Manual Labour Day

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about working for yourself, it’s that holidays mean nothing. I remember looking forward to long weekends so much, and doing absolutely nothing when they got here. Now here it is, almost a full year and I haven’t enjoyed a long weekend yet. It’s just work, work, work. I look forward to the day when I can look forward to a Monday off again.

In the meantime, I took advantage of a night alone to get crazy in the kitchen again. It started when Mar alerted me that my Tomatillos were ready to be pulled, and indeed they were bursting out of their husks. I can’t believe I managed to grow them here in Canada. My cayenne chili peppers were ready to go as well so I plucked one cayenne and three tomatillos. I marinated some steak in lime juice, habanero sauce, chili powder, and coriander for a few hours, then grilled it and sliced it in strips. I served’em with chopped endive, sliced tomatillo, and crumbled blue cheese in warmed flour tortillas. I also made the famous Mexican “green sauce”, which is basically garlic, chili peppers, tomatillo, and onion roasted in olive oil, then blended with cilantro into a sauce. It all turned out really good – and in less than two weeks I’ll be trying this stuff in a classroom for four hours a night.. wow.

So I guess since I’ve been lazy with blogging lately, I’ll finish this extra long addition off with the Friday Five I missed yesterday. Questions courtesy of Julie:

1. What’s your favourite piece of clothing that you currently own?
Well, I can’t indicate one particular piece – but I have four XFL jerseys that I can’t stop wearing. They’re so awesome for wearing around the house because of the material – they always stay cool. Plus, I usually get weird looks from people outside the house when I wear the XFL one. :)

2. What piece of clothing do you most want to acquire?
Hrm.. does this count as clothing? Because I would SO love one of them. But it’s got to say WWF, not WWE.

3. What piece of clothing can you not bring yourself to get rid of?
I have a series of hockey jerseys that no longer fit me from when I was a kid, but I’d never get rid of them. Team Canada, the Sharks, the Lightning, two Blackhawks, and a Sabres.

4. What piece of clothing do you look your best in?
Well, if you ask my wife, anything with a shirt and tie. Basically, anything blue tends to get the most reaction because my eyes are so bright blue.

5. What has been your biggest fashion accident?
Depends on who you ask, I guess. I’m not a fashion king – if I like how it looks, and it fits well, I’ll wear it. Right now I have a bright blue button-up with a white floral pattern across the chest and a black shirt with flames on it that tend to illicit varying reactions. :)


Friday Five

Ok, so I haven’t done a quiz in weeks. But I’ll do one today. Even though it’s not Friday. As Alex might say, WVA!! Of course, he won’t say that now because he’s too busy writing a thousand page thesis on his blog. I guess talking about chicks and beer just doesn’t cut it for every guy.

1. Do you have a car? If so, what kind of car is it?
My treat of the three years (I lease .. don’t bug me about it ..) is a black 2000 Pontiac Grand AM GT.

2. Do you drive very often?
Not any more, since I started working from home. The first year I had the car I put about 35,000 km on it. This last year, about 10,000.

3. What’s your dream car?
I have two. A Pontiac Aztek and a Mazda GLC. The Mazda would, obviously, not be an every day car. I’d love to rebuild one, even though I know NOTHING about cars. The Aztek is what I’ve been holding out until this lease expires for. I drove one last summer and it was drop dead amazing. Whether you like the outside or not, you have to drive it before judging it. Amazing ride, and the number one rating in customer satisfaction of any car.

4. Have you ever received a ticket?
Oh yeah. A handful of speeding when I was younger, and last year after years of driving completely sane and safe, a ticket on a back country road at 1:30AM for doing a rolling stop. Seriously. And I didn’t run it – I slowed down to a crawl, glanced over, no cars and sped off. A cop was hiding in the trees and got me for it. I asked him if it made his life some more meaningful to bust me for not quite stopping when Bolton has a problem with kids speeding down the hill. That really got on my last nerve.

5. Have you ever been in an accident?
Yup, the last time I was actively trying to work out regularly and get stronger. It’s a magnet for ill health, I tells ya. On the weekend I was benching 250 lbs. at my cousin’s house – headed to Ottawa on business and got sideswiped in my old Sunfire. It wrecked my back (although I didn’t know until the next day) and I went immediately down to benching 10 lbs. Took about four months of therapy to rebound from it to a decent degree, but my back is still nasty.


