ma'am, if you think of it as just cold raw fish, then that's all it will ever taste like lol.

I remember travelling round Japan a while back - it was autumn there but still quite cold and I was using a rail pass to cover long distances by train. Anyhoo, this little trolley would be wheeled through the carriages every so often, stacked with pretty boxes and bottles of green tea. No matter which patterned or coloured box I chose (can't speak Japanese) every single darn one had sashimi - raw fish, no sushi, no rice etc. Hardcore!! I was like, Razz no more please!

But the minute I got back home I started to crave it - go figure Roll Eyes lol. I do prefer sushi though - and to me nothing (except prawns) tastes better for a light lunch on a hot day than sushi. It MUST be super-fresh, made-on-the-spot (at room temp. not cold) or forget it, it's like eating carpet pile. I think you develop an addiction I mean, liking for it over time. It's SO healthy, light, easy and quick to eat - the perfect fast food without the weight gain and clogged arteries. Try to find a good sushi restaurant - like Sushi Train - that offers a lot of variety and makes in front of you while the conveyer belt of sushi plates sail past you. It does help that I love all seafood - and super fresh is the only way to eat it. Red salmon and salmon roe taste awesome, especially with avocado. I like miso soup too. Slurp!
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I think this year I want to do something special for my birthday. cabbage dance I'm turning 25, on my way to 30 ek 9 7 td6 sck Eek cool sad 14!!!!!!!!! My birthday falls on a saturday, which is perfect, and i think i may make it a weekend celebration. beer It's the day before easter so i can always repent on easter for what i do wrong on friday and saturday Big Grin Wink

I know, I know its a long way from now but its never to early to plan. cabbage
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I think this year I want to do something special for my birthday. cabbage dance I'm turning 25, on my way to 30 ek 9 7 td6 sck Eek cool sad 14!!!!!!!!!


Eek OMG... 'nearly' 30! lol lol lol lol Wink

nono just don't you go off partying and never come back! the quiet one had her birthday mid September and hasn't been seen since.... now that is some long celebration!! cabbage
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Originally posted by FireFly:
ma'am, if you think of it as just cold raw fish, then that's all it will ever taste like lol.

I remember travelling round Japan a while back - it was autumn there but still quite cold and I was using a rail pass to cover long distances by train. Anyhoo, this little trolley would be wheeled through the carriages every so often, stacked with pretty boxes and bottles of green tea. No matter which patterned or coloured box I chose (can't speak Japanese) every single darn one had sashimi - raw fish, no sushi, no rice etc. Hardcore!! I was like, Razz no more please!

But the minute I got back home I started to crave it - go figure Roll Eyes lol. I do prefer sushi though - and to me nothing (except prawns) tastes better for a light lunch on a hot day than sushi. It MUST be super-fresh, made-on-the-spot (at room temp. not cold) or forget it, it's like eating carpet pile. I think you develop an addiction I mean, liking for it over time. It's SO healthy, light, easy and quick to eat - the perfect fast food without the weight gain and clogged arteries. Try to find a good sushi restaurant - like Sushi Train - that offers a lot of variety and makes in front of you while the conveyer belt of sushi plates sail past you. It does help that I love all seafood - and super fresh is the only way to eat it. Red salmon and salmon roe taste awesome, especially with avocado. I like miso soup too. Slurp!
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I'm not saying it was bad, but I expected something like I've never tasted before.

It tasted just like. . .fish.

The only thing novel about it was that it looked pretty and wasn't warm.

There was a long counter of sushi and other ocean stuff that I got to taste.

The first raw fish I had was the salmon with avocado.

I generally won't go anywhere near avocado, but it was pleasant.

I was still expecting more, though.
There's a bad situation going down at work that I was completely unaware of.

However, had I been caught off guard, I would've simply "handled it," in fact, I do my best work under pressure.

Still, I was pleased to learn the men I work with had my back. Now, ain't THAT sumptin'? Smile

Hey, I'm not too proud to admit, this made me feel good...

at some risk to themselves, my peeps had my back.

Dang. Smile
ma'am, I could react to the avocado comment... but I like you too much. Big Grin Wink In Australia we 'live' on them all year round - and mangoes and red papaya (when they're in season).

