Hey everybody! No crazy stories about burning myself taking garlic bread out of the oven today!
As I prepare to put together a new lineup and get thinksobrain back out in the music scene, I decided that I'd like to have a place for everybody to see what's going on with me while I promote stuff - other than this website. If only because nobody really COMES to this website. Well, here's the deal.
As of this morning, I have an official facebook page. Links to all future articles posted here at thinksojoe.com will automatically pop up in the timeline on the page, and I will post there regularly when I have things going on that I want people to know about. Please head over there and "like" me!
Almost immediately after I posted the blog about the foods I've cooked the other day, I burnt the hell out of my finger taking food out of the oven. What culinary delight was I preparing when this injury occurred? I was taking store bought garlic bread out of the oven. Yes, after all the homemade stuff I've made in the oven over the past 5 months, it's store bought garlic bread that causes me my first injury. My finger missed the potholder and got the oven rack instead.
And because I have absolutely zero discipline, I picked at the resulting blister and now have a hole in my finger and have to wear a band-aid most of the time, if only because it looks bad. Anyways, on to the point of this.
As many of you may know, I launched a second website in the "Bored Fanchise" series of sites. This time, it's BoredHockeyFan.com. It didn't take me long to score an interview for the new site. Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Sylvester, who is the host of Buffalo Sabres television, and the host of Hockey Hotline on WGR 550 AM here in Buffalo. We had a great chat about the direct effects of the NHL lockout on people involved in the business of hockey, outside of the players and owners. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do! Hopefully this is just the beginning of great things to come on BHF!
"Jack of all trades, perhaps master of none." That's how my bio starts. I definitely feel I live up to that sometimes. Lately what I've been getting into is cooking and baking.
I guess it all started when I wanted to surprise my wife for our anniversary. I connected with Natalie at the food blog "Bake and Destroy," and she led me to a cupcake icing that I could draw on. I baked some cupcakes, made the icing, and drew my wife's favorite bands' logos on them. I liked them so much, I made the exact same thing a week later and let my wife draw on them.
Then one day I fell asleep watching the Food Network, and when I woke up, the lady was making lasagna. I never made lasagna from scratch before, and it's one of my favorite meals. So as I'm watching the lady on TV, I realize it's not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I found a recipe online, bought the stuff, and made an awesome lasagna, if I do say so myself.
Which led to my wife expressing her fondness for baked ziti.
So, a week later I'm back in the kitchen, this time making up a batch of baked ziti. My wife complained that she doesn't like cottage cheese. That's what they put in baked ziti, that's what you asked for. She ate it. It was good.
I randomly got an idea to make a pumpkin pecan cheesecake. And wouldn't you know, recipes for such a thing exist. So last week, knowing my daughter was coming over for the weekend, I hit the store, came home, and baked up a great pumpkin pecan cheesecake. Maddy didn't like it, but the wife and I couldn't get enough of it. In fact, there's still one last slice in my fridge that I'm going to eat as soon as I finish this post.
This week I decided to be cheap and lazy. I made pudding pies. I was going to make two chocolate pies, but two boxes of pudding only filled one (homemade) crust, and I'd already made two. So, back to the store. I found butterscotch pudding. So I made a butterscotch pie. They're in the fridge now, hopefully they'll come out as good as everything else I've tried my hand at cooking lately.
Four years ago, I launched a wrestling website out of sheer boredom. It was a one man operation at the time, but it expanded to have several great writers over the years, and recently spawned a podcast. Hell, I've even gotten to talk to BRUCE FRIGGIN' HART because of this site and the people who have joined my crew. Now it's time to expand.
I'm pleased to announce the launch of BoredHockeyFan.com, which kicked off this morning with a great graphic from Al Creed. Unlike the Bored Wrestling Fan launch four years ago, I've already got a great staff in place and ready to write about all things hockey. With any luck, we'll have a season to write about this year, but the crew have some great backup ideas for the site just in case. I urge you all to head over to the site and bookmark it!
Wow. June is almost over? And it's been like 3 weeks since I posted here? Crazy.
Well, I guess the first thing to do is to say that the project I referred to in my last post is a go! The project in question? None other than the project that got me my nickname - thinksobrain! Jorge and I have decided to go ahead and re-create the band that brought us together in the first place. We're looking for a new guitarist and a new drummer. Meanwhile, we're working on possibly doing something really cool - something that my wife says would "mean the world to" her. So, we'll see how that goes. Updates as they come in, of course.
This past Friday night, TNA Impact Wrestling was in town. Last time they were here, I e-mailed them to try and get press/media passes, and got no response. This year I tried again. Thinking I wouldn't get a response, I didn't check my e-mail at all on Thursday. Friday morning at 4 AM, I finally did, and I had an e-mail from their publicist. I responded right away with all of the information she'd asked for, and just 20 minutes before Caroline & I were going to buy tickets, I got the call that I had two tickets waiting for me at will call for the sake of reviewing the show. We had a great time at the show, and the review is currently in the hands of TNA Wrestling, awaiting approval. Should know sometime later today if they like it or not. Nevertheless, we had a great time at the show, and at the end of the night, Caroline and I got to meet one of her favorite wrestlers of all time, The Charismatic Enigma Jeff Hardy. I made sure to get him to give her a hug, because she was too shy to ask.
Looking forward to seeing what the future brings. I'm hearing some big names being tossed about from some BWF associates for possible interviews, there's the whole thinksobrain thing on the horizon, and some great summer concerts (free and otherwise) coming up. Plus, we're four months away from launching BoredHockeyFan, and we've already got the next site in our "FANchise" in mind.