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i'm trying to drink away the part of the day that i can not sleep away

'm in Omaha. Robert's off the truck and on a bus headed for North Carolina. I have completed the hoop-jumping and paperwork signing necessary to be in the owner/operator division of my company. I even have a spiffy new employee number.

The company I'm renting/purchasing the truck through doesn't have the kind I want prepped and ready to go and it could still be several days, up to a week even. It looks as if I will drive another truck temporarily for them until they can get the one I want ready. I've been trying to avoid this, because I HATE truck move-in/move-out and now I'll have to do it twice.

hen I visited with justamy on Monday, I made her take me out for some authentic Kansas City barbecue. In all the times I've visited her, we had never eaten barbecue. It was so good. Then on Tuesday, in observance of the sacred holiday I gorged myself with Never-Ending SteakTM at a Travel Centers of America truck stop in Denver. Yesterday, I had grilled pastrami and swiss with mayo on rye, courtesy of my in-truck grill'n machine. By last night, I had some serious heart burn. I felt like I was breathing fire.

For lunch, I'm making grilled havarti cheese sandwiches on rye. I wish I had some tomato. That would rock so hard.


The Return of Spinal Tap
I loved This Is Spinal Tap. Own it in fact. So I thought it'd be fun to see this pseudo-sequel, a concert movie of Spinal Tap. It's the first movie in a long, long time that I turned off before it was over because I was so bored with it. And I watch a lot of bad movies. To give you an idea of just how bored I was consider the movie I watched next.

American Pie Presents: Band Camp
I actually made it all the way through this one. Not this was any great movie, in fact it was awful, yet watchable. This is due partially to the fact that I'm a dude and there is ample T&A throughout. But there is a reason this movie went straight to video; it lacks the charm and talent of its predecessors. I don't know how Eugene Levy got roped into doing this installment of the American Pie franchise. I'm guessing he inked the contract before anyone else and no way to back-out when none of the cast returned. Maybe he just wanted the paycheck. He, and the dude that played the science-fiction geek minor character "The Sherminator" are the only links to the original film. The story, in a nutshell, revolves around junior high school student Matt Stiffler, the younger brother of the older Stiffler, eager to have the same sort of legacy as his brother. After a rather heinous public prank on the highschool band during the graduation ceremony of the senior class, The Sherminator, who is now the school guidance counselor, sentences him to spend the summer at band camp. Eugene Levy's tie to band camp is that he serves as the "conflict counselor" in the absence of his daughter in-law (the band-geek from the other films) who is pregnant by his son Jim. Hilarity, hi-jinks, and nudity ensue. In the end, young Stiffler is redeemed when he learns that good friends, regardless of their nerd-factor, are more important than being cool and a jerk. All together now: awwwwwww. The real surprise for me was Arielle Kebell who is a breath of fresh air and cute as all get out. Not worth your while, really, but if you've seen the other three, you might as well just for the completist in you.

Bubba Ho-tep
Elvis (Bruce Campbell) switched places with an impersonator in the 1970's, then the impersonator died famously in the bathroom at Graceland. The King is now laid-up in an east Texas nursing home waiting to die from a cancerous growth on his penis. Along with an elderly black man who claims he's John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis), they make an unlikely geriatric super-duo who must fight the forces of evil in the form of a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy sucking the souls from the assholes of the home's patients. Not only does the film have a great premise and is incredibly funny, but it has a lot of heart and soul about a once great man seeking a way to redeem himself in the final moments of his life. This is one movie you should not miss.

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aybe the few people thought they shouldn't spoil too much about it, but my little synopsis doesn't give anything away that isn't on the case or a Netflix summary. Given what little I know of your sense of humor, I'd venture to say it is right up your alley. :)

Technically speaking, the term barbecue refers to fire grilling here, too, however it's also become synonymous with the tangy sauce used to make BARBECUE. Y'know, you could probably buy barbecue sauce on-line and experiment with making your own. The place I ate at the other day with Amy has their own online store. :)

I'm told there are slight differences in style between states - is that right? The barbecue I had in Texas was slow cooked over a longer period of time, and really used the smoke in the cooking (I've read tons of stuff about the virtues of different woods for their smoke). Oh, I've experimented. I brought books, spices, dry rubs and sauces back with me from the States. I've got recipes galore and have made some nice sauces. What I need is a barbecue pit. Bit tricky in my little apartment. The neighbours freaked out at the smoke and called the fire brigade when I did that experiment, so I didn't do that again. True story.

es, there is a difference in style with concern to the cooking of the meat itself and to the sauce. Missouri is rather reknowned for it, as is Tennessee. According to Amy, there is a bit of a feud as to which place is its "birthplace" between the two states. Of course there's also Texas, and North Carolina has a bit of a reputation as a barbecue state, too.

I don't know about other countries but this is very typical of the U.S. - regional pride in their culinary legacies. Is there a similar phenomenon in Australia?

I don't think so. We're a lot more homogeneous across the nation than you lot. And you have areas of the U.S. that have quite distinct and unique histories that set them apart from the rest of the country, and culinary traditions are bound to be part of that, (especially in parts of the South where there's that French influence, for example.) We were settled all over by people who were very similar and miss out on that sort of culinary diversity because of it. Says I. Food didn't start getting interesting in this country until we had an influx of migrants from all over the place, and that's only a comparatively recent thing.

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