Arnold was an icon of so many things…

Editorial Note:  This was originally posted when Gary Coleman was reported as being in the hospital after a fall.  A YouTube video was blinking its way around feature a short montage of “whatcha talkin bout”.  I got a chuckle and decided to write a quick recap of a beloved show with some great characters remember from childhood.  Now Gary has passed away.  Sad, but let’s remember him.

—- Original Post 5/28/10 12:16pm —

When Mr. Drummond took in Willis and Arnold as his own sons, it was a turning point in race relations in this country.  We must thank the stuffy old white man for breaking the mold.  We watched them grow up.  We envied their loft bed.  We all wanted a back staircase to the kitchen.  The sad part is that all 3 of the Drummond kids turned into adults with major problems.

Kimberly moved onto some soft-core porn acting, committed armed robbery, had a drug problem and died in 1999 of an overdose.  All of this in spite of a large trust fund.

Willis had his run-ins with drugs and cobbled together some acting gigs.  The upside is that he now is clean and gives speeches to kids on the dangers of drugs.

Arnold has turned from cute to angry without ever growing taller.  His legal troubles revolve around his assaults.  Poor Arnold.  He has had is triumphs standing up to the “Gooch” but fails to turn that positive into success.  Instead, Arnold jumps on cars and assaults autograph seeking fans.  Arnold passed away May 29th, 2010 as a result of a head trauma.

But we will never forget “whatcha talkin’ bout Willis…”


Dealing with negative co-workers.

crucial conversations

I saw this piece on and found it worth sharing.  When dealing with negative people (in general) there are some skills to posses, practice and execute to help you maintain your productivity (or sanity as the article suggests).

Read it.  It’s a great reminder of our daily lives.

Staying sane in a negative work environment –

The article also reminded me of a great book that everyone should read.  Crucial Conversations is the book title and it will help you with your work life, married life and friend life by learning how to have those difficult conversations.

You can buy a copy here…   Crucial Conversations

Cooking healthy for busy families wife and I do pretty well in our effort to eat healthy and enforce the same philosophy with our kids (which can be a struggle).  We, like most families, have evening activities to attend and it does not leave much time to prepare food from start to finish.  We also avoid fast food where possible.  Busy evenings require a quick reheat in the microwave.

Over the course of a few years, we have been collecting good/healthy recipes that we will double or triple and eat the leftovers for a few days (even take to work for lunch). The strategy saves money and keeps your pants fitting.

I would like to hear from anyone who has a good low carb recipe to share.

One of my favorite examples is picadillo. [link]  This recipe is great the first time and better as leftovers when all the flavors stew in their own essence.

For others, visit the recipe index for a short list.  Hope to hear from you.

Hooters has a right to enforce hotness…

As a dude, I prefer my Hooter’s waitress to be pleasant, prompt and smokin’ hot.  If I wanted see (and eat) muffin tops, I would go to Perkins or Denny’s.  Hooter’s is/are (?) for young men to have a good time, eat some wings, and see hotness in orange tight shorts serving beers and singing Happy Birthday to a poor schmuck on a chair.

I don’t pity the Detroit Woman who was asked by Hooter’s to slim down.  If she started her job slim and let herself go, then she needs an update.  Heck, they offered her a free gym membership.  Soon enough, your health insurance company will be dictating the same thing (not the free gym).  Get used to it.

Be honest, which wings are more appetizing in the photo’s below?

Trout Cakes

Trout Cakes

This is great way to serve trout as an appetizer or main course.  The trout is baked first but you can also use smoked trout to add another layer to the palette.

  • 1 lb trout – flaked up in a heap
  • 1/3 cup cracker crumbs.
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (green or yellow are fine too)
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • flour
  • peanut oil

Cook the trout at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until flakey.  Let cool about 10 minutes.  Remove head (if not already), skin and bones.  Throw the trout meat into a large mixing bowl.

Mix all the ingredients (not the flour and oil) and squish all together.   You could use a food processor, but it will make the mixture too fine.  I found that allowing the chopped ingredients to keep their chunky-ness keeps a nice texture to the recipe.  If the mixture seems too wet, add some cracker crumbs.  Make patties about 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches around.

Lightly dust the patties in flour and fry in the peanut oil until golden.  Note: not much flour is used in the recipe but as a low-carb alternative you can process about 2 cups of almonds into a powder and substitute for the flour.