Rabu, 07 Desember 2011

To boldly go where no one has gone before.

Thanks to the wonders ofstreaming video, my hubby and I are working our way through all seven season ofStar Trek Next Generation and onward to the various offshoots of the Star Trekkinguniverse.

Back in the 80’s I was whatis commonly referred to as a Trekkie. Yeps, I rabidly watched Star Trek episodes.  I attended Trekkie conventions . . . but Iwasn’t so Trek-i-fied that I dressed up in a goofy uniform or as an alien oranything like that.  I collected Trek memorabilia,games and whatnot.  I even had my veryown tribble, until my cat destroyed it. But most prized is my Will Riker actionfigure.  God, that man was HOT!

I even had a little Star Treksound effects box; it looked a bit like a radar detector in form.  I had it mounted on the dashboard my awesomelycool looking but dreadfully underpowered 1988 bright regatta blue FordMustang.  I used it as a way to manage myroad rage . . . how cool that I could shoot phasers and photon torpedoes atoffensive drivers!

Being that I drove a brightblue sportscar . . . regardless of how fast it wouldn’t go . . . I was a target for state troopers looking to fillhis monthly quota of traffic violators. The car may not have been zippy, but it could indeedy exceed the speedlimit and I got snagged. 

The trooper approached . . . “license,registration, insurance and what is that on your dashboard”.  Although legal now, way back then it wasillegal to use a radar detector. 

I had to explain and demonstrate to the zealous lawenforcer that it was not a radar detector but that is was, in fact, a toy.

Astonishingly, the trooperwas actually amused.  He allowed me to continue my mission: to explore strange newworlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no onehas gone before.

I'm a geek.  So what?  My trek-i-ness actually gotme out of a speeding ticket that day

Cher’s Chicken Corn Soup

1 Whole Chicken
3 Quarts Water
1 Whole Onions, Halved
2 Celery Stalks
1 Cup Chopped Celery
2 1/2 Tablespoons Salt
1 1/4 Teaspoons Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 1/2 Cups Corn
1 Lb. Egg Noodles

In a large pot over medium heat, combine chicken, water,onions, celery stalks, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat andsimmer 2 hours, adding water as needed, until chicken is very tender. Removethe chicken, onions and celery from the soup.   Discard the onion and celery.  Set chicken aside to cool.

Bring soup to a boil and turn off heat.  Add corn, chopped celery and egg noodles.

Chop cooled chicken meat and add to soup.  Serve immediately.  Freezes well.

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