Friday, April 12, 2024

Roland's Seafood Grill

The fish sandwich, french fries, and healthy amount of Heinz ketchup came from Roland's, a restaurant in the Strip District in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  What was particularly exciting was that Chef Elaine and I split a single fish sandwich platter and even then we each received an entire plateful.  While there was a $3 upcharge for splitting the plate, each one ended up costing just $9.50, a real deal in these times of skyrocketing restaurant prices.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Souper Bowl

Among Chef Elaine's other talents is getting us a spot in an uber-crowded venue, in this case, the Souper Bowl bar/restaurant located a block from PPG Paints Arena.  Everyone in the arena had to vacate the premises between the afternoon and evening NCAA basketball games and when we got to the Souper Bowl it looked like no hope we could find a spot.  But my Chef found the little spot shown below that had a cash bar with a good enough selection and we enjoyed a brew while watching the Dayton Flyers make an astonishing comeback win over Nevada.  Two miracles in one bar!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Where's The Spare

I was a bit embarrassed when my brother asked me where the spare tire was located on our Infiniti QX60 and I didn't know and couldn't find it.  The surprising answer, after looking it up in the owner's manual, is shown below ... it's underneath the car.  I think the next time I get the car serviced I'll have a technician check to make sure it's in good shape.  I might be able to get it down but there's no chance in heck that I could get it back up.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Pantone Blues

One of the fiercest rivalries in college basketball is the Kentucky Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils and it even shows up in their selection of jersey colors.  Kentucky uses "Wildcat Blue", also known as Pantone 286, shown on the left below.  Duke uses "Duke Royal Blue", also known as Pantone 287, shown on the right below.  As a Dukie, I think 287 is far superior...

The folks at Pantone make it easy to use these colors by publishing their Pantone Matching System (PMS) which includes almost 10,000 solid and process colors.  Here are the details for those of us who are into colors.

Wildcat Blue
PMS 286 
HEX COLOR: #0033A0;
RGB: (0, 51, 160)
CMYK: (100, 75, 0, 0)

Duke Royal Blue
PMS 287 
HEX #00539B
RGB 0, 83, 155
CMYK 100, 53, 2, 16

Monday, April 8, 2024

I-579 In The Burgh

This is the view from below I-579 as it traverses downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I have no idea what it would be like to work in an office building directly below the Interstate, but assuming they've figured out how to muffle the sound and deaden the vibration, it is still a bit unnerving to have an office sitting below thousands of tons of steel and concrete.  At least the parking is convenient.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is made with beef tenderloin, a reduction of mushrooms, shallots, and thyme (called a duxelle), prosciutto, and puff pastry.  It's not a recipe we've attempted to make at home, but when we see it on a menu (not often) at a reasonable price (very not often), like the one shown below we had at Walnut Grove Country Club, we order it in a heartbeat.  It did not disappoint.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Fifteen Years Later

We don't frequent The Pub at the Greene like we did when we achieved our Premier Passport level back in 2009.  That resulted in us getting 20-ounce draft pints for $3.50, forever.  Recently we visited The Pub for a Friday fish sandwich and those pints are now $7.75 each, so for each pint we drink it now saves us $4.25.  That's a good reason to have that second pint you see below.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Enjoy The Zen

Enjoy the Zen is a YouTube channel of seven, hour-long videos and music featuring oceans, waterfalls, nature, and moonlight scenes perfect for relaxing or meditating.  Unlike many other videos out there, these are ever-changing, making them as fun to watch as they are to listen to, whether on a phone, tablet, or big-screen TV.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Half-Size License Plate

I find the aesthetics of front license plates are terrible and since Ohio no longer requires them, I removed it and found it exposed an equally disgusting, half-high frame.  It's nice that they sell half-height plates like the one shown below that I bought at the Amazon link below.  I'm not sure I'm sold on the double Infiniti logo look, but it will do for now.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Garage Wall Protector

Now that we're storing the much larger Infiniti QX60 in the garage, I had to get rid of a metal ladder that was my guard against banging the driver's door against the very rough concrete block wall.  I bought a pair of car door protectors from Amazon (the link below), removed the adhesive backing, and pressed them against the garage wall at the point where the door would contact the wall which you can see in the picture below.  Door saved.