Tuesday, July 12, 2011

So Blue, So Cool

The combination of heat and humidity today made today's temperature feel like 115 degrees. I went to the pool, stepped off the side into the water and was enveloped by its blue coolness. I try to make it my rule that, once I am in the water, I do not stop moving or touch the sides or bottom. This might make me the Michael Phelps of treading water, but with so many other people around it's hard to swim lengths. I swam, treaded water and watched the trees undulate in the breeze for an hour while about a dozen teenagers laughed. splashed and ran around nearby. Either way, we all enjoyed ourselves, irrespective of the heat.

On the other hand...

Help meee!! Pleeez! I want to go home! 


dive said...

Oooh, I am so jealous! I miss having access to a pool (my ex.in-laws had one here and one in Portugal and I used to spend most of my life in them). There are public pools in the city but they're too crowded and filled with shrieking kids. I have the sea of course, but until September it is way too cold to swim and it's right now, in the horrid, hot, humid season that I need that blue coolness.
Ah, that poor lobster. The first person to eat one of those must have been bloody hungry. They ought at least to unbind its claws so it can get in a nip or two on the way to the pot. Very unsporting.

Speedway said...

Poor lobster, he somehow knows there's more on the other side of the glass, can't figure out why he can't get there and doesn't know there's no "sea." I felt bad for him.

Many years ago, I bought a couple lobsters, took them home to prepare, then spent time "playing" with them to get used to handling them. I drew and cut out a necktie for one, a bow for the other, stuck them on the lobsters. Then I took them onto my balcony where I took pictures. My sister said she thought I'd be about the only person to make pets of my dinner before I ate it.

A friend would never order crabs' legs because he thought it was too much work for what he got.

dive said...

Hee hee. You give a new meaning to the term "dressed lobster."
I must confess that - other than the rare occasions I cook them whole at home I usually ask my fishmonger to dress my crabs and lobsters as it is indeed a royal pain in the ass getting the meat out of the fiddly bits. We are currently suffering a plague of American crayfish in the Norfolk Broads. It seems some moron bought them for an aquarium and let them loose a couple of decades ago and they are ravaging the ecosystem. Luckily they make good eating and the locals give 'em away by the bucketful. Yum!

Speedway said...

Over here, the problem is with Chinese carp & zebra mussels. The carp were brought to catfish nurseries to clean the ponds. Mississippi Rvr floods released the fish into the ecosystem. They are taking over and,so far, no good use has been found for them. Zebra mussels attached themselves to cargo ships which brought them inland via St. Lawrence R. & the Great Lakes. People who boat on same lakes then bring them to the rivers on their props, etc.

Have any of your birds yet learned to eat the crayfish? I've watched crows crack them open on rocks.

dive said...

Our herons gorge themselves on the little buggers, but they breed uncontrollably so no matter how many bucketfuls you pull out of the rivers there are always more. At least they're cheap eating.

Anonymous said...

Chinese carp are just as edible as other carp.

Speedway said...

Like most people, I put the Asian carp into the same category as common carp. I wonder how much one can eat of the Asian carp? I checked the Indiana Fish Consumption advisory and found that the amt one can eat is based on several factors, such as sex and age of the person and size of the fish, as well as location where the fish is caught.

Here's a link to recipes using Asian carp.


Here's a link to the Indiana Fish Consumption advisory: