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A Toast to Chester…

Music is Life

I make no secret about the importance music has in my life. At least an hour of my day has music in it intentionally. Not a schedule. Every day i pick the jams. It has had such a profound effect on me that for a long time I would even write in some blog entries on it in Tony’s Music. You can totally say Tony is a dork. But the reality is that music has always been my escape. It has been the voice of reason, expression, intent, consolation, and every other little voice we all have in the back of our head (it isn’t just me right?) *grin* when something really messed up is happening.

Suicide Sucks

Suicide has always been a bane for me. Like a lot of people, I simply dont deal with death very well (read THESE) and suicide is even worse. So in getting the news today it really left me numb…upset…angsty…the same thing every other time suicide makes an appearance in my life…I try to figure out how or why I didnt see it coming, why I didnt reach out more…all the stupid things and idea that rummage through your head when you try rationalize what just happened.

The Concert is a no-go for me

I was planning on being at the Linkin Park concert coming up in October. I was going to enjoy the concert on my terms without 50000 screaming fans weren’t all up in my space. 😉 But now…I don’t think that concert is a good idea for me…it well known that I don’t really do well at wakes, and thats what an LP concert would be to me now…a great big wake with 10000 other people there that are probably thinking the same thing. When I am at my most sensitive, there is always some asshat at a wake that I visibly have trouble restraining myself from shutting him up. Rather than be that guy…it’s just easier (and probably a bit more responsible) not to allow that kind of scenario to play out. I find something fun to do and relax and remember all the awesome things. A concert full of drunk people isn’t fun…for me its a fracking powderkeg. So that’s a big ol’ nope.

So while this week has been insanely busy…Chester’s suicide has totally been crawling around in the back of my mind…

One More light

Should’ve stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can’t keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

The reminders pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need oh
And you’re angry, and you should be, it’s not fair
Just ’cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it, isn’t there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Well I do

Find Linkin Parke here.

FYI – Sometimes I talk a lot about death, it’s a coping mechanism or some facsimile thereof. 😉 You can see all the other posts like that HERE.




YUM BANANA CHIPS

Superfood Vanilla & Cinnamon Banana Chips

YUM BANANA CHIPS

Dehydrated Banana Chips with YUM YUM

Okay so here is the amazing meal-plan item I made this week. Yes, Tony is a dork, but DUDE…Superfood Vanilla & Cinnamon Banana Chips!!!! I wanted to make something that wasnt just the generic “oh look I dried bananas!” I wanted to have something I could make in bulk, wouldnt destroy my blood sugar, or a low(er) carb regimen.

BANANA CHIPS PER SERVING

INGREDIENTS

2 medium bananas
1 packet Champion Nutrition Low Carb Ultramet, Vanilla Cream – Here is the powder.
2 tsp Spices, Cinnamon, Ground
You need to have a dehydrator for this 😉 Here is the one I use.

If you’re using a similar dehydrator, this portioning will fit one tray with powder mix to spare & store.

DIRECTIONS

First, you will want to set your dehydrator to 140F/60C. This will produce a more crisp chip. If you want chewy, lower the temperature or lower the cook time accordingly.
Because sliced bananas like to be a little slimy, let’s keep bananas cold until ready to prep.
Next, you will want to mix the Ultramet Powder and you Cinnamon together in bowl.
Next, let’s slice the bananas into 1/4 inch slices. You can slice them thinker, but they will be chewier even after 24 hours in a dehydrator.
The next step is to mix the banana slices into powder. This will take a little while because you cant do them all at once, as the banana slices will stick together. I toss them in a larger bowl in small groups and make sure all are nicely covered.
Place the chips closely together on dyhydrator tray and and let the dehydrator do the rest! (You will want to have a drip/catch tray in place to catch loose powder!)
Let the dehydrator run for 22-24 hours.

Ultramet Powder Nutrition Table for help with banana chips recipeThis portioning is easily good for a 13″x12″ tray. If you want to make enough to last for tons of meals, portion to fit your trays. These will keep for weeks if not months in a cold/sealed environment.

Wondering why?

Because bananas are often left out of diets because they bont have a ton of bang for the buck when you’re doing keto/low-carb. But if you’re diabetic and missed a meal, and needed something that itsnt going to kill your blood sugar but tastes amazing and doesnt break a rigid diet, portion it under 100 calories a serving and you have superfood good for almost any diet.




5 Minute Fixes and 2 Dollar Steaks

tonytow tony hunt gets angsty

Some things just absolutely tick me off.

I’ve always prided myself on my dedication to being the best I can be in my arena. Don’t get me wrong, there are PLENTY of people that know more than I do regarding IT…but there aren’t so many that when we meet, that we don’t recognize the need to network. I only do pc support for locals, they visit, bring their machine, sometimes a bottle of wine, and I hack on their stuff in spare time…it keeps me on my game, it’s never the same, and it’s basically it’s great to meet locals.

Sometimes you think its only a 5-minute fix…

Humility licks in for me when you’re 3 tiers and over 100 hours into a technical issue with Dell’s best people helping, and the the guys got enough knowledge that we compare training and knowledge to see where we need to brush up, and immediately swap contact information so we can pick each others brains without red tape, and of course compliment the guy for being committed to the solution. There aren’t many of us around…it’s not an age thing, its the caliber of training and whether or not you actually applied it.

Hell, the guy before me that passed the buck we’re working on now wouldn’t even touch the work, he billed more than me, ran completely unnecessary diags (with dated diagnostics – I found the logs), and shrugged his shoulders and left. If he’d spend 5 minutes listening to the client, he’d have known the hard drive was dying and the laptop was still under warranty. But that wasn’t the real problem either, and now because the rest is proprietary, I’ll just say that it’s nice being at the top, and pretty fun knowing that those now 20+ year old skills are still more effective than the overpaid support monkey trying to act like they are competition.

Yes, I am working at 2am…because it needs to be done before tomorrow so I don’t have scheduling issues.

Yes, this kind of thing normally takes 5 minutes…but then, sometimes things are tougher than a two-dollar steak and you still have to eat it.

The competition wonders why people come to me over them…it’s because it’s 2am and I am working.

…and I have somehow learned to love a two-dollar steak.

–micdrop–