The Big, Dreaded Day Comes to a Close
Another birthday, almost over — thank goodness! I spent much of the day running around, not paying attention to JTV, and when I came back and had time to tune in the chat rooms were hopping, especially the Melinus channel. You know the one — the very attractive couple from Sweden. Well, their room was hopping more than any other and the reason the others had any chatter at all was because people were popping in and out of them to tell people to hurry over to Melinus to catch the action.
Some were calling it porn, others were not, but whatever category you put it in, it was a departure from the, “We are going to keep this PG” business model Justin’s been communicating the past 113 days. It was only a matter of time before someone stepped beyond the, watch me watch you chatting with me, join me as I go to a bar late at night and get tanked, accompany me to the mall to shop, watch me sleep 1/2 the day away and other less than exciting streams.
A Pink Impaient
I rated it as a Q — not really an R, but not PG either. I don’t think I’d want my kids watching if they were 13 or under. It was nothing more than a planned taunt-fest. The couple would seem to spend about as much time with an eye on chat as on each other. All the while with smirks on their faces. The tips are out there for all to see. There is no need to go further. You can watch or not watch and make your own observations and decide if this is the kind of JTV excitement you were waiting for.
And there’s another tip where the lifecaster runs naked past his camera. He seemed a bit embarassed, or if not embarassed, just somehow caught off-guard, but nevertheless…another step past PG. I had visions of the kids and pervs going absolutely nuts when this guy streaks by the camera, butt in full view. Chat was probably on fire too.
I’d say the net result of all of this will be more viewers. I don’t know that it will attract new viewers, but we saw current viewers flock to the Melinus channel like vultures to rotting carcasses. Once the couple picked up and went off to bed for the night, the room became a morgue. All but those hoping for an encore flew away to other rooms.
My day, this big, fat milestone birthday turned out to be a quiet, relaxing one. I was treated to a new grill which was great. I’ve been talking about wanting to get one for months, but just hadn’t taken the plunge. I kept thinking it was a silly purchase in light of the fact that I may be moving 10,000 miles away for a new job, but I am so happy I have it now! Living 14 stories in the sky in the state of Viginia means only electric grills are legal. There’s no use trying to outsmart the law. If the fire department doesn’t catch on, fellow neighbors surely would.
It was a process however, and one that got the best of me for a while. I schlepped the thing home and it was heavy. The base and pedestal are cast iron. The top is stainless steel which is not heavy, but all in all it was a beast — for me. I got it into the house, took it out of the box, put it together and something just didn’t look right.
The darn thing was at such a slant that I had visions of the food slipping off of it. By default it was more like a George Foreman grill than what it was meant to be.
I think it was an open box — you know how you can tell when there appears to be extra packing tape, and I think the previous owner struggled to put the base together and resorted to banging the thing to the point of crunching the stainless steel at the base of the grill. I noticed parts of the cast iron base pieces were bent out of shape as well. I don’t know how the person did it, these stuff is not flimsy and easily bendable with bare hands. They must have taken a mallet to it or something.
So, I packed it all up and dragged it back down to the car for the trip back to the store. They checked what they had in inventory and got me one that was not damaged. I once again schlepped the thing home and voila! A nice new shiny grill. For grilling purists — I know, I know, it’s not the same, but once you cook on it a few times it will have flare-ups and which will result in some charring, which is what gives that grilled taste.
I plugged it in and after a little playing around with circuit breakers and that little test thingie in the outlet it was all systems — Go — we had grillage!
My BFF sent this basket filled with delicious fruit shaped to look like flowers. DELICIOUS pineapple, mellons, chocolate covered strawberries and grapes. YUM!
Next thing I knew my phone was ringing with birthday deliveries. Woo hoo! My lucky day. My best birthday greetings were those that came via eCard from 2D JTV friends and greetings in chat and in the streams. Thanks everyone!!
This sorry cake has to rate as my worst effort ever! I am not used to baking in this oven and apparently the racks are tilted, because the cake layers came out slanted — terribly. And I will confess, I was too tired to make the colored icing from scratch and that was a HUGE mistake. It did not come out smoothly at all. So this cake looks like a 5th grader put it together.
Listen to this baby purr — it’s like the Porche of Mixers
But … aside from the pink stuff, it tastes like a million dollars! It’s the recipe my mom made for every birthday and is THE BEST! Here is the recipe:
Quick Cocoa Cake
6 Tablespoons Cocoa
2 Cups Flour — either sift it or get self-rising and don’t overwork it
1-1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cups Melted Butter
1 Cup Cold Water
Mix all ingredients in mixer until there are no lumps. Pour into two 8 inch buttered and floured baking pans. Bake in a pre-heated 350˚oven for … good question! Some of this stuff is not written down as you can see below, so I have to guess. You know your oven best, but if you are doing it in an 8 inch pan you will want to check it at 40 minutes. Remember, cakes are tempremental, so don’t bang around in the kitchen while it’s setting up and don’t open the door until at least 30 minutes. You can use a toothpick to check and see if the center is cooked, if so it will come out clean.
1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
4 Squares Unsweetened Chocolate, Melted
1/4 Cup Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Mix all ingredients together. It’s important to note that you are using raw eggs, if you are hesitant to do this, and I would recommend not serving the icing to kids or the elderly, then go with a store bought brand that offers a semisweet flavor and add some melted butter to smooth it out just a bit. I am usually a freak about food safety, but I risk it for this recipe.
Let the cake cool before you ice it or it will absorbed into the cake. Delicious, but not what you are looking to do with this cake.
Shiny New Grill
Grilling Shrimp and Pineapple
Pinch Pots with Indian Spices/Seasoning Mixes — From My Sister
This Fruit Basket Could Feed 1/2 the Building!
Tomorrow is Another Day
It will be interesting to see how things play out on JTV tomorrow. Will the sultry Swedes come back with an encore? Will the streaker go for round two, or will we be back to watching Sarah Meyer’s sleeping soundly and fun and games with Gentle Giant Jeffy?
Only time will tell.