Reading: The Fourth Bear

After enjoying THE BIG OVER EASY by Jasper Fforde, it was a simple decision to roll right into…


The Fourth Bear

…which is the follow up book published only recently. I’ve got a signed copy, though I missed the actual book signing by three days (darnit!) so I didn’t get to see Mr. Fforde when he was in town.

Next up, the path widens a little bit… It will be either:

Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making or California Dish : What I Saw (and Cooked) at the American Culinary Revolution
or maybe something else entirely, like maybe

DINNER 274: Sunday, October 1, 2006

A wonderfully quiet evening tonight. Wendy & I had to go to her hospital, where she had to perform an emergency surgery, which I observed. We then took a walk around Winton Woods Park. The weather today was so perfect… The change of season from summer to fall is something that Ohio does well, just like the transition from spring to summer.

After dinner, we came home to watch the disappointing Bengals on our not-disappointing High Def television while we ate dinner. I had cheese French Bread pizza and some corn & tomato salad with cilantro dressing that I made (recipe is below the fold).

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DINNER 275: Monday, October 2, 2006

Tonight, I went with Paul & Julie to dinner at Pappadeaux. I had Crab Cakes and a couple beers.

It was a very sad event, since Paul is leaving for a new job in South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday. His attention must soon exclusively turn to the details of packing and moving himself, his six guitars, a fat dog, and all his other possessions 4 hours away, to a town he does not know. But, tonight we took the time to quietly (and at times boisterously) reminisce about our 18-year friendship. Since I’ve known him, Paul has lived in the same state, city, or house with me. This will be the first time in our long friendship that we’re not in the same areacode.

An understatement: I’ll miss Paul very much.

In many respects this opportunity is the best thing that could happen for him and comes at a time where he is uniquely positioned to take advantage of it. I am envious. All the good prospects in the world cannot dull the fact that my best friend is moving away. A friendship like ours is rare — I was the best man at his wedding, he at mine. We’ve been through good times and bad times, thankfully more of the former and a smaller helping of the latter. He’s a constant pain, an endless challenge, and just about the best friend anyone could ask for. I am grateful for the years we’ve spent together, and though our friendship will change as a result of this move, I expect it to continue. I know that it will.

Bon voyage, Paul!

DINNER 276: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Wendy had this evening off from rehearsal, so we spent some time together having dinner with my parents at Ferrari’s Little Italy, an Italian restaurant in Kenwood area, to celebrate Wendy’s birthday. It was a nice, quiet, calm dinner — I enjoyed a chopped salad and giant slab of very-good lasagna. Wendy & I split some pistachio gelato for dessert.

Thanks M&DV, for a very nice evening!

DINNER 277: Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Wendy had rehearsal tonight, so I stayed home and provided tech support for my parents who have messed up their computer yet again.

At work today, I had an extremely late lunch — I didn’t leave the office until after 2:00pm – so I wasn’t really hungry around dinnertime. Dinner for me, then, was just a few cookies and peanuts. Glamourous, no?

DINNER 278: Thursday, October 5, 2006

After a hectic day at work, I was somewhat glumly looking forward to another boring night on the couch since Wendy had rehearsal and wouldn’t be home until late. However, an instant message from my friend Rob changed my evening plans and brightened my outlook.

Rob and I met for dinner at Chili’s where I had Fajita Quesadilas which were very tasty. After dinner, Rob and I went over to Tri-County Mall to get a couple things (including an amplified HDTV antenna from Radio Shack for my PVR) and walk around.

Though it doesn’t sound like an interesting evening, it was just the thing I needed to brighten my mood, which was heading toward pretty foul.

After I got home, I was pleased to find that the amplified HDTV antenna worked just like I hoped it would and greatly enhanced the signal strength of over-the-air HD channels.