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This makes NO sense to me. While I understand it isn't fun to watch nor is it pretty, animals are very different from Humans on a cognitive level. Regardless, how exactly can you slaughter a cow "nicely". Chickens are slaughtered far worse. They are dipped in boiling water while still alive in most plants to defeather them.

How the treatment of an animal heading to slaughter could ever POSSIBLY lead to a recall of the product by anyone capable of rational thought is beyond me. These are emotional responses and they make no sense.

While the images were disturbing, the bigger issue is that injured or sick livestock were NOT to enter the food chain. A broken leg is one thing, but if the cow is sick for another reason then it could pose a risk to the consumer. I.e. Mad Cow.

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Yes.. let's go frolic in IronTiger's thought provoking threads. I'm sorry, but this forum is better with Niche, Red, and Meme contributing.

Speaking of which, when and where is our next happy hour?

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While the images were disturbing, the bigger issue is that injured or sick livestock were NOT to enter the food chain. A broken leg is one thing, but if the cow is sick for another reason then it could pose a risk to the consumer. I.e. Mad Cow.

Most contaminants are of no consequence if the meat is cooked. It doesn't take much to kill off everything from ebola to e.coli. If you eat rare, you might have problems, but medium-rare and up are fine.

If a vendor knowingly allows sick cattle (sick to the point of having toxins that cannot be killed by standard cooking practices), that is unacceptable. That isn't what we're talking about though (as you acknowledged).

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My upstairs neighbor's shower somehow decided to make an appearance in my bathroom and living room this morning. Waking up to dripping noises = not fun.

I often heard that most apt complex's do not allow waterbeds in an upstairs apt? I always hated those things anyway but they do not allow in the event it starts to leak.

Makes sense I guess. Imagine sitting on it with a fine point pen in your back pocket? Ja ja

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My upstairs neighbor's shower somehow decided to make an appearance in my bathroom and living room this morning. Waking up to dripping noises = not fun.

that sucks. I'm sorry to hear that. Had someone that recently went through that and it was an ordeal, I hope your situation is taken care of quickly.

Shifting on another subject:

I was driving and I noticed a truck parked behind Josephines, with a Cell mast and generator on top of it. Along the side was a small satillite dish which seemed (heh) to be pointed at the ATT building.

Is this a temporary thing for the convention or has usage gone that high?

It also makes me wonder if some of the newer high rises are going to suppliment their income a bit and put up a few discrete cell towers.

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My upstairs neighbor's shower somehow decided to make an appearance in my bathroom and living room this morning. Waking up to dripping noises = not fun.

I had that happen to me last year, but I only found out about it because I was already in the shower when he got in, so his water leaked through a bad gasket at the drain onto the sheet rock in my ceiling, through the sheet rock, and then on to me. I probably wouldn't have noticed if I my water hadn't been turned as hot as it was.

It took a day to get someone out to repair the gasket and install new sheet rock, then another day for them to texture it.

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All restaurants are worth trying generally.

This week, I've been pleasantly surprised by Istanbul Grill and Hungry's in the village.

At Istanbul Grill, I had their signature dish which was a plate layered with lamb meat (sherwarma), bread, vegetables, and different sauces. Their bread and hummus was excellent as well.

At Hungry's, we had their sampler appetizer which had hummus, cous cous and another thing on it, it was good. The best part was my entree though. I chose from the appetizer menu but it was excellent. Two portabello mushroom caps (I tasted balsamic vinegar) served on top of boiled/wilted spinach and then on top of the 'shroom was diced tomatos and feta cheese (I had them add extra for mine). It was AMAZING.

I've also been spending some a lot of time at Los Cucos on Westheimer and Fountainview and have been enjoying the chicken and spinach quesadillas, sans chicken.

I highly recommend these establishments and items. Los Cucos also has the second best Mojito in town.

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All restaurants are worth trying generally.

This week, I've been pleasantly surprised by Istanbul Grill and Hungry's in the village.

At Istanbul Grill, I had their signature dish which was a plate layered with lamb meat (sherwarma), bread, vegetables, and different sauces. Their bread and hummus was excellent as well.

