Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton
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Bachelor Weekend

So what did I do while Lori was away?

Thursday, I played Hijinx, as previously discussed.

Friday, I got a pulled beef sandwich from Mavrik's Barbecue. It was highly nasty--so full of tough bits and burnt ends that it was like a sandwich full of hot, wet beef jerky. Ick. (The pulled pork is much better.) After that, I watched videos.

Saturday, I got together with Kevin for lunch to talk about D&D. (Specifically, about the question 'if Turok is so much tougher than other PCs, how do I challenge him without killing everyone else?') It was such a perfect day that we went back to my house and sat out on the porch to talk. We had all the D&D 3e and 3.5 books spread out on the table, and a wireless-enabled laptop to check FAQs--and the geekiness flowed like the sweat from under the foreheads of the Klingons at a SF convention. It was a delightful day.

After that, I cleaned out the refrigerator, made a meal plan, and went grocery shopping. The big excitement there was that I found the latch on the rear door of my car not working--after a few dozen attempts to close the door, I drove home full of worry that it might come open.

Sunday, I spent most of the day preparing food; Sunday dinner was earlier than usual since I was picking up Lori that night, and I wanted to make sure that everything was on time.

Sadly, the grilled potatoes defeated me. After running out to buy more potatoes because I hadn't bought quite enough on Saturday night (and after finally managing to get the door to latch), I managed to burn the potatoes while I was doing my first stage of cooking. I ran out for more potatoes, but it still threw me behind.

Fortunately, Paul and Mary and Dave and Hope showed up early and were willing to help (and Mike and Monica were very helpful later). Hope in particular was a big help; her washing the dishes after dinner made it much easier for me to make it out to pick up Lori on time.

Everything was grilled for dinner:
- For the hamburgers, I used a recipe with A-1 Steak Sauce that I found on A-1's website. The flavor was good, but I found the burgers too wet and sloppy--I don't think I care to use that recipe again.
- The corn was husked, brushed with olive oil and herbs, and grilled. Paul was dubious about husking the corn before grilling it, but he was won over by the flavor.
- The grilled potato and green bean salad was fairly tasty, but not quite as tasty as I had been hoping. I'm not sure what was missing there.
- The grilled angel food cake with fruit salsa was very nice indeed. The grilling seemed to bring out the sweetness of the angel food cake in a very nice way. We'll have to do that again soon.
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