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Nov. 17th, 2004 | 05:04 pm
mood: optimisticoptimistic

I seem to keep seeing signs that starting a business could be the right thing for me to do. From a few people outright saying that is what I should do, to just seeing entrepreneurs at their best. Today I saw "The Big Cheese" (Founder/CEO) of Pizza Schmizza corporation seemingly having a business lunch when I picked up my takeout Pad Thai. He was fired from every job he ever had before he started that company, now he has many stores. I know who he is because I ate there when he was the chef at the only location, and didn't have even enough money to buy stools for everyone. Also while I was out today I wandered past a brand new internet Cafe. I was waved inside by someone I had met before. It seems he owns the place. He offered me 30 minutes of free time on the fast networked game loaded computers. There were old arcade machines too, and a brand new arcade machine, a two person Dance Dance revolution system. There was also a giant projection screen for playing console games. All from a guy who when I met him a few years ago he worked at the support desk for Pacific University. A support job just like me.


I'm a fairly intelligent person, but there are some places I am nearly clueless. One of those is food, and especially food preparation. If it doesn't come off the plant ready to eat like a blueberry, or easily be found in a grocery store freezer in a pretty box I probably won't recognize it as food. If I am buying ingredients for a recipe I am not likely to know weather to look in the produce section, or the spice rack. I'm not even good at ordering from a menu because I don't know what even mainstream things are. I can't tell you how many times I have been on the verge of breakdown when I have found myself dragged into some restaurant where I couldn't identify anything on the menu, and when I asked what things were they described them in terms of ingredients I had not heard of.

I have probably learned more about food from my friends than my family.

I have grown tired of eating cold beans out of a can. I can say that I have at least tried to learn to cook. Last year I bought an expensive hard back vegetarian cookbook thinking that would be the answer to all my problems, but it seems to have turned into one giant dead end. Things are arranged by ingredient. Many of which I have never heard of, and even if I find something that looks interesting it is just part of a meal. How am I supposed to know what goes with what? The only way I would know was to look for the rare item where the author commented that it goes good with something else. Then I would look for something that also said it was "simple", or "quick", or "easy". I couldn't find ingredients at the store. Sometimes because what the author labeled them as, and what the package said were different. Sometimes because they didn't seem to be in the store at all, but I'm not sure of that because once I figured out what everything was it was usually all in the same store. And that "easy" meal took me what three, or four tries to get even mostly right? I practiced making the same dish over the course of a few weeks until I used up the ingredients I went to such lengths to acquire. On the fourth try I think I got it at least mostly right, but I also think it took me well over an hour to prepare this "simple dish".

Quite simply what I felt was only a minor accomplishment, had cost me tremendous effort, and that crushed my spirits. I haven't worked up the motivational drive to cook anything more ambitious than mac-n-cheese in a long time, and even that didn't turn out very good.

I can't live like this forever though. I seem to lose weight when I eat better quality food such as I find at a restaurant, or a complete meal I find in the frozen food case in the health food section, and gain weight when I eat anywhere else. I can't afford the financial costs of eating like this, but I can't afford to gain any weight either.

What I need is for a reasonably good cook to look at recipes, and tell me what goes together, and is Quick, and easy to make. Oh, and where I can find the ingredient, because I might not know what it is. My plan was to plan out a whole weeks worth of meals in advance so that I can buy everything at once, instead of driving someplace the moment I want it, or in a desperation of hunger buying a pound of jojo potatoes that have probably shared the deep fryer with things I don't dare eat.

Catherine (snarble) says she will help me with all of this meal planning stuff, but I am still willing to accept help from other people.

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Jobs, etc

from: puncher
date: Nov. 17th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
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I need to get off my ass on the whole job/business thing. I know I can do it, if I just follow through more often- I've shipped some things, made some money, I just need to consistent.

I'll gladly help you cook. I'm a decent cook- I can cook a whole ton of stuff without recipes. Fairly soon (like this week/end, hopefully) I'm going to get my kitchen stocked up. Once I have staples and cooking implements, you should roll on down sometimes and we'll cook dinners.

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

Re: Jobs, etc

from: teknotus
date: Nov. 18th, 2004 03:05 am (UTC)
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I would come by even if you aren't ready to cook. I have been wanting to see your new place.

Do you want to talk about job ideas sometime. I suspect there aren't many projects we are both interested in pursuing at the moment, but just talking about things with someone helps a lot with perspective.

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Re: Jobs, etc

from: puncher
date: Nov. 19th, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Yes, you should come by, and yes, we should talk about ideas n' stuff. I'm busy tonight, but maybe sometime this weekend? I'll call or IM.

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Brittyn

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from: brittyn
date: Nov. 17th, 2004 09:21 pm (UTC)
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andre is an immature lazy whiner. trust me, my mom worked with him for 5 years as manager of the hillsboro schmizza and he was nice... but she basically ran the store for him while he took in all the money. then when she quit, he complained about how she abandoned him and he had to hire somebody for twice the amount he paid her! she misses working there though because she had so much fun.. i can't believe how much they've grown.

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

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from: teknotus
date: Nov. 17th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Which Hillsboro one there are at least three I know of now? The first one downtown? Maybe I met your mom when I used to go there. When I saw that you left a comment I assumed it would be about the vegetarian cooking.

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Brittyn

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from: brittyn
date: Nov. 17th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
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well it was the first one on 2nd or something.. it's not there anymore. my mom's name is syd..

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Daniel Patrick Johnson

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from: teknotus
date: Nov. 17th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah they moved it a block. If I had started a company like that I would have wanted to keep the first location out of nostalgia. I'm not good at names. I'm much better at faces. I probably assumed when I saw pictures of your mom that they were familiar because she is related to you, and didn't consider that they could be familiar because I had met her before. I'm trying to remember clearly. I do think she has probably handed me pizza at some point. I hope I left a tip.

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