2004-04-12 08:12 pm (UTC)
I always smile when I see sushi because it reminds me of my first date with the spouse, which was... 24 years ago? (eeeee) We went to a Japanese place, I had tempura (ooo! fried shrimp! cool!) and he had sushi, mostly with sashimi. I was fascinated and repelled, simultaneously. But what really got my attention was the octopus tentacle. I'd eaten calamari before, but this was just... tentacle. With the suction cups.
Did you know that you can't make the suction cups stick to anything once the octopus is dead? 'S true, I tried to stick it to everything. The Asahi bottle, the lacquered bowls, the table, the glass lantern, the date...
And now I can make sushi, easily and well, but I skip the tentacle AND the sashimi, having read one too many articles on parasites and other things that go bump in the night.
It makes sense. The suction relies on a muscular contraction - unlikely to occur when they are dead.
I've done some sashimi, but that's a little too radical for my tastes most of the time.
So much to learn, see, do, experience so little time. There are so many places I want to go, so many books I want to read.......
Do you still quilt? I've always wanted to but there never seems to be enough time, especially with kids. I'm only taking an online course this summer so I can be with my kids. Want to read some books, do a cross stitch project, and couple years worth of scrapbooking.
Alas, working and going to school has killed time for hobbies. I have a number of unfinished projects waiting for attention. If I could get back into the habit fo quilting while watching TV I might get something done this summer....
2004-04-12 08:43 pm (UTC)
Expanding your kids
Ironically enough, what my kids hate the most is what we've been stuck eating the most: Ramen noodles, Mac & Cheese, hot dogs. However, one of the great things about where we live is a fantastic array of restaurants: Indian, Mongolian, Sushi/Japanese/Vietnamese (sorry to lump them, they DO know the difference), Cuban, Italian, True Southern,Irish and by golly I've dragged them to every one if only to give them a varied experience. Don't regret it at all. Maybe one of these days I can take them someplace VERY nice so they can expand their palate yet again.
2004-04-12 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Expanding your kids
It's something to consider asking for as a Christmas prezzie - gift certificate to a specific restaurant for the entire family - to at least take the edge off the cost....
I grew up in a military family, and we never had much money, but my mom made the attempt to expose me and my brother to classical music, jazz, opera and theater, while my dad listened to 70's rock.
Needless to say, my tastes are varied. But I honestly believe that my love of classical music has affected other areas of my music appreciation - I listen so much better, trying to hear harmonies, chords, various instruments and the roles they play in making something a better piece of music (even if it's a Pink Floyd song). :)
Oh, definitely. Everything contributes to everything else. It's great that you got the variety of experience in your youth. We gave that to our kids, too, and even when they are going through rock/rap-only phases they can still appreciate.
There is a place in North Olmsted that is supposed to have absolutely divine sushi, carefully and artfully handmade by a single sushi master. Needless to say, you could wait a long time for your order, since he doesn't have an apprentice.
I've been looking for an excuse and a free enough evening to try it...
That sounds like an excellent post-finals activity, I must say. We should arrange it!
2004-04-12 09:41 pm (UTC)
I have tried sushi over the years.
After 20 years of trying it off and on (about every 2 years I would give it a go), I now know that I simply don't like it. I'm not a huge seafood fan in general and sushi is just about of the bottom of my list (eel is probably lower). However, I'll still try it again as I've learned that my tastes have changed over the years.
Wine is a different story. I used to not like it (beer drinker, good beer, but a beer drinker). Now I've learned to taste and appreciate it, especially paired with food. I could tell from Ferrett's write-up that he is a food person but not a wine person. Simple - he didn't talk specifically about the wine you enjoyed with the food and how well the pairings went. For me, I would have focussed on the wine.
ps - it was nice to meet you on Saturday.
If we had had the 2.5+ hours for the tasting with wine pairings, I would have gone for it. As it is, I have remained pretty ignorant on wines because I am the only one who will drink it when we go out, so end up stuck with house wines by the glass.
It was great meeting you on Saturday - nothing better than terrific conversation and an amusing anecdote!
No knowledge is wasted, no experience need leave us unmoved. Accept the challenges and grow.
Thank you for this simple wisdom. (Isn't it amazing how often wisdom is simple?) Reading your post almost brought tears to my eyes... a symptom that I have come to recognize as reaction to Something Significant. I'm very glad that I responded to Ferrett's blandishments, and friended you.
I have added this entry to my memories; I am certain that, in time, I will want to read it again.
Thank you. My brain is exhaustion-muddied, so it's good to know that my point was still made,.
MMm sushi ;)
and i like this statement of truth.
No knowledge is wasted, no experience need leave us unmoved.
Accept the challenges and grow
Thank you. I try to live by it.
I'd felt something similar regarding the liberal arts requirements of my undergraduate degree. At the time, I'd figured most of it was just the University scheming to squeeze more money from students, with no benefit to us other than getting the checks on the sheet so that we could finally get the damned degree and go! There were some classes I definitely did not appreciate at the time.
One of them was the one semester of Latin I took. While I never really learned enough to even begin to speak or write in it (aside from a couple memorized words and phrases), the understanding of the words and how they've helped form the roots of our own language has been invaluable to me. That's especially valuable for working in a field where communication with others is such a critical component of what I do. The same holds true for my Dad sharing some of the Zen Buddhism he was interested in when my brother and I were kids. At the time, I liked getting to laugh at the funny stories. Now, however, the ideas are ones that I cherish and at least try to live by.
The only thing I'd contend with is "No knowledge is wasted." That's only true if we stay open to what it may be and what we may learn from it as our own awareness and understanding change. If we stay closed off, then it becomes stale and almost pointless. And it saddens me every time I see that.
2004-04-12 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Education and Time
Perhaps I should have said "It's never a waste to learn something." Certainly one can waste the knowledge one has, but when I hear people saying "I'll never use that," I can only think: A) That's not the point of learning, and B) You'd be surprised where things come in handy.
A good liberal arts education, particularly one that teaches you to write, is invaluable.
This was perfectly written. You should be a writer, not a lawyer *smile*. I feel the same way...I change SO much from year to year. I grow older and I appreciate things I downright HATED. Like Sushi. If I had to live on one food alone it would now be sushi, hard to believe it was something I couldn't even swallow once upon a time. Sadly, sushi in San Francisco has ruined me for our Midwest variety now. I still enjoy it, but not as much as I did before I knew it could be BETTER.
I guess I should be grateful not to have experienced San Francisco sushi then. I know my kids can barely stand to eat seafood off the Cape now.
"No knowledge is wasted, no experience need leave us unmoved. Accept the challenges and grow."
True, I will probarbly never use my degree for the purpose that I applied to start it for but I learned so much during the process of gaining it. I had intended to become a probation office, but then found out that my daughter had been abused and there was no way I could ever risk working with pedophiles, my ability to see the person not the crime had been compromised in that area.
More than anything in the learning process I learned about me. I also gained a better understanding of other people. Some skills and knowledge that were gained will stay with me for life and for that I am grateful.
I have tapped into almost everything I have ever learned, for one purpose or another. You will be amazed at where things come in handy.
It must just be something about East Tennessee. In a place where it is not only legal, but encouraged to pick up and eat what you hit with your truck, it is also impossible to get good sushi.
I'm assuming. Or else, I just don't like sushi much. But I'd like to think that it's not me. I did enjoy the barbecued eel, though.
Yeah, I would not call your locale the sushi capital of the world. There are places where I won't touch it, either.