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Hormel Compleats -- Roast Beef & Gravy

Hormel Compleats -- Roast Beef & Gravy

Over this Winter Session, I can be found working during the typical lunch hours. It’s inconvenient and impractical for me to shlep over to the dining hall everyday when I can be working, so I’ve started a new plan for eating meals.  Over the first few days of my internship, I’ve tried eating a big breakfast, munch on something small and inexpensive when I get back from work, around 2:30 or so, since the dining hall is closed by the time I’m done working, and then wait for dinner time to arrive. Today’s munch was Hormel Compleats – Roast Beef & Gravy, which I bought for a little over $3 at Happy Harry’s. I’ve previously eaten Hormel’s Swedish Meatballs Compleats meal, and it wasn’t bad. I don’t know if I’d eat it on a regular basis, but I’d eat it again if need be. Here’s my review on Roast Beef & Gravy:

The finished product.

The finished product.

Once you put the product in the microwave for 1:30 and take off the cover, this is what you see. There are two slices of this picturesque roast beef, and they taste pretty bland. The sauce isn’t that flavorful, either. Once you get past the meat, you get…

The potatos!

The mashed potatoes!

And there sure are a lot of mashed potatoes in this little container. Unfortunately, they were dry, a little chunky, and there was waaay too much of them. Unfortunately, the gravy did not aid in enhancing the flavor of the potatoes, either.

All in all, THUMBS DOWN. I won’t be buying Hormel’s Roast Beef & Gravy again.

If anyone has any quick fix lunch suggestions, Max and any other mysterious readers, let me know!


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So I recently was introduced to a new and unique way to keep in touch with friends from afar. If you have a webcam handy, hook it up to your computer if its not bundled in, and go into Facebook. Once you’re logged in, you can compose a private message to one or more of your pals, and send video messages to friends! It’s pretty cool. That’s that. Not much substance… sorry Max.

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Ok. I haven’t posted on this blog in ages. I couldn’t even tell you why, Max. But it’s time to start writing again, and I’m gonna try to get another streak of posts going. And what better way to start, than with some quick hits?

– Yes! A Read More option!


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Taking a page out of Max Jacobson’s hit new website PixelsonVermont.com, here’s a picture that I captured while walking through the Delaware campus, and some thoughts.

National Guard on the Green

National Guard band on the Green

To kick off the Fall 2008 semester at the University of Delaware, the University thought it would be nice to have some live music on the green while students walk around the campus.  While the singer could get annoying while you were trying to pay attention to your professor at times, the band itself wasn’t so bad. It turned out that the band on the green was a cover band with members from the National Guard. While it’s great for the National Guard to recruit potential members, I’m not sure if this is the best way to do so. Just days after Hurricane Gustav hit, and just days before Hurricanes Hanna and Ike are about to hit, I’m not sure if members of the National Guard should be jamming on college campuses. The university could have had local bands perform, while the National Guard could be going to Louisiana, the Carolinas, and other places. But I digress.

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I’ve gone to City Island thrice in my life, as far as I can remember; twice in the past two weeks. From what I’ve noticed, City Island has two primary types of restaurants. The first type of restaurant that’s there is an elegant restaurant that is pricey for an unemployed college student such as myself, but knowing that it’s the last meal I’m going to have with a great group of people for an extended period of time, it’s absolutely worth going to, and The Black Whale certainly fits that extended bill.

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– These Office promos that have been on during the Olympics have been great! Here are links to two more:
#1 — Michael and women’s beach volleyball.
#2 — Dwight’s centathalon.

– Last night I watched an excellent Olympic table tennis match between Canada and Brazil. After taking a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series, Brazil lost the 5th game. In the 6th game, Brazil was up 9-5, but then Canada took a 12-1 run, to win the 6th game and take a commanding lead in the 7th and final game. Canada reached match point in the game, but Brazil came back to tie it up, and then win it 12-10. It was a great match, and the flow of the game was very fast and exciting. I wish it was on TV more often. The only weird thing about Olympic table tennis is that the representatives from certain countries are people of other nationalities. The player from Canada, Pradeeban Peter-Paul, is German, and the player who represented Brazil, Gustavo Tsuboi, was Japanese. The American women’s doubles team consisted of two Chinese women. It’s kind of odd.

