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You know what really grinds my gears....

...Bad restaurant meals.

There's this place called Lucky Chinese and Sushi in Casa Grande that has good reviews on Yelp. Since Steve and I were up there, we gave it a shot.

The salad, with lots of nice toasted sesame seeds on it, was promising. I ordered a spicy tuna roll which came with a ketchup-based spicy sauce on top. A drop would have been sufficient, but they applied it heavily on top of the tuna belly.

Why would any sushi chef do something so disrespectful to a piece of tuna belly?????

Steve's sushi selection was meh. We won't be back. Fortunately, Sachiko Sushi downtown is excellent. Steve pronounced it "adequate" compared to the masterful sushi in L.A. But that's L.A.

Today I'm making a simple beef stew, cooked in our cast iron Dutch oven.

Unrelated, I've set myself a discipline. Since I have a month or more until my background check with the Department of Justice, I've decided to be in the gym by 10 each morning. Now to stay honest.

Oh, right. I haven't mentioned it here, but I am to start a one-year contract with the U.S. Attorney's Office here in Tucson pending a background check. It is the exact same process as I went through for my U.S. Army security clearance. However, DOJ and DOD don't talk to each other, it seems. So now I wait. I'm on Unemployment since I got laid off from the job in Coronado, so life is survivable still. I have lots of books to read while waiting, but I really am looking forward to getting back to work.



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May. 31st, 2014 04:55 am (UTC)
Hopefully it can start right away!

What will you be doing?
May. 31st, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
Your situation with DOJ and DOD not recognizing each others' background checks reminds me of a buddy who's a contractor for some local TLAs I can't name, except to say that they're both in the intelligence community.* Anyhow, he had the same problem - had a TS Codeword clearance with TLA #1, but when he changed over to a contract with TLA #2, he cooled his heels for the better part of a year while TLA #2 confirmed that he was not, in fact, some kind of traitorous drug-addled motherstabbing father-raper.

*Walter Skinner: "Remind me not to buy a house there."

Edited at 2014-05-31 06:13 am (UTC)
May. 31st, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
This is dinner: http://stolenmomentscooking.com/homemade-portillos-chopped-salad/ It's not the original, but it's damn close. Granted, I haven't eaten there in 20 years or so. Makes a lot. If you don't dress it, you can eat it for a few days. (With bread, probably 2-3 hungry humans for 3 days.)
May. 31st, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
That does sound good. Thanks!
May. 31st, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
NP! I usually pick up a supermarket pre-roasted chicken to save time.
Jun. 2nd, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
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