The weather was as pleasant Monday as it was on Easter Sunday. It made for an upbeat and very productive workday. I had my doors and windows open. The cats were basking in the sun lounging on the camping chairs as I sat just inside working away.
As soon as 5 PM rolled around I closed shop for the day and took another nice walk running errands and came home and worked on summerizing the deck some more.
It was a carbon copy day Tuesday and my workday was the same. After I took my bike out for the first ride of the new year. I rode along a very crowded lakefront up to the northern most part of the trail at Hollywood. From there side streets to Foster where I’d go to Mariano’s for what was going to be for just a few items. At the intersection of Foster and Sheridan a Canadian Goose was right in the center of the cross streets. It affected traffic and I almost led it out of traffic only to have it go back in. The last two days I’d hear the geese flying over my home en route to Montrose Harbor and it was a welcome sound.
Inside I walked by the meat counter and saw some delicious looking thick strip steaks and that’s when I decided what to have for dinner. My stomach wasn’t as big as my eyes. I chose a 1 lb 3 oz beauty and grilled it Pittsburgh Style. My first grilling of 2021 with Danzig playing loudly from inside.
A Pittsburgh rare steak is one that has been heated to a very high temperature very quickly, so it is charred on the outside but still rare or raw on the inside. The degree of rareness and the amount of charring on the outside may vary according to taste. The term “Pittsburgh rare” is used in some parts of the American Midwest and Eastern Seaboard, but similar methods of sear cooking are known by different terms elsewhere, including Chicago-style rare and, in Pittsburgh itself, black and blue.
Wednesday was seafood tacos on the grill with the Doors LA WOMAN album playing from the inside.
Wednesday after work the storms hadn’t come by evening rush as predicted and promised (go figure) so I took my bike over to Ron at Nearly New Bikes for the annual tune up. Lucky for me I did. I’d noticed some play from the rear wheel from back in last season. They found the problem and the tube was about to rupture. Had I taken it to WI for the long bike trail next month I would have never made it. I got everything fixed for $45. Ron’s been working on my bikes for as long as I’ve lived in Buena Park. He always does an excellent job and is fast and affordable. I still intend to buy another bike in the coming weeks. Always nice to have one for out of town guests.
My book collection continues to grow and I was not so pleased that most of my books are stored vertically and some of the overflow was stacked horizontally on top of the vertically displayed books. I finally said “F it” and ordered a new shelf from Walmart. Well when it arrived it was missing the hardware needed to assemble it. I notified Wal Mart and apparently there are no replacements available Instead of having me return it for a refund they issued me a full refund and told me to keep the shelving. In the the meantime I had contacted the manufacturer and the sent me the hardware thus my new bookshelf was free. So this shelf is home to my Hunter S Thompson, Charles Bukowski and Leonard Cohen books along with some friend who have added to my collection such as Nick Huffman and Anny Donewald as well as some others.