Is January the new spring? It appears to be. I’ve been out without a coat. Not just once. There’s things blooming in my yard. They should be afraid. Global warning at it’s freakiest.
I’ve got my hair up in pink foam rollers and am ironing my new blue jeans. Not really, but you get the idea. I do plan to put on some clothes before I go, however. They’ll appreciate that.
So I’m getting my head ready by listening to a couple of favorite music mixes … a little blues, a little rock, a little of this and that. I’m head-bobbing as I type even now. Alejandro Escovedo’s People We’re Only Going to Live So Long is making me smile. Color me curious … I just can’t seem to stop my fingertips from googling … they have a mind of their own. I start with You Tube and find something described as a “CHURCH FRIENDLY VERSION of a song by Alejandro Escovedo.” WTH? (This is me being nice and replacing the “fword” with the “hword” just in case my future employers are googling me 🙂 A church friendly version? I personally can’t see anything offensive, but it takes alot to offend me. I may just try to find a church to take this to. It’s practically a dare, don’t you think?
So on I go. Wait. There’s a connection to Chuck Prophet, singer/songwriter of Summetime Thing, an old favorite that shuffles through on my IPod with surprising regularity. Seems Prophet was co-writer on Escovedo’s Real Animal. Really? The google path arcs off to Prophet and, low and behold, he has a new album, Temple Beautiful, that comes out TODAY! And that arcs back to Yep Roc Records …. who are located just down the road in Haw River, NC. I’m pretty sure this all has something to do with that full moon out there. I’m not exactly howling, but I’m moaning a little bit.
This cracked me up this week … and is one of the best explanations I’ve ever seen … so without further blah-blah:
Social Media Explained:
Twitter – I’m eating a #Donut
Facebook – I like donuts
FourSquare – This is where I eat donuts
Instagram – Here’s a vintage photo of my donut
YouTube – Here I am eating a donut
LinkedIn – My skills include donut eating
Pinterest – Here’s a donut recipe
LastFM – Now listening to “donuts”
G+ – I’m a Google employee who eats donuts
Shrimp & Grits Throwdown at The Carolina Inn
Seven local star chefs from renowned restaurants will compete for the title and bragging rights of Shrimp and Grits Champion in the inaugural Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chefs’ Throwdown on Saturday, February 25 from 1-4 pm at The Carolina Inn.
Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased online at www.CarolinaInnThrowdown.com.
The competing chefs (as of now) feature Jeremy Blankenship, Chef of Tyler’s Tap Room; Trey Cleveland, Executive Chef of Top of the Hill; Adam Cobb, Executive Chef of Glasshalfull; Bret Jennings, Executive Chef and Owner of Elaine’s on Franklin; Vimala Rajendran, Executive Chef and Owner of Vimala’s Curry Blossom Café; Jimmy Reale, Executive Chef of Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar; and Adam Rose, Executive Chef of Il Palio.
Aaron Nelson, President of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Throwdown. The judging panel includes Andrea Griffith Cash, Editor for Chapel Hill Magazine; Deborah Miller, Host of SideDish on 1360 WCHL and Simmer2Sizzle Blogger; Laurie Paolicelli, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau; Kevin Schwartz, Director of The Daily Tar Heel; and Andrea Weigl, Food Writer for The News & Observer.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to TABLE, serving Chapel Hill-Carrboro children at risk for hunger. Patrons are also asked to bring canned food and nonperishable items to donate at the event. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know, I know …. music on shuffle. But I’m tired and want to go to bed. I promise I’ll shuffle off some notes in the morning. Stay tuned.