At Hungry's, we had their sampler appetizer which had hummus, cous cous and another thing on it, it was good. The best part was my entree though. I chose from the appetizer menu but it was excellent. Two portabello mushroom caps (I tasted balsamic vinegar) served on top of boiled/wilted spinach and then on top of the 'shroom was diced tomatos and feta cheese (I had them add extra for mine). It was AMAZING.

I've also been spending some a lot of time at Los Cucos on Westheimer and Fountainview and have been enjoying the chicken and spinach quesadillas, sans chicken.

I highly recommend these establishments and items. Los Cucos also has the second best Mojito in town.

Thanks for that, G. I appreciate a good restaurant 'review' with some actual food description in it. The thing at Hungry's sound like a dish I make at home when I don't feel like cooking. Tasty. Feta makes everything better, IMO.

Here's my secret for delicious homemade pizza-ish food:

Get a boboli regular crust, or the store brand, doesn't matter. Not really thin though.

pre-heat oven to 425. Spread pizza bread with a thin coating of pesto. (prepared from the store, even ghetto stores carry Buitoni brand) (If I like you....... when my basil is up in the summer I'll make you some homemade, out of this world!)

Layer spinach leaves (raw) all over. Add a layer of thinly sliced red onion. Optional add thinly sliced garlic. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

If you want meat: Add a thin layer of either medium-count peeled shrimp (raw) or shredded chicken meat (from a roast chicken)

Add crumbled feta generously, season with oregano, a little salt, fresh ground black and red pepper.

Put in oven, uncovered, on center rack for 15-20 minutes. Note the feta will not melt the way mozz does; this is OK. I grate a little fresh parm on top when it comes out of the oven.

edit: on meat versions the raw shrimp will cook completely at that heat in about 15 minutes. Watch closely to not overcook. Store-bought roast chicken will hold up. Leftover homemade roast chicken is usually drier and may need a little more olive oil.

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That sounds delish, sans the shrimp. If I do meat on a pizza, I prefer italian sausage. I love feta cheese on pizzas. Goat cheese as well. A buddy of mine runs an italian restaurant and I had him make me a pizza once with no sauce (I'm not really a sauce fan), moz, feta, goat cheeses, italian sausage, onion (red and white) and capers (not my fav, but worked on the pizza).

It was DELISH.

I've never been a huge fan of pesto because I find most places use TOO MUCH of it. I think I'd like to try yours though.

"Hey baby, can I try your pesto?" lol!

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That sounds delish, sans the shrimp. If I do meat on a pizza, I prefer italian sausage. I love feta cheese on pizzas. Goat cheese as well. A buddy of mine runs an italian restaurant and I had him make me a pizza once with no sauce (I'm not really a sauce fan), moz, feta, goat cheeses, italian sausage, onion (red and white) and capers (not my fav, but worked on the pizza).

It was DELISH.

I've never been a huge fan of pesto because I find most places use TOO MUCH of it. I think I'd like to try yours though.

"Hey baby, can I try your pesto?" lol!

The secret to pesto is you only use a tiny bit. Very highly concentrated. I mean like a tablespoon full for 2 orders of pasta.

And the sausage....my mom is first generation US sicilian. The family sausage recipe is under lock and key but we try to make some every year at Christmas. Her brothers and sister in Beaumont/Orange do a very limited run..., mainly for their parish. Like Mexicans and tamales. We would start selling, now that my dad is retired, but it is a huge commitment. We get increasing pressure every year to to do the LaRocca sausage at xmas.

Sausages!

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So is this where I start begging?

Provided I can get myself in gear with the basil, I will be more than happy to cut you in on homemade pesto.

The sausage, see if I like you on Dec 30. My brother lives about a mile and a half from my folks, and I find that he is hogging the sausage. If there are any freezer leftovers come middle-end January, he's with mom explaining how he needs it for mardi gras, etc. Asshole hasn't been to mass in 10 years. There really is a little sausage war brewing.

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All restaurants are worth trying generally.

At Hungry's, we had their sampler appetizer which had hummus, cous cous and another thing on it, it was good. The best part was my entree though. I chose from the appetizer menu but it was excellent. Two portabello mushroom caps (I tasted balsamic vinegar) served on top of boiled/wilted spinach and then on top of the 'shroom was diced tomatos and feta cheese (I had them add extra for mine). It was AMAZING.

