Bonavita Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle

Man, I love my Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle!

It’s fast, it’s consistent (temperature-wise), it’s just a joy to use.
If you brew coffee via pour-over, french press, AeroPress, etcetera; or tea that requires less than boiling-hot water, you should really consider one of these. It’s programmable from 140 F up to boiling, it will display the temp in either Fahrenheit or Celcius, the gooseneck spout gives you a nice, controllable pour, and it will hold whatever temp you set for up to an hour.

I love mine so much that I take it and my AeroPress along when I travel.

Coffee making gear, hotel room

The Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle definitely earns “Crazy Greg’s Seal of Approval”.

Crazy Greg's Seal of Approval

Attn. Tropics: Keep your storms to yourself!

Sunday, September 14 the remnants of Hurricane Ike rolled through my area. No rain to speak of, but the wind blew 60-80 mph all day long. By 3PM or so most of the area was without power as trees across the Miami Valley snapped or fell over, taking powerlines with them.

Not realizing at the time just how widespread the damage was, I wasn’t too concerned about the power, thinking it would be back on in no time. As it turned out, things were much worse than I’d realized. The Governor promptly declared my county (and several others) “Disaster Areas”. By the time I conceded that I needed to get some supplies (Tuesday), they were in short order. ‘C’ or ‘D’ batteries were no where to be found and Kroger was selling ice as fast as they could bag it up. I got ice, hoping to save my freezer full of Vermont Mystic Pies (tragically, that endeavor was doomed to failure), peanut butter and bread. I spent a week bored out of mind, reduced to eating peanut butter sandwiches and fast food and very thankful for Tim Horton’s coffee, having a gas water heater, and my XPower Powerpack 600HD, which I used to power my laptop and DSL modem and then recharged in the car while I drove around searching (in vain) for some sign of repair crews actually repairing. I know they were out there, working hard, It just would have been reassuring to have seen them doing something other than driving to and fro.

DP&L reported that 300,000 of its 515,000 customers lost power Sunday, Sept. 14.
Here’s the breakdown of DP&L customers without power, day-by-day:
Sept. 15: 300,000
Sept. 16: 200,000
Sept. 17: 105,000
Sept. 18: 80,000
Sept. 19: 65,000
Sept. 20: 51,000
Sept. 21: 38,000
Sept 22: 28,000
Sept. 23: 13,000
Sept. 24: 8,000

My power was restored just as I was getting ready to leave for work Friday night, the 19th. It was then that I discovered that my cable was out. Does the torture never end?

Finally Tuesday night around 5PM two trucks from Time Warner Cable showed up, they spent the next several hours circling the block, working on the wires, finally getting my cable back on at 8:50PM. Supposedly they will credit my bill for the time from 24 hours after the power was restored until the cable was restored, 73+ hours. Personally, I don’t think I should have to pay for any of the time that service was interrupted, but according to the Public Utilities Commission, they are only liable for the time after power was restored. Oh well.

In summation, I would just like to say this to the Tropics:

Keep your damned storms to yourself! We don’t send you our blizzards, do we?

Seriously, there is just something terribly wrong about suffering this sort of inconvenience at the hands of a hurricane/tropical storm while not enjoying any of the benefits of a tropical climate.
That’s all I’m saying.

More Bike Month Reminders

This reminder from the League of American Bicyclists:

Bike-to-Work Week from May 14-18 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 18.

Many communities will be having special festivities on the 18th, with some even providing donuts and such! Check your local listings, as they say.

As Matthew, AKA “Defective Yeti” wrote on his blog:

Trifecta

I like riding my bicycle to work. By the time I arrive at the office, my body is flooded with my three favorite substances: adrenaline, endorphins, and self-righteousness.

Add free coffee and donuts to that equation and it approaches perfection!

Also, on a more somber note, don’t forget that May 16 is the date for this year’s Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence

Life’s too Short…

…to drink cheap coffee! A while back I decided that I was going to invest in some premo coffee. Of the various coffees I’ve sampled through the years, Jamaican Blue Mountain is my favorite. So, I embarked on a quest to find JBM online at a (somewhat) reasonable price. I found bluemountaincoffee.com which has prices a bit lower than most.

“What the heck?” I thought, “even ‘cheap’ Jamaican Blue Mountain” is bound to be good.

So, I ordered myself a pound of their Blue Mountain Peaberry. It came a few days later, and as I expected, it wasn’t the best/freshest that I’ve had, but DAMN! It makes one fine cuppa joe!

Almost everytime I fix a pot, my mind replays the kitchen scene* from “Pulp Fiction”.

“Damn Jimmy! This is some serious gourmet shit!”

Thankfully, I never have to dispose of a bloody car and a headless corpse after I enjoy my cup of coffee!

* AKA: “The Bonnie Situation”, DVD fans.

Irked by work

I’m smart/paranoid/cautious enough not to vent about work here (or in any public forum), but I will say this:

It irritates me when they make me get up at 8am to attend an inservice. The inservice started at 9 and I live ridiculously close to the office, so getting up at 8 I had plenty of time to shower, get dressed, and knock back a couple of cups of coffee before leaving, in order to at least give the appearance of being awake and alert. I work 3rd shift, and even on my days off (like today) I am never up before 9 or 10, at the very earliest. I fully understand that there really wasn’t a better time for the inservice, but, none the less, I am irritated (and a little bit tired).

The good news is; there were all sorts of yummy cake-type snacks… and brownies! (there were chips and such as well, but everyone knows that cakes and pies are the cornerstones of a good breakfast!) Plus, the whole thing will be overtime and there is definitely something to be said for getting paid time and a half for doing nothing more than eating brownies, drinking coffee, and being bored.

Crazy from the snow!

So, last night I shoveled, and I shoveled and I shoveled. A few hours later, looking out the window, it was like I had never shoveled at all. I sit up, drinking coffee, and relaxing until I decide to hit the hay around 2-3AM. I sleep the sleep of the dead (shoveling tons of wet heavy snow then taking a muscle relaxer will do that to you). When I awake I’m shocked by the realization that I’ve overslept terribly and it’s almost 7PM! Ahhhhh!

The snow is piled up on my front porch so high that the storm door (which is up a step from the porch) won’t open. We got some sleet so it’s extra-crusty super-hateful snow. First off, I’m annoyed that I didn’t get any mail, and by the terrible condition of the streets (the ones I can see, anyway). I shovel my way out to my car, come in to warm up and get to thinking; “Even with all the snow cover, it’s awfully light for 8 at night.” Rushing to the computer to check SNTP; “God’s own time” I have a revelation.

It’s 8am! And I’m an idiot!