Sweet! Our neighborhood is popular … for all the wrong reasons

Image courtesy of Uptown Update

Right now, as I type this, there are rumors flying around that a fugitive from another state is holed up in a restaurant just two blocks from our place in a hostage situation.

But they are rumors.

I have no idea what’s going on.

About 20 minutes ago, a woman whose wedding we shot last March, called to ask if she could hang out at our place while a police state near her house subsided.

She was walking from a trainstop further because the local trains are all shut down. I jumped in our car and picked her up. She lives a short block from what’s going on. I was able to get her to her place, and get back to our house through a series of alleyways and side streets.

One of the problems is that the news is getting disseminated over a Facebook page called Uptown update, which is my neighborhood blog-ish information source.

There is a mild hysteria going on there, and it makes it seem like we’re all under attack. If it weren’t for Tina, I’d probably grab my cameras and run up there.

Shit’s going down and the world needs to know about it!

There have been several shootings around here lately, and our neighbor’s tires were stolen from his car. So it’s not like we’re all safe as cows in India, but still.

It’s been a slow news day around Le Café, so this was a welcome moment.

What Jason Kottke is posting

I was over at kottke.org, and I thought, I will share this post on my blog.

Then I read the next post, and I thought, “I will share this one on my blog.”

Then I read the third one, and I thought, I will share all three. But you will have to go there to read them.

  1. How to ripen a banana
  2. I, Cheeseburger 
  3. Insomnia Drugs waking people from comas

I thought it was interesting that you could use a box of ripening bananas to heat a small apartment.


Dining from the land of Australopithecus afarensis

On Sunday, Tina and I were invited to try an Ethiopian restaurant with some friends of ours.

Until then, we were Ethiopian virgins. I have no idea what is in the picture above, and I realize it’s not very high fidelity, but I had to post it. I also don’t remember any of the names of any of the dishes.

But you don’t have to know her name to have a good time … amirite?

[Insert dude’s dude slap five and laughter.]

If you ever get a chance to eat Ethiopian, I recommend it. The flavors and textures were amazing.

The thing I found the coolest was how you eat it. You get a pancake-type crepe rolled up, and you tear pieces from it that you pick up mouth-sized bites from the above family style plate.

The crepe doohickie is the color of a brown papertowel, but don’t let that deter you from trying it. And the colors of the food (above) may not be appetizing, but that’s not the case.

I had fragrance on my hands for the rest of the day that I couldn’t quite wash off, but it wasn’t bad.

And it makes it that much more special that Ethiopia is where they found Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis), which is considered the world’s second-oldest, but most complete and best preserved, adult Australopithecine fossil.

Or you can look at it as one of the birthplaces of Christianity. A Christianity that doesn’t quite resemble the American version. They also have these sweet underground churches there that are found nowhere else (that I’m aware of). Read more about them here.

I’ll definitely be adding Ethiopian into my food wishlist. I hope you give it a try, too.

What’s going on …

Here’s a YouTube video from a young man that needed to go viral. And it did, apparently. It’s all over the place.

The original video was posted in August. Funny how somethings go right away. Others, not so fast.

I say, well done.

We should all be “stronger than that.”