I really want to write

I really want to write an article for my site and Steve’s about whales in land-based casinos. Might be interesting to, seeing as I’ve never been to Vegas. That said – does anybody know Steve Cyr, the host in Vegas? I just finished catching an episode of Casino Diaries dedicated to him. I thought I’d take a shot in the dark here. Maybe he’ll be doing an Egosurf some day and drop by. :)


1. Where were you born?
That would be Queensway Hospital by Sherway Gardens. I immediately took up residence in the crib (moohaha) in Rexdale, Ontario.

2. Do you want to move back? Why or why not?
Are you kidding me? Rexdale? If you’ve BEEN to Rexdale, you know why not. :)

3. Where in the World do you feel the safest?
If I was trying to be romantic I might note in the arms of my beloved wife or something like that, right? Truth be told, I have an inability to be afraid of just about everything, which means I always feel safe. Even when I shouldn’t.

4. Do you feel you are well-traveled?
Well, let’s see. I’ve been on six cruises (Western Caribbean x2, Eastern Caribbean x3, Bermuda). In Canada, aside from every major city in Ontario but Sault Ste. Marie, I’ve been to Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Moncton, Fredricton, St. John’s, and Charlottetown. In the USA I’ve been to California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Tropically, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Antigua, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Haiti, and the Cayman Islands. Internationally, London and New Zealand. So yes?

5. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Check it out for yourself – click here.

Rick Jessup

Iiiiiittttttt’sssss FRIDAY!! I’m out of

Iiiiiittttttt’sssss FRIDAY!! I’m out of here for the weekend so y’all can abuse my Zonkboard and whatever. I have to take a trip 90 minutes North to my wife’s family farm, which is never fun because I’m allergic to it. Mind you, anyone not used to a farm that hasn’t been cleaned in fifteen years would probably also be allergic to it. I can say this because Mary never reads this page. ;) Hehe.. on my way out the door, here’s a quiz to tide everyone over. See you Sunday night!

Name Three Foods You Regularly Eat
1. Pork tenderloin
2. Peanuts
3. Cereal

Name Three Foods You Regularly Drink
1. Ice Water with Lemon
2. Chocolate Milk
3. Vanilla Coke

Name Three Ice Cream Flavours You Love
1. PC “Eat the Middle First”
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter
3. Chocolate Mint Chip

Name Three Things Currently Attached To Your Body
1. Wedding Ring
2. Finger Nails
3. Earring

Name Three Colours You Love
1. Black (I know, a shade.. it’s my blog, get lost..)
2. Blue
3. Red

Name Three Items In Your Wallet
1. Travelodge Gold Miles Card
2. Pictures of Caleb and Joey
3. Receipts

Name Three Bad Habits You Hate People Doing
1. Overdoing the cologne/perfume
2. Senseless, extensive swearing
3. Smoking

Name Three Things You Enjoy
1. Wrestling
2. Softball
3. Hockey

Rick Jessup

I took two weeks off

I took two weeks off like I said I would – Sunday morning is softball and I’m going to test the shoulder – wish me luck! In the meantime, I promised a quiz:

Where are you right now?
In my home office here in Bolton, Ontario, Canada. Surrounded by two computers (one whose sole purpose it is to play me television), a stuffed dog, empty cans of Vanilla Coke, an autographed Wilco poster, a couple of guitars, and a lot of junk.

What have you lost recently?
Dexter’s Laboratory at 3:30 – YTV stopped airing it. Jerks.

What was the first CD you ever purchased?
“Live! Live! Live!” by Bryan Adams many years ago. I was a fan of his back when he wrote fun rock music (ie. prior to writing inane drivel) and, together with my friend Brent, saved up the required $40 (a lot when you’re a kid) to have it imported from Japan a few years before it was available here. I remember thinking it was the greatest thing ever because the lyrics inside were Japanese. I also remember more than one person asking me if the songs were Japanese. Uh-huh.

What is your favourite kind of writing pen?
Anything fine and black. By fine I mean a very thin tip.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Of the moment – that new fake Oreo stuff from President’s Choice. I’d run over my neighbours if they got between me and the grocery store.

I’m bored and going to bed.

Rick Jessup