. I’ve found a few ways that mostly work (and one sure way that never fails), so I decided to share them with you, my readers, and anyone else who cares to learn the real secret to keeping guacamole from turning brown.

First of all, the myth about leaving the pit in the bowl with the guac is just that: myth. I tried it and it did absolutely nothing except save the tiny bit of guac directly underneath the pit; everything else went brown and yucky. Apparently the culprit behind the turning of the guac is oxygen. In order to keep your guac fresh and green, you simply need to keep the oxygen out. The best way to do this is to cover it with Saran Wrap, pushing the plastic down into the bowl so it’s touching the guac. Make sure you push out all the air from underneath the plastic, otherwise you’ll completely defeat the purpose of this tip (and my post, and possibly my whole reason for existence). This guy knows what I’m talking about. If you do end up with a little bit o’ brown, it usually sticks to the plastic wrap and comes up when you remove the plastic; that, or just scrap the top off and the rest should still be green and yummy.

And if you really want to have the freshest guacamole ever, make it right before you plan to eat it (or serve it; it makes a great party dish) and eat every last bite, ensuring there’s nothing left over to even have the chance to turn brown.

And if you do make some, make sure you make extra and bring some to my house. I did, after all, save your guacamole from browning, least you could do is say thanks. If anyone has a lava rock bowl they can part with, I’d appreciate that as well.

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