You haven't mentioned eating those round orange balls know as salmon roe. Biting into little bubbles that swirt the taste of the sea into your mouth. M-mmm. If you can get over what they are, they are soooooooooooooooooooooo orgasmic. Yep, that's the only word for them. Yum. Smile
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Down here on the gulfcoast of MS they are trying to collect funds to rebuild Beauvoir the home of confederate president Jefferson Davis. I'm just wondering if/how many minorities are giving donations and if Jeff and the good ole boys were alive today would they even consider accepting donations from "us"?


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Originally posted by FireFly:
ma'am, I could react to the avocado comment... but I like you too much. Big Grin Wink In Australia we 'live' on them all year round - and mangoes and red papaya (when they're in season).

You haven't mentioned eating those round orange balls know as salmon roe. Biting into little bubbles that swirt the taste of the sea into your mouth. M-mmm. If you can get over what they are, they are soooooooooooooooooooooo orgasmic. Yep, that's the only world for them. Yum. Smile
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Papaya? :ick:

Hehe.

What are those orange balls called? They sound interesting.

Perhaps I should be on the lookout for them.
Ooooooo....I LOVE Avocado!!! And I LOVE Mango and Papaya!

I've had sushi in those "California Rolls" and I go CRAZY for those! I bought an Asian cooking book to learn how to make them because we are always eating some sort of Asian food, if we aren't eating Soul Food or East Indian Food...etc, etc., etc...

I'm learning about the different fish eggs...I know I will get the courage to try them...lol.



But my random thought is: I loved writing about my "First Memory" of being Black. It's yet another writing that I can add to the book I will be finishing at the end of this month! Woo Hoo! I am part of the NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month! Every participant strives to write 50,000 words in 30 days!!! I'm over 35,000 already and I'm TOO excited!!!!
Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm glad you're doing Nano - I did it last year and got to 43,000 words but that was OK coz I did get the story "finished". I've been spending the last 6 months (on and off) doing a bit of an edit and cleaning it up. Writing is easier than editing Razz

What genre is your novella? And do you think you'll go past 50K words??? I really dig the Nano website and the forum.

btw: seeing how you like avocado + mangoes + have an Australian friend, I figure you should VISIT us 'down here'. If you like food, beaches, dancing, and mostly friendly people you will love it here lol. Smile And our sushi is good too. Wink
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aCongrats on finishing up your book!!! I do agree that the writing is easier than the editing....lol.

YES!!! I WILL finish my book! It is in the "other" category for self help. I instigated a project in which all of my friends and family took the first Life's Little Instruction book (by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.) and actually lived out each and every one of the instructions. My book is about those experiences and how it changed people's quality of life. In my book, I give assignments on how to CARRY OUT the instructions, what to think about when approaching the instruction an then I ask people to "pay it forward."

I'm excited!!! I will be starting the project all over again with the next instruction book as well! My people always have a good time with these assignments!!! I know I will go well past the 50,000 words by the middle of next week! Woo Hoo!

Our local press is covering it, so I really hope to eat that up!

You know, I've been thinking of visiting Aussy! I had someone in my business classes who moved there for his wife and the way he described the climate was phenomenal! He said there were 73 degree days ALL of the time, which is just perfect for me! Given that my two friends will be living there, I know I will want to catch some sites! What are some good places to start with?
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You know, I've been thinking of visiting Aussy!


(ps: first off it's Aussie lol)

It sounds like you're a real action woman! Go gurl! tfro

ShayaButHer where are your friends located? I'd be happy to suggest some places locally and more suited to your interests.

Depending where in the USA you are, you could fly direct from LAX airport, or, if you are travelling further - from the mid-west or east-coast, then it's possible to break your flight with a stopover in Hawaii - coz you'll sure need it. The 14hr flight from San Fran/LA puts most Americans off. However, it is usually cheaper to fly from the USA to Australia than vice versa.

Being a heat-bunny myself, 73F isn't my idea of heaven, 80+F is more like it, lol! Which is why I'll move up North one day. And which is why I loved Trinidad - ALWAYS SUMMER!! Their temp is 26-32 Celcius all year round (!)

