Ya GOT To Love Cookies!


You can blame jbru for this:)

The Interview Meme

You can play along by

1. Leaving me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

And the questions are…

1) How did you come by the moniker “Doc?”

Sorry, but I never answer that one truthfully. However, some answers I’ve given are…

“I was a medic in Nam”
“I delivered my freshman math teacher’s baby dwhen she went into labor during class”
“I’m a freelance gynecologist”
“I’m a real doctor, I just got bored with it”

2) I seem to recall you were in the military at some point. What branch and specialty? (Or which would you join if forced to in your youth?)

I was a cook in the Navy from October 1972 to October 1976

3) Describe your first favorite RPG character of your own creation.

My fave character would be Doc Tempest, a hero in the CyberPulp universe I created. Think Doc Savage, only with long hair and no problems relating to women.

4) How did you meet your (Insert Descriptive Phrase) of Love?

I actually met her at a Labor Day picnic put on by a local computer BBS, back in those days before the WWW. It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was definitely attraction at first sight for both of us.

5) What is, in fact, the craziest thing you have done? The craziest thing other think you’ve done?

That question covers a HUGE territory, but for spur of the moment “what were we thinking” nuttiness…

At age 17, my cousin and I hitchhiked from Sacramento to Reno, then to Las Vegas, then to San Diego, then to San Francisco, then back to Sacramento. In 7 days flat. Along the way, we…

Spent the night in the barn that was part of a brothel
Got to drive a Rolls Royce from Carson City to Vegas
Stowed away in a cattle truck going from Barstow to San Diego
Spent the night ion the San Diego Zoo
Rode up the coast in a VW bug with two hippie chicks
Sang for our supper in San Francisco

…among other, less genteel things:)

The Dirty Handed Redhead Of Aslin Way

But my intentions are clean. Sort of. Sometimes.

Uncle Doc’s Garden Adventures For Sunday

1: Sprayed to kill the thrice cursed Bermuda Grass
2: Sprayed to kill other weeds
3: Planted 6 Coleus plants
4: Planted 6 Marigolds
5: Transported several cartloads of dirt and clippings to compost heap #3
6: Got too much sun…took a 1 hour nap (a VERY rare thing for me to do)
7: Pruned several unruly shrubs and vines
8: Cleared spaces to sow flower seeds
9: Decided to wait a few days to plant the veggies
10: Transplanted a French Tarragon plant
11: Watered everything

I’m still tired out. More blog-o-rama tomorrow.

More Fun With The Horticultural Whore

For a good time, call 1-800-VeggieBoy:)

And lo, today there was much running around and veggie/plant buying. I bought a half dozen Blue Lake green bean plants, about as many tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Black Krim, a delicious and insanely prolific cherry tomato called Suncherry and a very small variety of tomato called Currant), a single zuchinni (Magda), a sweet pepper (Queen), a medium hot pepper (Fish Pepper) and my favorite cantalope variety (Ambrosia).

I also bought herbs for a “strawberry pot” sort of planting scheme. I got dill, sweet basil, oregano, thyme, sage and tarragon.

For color in the garden (tho I have plenty of color already), I bought some mixed coleus and some red and orange marigolds. I’ve also got a bunch of flower seeds to plane, including some zinnias that should stop traffic with their cool varigations.

And then I came home, did a bit of garden prep and collapsed. And then ate chinese food. And then cooked Roscoe some dog rice with brown gravy and ground beef. And then collapsed again.

Tomorrow, there will come the digging and planting and watering and weeding.

Thrilling Food Stories

…in this issue: “John Carter and the Arugula Men of Venus”

The band meme (courtesy of jbru)…

BANDS I HAVE SEEN (a partial list due to my memory sucking)

Led Zeppelin
The Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd
The Who
Elton John
Jethro Tull
Bob Dylan
The Grateful Dead
Bob Marley
The Clash
Electric Light Orchestra
Pat Benatar
The Kinks
Charlie Daniels Band
Allman Brothers
Huey Lewis And The News
Greg Khin
Marshall Tucker Band
Bob Seger
Deep Purple
Black Sabbath
Blue Oyster Cult
Joe Cocker
Van Halen
Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Starship
Janis Joplin
The Moody Blues
The Supremes
Stevie Wonder
The Four Tops
Merle Haggard
Buck Owens
Loretta Lynn
Ernest Tubb
Tammy Wynette
Johnny Cash
Roy Clark
Charlie Pride
John Lee Hooker
Bo Diddley
Jerry Lee Lewis
Little Richard
Dave Brubeck



Went to see “Robots” yesterday. Fun little movie with a totally cool retro-junkyard/antique toolshop sort of look to it. You’d have to watch this flick a dozen times to pick up on all the familiar little things used as robot parts.

Watched the Discovery Channel’s “Supervolcano” movie last night. Not an Oscar winner for acting, but as a scientific look at how the shit would hit the fan if the Yellowstone caldera DID have a supereruption, it was very interesting and kinda scary. Let’s just say that the USA, Canada and the rest of the world will be seriously fucked when that baby does decide to blow up.

Fear The Mighty Weaselmobile!

I’ll explain that title some other time.


Not writing yet, tho contracts have been signed. Awaiting crucial text files.

A tornado touched down here in Sacramento. No massive damage and no threat to Chez Cross.

The weather is getting better, tornados aside. Soon will come the planting of tomatos, green beans, herbs and assorted veggies.

“Good Eats” did an episode on how to make gyros sandwiches at home. Should I ever meet Alton Brown, I will kneel before him and swear my undying loyalty.

My daylilies have started blooming. This is a Good Thing.