For weeks my computer’s internet connection has been excessively sluggish. I finally figured out that my Internet Explorer had been hijacked by yuhmee.com. So everytime I tried to access a site like Yahoo or ESPN it would try to send my information to the good people at yuhmee and not load the pages I requested. Those lil’ devils.
But the internet, as a whole, never ceases to amaze me. Through some detective work via google and a program called “Hijack This” which some good samaritan programmer wrote…problem solved.
I always forgot to read the public service announcements on-air at WHPK so let me try to make up for it now. Y’all should check your computer periodically for this spyware/adware business. Both Spybot and Ad-Aware are essential programs. I learned they aren’t hip to yuhmee yet but they do clean up alot of other trash on your system.

Dr. Iron Fist

Tonight’s performance from Vitali Klitschko gives some hope to an otherwise dead heavyweight division. He scored an 8th Round TKO over Corrie Sanders–who put on an unbelievable display of courage to stay on his feet for the duration.
Due to Don King politics, the best fights out there available for Vitali are: James Toney, Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson, and of course Lennox Lewis.
The Staples Center is definitely Vitali’s new home and I plan on being there with the Ukranian flag in hand for his next bout there.

Fat Mangosteen

I’ve been eagerly awaiting a visit to Vancouver and especially its Chinatown. It’s a wild city with nothing but Asians everywhere you look. Consequently, driving was quite taxing at times. There is also a staggering number of high-rise apartment buildings. But Vancouver has that “big city vibe” that Seattle is definitely missing. And they have mangosteens.
mangosteen.jpgI only really became hip to this exotic fruit last year or so but I’ve been rather obsessed with wanting to taste what all the hype is about. It grows in Thailand and India and for insect reasons can’t be imported into the States. Several grocers in Chinatown had them fresh from Thailand for $6.99/lb. I picked up one, got in the car, and cracked it open with a coffee stirrer I snagged from Starbucks. It’s hard to explain the taste…but it’s pretty darn delicious. So if you ever find yourself in Thailand, India, or British Columbia try to get your hands onto one of these guys. I also just discovered online this product called XanGo which is a mangosteen based juice. I need to try to hunt down some of this stuff.
I also saw the Guiness-certified world’s narrowest building. At five feet wide it sounded amazing….but I was disappointed. It sits up snug with another building so unless you’re looking for it you’d never notice it. Here’s a profile shot–it’s the skinny building on the left.
Finally, on the way back into the country I stopped in a little town near Bellingham and picked up some live oysters. In this little shack in Bow, Washington on Samish Bay, I bumped into two black guys buying oysters and crabs. This still blows my mind. But the oysters I bought were delicious on the grill back home.

Henry IV

The Mirror always comes with the heat on the headlines. Just a week after his hat-trick, Thierry nets four more to thump Leeds 5-0. One of which was a cheeky chip from the penalty pot. Bob Pires scored the first for Arsenal on a spectacular curling first touch.
Henry is like watching Michael Vick–everytime one of them have the ball in their possession, you just get a feeling that fireworks are imminent. Speaking of Vick, he’s coming to town to play the Seahawks this coming season. My first Seahawks game was a miserable experience but maybe if I don’t sit in the nose bleeds this time I won’t have to deal with so much nonsense from the bleacher bums.

Vancouver Bound

Just plowed through a bunch of stuff to help make sure I have the financial means for Euro 2004 in July. Keep those fingers crossed.
Now I’ve got a couple hours sleep before I wake up to pack for my first trip to British Columbia. One thing I won’t forget is my Passport…this big brown boy doesn’t want any border crossing troubles. I’m going to attempt to get a hike in tomorrow despite the wet weather we’re looking at throughout the Pacific Northwest. However, Dim Sum and my quest for fresh mangosteen top my list of things to do.
I’ll have all the gory details posted come Saturday.

Juiced on Jamba

Despite the move to Seattle, I have continued to steer clear of the coffee beans. However, the past two days have seen me buy my first two Jamba Juices and I am embarassed to say that I am absolutely hooked. It’s all about the Berry Lime Sublime!
After slurping down the smoothie, I picked up a badminton set and tonight lost the inaugural match in my living room. Now I have a new place to meet some friends and talk shuttlecock–Northwest Badminton Association.

Mad Peeps

Today’s Easter celebrations consisted of a gluttonous feast of BBQ goodness washed down with the mandatory holiday staple of Peeps. Then I had my first go at volleyball in many a years…I think I might have to stick with lawn darts.
In sporting news:
Arsenal held Newcastle to a 0-0 draw and moved closer to the league crown.
Heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko was KO’d for the second time in a year by a journeyman. It was a bizarre scene with Wlad dominating the action until he ran out of gas and seemed to be knocked over by a mere breeze. I was immediately under the impression that there was something medically wrong with him, as an athlete of his caliber (i.e. Super-Heavyweight Olympic Gold-Medalist) could not possibly be that exhausted in the 5th Round of a 12-Rounder. Early reports are saying post-fight tests showed his blood-sugar levels were 4x the norm. Perhaps a diabetic out there can break down the magnitude of this for the lay? The potential ramifications of this to an already hurting sport are obvious. Almost worse is Don King arranging for Chris Byrd to fight Andrew Golota this weekend on PPV for a heavyweight title.

Oh Henry!

And I’m not talking about candy bars…Thierry Henry had a great Good Friday netting the hat-trick against Liverpool and Arsenal was victorious 4-2. I watched the game with a group of elementary school kids who quickly learned the way and were rooting for the Gunners in no time.
The other highlight to the day was a first-grader unknowingly stumbling upon a two-foot glass bong (aka drug paraphernalia) in a park by the school, holding it in the air, and exclaiming: “this is awesome!” Thankfully, no other kids had any other questions about this fancy flower vase and the problem was quickly contained.

The Most Beautifullist Dosa

dosa.jpgIt was amazing. A tape measure wasn’t available at the dinner table, but eyeball estimates put this “Family Dosa” at a solid 6.5 feet in length. All eyes in the restaurant were on my table as it was brought out from the kitchen. And even more stares came when I stood up to take a picture. It was a fantastic Indian dinner complete with the requisite poor service.
Sadly, only about 5 feet of it was consumed on-site (I had the help of three other hungry stomachs) and the remains are resting in my fridge for breakfast/lunch.
Click here if you want to see this grand ol’ dosa in greater detail. Certainly a meal worthy of a big brown boy.