Tagged: storytelling
mastering the art of eating Andy’s French cooking
chris. | 7 April 2013 | 5:33 pm | errant pedant, food | 8 Comments

As we planned our 2012 trip to Paris, one thing i was curious about was whether or not we would fall in love with the food.

Ohhhhhh, naive Past Wrdnrd.

One of our favorite places was Le Potager du Marais, a vegetarian restaurant in the 3me arrondissement.  We went there for dinner one of our 1st nights Paris, then we went back again once [personal profile] littlebutfierce joined us on our second weekend.

Our other favorite place, which, alas!, we were not able to return to, was this little cafe just across from the station Rambuteau — called, conveniently enough, Le Station Rambuteau.  This is where we both fell head over heels for French cuisine.  We enjoyed escargots — a 1st for both of us — and some boeuf bourgogne.

This past autumn, i was craving boeuf bourgogne so we decided to pick up Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and make some boeuf bourgogne for Christmas dinner.  This was not a mistake.  We’ve since made a couple of recipes out of it, and basically i just want to keep track of them which, of course, makes me turn again to my blog — my external hard drive for my personal memories.

cafe in Paris: Le Station Rambuteau

Fandom, help me find a thing!
chris. | 20 January 2013 | 6:15 pm | (culture) consuming, diary | 2 Comments

Somehow Andy and i have misplaced our copies of the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” series.  Of all the redundant books we had after we got together, i cannot believe THIS is what we’ve misplaced1.  Andy reports that he knows we have the hardcover of Mostly Harmless, which i think you will agree is not the least bit satisfying.

Update!  Since beginning this post we have come across my paperback copy of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.  At least this means we haven’t lost them all, but, again, this is not especially satisfying.

Anyway.  Clearly we need to re-obtain these.  I told Andy about the 1st copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that i ever read, and he agreed that the set sounded extremely cool and we should try to track down copies of our own.  Try.  I figure this will be extremely easy, because INTERNET.  Or, it will be a very long, slow, years-long process because….

The 1st time i read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was in the autumn of 19892.  My friend Jeff had just returned from a high school trip to England where he’d bought a fantastic set of the 1st 4 books.  As he was showing off his set to our favorite English teacher, i mentioned i’d never read them.  Our English teacher immediately demanded that Jeff loan me his copy of “Hitchhiker’s Guide…” right then and there.  He freaked out a little bit because it was brand new — he possibly hadn’t even read that copy yet himself — and he didn’t want me to bend the spine or smudge the edges of the pages and whatnot.  Oh, honestly, talk about not understanding the Wrdnrd very well.  I take obsessively good care of books.  Nevertheless, i read the Guide, returned it straightaway (completely unmarred), and promptly went out and bought copies for myself so i didn’t have to listen to another lecture on how not to damage his books.

BUT.  I have long coveted his set of the 1st 4 books.  The cover for each was quartered and had a different design in each corner.  If you set the books down in a rectangle together, the center corners would form a larger design.  If you shifted them around, each corner in the pattern would form its own separate picture.

Oh, internet fandom, we wants them our precious.

The relevant details again:

  • only the 1st 4 books in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” series.  (As mentioned above, we’re set on Mostly Harmless.)
  • U.K. editions
  • paperback
  • published before autumn 1989
  • covers form 4 designs depending upon arrangement

A quick scan of eBay (both .com and .co.uk) and of abebooks has turned up nothing (aside from concluding that, really, it’d be everso helpful if sellers on abebooks could able to include photos).  I expect this will be one of those things where i am going to wait half a lifetime again, then stumble across them in some 2nd-hand shop on the last day of some future trip to London.

Update, post copious Google Image searching:  OMG, i think these must be the covers!

Update, post finding images of the covers:  And now Andy says he isn’t particularly taken with those covers.  Well, fuck that guy.  Now I want them.

  1. I’d only be more shocked and upset if it were “The Lord of the Rings”.  And i’d be REALLY SHOCKED, since i think when we got together we had about 6 versions combined. []
  2. This date is known pretty exactly because i always wrote my name and the date of purchase inside all books i bought, and my copy of “Restaurant…” is dated 10/28/1989. []
Daleks invade academia!! {A story told in 5 photos}
chris. | 28 September 2012 | 7:38 pm | (culture) consuming, diary, favorite things | Comments closed
UW campus: concrete bollards

Oh, it's those concrete bollards.

