Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the Efficient Use of Time

Successful people are very cognizant of the time it takes to perform certain tasks. They are adept at using all the hours a day that God gives them and they are skilled at substitutions. Let me give you an example...

We are luxuriating in Day 2 of no gym. We didn't go on strike and we didn't quit the gym. The gym quit us. Signs posted all over the place said they'd be closed Monday and Tuesday "So that we can bring you an even more up-to-date exercise experience!" I thought two days was cutting it kind of fine, seeing all the huge crates stacked in any open space available, but they know the gym business; we don't.

Meanwhile Bon Appetit arrived with a basic recipe for a Bloody Mary and "new" things with which to garnish it.

4 cups tomato juice (get the lowest salt possible)
1 cup dill pickle juice
1 T prepared horseradish
2 teas. Worcestershire sauce
1 teas. Sriracha (or any other hot sauce)
1/2 teas. celery seeds
Pinch of black pepper
Store your pitcher overnight in the refrigerator
Before serving, add two cups of vodka and stir well

a couple of pepperoncinis
Spicy Dilly Beans as a stirrer (pickled green beans, last fashionable in 1974)
Garlic-stuffed olives
A just-shucked oyster flung into the depths
Caper berries - you may be able to find them near the olives
Hardboiled quail eggs - a bitch to shell
Replace the celery with long strips of radish
A helping of beef jerky dunked in the glass and gnawed

I was surprised not to read: two grilled, spicy shrimp on a skewer, placed across the glass top. H/T to Hudson House for this one -- $11/drink, but you get an appetizer, too.

Since we have free time due to the temporary gym closure, I say Richie and I should use it to make up a batch of Bloody Marys and try all of the garnishes! So what if it IS 9:15 a.m. An efficient person never wastes time! You read it here...

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