I've also been spending some a lot of time at Los Cucos on Westheimer and Fountainview and have been enjoying the chicken and spinach quesadillas, sans chicken.

I've been looking for some good vegetarian fare. Thanks!

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I have a coupon for the one out here (I think it's on 1960) ... is it really worth trying?

Yes siree. We had the Westheimer local cater our Christmas... oops "holiday" luncheon and were entranced for hours, I know I was. :blush:

Hopefully you can get the lasagna fresh out of the oven. Even the tomato sauce will leave you silly. Then there is the bread...Ohhhh! It's too early for this torture.

and I am lusting for the other dishes everyone else here has clearly & vividly described. Ottimo! or excellent!

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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5580098.html

New luxury Silverado IMAX opens today near Tomball

I was just thinking, now how could anyone say anything negative about a new theater opening and lord and behold! look at the stuff they start out with on the Chron comments. Really slammed Willowbrook. No ones ever happy I guess. This new Imax will benefit those nearby by but as far as us city slickers are concerned its too far out of the way. Opps!... gotta stay positive...I love Imax! :P

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ARGH!

I wanted to go to see the NYY-Redsocks game in NYC and they're all sold out!

Damnit it to hell!

Why dost thou foresaken me, Lord?!?!?

I'm going to go cry now...and get some baked ziti.....with cheese.

Edit: LOTS of cheese, Sauce, and some vodka. This calls for a day off.

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ARGH!

I wanted to go to see the NYY-Redsocks game in NYC and they're all sold out!

Damnit it to hell!

Why dost thou foresaken me, Lord?!?!?

I'm going to go cry now...and get some baked ziti.....with cheese.

Edit: LOTS of cheese, Sauce, and some vodka. This calls for a day off.

Cheese makes lots of things better. vodka makes lots of things a lot better. which reminds me, need to make a Specs run at lunch. Oops, while I was online last night I drank the last of my BFs cognac. Damn and he drinks the expensive stuff too.

Too bad about the tix. I, on the other hand, just made a major baseball score! Bought my mini-pack online and I got end seats in my favorite area--field boxes along the third base line. Seat numbers 1 and 2. Yay!!!

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Didnt get your ziti yesterday?

I got it yesterday. But this is PITY ziti, there is a difference. The vodka is the exclamation mark.

Cheese makes lots of things better. vodka makes lots of things a lot better. which reminds me, need to make a Specs run at lunch. Oops, while I was online last night I drank the last of my BFs cognac. Damn and he drinks the expensive stuff too.

Too bad about the tix. I, on the other hand, just made a major baseball score! Bought my mini-pack online and I got end seats in my favorite area--field boxes along the third base line. Seat numbers 1 and 2. Yay!!!

Yeah, it sucks. I wanted to go. Scalper for me. I already got a bunch of tickets for astros. I go too irregularly to go buy season tickets, sometimes work gets in the way (note to self: Find another job) and can't always take two days off for a game.

yes. you read that right.

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Does anyone ever go by themself to a game? I might have to do that this year.

it's been a while, but I've done it a number of times over the years. Sometimes just showing up and getting a ticket at the box office. Buy yourself a cheap seat up top and wander aorund.

When my ex and I separated at the beginning of the season, I'd go (this was driving in from San Antonio) and give my other ticket away if I could. I would go to see if any singles were lining up at the window, and just ask them if they wanted my seat. (Assuming it was someone I wanted right next to me.) I actually dated a guy I met this way.

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Does anyone ever go by themself to a game? I might have to do that this year.

Oh yeah, I went for a long time by myself all the time, but now I go with a friend or two and it generally turns into an entire days event...sometimes two.

it's been a while, but I've done it a number of times over the years. Sometimes just showing up and getting a ticket at the box office. Buy yourself a cheap seat up top and wander aorund.

When my ex and I separated at the beginning of the season, I'd go (this was driving in from San Antonio) and give my other ticket away if I could. I would go to see if any singles were lining up at the window, and just ask them if they wanted my seat. (Assuming it was someone I wanted right next to me.) I actually dated a guy I met this way.

When I was regularly dating, one of the prerequisites for me is that they had to enjoy baseball. I'd take a date to baseball and just hang out (and drink) and BS with people around us. It was pretty cool.