UW campus: concrete bollard is ACTUALLY A DALEK

Oh noes! That's no bollard -- IT'S ACTUALLY A DALEK!!

UW campus: blue emergency call box

Emergency! Emergency!!

UW campus: 'police public call box' written on sidewalk in chalk

Oh, good, exactly what i need!!

UW campus: blue emergency call box is labeled 'TARDIS' with sidewalk chalk

I sure hope it's bigger on the inside, tho'.



  1. For the record, i was not involved in creating these Doctor Who instances at all.  I was merely lucky enough to happen upon them walking across the University of Washington campus one day this past week.
  2. When i showed the TARDIS picture to Andy, he actually said, “Must belong to a pretty skinny doctor”.  The only possible answer to which is obviously, “But sweetie, it’s bigger on the inside.”  I mean, honestly, what kind of Doctor Who fan IS he that he walked straight into that one??
red phone, my desk
chris. | 25 July 2012 | 6:18 pm | diary | Comments closed

Proof to back up my twitter-bragging about the red phone on my desk at the office:

red phone on my desk

To prove this is my desk, note: my glasses, my notebook, and 2 zines.  ;)

Also see that i have my red phone appropriately staffed.  Superman’s speech bubble says, “I wish i knew how to quit you, Lex Luthor.”  A now-former colleague had this in his cubicle for ages.  When he left, he passed it onto another coworker.  Recipient coworker finally admitted that the speech bubble made him uncomfortable, so he passed Supes on to me.  Yes, recipient coworker is a homophobic asshole; i’m glad Supes has found a better home with someone who appreciates the epic struggle of his love for Lex.

my WisCon in a nutshell
chris. | 28 May 2012 | 9:20 pm | diary, favorite things | Comments closed

To all the friends who helped Andy and me systematically eliminate the 8 varieties of saké in our hotel room … I SALUTE YOU.

Ahhh, Paris, my mid-life crisis
chris. | 24 January 2012 | 9:11 pm | traveling | 1 Comment

I’ve been wanting to go to Paris for the past 30 years — ever since falling in love with the idea of Paris when i was in 5th grade and we were introduced to the 3 languages my school district taught in middle school so that we could choose which one to study.

I chose French, of course, because it’s what they speak in Paris.  Three years in middle school, 4 years in high school, 1 year at my 1st college.  I almost had enough credits to get a minor in French at my 2nd college, but not quite enough and so i had to drop it in order to graduate1.

And yet, i still haven’t been to France.  But then, kids who are on reduced-price lunch don’t exactly get to go on school trips abroad.  In college i was poor enough for Pell Grants and state need grants, so, y’know, still no traveling abroad.

My father-in-law offered to send Andy and me anywhere in the world for our honeymoon.  I requested Paris.  Andy wanted Japan.  We wound up in Dublin2.

I joked that i wanted to go to Paris for my 40th birthday, because i figured if i were going to have a mid-life crisis i might as well be in Paris for it.  But i have a long history with mediocre-to-awful birthdays and didn’t expect it would really happen.  We managed to pull off a decent birthday celebration last year for me3, however, so Andy surprised me by declaring he was taking me to Paris in 2012 whether i liked it or not.

Blah blah blah, today my boss approved my vacation request for 9 days in Paris this summer.

The basic plan is to fly out of Seattle somewhere around june 21st and return somewhere around the 4th of July.  Since we’ll be in Paris for so long, we’re looking into renting an apartment.

Everything else in between is totally up in the air!  Andy’s submitted a few suggestions/requests4, but everything else is completely up to me.

Please feel free to make suggestions!  Things to do, arondissements to consider when we look for accommodations, restaurants/foods we need to try.  I’ll be making a few posts with specific requests for advice/information, too.

First up:  Anyone know a good sake house in Paris??

  1. Yeah.  That worked well. []
  2. Dublin was absolutely great, tho’!  I could totally see myself living in Dublin, if anyone’s listening who has a job to offer me in Dublin. []
  3. The secret is a weekend of floating from one sake house to another. []
  4. Mostly to do with Dumas in some way, because he’s Andy. []