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Japanese Italian Korean

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Last night (or Friday morning for those in the U.S.) I had dinner at a Japanese Italian restaurant.  It was quite an experience,though that is true of all my meals here so far.  The first dish had Korean stylings, hence the title.  But the part I want to share right now is something I am particularly proud of, and it starts with our second dish.
The second dish consisted of pasta – and one full-bodied large shrimp.  (Ok, I’m not sure if it was shrimp, but I don’t know my seafood very well.)  When I say full-bodied, I mean eyes and everything still there.

My host then explained the best part.  You guessed it – bite the head off whole.  He also recommended a lot of chewing immediately.  :)

To be honest, I wasn’t that sure I was going to eat any of the thing, much less the head, eyes and legs and all.  But the other two gentlemen at the meal with me (one Japanese, one living there but from Belgium) also tried it for the first time.  I decided to give it a go – it was obviously doable.  So I told my eyes and stomach to shut up and picked it up.

The shrimp was white and reddish orange.   It looked like it had been crawling along the sea floor, got scooped up and thrown in the pot, then transferred to my bowl.

I took a bite, which can actually be described in one word: crunchy.  I suppose if I had thought of it, I could have just closed my eyes and imagined I was eating chips, with a little salty dip in each bite.  Savor that mental picture, while I go off to eat breakfast.  Ciao!

I’m still alive. Other than that, though . . .

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Ok, so no posts for all of January?  What gives?!

Well, let’s just say I was … occupied.  Which is a nice way of saying that I slept little, saw my wife and kids less, and am generally nearing exhaustion.  Januaries seem to have a way of doing that, at least in my occupation, so you would think I would learn to expect it.  Anyway, a number of unusual circumstances led to last month being more brutal than normal.  This month will be (slightly) better, but hopefully after that things will return to whatever normal is.

So when can you expect more of my pithiness, and what particular aspects of pith can you anticipate?  Ah, good question.  Unfortunately, no good answer.  Could be tomorrow, could be March.  Could be Jars of Clay, could be WordPress, could be Whistler, could be just about anything related to anything I’m interested in.

So what’s the good news?  Well, the good news is I’m going to stop asking all these dumb questions just so I can answer them for you.  The other good news is that I’ve got lots of interesting thoughts and articles in the wing, once I get back in the groove of publishing them.  Plenty of technology and philosophy coming up . . . sometime.

Leave your thoughts, questions, and most desired articles.  And yes, Christmas Letter: Part 3 will be one of my first posts, for those of you wondering.  :D