The winters here are mild along the east coast of Australia, esp with global warming - no I'm not kidding. I remember I used to 'freeze', but gradually winter has been simply cold not freezing cold. Victoria (the State south of NSW where I am) has had a sudden bizaree snowfall and it's summer in 2 weeks time!

Australia http://www.australia.com/home_au.aust?L=en&C=AU

Indigenous tourism http://www.aboriginaltourism.com.au/

Tourism Northern Territory http://www.tourismnt.com.au/

Queensland tourism http://www.tq.com.au/destinations/index.cfm

New Sout Wales http://www.visitnsw.com.au/ (ignore all the pics of people wearing akubra hats... that is actually a rare sight, unless they are tourists, lol.)

central Oz http://www.centralaustraliantourism.com/main.php
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My friends are in Adelaide, SA Australia. Do you know that area?

I haven't been there for quite a while, so I'm a bit out of touch. The Adelaide hills are really pretty. South Australia is a bit of a split personality, lol, known equally for its large number of churchs, and vineyards and wine production lol. SmileThe countryside is beautiful and Adelaide has a lot of art and creative culture.

It also hosts the annual WOMADelaide, world music festival (I dig their logo) which I'm hoping to get to next year. Last year's guest was Miriam Makeba (sp?). Take a look: www.womadelaide.com.au
Real estate is cheaper than Sydney and Melbourne.
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my aunt waits until today to start cooking the gumbo and i can't start thanksgiving without the gumbo!urgggg! Mad

any chance you might post a recipe for it later on... Smile licks lips...


well i've never made it myself personally its kind of complicated well its complicated to make it GOOD. I always mess the roux up-the roux is the base if you can't get that right you can't make gumbo. I know for the roux you use vegetable shortening and all-purpose flour. You heat the shortening up until its real hot then you whisk in the flour slowly. Once thats mixed well you turn the heat down and cook it on real low until it turns a dark brownish color which can take a while-stiring constantly so it doesnt stick and burn to the pan. It looks kind of nasty like a the paste you have when you are paper macheing. This burns easy if you don't stir it constantly with a careful eye on it-which is where i usually fu$k it up. You put the roux on the side for later. Everyone does it different and puts different things in it because there are different types of gumbo. my favorite and the kind i eat the most often is seafood gumbo. In seafood gumbo we usually put whole crabs, shrimp, smoke sausage,oysters ( i don't eat those), sometimes gizzards, alot of people use okra but i don't care for it, along with seasoning-bay leaves, onions, butter, green pepper, green onion, water, salt and pepper oh and file powder to make it thicker and not so soupy. We usually clean and cook the crabs seperately. We sautee the sausage, gizzards and shrimp in butter and seasoning first also. Mix the butter, seasoning, water togeather and add all of the seafood along with the roux you made earlier. Let that simmer for a while. Most people eat it over rice. You may want to look online for a real recipe if its something you really want to make-my recipe will probably get you lost.
Today I was standing in line at a store when a friendly brother gave me a very nice compliment about my hair. He said, "your hair is pretty and it looks healthy."

"Thanks," I said and prepared to take my turn at the counter.

He goes on, "Women do so many damn things to their hair, when they should just leave it alone. Your hair is very pretty, I bet you don't do all those things to YOUR hair."

What????? Eek

I wanted to say, *I* DO plenty of things to MY hair, this 'look' ain't natural. If someone poured a bucket of water over my head, my hair would soon start to KINK up and the bouncy curls you now see --- would be HISTORY! It may look "easy" to achieve this particular "natural look," but 'maintaining' takes TIME & EFFORT. Eek

But did I say any of this? Roll Eyes

Noooooooooooooooo, I just smiled and turned away.

He goes on, "Wow, pretty smile. Now you're showing me those nice white teeth."

OMG!!!! Embarrass the hell out of me, whydontya.

Should I tell him? I thought to myself. Should I tell this man my teeth are so white because I had them WHITENED a couple years ago?

Should I school the brother???

Ahhh mannnn, I was tempted -- I was VERY tempted. Smile

The brother shouldn't be ignorant to the inner workings of a good beautician and the best dentist in town.

Ah well. Let let some other woman school him.

