Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dinner is Served

Throw this frisbee in your Piehole!

Spaghetti Frisbee
Serves 4
6 oz. spaghetti, cooked and cooled
2 tsp. olive oil, divided
2 links (1/2 lb.) Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
1 oz. smoked gouda, grated or shredded
2 oz. pecorino romano, gratedpinch of nutmeg
1/3 cup half and half or cream
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2 Tbsp. buttersalt (optional) and pepper

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a pan and then crumble the sausage into the pan, cooking until done. Set aside to cool.

Mix together the cheeses, nutmeg, half and half, eggs & some freshly ground pepper.

Toss the mixture with the cooled pasta and then stir in the sausage and the sundried tomatoes.

Preheat the broiler. In a nonstick skillet (mine was 10"), heat the remaining tsp. of olive oil and the butter. Transfer the spaghetti mixture to the skillet, pressing to form an even layer. Cook until the bottom is golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the broiler to finish cooking and crisp up, about 5 more minutes. Allow to cool slighly before inverting onto a platter and slicing into wedges.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (with whole wheat pasta & Trader Joe's chicken sausage): Calories: 389 / Fat: 18.4g / Saturated: 6.5g / Carbs: 36g / Fiber: 5.7g / Protein: 24.1g

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Two games of volleyball in a cool pool created an Olympic-size appetite where...
OH we ATE, (1st course)
OH we ATE, (2nd course)
OH we ATE! (dessert)

Yet, no yummy chips with a hint of lime...again?!

Looking forward to a repeat with more help in the deep end in August.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Holy Holy-Ceremony, Batman

Nah Nah nahnah nah, Nah Nah nahnah nah, Baptised!

Mazel Tov to Griffin Joseph who survived his religious ceremony of Baptism on Sunday, July 27th.

Friday, July 25, 2008

WWeekend WWishes

Best of Luck on the beach this


to Amy, Liz & Matthew!

Team name: Sh*t Sandwich (an obscure Spinal Tap reference)

Have fun in the old sand of New Jersey!

Da Bomb Returns

The "sludge" described punk-blues garage rock band DirtBombs return to DC to kickoff Sludge's wet weekend.

-->$25 tix for the July 25th gig @ 930 Club.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

This Sucks

The DG publishes sucky news about the consquences of playing Frisbee outdoors.

The science behind mosquitoes is all about carbon dioxide
[Wednesday July 23rd, 2008]

First of all, you should know that not all mosquitoes suck blood. Only the females do because they need human blood to develop fertile eggs.

Genetics account for 85 per cent of our susceptibility to mosquito bites, so if your parents were always bothered by mosquitoes there is a good chance you will be too.

So if you want to try to fly under the mosquito radar at your next outdoor gathering, park yourself in a chaise lounge rather than playing Frisbee on the lawn. This way, the mosquitoes will hopefully be attracted to the moving targets who are releasing all of the carbon dioxide from breathing heavily and sweating all of the lactic acid.
My advice: Stay submerged in a pool of water to combat mosquito bites.


Per a UCLA study, it doesn't take that much longer to make meals from scratch -- home-cooked meals took only about 10-12 minutes longer to prep than heat-&-serve dinners.
Prep will take longer if you play with your food carve out an amazing picture in your food before devouring.

Confirmed non-jalapeƱo pepper feast selections for the PP:
>white bean dip with baked pita
>veggie side dish/salad
>veggie & salmon burgers

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Double Dipping

Saturday, July 26th
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM + Poker???
!Just Announced! Saturday, August 23rd
Time: TBD

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Number Crunches

Why Aren't We Going to The Gym?
from The Onion; Statshot (July 9, 2008 - Issue 44•28):

•24% - Have the ability to gain without pain
•22% - Was constantly breaking Nautilus machines, crushing hand-weights into powder; once accidentally ran thru wall of handball court
•20% - Too deep into this fat thing
•14% - No longer a good place to network
•12% - Nothing to do there but exercise
•08% - Caught stealing towels

Monday, July 21, 2008

Media Relations

"...a sport that only matters to the people who play it."

Bucci gives the following clip(s) 5 Weees! Shows vintage footage of 1989 Ultimate Frisbee Championship (in DC) via ESPN's Cheap Seats.

Part I (10:00) -->Ffwd to 2:58 to begin the ulti segment

PART II --> Continuation (3:55)

Ken Dobyns rates priorities in life:
1. Ultimate
2. Girlfriend
3. Family
4. Job
5. God

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pool Party

Staycationers rejoice...pool party in Potomac!

Saturday, July 26th
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:30???***
***Potential Poker Opportunity

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Chainless Abandon

Take your disc golf game with you—ideal for camping, the beach your backyard & the grocery store! REI's Innova target sets up and folds down easily.

>Weighs in at 12 lbs. - the lightest portable target from Innova
>Unique target area net surrounds chain assembly, decreasing spit-outs & blow-throughs
>Extra-wide mesh basket tray is light, durable and dries quickly
Four folding legs provide a wide, stable base; attached anchor rings & stakes keep the target in place on uneven surfaces & in windy conditions
>Includes tote bag and removable flag

$130 for the REI-product; FREE, if you like ice cream.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Where in the World?

Continuing "Where in the World" paying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge.

Today's Feature: Beachgoers.

Q: Who in the World is at da beach?

A: Charlie is in New Jersey.
A: Gayle & David are in N. Carolina.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Zippy Fifty

As they say in Italy,
"Buon Compleanno, Joe!"

Or the Piedmont way: 
then "Bun Cumpleani, Joe!", 
the Romagna style:
"At faz tent avguri ad bon cumplean, Joe!"

