The Everyman (being a stinkhead) denied my attempt to get us to Cowbell for dinner last night, the charlatan!  Through a fortuitous accident at work regarding an inability to attend a client dinner, I ended up with a gift certificate to the restaurant of my choice as consolation.  There was no question that Cowbell was the de facto answer, since I’m almost positive that The Black Hoof does not do gift certificates, and sometimes I just don’t want to queue up for my dinner.  Alas, plans were thwarted and that story will have to wait for another post and another day…

Having watched an episode of the third season of Glutton For Punishment the other day, (in which Bob attempts to topple a Guinness world record in flapjack cooking) I had a mad craving for some silver dollars for dinner (a second choice to the aforementioned Cowbell, that is).  After flipping the batter fantastic on my griddler, I was duly sated by a stack of chocolate chip pancakes, stretched out and ready to dip into a good book. Sitting on the couch, sipping my champers and nibbling an after-dinner square of Mo’ Bacon, I thought to myself, this is what contentment feels like.  In reality it was probably a dose of tryptophan… :)

The book I’ve been devouring lately is called Heirloom: Notes From An Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark.  It chronicles the haphazard life of a man who doesn’t quite know what to make of himself, until one day he suddenly decides to pack it all in and become a crazed tomato farmer.  Being somewhat new to gardening myself, this story hits pretty close to home.  The more I garden, the more obvious it becomes to me that I would love to do this for a living (if I didn’t have to worry about making money at it) too.  And it’s a true story!  I haven’t gotten more than 100 pages into the book yet, but it’s one I just can’t put down, and have been known to read in bed until I fall asleep across the pages.  It’s also shaping up to be a nice tale of small-time farmer triumphing against the adversity of corporate farm USA; always a heartening message.  I suggest you check it out.

Until next time…

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