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Mike Blue

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Hmm. I have been in a position where I have been hungry enough to eat anything. Some I'd prefer to not remember. The combination of sweet or sour and salty seems to drive most culinary efforts.

I'll be glad to eat your pineapple/ham pizza for you Bruno.
 

Bruno

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Hmm. I have been in a position where I have been hungry enough to eat anything. Some I'd prefer to not remember. The combination of sweet or sour and salty seems to drive most culinary efforts.

I'll be glad to eat your pineapple/ham pizza for you Bruno.
Idk if you like spicy, but if you do then next time we meet I may make you my extremely spicy shiitake soup.
Maybe in Texas :)
 

petercp4e

Focus to Win
Pineapple on pizza: yay or nay?
For me it's a firm nay.
That's exactly what I thought until I tried Hawaiian Pizza with pineapple and ham.
Needless to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
Not my every day choice, but, for me, not bad.

Pete <:-}
 

Mike Blue

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Idk if you like spicy, but if you do then next time we meet I may make you my extremely spicy shiitake soup.
Maybe in Texas :)
LOL. Hot food will not tempt me to visit Charlie. Now I'm certain that he has neighbors, or himself, who can brew up something with heat in it. Texicans are proud of their chilies. I lived in Thailand for most of a year eating the hottest stuff I could get and for medicinal reasons. Those little green nails are the best.

What gets my feathers ruffled now is that even the local Thai restaurants don't know how to cook the peppers into the dish. They just add jalapenos like the HIspanic restaurants. Sad. The peppers add something to the flavor. And they shouldn't be added just to be mean. It takes the culinary enjoyment down too many notches.

One of my favorite street foods was pineapple on a stick covered in dry red pepper flakes and brown sugar. That would warm my heart to no end.
 

Bruno

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That pineapple thing sounds like one of the easiest things you could make.
If you went to the maximum of the scale in Thailand i consider that impressive indeed. That would be like a mouthful of molten lava.
 

Bruno

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Kinda like me and booze. Not a big drinker, but when I have a glass of something I prefer something with more alcohol than water. Many people don't understand how I can taste anything at all if the drink has 65% alcohol in it.
 

32t

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I had a fun evening after work.

My grandson came to visit and we smoked some eggs and then we cut some rocks in half that he found on a recent vacation for no other reason than to see what was in the middle and to show him how the diamond saw worked.
 

RezDog

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I spent the day crawling around in a hot dusty and smelly attic rewiring all the lights in my tool shed. I know have all LED lighting in my shed. It has been a long time coming. My fluorescents were dying and I was down to not enough light, and the LED fixtures are only marginally more money than the fluorescents, they start in the winter and will use way less power. I’m pretty happy. I need a couple more swing arm lamps for three work stations and I’m good to go again.
 

Bruno

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I had a fun evening after work.

My grandson came to visit and we smoked some eggs and then we cut some rocks in half that he found on a recent vacation for no other reason than to see what was in the middle and to show him how the diamond saw worked.
That kind of time is priceless. Even if for you it is just cutting open some rocks, for him it was probably awesome.

Just doing stuff with them that they don't do at home is a big part of what kids like so much about grandparents.
 

Bruno

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Next week i will be enrolling in Japanese evening classes.

I've been doing a lot on my own already. I know the phonetic alphabets and know about 450 words in kanji. I have basic grammar.

But the huge blind spot for me is verbal communication. Speaking and listening. That's something that is very difficult to learn without guidance.

So i will enroll in the first year for evening classes. From a vocabulary pov it is probably a waste of time, but given that my verbal skills start at 0, i think it is better to start at square one.

I will just keep on studying kanji and vocabulary on my own at my current pace so that i will forever be ahead of the class. That way i won't have to cram at their pace just to keep up.
 

verndahl

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Will the pronunciation of Japanese be difficult compared to the languages you already know? It seems that when i try to pronounce Spanish words (with the few skills i learned in High school) to a Native speaker they just laugh. It sounds fine to me but my accent must be hilarious.
 

RezDog

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It takes a while to develop both an ear and a tongue for new languages. Even in our first language, which for most of us is English, there are so many dialects and regional accents. I know when I go to place like North Central Texas, Louisiana and Ontario, everyone knows right away that I’m a long way from home. Sometimes even as native English speakers we have to remember to talk slow to communicate.
 
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Bruno

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Pronunciation is not a problem actually. Proper Dutch as spoken in Flanders (not the local dialects) is extremely similar to Japanese. Not the language but just pronunciation.

My parents raised me using formal Dutch instead of a local dialect. Many of our dialects almost sound like a different language. I cannot speak my local dialect but the flip side is that from formal Flemish Dutch it is very easy to learn pronunciation of french, german english and Japanese.

Most local dialects are doomed btw. A lot of local historical societies record dialect to preserve it and document as much words as they can. With distances getting less relevant and people moving all over and interacting with people all over, those local dialects are going to die out sooner rather than later.
 
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