Power Cheat, Pre-Sabbatical

The Pantry, downtown LA, after the Lakers game.

It was 10:3opm. I had eaten only about 600 calories all day, 60% of which was protein. We had walked seven miles. There was probably never a better time for a cheat meal.

And I couldn’t finish everything. Neither could the kid. The stomach apparently shrank along with the belly.

That said, there is nothing like comfort food, done right, and in generous portions to remind you of exactly how beguiling a foodie’s life could be.

My next cheat meal is scheduled for dinner on Saturday, January 19th in Chicago. That will be either hot dogs and tater tots, or Giordano’s pizza (2 slices.)

Sabbatical: D-Minus 12 – Reading List

This looks like the final stack, with a few more in the Kindle:

  • Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  • The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
  • Death by Pastrami by Leonard Bernstein
  • God in Search of Man: A Philosophy  of Judaism by Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Can’t wait to begin.

Patch of the Month: Yuletide Special

Opening the holiday greetings, I was pleased to find a card from the Ventura County Council. I work with the team there rather a lot, and they are dedicated, caring, and inspiring.

Enclosed was this gift, a little blessing to a patch collector like myself: a limited edition council-specific patch with the Council’s legendary summer camp, Three Falls, with a visitation by Mr. Claus and his personal herd of Rangifer tarandus. This one will not find its way to eBay: it’s a keeper.

Merry Xmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Good Festivus, and a belated chag sameach to all, and to all a Happy New  Year.

Cheat Meal of the Month (Sort of)

So for my first cheat meal since beginning my training program at the beginning of August, I was going to have this box of sliders and order of baked fries.

Well, I could only manage to eat four of the sliders, and after one french fry  I realized that something had happened to my appetite since starting on this journey: I didn’t much like french fries anymore.

So The Kid got two sliders and the fries, and I am perfectly happy going right back to my nutrition program.

Next cheat meal will be during my sabbatical three weeks hence, during my stopover in Portland, Oregon.

At the moment I am thinking about Pine Street Biscuits. Thoughts?