Friday, July 11, 2008

Mark Your Calendar

Only 3 Months Away...OBX 2008! Start picking out beach shoes, sand sox, shady sunglasses, sandcastle building materials --
Oct 11-18, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

2B or Not

"Hottest Item Since the Frisbee!" — Frisbee Pro
"Hottest Item Since the Frisbee?" — Games Magazine

They do not speak of an amazing can, rather The Amazing Flying Can - an annular airfoil made from aluminum. Designed by 2 aeronautical engineers from Cali back in the late 60’s, “it is the longest going unknown fad”, says Greg Stromberg CEO.

Toobee ($8.95 + S/H) flies much like a Frisbee but is more mystic in flight sometimes referred to as “floating soap bubble.”

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Canine out of Ten

America's TV-viewing capacity is tested in a redubbed Star Search with "summer's #1 show" America (Thinks They've) Got Talent!

This video (3:22) shows a starved acrobatic dog, Tucker, catching meat-flavored frisbees dispensed by Tucker's human partner Paul.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

How Wow

For those who enjoy knowing the "big picture," this Web page is for you - How frisbee is made. For those who need reading material to induce a nap, read the same Web page.

Background: Nearly 300 million frisbees have been sold since their introduction 40 years ago, for both organized sports & recreational play. According to Mattel, 90% of Americans have played with this flying toy at one time or another, translating to 15 million people enjoying the sport every year. ...

Design: Manufacturers of frisbees use computer aided design software to create a model. A prototype is then made to test the design. ... Spinning the frisbee when it is thrown, or giving it angular momentum, provides it with stability. Angular momentum is a property of any spinning mass. Throwing a frisbee without any spin allows it to tumble to the ground. The momentum of the spin also gives it orientational stability, allowing the frisbee to receive a steady lift from the air as it passes through it. The faster the frisbee spins, the greater its stability. ...

Raw Materials: Frisbees have been made out of a thermoplastic material called polyethylene since the early 1950s. Polyethylene is the largest volume polymer consumed in the world. This material is derived from ethylene, a colorless, flammable gas. This gas is subjected to elevated temperatures and pressures in the presence of a catalyst, which converts the gas into a polymer. Other ingredients that may be added include colorants, lubricants, and chemicals to improve dimensional stability and crack resistance.

The Manufacturing Process: To make a frisbee, a high-speed process called injection molding is used, which is based on the injection of a fluid plastic material into a closed mold, usually of the multi-cavity type. Full diagram image. ...

Quality Control: The weight is one of the most important properties and is automatically controlled during the injection molding process by the screw on the machine that pushes the proper amount of material into the mold. ...

Byproducts/Waste: There is usually little waste produced during the manufacturing process. Sometimes after the frisbee is removed from the mold, it has excess material, called flash, around the edge. This is trimmed off, sent to a regrinding machine and then mixed with the virgin material. ...

The Future: The frisbee is expected to dominate the twenty-first century as one of the great sports & pastimes. Also, frisbee may some day be an Olympic sport. For a sport to be eligible for the Olympics, it must be played for two years in at least 50 countries. ... Ultimate Frisbee is already played in 35 countries and its popularity is growing, along with other frisbee sports.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Ice Cream Pail Reuse knows family fun.

Words of Advice: Trees make better "holes" than windows & don't start playing immediately after polishing off the gallon of ice cream.

Frisbee Golf: This game requires two or more players.
>Boxes, sticks, rocks, & so on
>Markers or index cards
>One Frisbee or gallon ice cream pail lid per player
>Pen or pencil

Set up a Frisbee golf course using boxes, sticks, rocks, and so on as "holes."
2. Number the holes consecutively by writing on them or attaching numbered index cards to them.
3. Number each Frisbee as well and give one to each player.
4. Have the players take turns throwing their Frisbees at the first hole.
5. Tell the players whether their Frisbees must land in the hole (if it's a box) or on it (if it's a stick or rock).
6. Count and record how many throws it takes each player to get her Frisbee to the hole.
7. When all the players have completed the first hole, move on to the second.
8. Continue playing this way until all the players have completed the course.
9. The player with the lowest score at the end of the course is the winner.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

#2 Ain't Bad, #1 Is

The WashPo gives some neighborly advice on Breaking Out the Backyard Fun for the 4th; by Desmond Bieler (June 30, 2008):
You don't need us to tell you ... this time of year is meant for ... playing around in someone's big ol' back yard. You probably don't even need us to tell you our picks for favorite backyard sports, but here they are anyway:

#5 - Football Toss
#4 - Horseshoes
#3 - Wiffleball
#1 - Badminton?!

#2 - Frisb ... er, Flying Disc!

Oh, who are we trying to kid? The only people who insist on calling it flying disc work for rivals of Wham-O, and even they probably say things like, "Hey, can you Xerox this for me?" We're going with Frisbee, but whatever you call it, tossing one around is the classic casual sport. An added bonus is that if plates at the barbecue run short, you can just flip a Frisbee over, put a napkin on it and -- voila! -- a handy receptacle for that fourth helping of potato salad.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Flatball on the Mall

Today's express Fit section exposes our treasured flatball pickup game.

But the most beloved part of [the National Mall] might just be the grass...
The green stuff provides tons of open space for games of all kinds, so it's the pickup sports mecca of the metropolitan area. "...the Saturday 10 a.m. game on the polo fields in West Potomac Park. People know all they have to do to play is show up with a light shirt & a dark shirt."
Time to push up pickup's starting time to 9:30 a.m.???

Future Shade Dweller

"A society grows great when [elders] plant trees
whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
-- Greek proverb

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