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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, May 27, 2009

So, I think I am going to do it…Yes I am…I have been thinking about it for a while now…I have some extra cash put aside for just this occasion…I work hard and have reduced my debit load in the last year by about 40%...There are so many events coming up that this would truly make more special…I have been using the same one for over 30 years now…

Yes folks, I really believe I will be doing this in the next week or so…


Canon XSi - 12.2 megapixels of sheer photography power. I found a deal where I will also get 6 lenses (18mm-55mm; 75mm-300mm; 50mm; 500mm; wide angle, telephoto)- hard case, backpack case, 3pc filter kit; 2 - 16gb cards; card reader; full tripod; tabletop tripod; cleaning kit and screen protectors.

Will let you know if I actually pull the trigger on this baby…



Update: Yeah I know I said I was not going to do a lot of updates, but HECK-A-DOODLE…in contact with three caterers…picked the menu…now waiting on some quotes. Once that is settled, everything is pretty much ready except for selecting colors (that is NOT my chore!)…


Update 2: As some of you might remember, Matt was planning on going to a try-out for the Continental Baseball League in Texas. Well, the league has been in turmoil…losing three teams, then merging with another league to get to 8 teams, then having four of them leave. So the whole thing fell apart quickly.

He did have a try-out with the New Jersey Jackals last week, but he didn’t think anything would come out of it. He felt like the only players they actually were interested in were two pitchers.

He is staying positive and is continuing to look for other opportunities while he finishes up school. He is still working at the Baseball Academy and looks like he will be working at a local fitness center.


TURNBABY left a comment yesterday that read, “What--no food??? I know you did some cooking!” – Well, Nancy and I did do some cooking, but again, I did not pull the camera out…I think with this new purchase, I will be more anxious to shoot when cooking…

So, what did we cook this weekend…

Friday we went to the local Japanese place with the boys for some Sushi and I had the Beef Teriyaki from the Hibachi table. And SAKI!!!! Yummo…

Saturday we grilled some Tilapia with a pineapple salsa… a recipe Nancy wanted to try and boy am I glad we did.

Sunday, we grilled some Filet Mignons which were in the freezer. I do love the FOOD SAVER SYSTEM. We froze these puppies at least 3 months ago and they tasted like the day I trimmed and cut the whole tenderloin into steaks. Along with that we roasted some potato wedges in the oven that were coated with some olive oil and fresh rosemary. Finally, I grilled some Vidalia’s. I peel them, slice them in half and place a beef bullion cube on top, then wrap in aluminum foil and place on the grill from about a half hour.

What you end up with is the non-soup equivalent of French Onion Soup - put one on your steak and go to town!

On Memorial Day we cranked up the barbeque again and did a rack of Baby Back Ribs smothered in Uncle Stubbs Sauce and some gi-gundo chicken breasts which received a heaping slathering of Hunts barbeque sauce. We finished it off with some deliciously sweet corn on the cob.

Long weekend…way too much food…wonderful time spent with my angel…




28 Of Your Sparks

  1. Dana Says:
  2. Hey! I have a Food Saver too! I guess I can take that off my list of ideas for a wedding gift!

     
  3. Matt-Man Says:
  4. Onions cooked on the grill like that and variations thereof are da bomb. Cheers Vin!!

     
  5. Travis Says:
  6. I say go for the camera. Treat yourself!

    And I suppose your job in the color phase is to nod your head and say lovely.

     
  7. Bond Says:
  8. DANA: Well, you know they have the new one and it is much better than mine - just saying

    MATT-MAN: True-dat Matty

     
  9. Bond Says:
  10. TRAVIS: Yup...gonna do it ..and yup...'lovely' is all I need to say!

     
  11. Turnbaby Says:
  12. I eat mine next to each other being both a Vidalia and a beef purist*grin*

    I remain immensely glad that we walked over to the courthouse and 'got 'er done'*smile*

     
  13. Bond Says:
  14. TURNBABY: On the side or on top...your choice...and that worked for y'all...would be tough for us...SMOOCH

     
  15. Dianne Says:
  16. the camera package is heck-a-doodle delightful!! ya know you deserve it ;)

     
  17. Bond Says:
  18. DIANNE: Well HECK-A-DOODLE yeah I deserve it...just need to make the move.

     
  19. Tug Says:
  20. CAMERA.ENVY. Very nice - good for you!

    Sorry to hear about all the confusion with Matt, but good for him for keeping positive!

     
  21. Bond Says:
  22. TUG: Now, if I can only learn to shoot like you...

    Thanks, he will be fine.

     
  23. katherine. Says:
  24. You have many wonderful events happening in the next few months...this is a very significant transition time for you and Nancy and your families...buy the camera...you will be happy you did for years to come.

    Buy it now.

    I would not want the catering gig at your wedding. oh no. smile.

    grilled onions are a big fave around here...with all the kids...but I never tried the bullion cube...nice idea.

    buy the camera.
    trust me.

     
  25. Bond Says:
  26. KATHERINE: That is my thought also...and it will happen the beginning of the week (fingers crossed)

    Add the bullion cube, you will not regret it.

     
  27. Jay Says:
  28. Yeah, get the camera. It's awesome and you deserve to do something like that for yourself every once in a while.

    I've been expecting to start see a number of sports leagues and teams fail because of the economy. I'm actually surprised more haven't.

    Your link to Food Saver is all kinds of messed up. Just thought I'd let you know.

     
  29. katherine. Says:
  30. thinking about onions....do you put the two halves together with the cube? or do you wrap and grill each half separately?

    I usually peel and slice about half an inch off the top...add a little garlic salt, pepper, butter and olive oil..wrap and grill each one whole...

     
  31. Mimi Lenox Says:
  32. When you and Katherine talk food I get all confused. Stop it.

    Buy the camera. For sure.

    "wonderful time spent with my angel"...sigh. I miss such things.

     
  33. Bond Says:
  34. JAY: Wooo so many people think I should buy it! Not sure what I did to the link, but I will fix it.

    MIMI: LOL..come on...I know you can cook.
    Thanks and you will find that feeling soon.

     
  35. Bond Says:
  36. KATHERINE: I peel the onions, cut off the ends to make flat and slice in half. Then put the cube in the center of each half, and wrap each half in heavy duty aluminum foil. I place them in the back corners of the grill away from the direct heat

     
  37. Micky-T Says:
  38. THE CAMERA..!!!!!!!

    THE CAMERA..!!!!!!!

    THE CAMERA..!!!!!!!

     
  39. Bond Says:
  40. MICKEY-T: No hesitation with you, is there?

     
  41. ...you have rocked my onion world, Good Sir..

     
  42. Bond Says:
  43. PHFRANKIE: It rocks mine also

     
  44. I'm hungry. Thanks a lot!

     
  45. Fred Says:
  46. Thanks for all the updates. Gary is in town this weekend with his brother Steve, so I'm headed over to St. Pete to catch up with them.

    Pick colors? Never knew you had to.

     
  47. Bond Says:
  48. FRED: Tell Gary I said HEY

    BUD: Get something to eat!

     
  49. Lu' Says:
  50. Enjoy your camera I'm sure we will enjoy the pictures :)

     
  51. Let me know if you pull the trigger on the camera deal. That's a great camera - and what a package with it!

     
  52. TopChamp Says:
  53. Get the camera!

    I'm quite chuffed - only had to google 1 ingredient there!!

     

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