Of course, now my idiot friend (there is a reason why I call him that) usually actings like a "blocker" for me now.

Edit:(note to self: get new friend or find a girlfriend)

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Oh yeah, I went for a long time by myself all the time, but now I go with a friend or two and it generally turns into an entire days event...sometimes two.

I wouldn't mind hearing how one baseball game can be turned into a two day event.

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I wouldn't mind hearing how one baseball game can be turned into a two day event.

get text msg: "Game"

check calender. cancels following days appointments.

sent text msg: "Cool. Tomorrow."

Day one:

4:45am: Whine. moan. delicate flower. Work.

9am: finish appointments. Park car in random garage, (out of town) clients' home, buddy's house.

10am: take cab to BW3 Midtown. Order wings. Beer. Yum.

10:15am: Wings arrive. order 2nd beer. Eye Golden Tee game.

noon: Idiot Friend arrives. Ask about kids and wife. He grunts. More beer. resort to credit card for golden tee. Life is Good.

Noon+15min: buys friend ANOTHER round.

2pm: Take cab to friend's bar. Beer. BS.

5pm: Arrive by cab to Flying saucer or Slainte's. (depends on which can be more easily pronounced).

If Slainte' owner rolls eyes and immediately pours beer.meets imaginary friend.

If FS We head to Golden Tee and IF orders beer.....and pays for once.

Then drink. play golden Tee.

6pm: Ponder walking to stadium.

If wander to game. We sit. Order beer. Check out Xbox Game.

If Walking, go to Home plate. Order beer. Take swipe at imaginary friend for making rude comment.

7pm: Watch game from bar.

7:30: go to game after beer. imaginary friend doesn't have ticket. whines about needing to buy one.

8:30: go to home plate again. Drink beer. sees imaginary friend lying in gutter and laugh.

8th inning: go back to game to cheer.

9th inning: go to a random bar. wakes up imaginary friend.

11pm: friend ponders wife. I call wife on phone, get the "Don't let him drive drunk" speech. throw IF in cab.

Midnight: Finishes beer. puts imaginary friend in cab. Hails another cab. goes home.

2am: Texts friend, "Who won?"

4:45am kills alarm. says FU to the world and the cat.

noon: wake up.

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ROFL...

all of todays posts are classic. Especially the play by play.

The chicago edition was funny. It includes a buzz that lasted from 9am to 4am. The loss of my idiot friend on the EL and some hilarious Drunk dialing.

We're pondering a, NYM, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or St. Louis edition.

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The chicago edition was funny. It includes a buzz that lasted from 9am to 4am. The loss of my idiot friend on the EL and some hilarious Drunk dialing.

We're pondering a, NYM, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or St. Louis edition.

have never been to a game in Chicago and I'm afraid I'd need rehab after. Me and Ex had similar exploits in St Louis and Boston. Unfortunately his exploits included jail. But the good news is the current Mr Crunch is a baseball fan. He keeps me in line.

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Editor should create HAIF dating, haha

Or you can just PM me, lol

Be careful what you wish for :lol: . HAIF if what, like 80% men?

Lock, if I didn't already have a permanent date, I'd put you on the list for a game. Of course people might think you're my son, but hey. A free good seat is a free good seat!

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Be careful what you wish for :lol: . HAIF if what, like 80% men?

Lock, if I didn't already have a permanent date, I'd put you on the list for a game. Of course people might think you're my son, but hey. A free good seat is a free good seat!

That's true. Maybe HAIF dating isn't such a good idea.

And hey...I have no problem being seen a son, I am one already! :)

edit: I WISH HAIF was 80% men. I think it's more like 98%

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The chicago edition was funny. It includes a buzz that lasted from 9am to 4am. The loss of my idiot friend on the EL and some hilarious Drunk dialing.

We're pondering a, NYM, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or St. Louis edition.

I'm not a big baseball fan, but I'd be down for some Mets action.

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Okay, when I went to work yesterday, the gas at the station near me was $2.99 (twenty cents more than two weeks before). When I came home from work and desperately needed gasoline, the price had jumped to $3.05.

How can gas jump $.06 in one day!?!

This is getting outrageous and I hear we're gonna be hitting $4/gallon gas by Memorial Day.

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