It’s funny what interests you when you’ve lost your job and can’t afford some of the luxuries that you once did. I’ve recently taken an interest in baking. If you have read any of my other posts I am battling a hoarding disorder by writing the things in my magazines on this blog. I’ve started with the Playboys. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to organize a blog so that it makes good sense for the reader and for myself. I always thought that I wanted to build a portal, but realized that a blog is exactly what I need. Everything I want all in one highly organized space. I had heard about WordPress before, but tried to download it and install it like a program. This just caused me much confusion and ultimately discouraged me from writing about anything at all.
I am a 37-year-old out of work career bartender. I live in West Michigan…..the nation’s leader in unemployment. At least we’re good at something right? Last night I attempted to make the Playboy Pizza Crust recipe (that I transcribed very poorly.) Hoarders beware! I did a crappy job of typing and threw out the recipe in the trash which got picked up yesterday. I realized this last night and for that I apologize. I cheated by using another recipe to see how much water to use and it came out alright. I don’t think my oven was hot enough and I took it out too soon. Later I baked a cherry pie after I turned the oven up a and burned it. I scraped the burnt crust off and it tasted great. Not a recipe worth typing though. Canned cherries and boxed pie-crust, but I leaned on the same cookbook that rescued me from my pizza crust mess. From that I learned to sprinkle sugar on top before putting in the oven. Overall I have realized that I need to buy a new oven if I’m going to learn how to bake. At least it’s gas. Oddly, I think I would rather buy that than a new flat screen TV. Maybe when I find a new job. There is a bar in Grand Rapids that’s cool enough that I’m going to shave off my beard before going in with my resumé. After that my friend Nick and I are going to see Agent Orange at Billie’s. I haven’t seen any music for a while so getting out of my little bake-shop will be nice. Nick just bought a house so he’ll be happy to get out of his nest too. Later this month my friend Ryan invited me to go see Govt’ Mule at The Orbit Room. I’m looking forward to seeing Warren for the first time since last summer. I just went into my bedroom to lie down for a minute and while looking at my bookshelf realized that blogging will be a good exercise in writing more succinctly as well as learning about HTML and file structure. I’ve been using my laptop in the living room, but it’s making my back hurt sitting hunched over. I’m going to have to bundle up and go back into the office and soak up the aeron chair. My office is surrounded by 8′ sliders that go out to my decks so it’s a very cold room. That computer doesn’t have any of my passwords etc. stored on it, but that’s the G5 with a 23″ monitor and Event studio monitors. It’s an older G5 without an intel-based chip but it’s still a Photoshop machine with lots of ram and it sounds great.