– Quick music review: Ben Folds f. Regina Spektor — You Don’t Know Me. I’m familiar with Ben Folds, but not so much with Regina Spektor, aside from what Max has shown me. So when I saw this new single released on Ruckus, I figured I’d take a listen. The song features lots of staccato piano and strings. Spektor provides a nice accent to Folds’ singing. The 3:10 song ends abruptly with Spektor singing and more staccato piano. All in all, a solid song to keep on the computer.

– I just got 27,544 in Snood! That’s now my #1 score, beating the previous #1 score of 27,056.

– And finally, a bit of site maintenance. The autobiographical page is up and running and a new banner image is up. It’s my old Buick reaching 200,000 miles. Sweet, eh?

That’s that.

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I don’t read many books. However, if there is one setting where I read a lot, it’s on the beach. There are a number of books that I have read some of or would like to read sometime soon, and with a beach trip coming up, I might be able to get a lot of reading done. Without further adieu, here’s a list of books that I may or may not finish or read sometime soon with some descriptions that I’ve taken from Amazon.

Books to Finish
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
FreakonomicsAward-winning economist Levitt and journalist Dubner join forces to strip a layer or two from the surface of modern life and see what is happening underneath. The authors’ worldview as they explore the hidden side of many issues is based on a few fundamentals–among them, incentives are the cornerstone of modern life, and conventional wisdom is often wrong. They look at many different scenarios in a treasure-hunt approach, employing the best economic analytical tools but also following any freakish curiosities that they encounter–hence the study of Freakonomics. They evaluate intriguing questions such as “What do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?” “How is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real Estate Agents?” “Where Have All the Criminals Gone?” and “What Makes a Perfect Parent?” We are counseled to think sensibly about how people behave in the real world and to ask a lot of questions.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Breakfast of ChampionsBreakfast Of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.
–From the publisher.
Also, the copy I am reading is Max’s book. I’ve been borrowing it since senior year of high school. I’ll get this back to you soon, Max!

Books to Read
Fantasyland by Sam Walker
FantasylandWhen Walker, a senior writer for the Wall Street Journal, enters his first fantasy baseball tournament, he aims high: Tout Wars, a competition for guys who make a career out of analyzing stats to find the best Major League hitters and pitchers. He figures that because he can get to the ballparks in his journalistic capacity and talk to the players and coaches, he’ll be in a better position to judge the intangibles and pull one over the pure numbers crunchers. But even with the help of a young research assistant and a NASA scientist, things quickly head south. This hilarious diary of the 2004 season includes several encounters with the players Walker has picked; from Jacque Jones’s struggle to refute predictions of mediocrity to David Ortiz’s razzing Walker for trading him away. Along the way there are mini-profiles of the Tout Wars competition, as well as explorations of the origins of fantasy baseball (predating even the famed Rotisserie League) and the shaky relationship between dedicated statistical analysts and Major League executives.
–Publishers Weekly

Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember by John Feinstein
Living on the BlackPitchers are the heart of baseball, and John Feinstein tells the story of the game today through one season and two great pitchers working in the crucible of the New York media market. Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina have seen it all in the Major Leagues and both entered 2007 in search of individual milestones and one more shot at The World Series-Glavine with the Mets, Mussina five miles away with the Yankees. The two veterans experience very different seasons–one on a team dealing with the pressure to get to a World Series for the first time in seven years, the other with a team expected to be there every year. Taking the reader through contract negotiations, spring training, the ups of wins and losses, and the people in their lives-family, managers, pitching coaches, agents, catchers, other pitchers–John Feinstein provides a true insider’s look at the pressure cooker of sports at the highest level.
–Amazon.com product description

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange
Told by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism.Anthony Burgess’ 1963 classic stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a classic of twentieth century post-industrial alienation, often shocking us into a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of free will and the conflict between good and evil. In this recording, the author’s voice lends an intoxicating lyrical dimension to the language he has so masterfully crafted.
“I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done [in A Clockwork Orange].” -William S. Burroughs

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