january 11 2014|back in business
Felt much better today. The whatever it was is pretty much gone, just got tubes full of mucous for a bit.
Lethargic in the morning, read a bit of catcher in the rye and talked to good people.
We got lunch and ate ma po tofu. The mouth numbing peppercorns are really interesting. They're not spicy at all, and they don't numb your mouth either. They have a distinctive flavor and tingling that spreads over your entire mouth. Not anywhere near burning sensation, just tingling. The flavor is strong, in the same way that cloves are strong, but less pungent. Lots of garlic, and less spicy than I thought it'd actually be. Translates to: "pock-marked grandma tofu", apparently named after some old lady's recipe.
Surprise shipment of pcb's came in today, so I populated the boards and made a cool stop-motion animation.
Then we went out for dinner and walked about 40 minutes to a huge plaza at the civic center. Busted out my kite and flew in the wee hours of the morning. The policeman stationed there really liked the kite, but didn't want to fly it. Kinda light wind. Lots of people rollerblade in the plaza at all hours of the day. A group of three were interested, so I taught one of them how to fly without being able to communicate verbally. He learned really quick, and taught one of the others himself. Really cool to see teaching and learning work like that. Turns out they were cooks at some restaurant alex and i will try and score a free meal from in the future. Took some night photos. HDR ones too.