As for me ... I simply smiled again, gathered my purchases and made my exit.

Yes, I can take a compliment and leave it at that. Smile
It's almost 5:30 am and I still haven't gotten on the treadmill. I should be putting in my miles RIGHT NOW.

But I don't feel like it.

In fact, I'm thinking, will it hurt to let it slide today? I mean, no one would know. I'll pretend like *I* don't know. lol

It's getting later and I'm almost to the point of it being too late to run, especially, if I don't do it in another 5 minutes.

Hmmmmmm. . .What's a girl to do? Confused
Peace.....

I am noticing a very crazy trend develop in Detroit. People are literally throwing money away..actually tossing it out...I am talking about their pennies..They are simply leaving them on counters, or just thowing them out of the window at drive through restaraunts..

I always pick up these pennies and place them in a coin jar at home..I guess it is just more money for me...Crazy thing is that I only see this insanity in the black neighborhoods...

Anyway....wow...

Oftimes, the things that other people see as insignificant, others see as very valuable...



Kai
At work yesterday I came across an elderly Persian woman, well, actually, she flagged me down--approaching ME about an issue she hoped I could resolve.

In the mist of our conversation she suddenly started crying; sobbing loudly ... I mean REALLY ... she seemed to totally lose control. I pulled over ... got out of the car and held her. I had no idea what the problem was. In broken English she explained--apparently, the issue she needed assistance with occurred the day before, she was only 'now' finding out about this "issue" because she & her husband didn't speak.

According to the lady, they have been married 50 years, but the husband rarely spoke to her, he hated her and blamed her for problems their adult children were having--it was all her fault because she is their mother [a cultural thing, I believe]. "He said I should DIE and get it over with," she said.

My natural instincts kicked in and I did my best to console and encourage her. I held her & rubbed her back a little [my experience from volunteer work with my seniors kicking in as well]. "Your husband is wrong, you shouldn't just DIE and get it over with," I said.

Eventually, I left her with a few suggestions, and a phone number. She smiled at me, "God bless you." She was feeling a little better, she would go home and do what I said regarding the original "issue." Then, she touched my hair ... & smiled again.

I could see that she was feeling better, but I was totally unprepared when she leaned over and kissed me on the cheek -- a wet kiss at that. Eek OMG!!!!!!!!!!

I don't do wet kisses on the cheek--EVER ... unless it's a child (otherwise, I freak out..lol).

I helped her across the street, then practically RAN to my car to get bacteria wipes so I could wipe my face, well, in the area of the "kiss."

Random thought -- This is nothing against the lady, BUT ... A WET KISS ON THE CHEEK AIN'T FOR ME -- EWWWWWWWWWWWW.

I'm just particular that way.

But thank goodness for a good supply of bacteria wipes. Smile
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I helped her across the street, then practically RAN to my car to get bacteria wipes so I could wipe my face, well, in the area of the "kiss."

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well, gurl, you're lucky you didn't get THREE wet kisses LOL. I have a few Persian friends, and it is customary when greeting to kiss either cheek - but 3 times not twice, like the French/Euro style. But NO not ever wet kisses. Eek
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I helped her across the street, then practically RAN to my car to get bacteria wipes so I could wipe my face, well, in the area of the "kiss."

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well, gurl, you're lucky you didn't get THREE wet kisses LOL. I have a few Persian friends, and it is customary when greeting to kiss either cheek - but 3 times not twice, like the French/Euro style. But NO not ever wet kisses. Eek
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lol Three wet kisses? OMG! EekPity the thought. [gasp!]

Yes, I'm familiar with the "kiss" on either cheek, but, in general, when folks encounter ME [during working hours] ... a kiss on the cheek is the LAST thing I'll receive as a greeting. LOL. I also have a few Persian friends, however, generally speaking, my work involves working with or amongst different cultures, ethnicites/and or people.

As I mentioned before, I work with the public. Smile Sometimes they're happy to see me, other times ... well, MOST TIMES, they're not. lol
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
He's the coolest brother/MAN I've ever met in my entire life! Wow. I think about him all the time and I'm so grateful to have him in my life, my dear brotherfriend. Wink

NOT enough information! nono stop teasing us! Smile Big Grin


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