Yep, regular readers of Mark Evanier's blog will recognize this picture as being the international sign that postings will be minimal, at least for a few days! In this case, it means I'm busy transcribing again, and will likely be posting very little through the weekend, at least!
The advertisement post you see right after this will be the last one for a while... since I have to get some new scans done and uploaded first!
Anyway... here's a miscellany of thoughts...
One of These Days...
...I'm going to write a comic book, or a script, or something... in which there's a cop named Marshal Willenholli, who can't understand why anytime he's introduced, people start giggling. And he always thinks, "Why do people laugh whenever I say my name?"
I've been promising myself that for years.
Advertising Salespeople Just Don't Understand...
I've mentioned before that I'm a graphic designer for the local newspaper. Well, today, as with so many other days on the job, I find myself dealing with the same stuff over and over again. For example: We have access to a website where we can find graphics and so forth to use for our ads. Some of the files are Adobe Illustrator EPS files, some are photos. Now, all photos have to be toned for proper reproduction... otherwise they might print too dark. So when a salesperson submits an ad, they have to fill out a scan ticket for all photos. Unfortunately, they tend to also list the Illustrator files from this website, too... and they get rasterized, and toned, and don't look half as good as they should. When I catch it, I re-download the original files so I can use them instead.
If they don't manage to list Illustrator files, they manage to forget to list photos at all. Or they'll spec them too small, and then when we enlarge them for the layout, they end up looking really, really bad.
Assuming we don't have to deal with that, it's handwriting that looks like a serial killer wrote it, or the layout isn't even proportionate to the ad it's being used for (for example, we'll get a layout for a wide-format ad, but the ad is actually a tall format).
OK, if you're not a graphics person, all that stuff means nothing to you.
I just finished re-reading "Pufnstuf & Other Stuff," about the Sid & Marty Krofft tv shows. I first read it about a year ago. If you have any interest in the Krofft shows, you should track down a copy of this book!
Chicken Strips Recipe
Here's a first for this blog! This is a recipe I came up with for making chicken strips, that's Weight Watcher friendly!
You see, not long after we started on WW, Jessi mentioned she had a craving for chicken strips. So, I did some thinking, and came up with the first version of this recipe... which I've revised since then, finally ending up with this version:
POINTS® value | 3 Servings | 8
main meals |
2 pound chicken breast, uncooked, boneless, skinless 1 cup General Mills Fiber One 1 cup Kellogg's Special K 1/2 cup Egg Beaters Egg Beaters 1/2 cup Bisquick Reduced-Fat Baking Mix
Cut chicken breasts into desired sizes, rinse, and set aside. Put Fiber One and Special K into food processor, along with seasonings to taste (I like to use salt, garlic powder, fresh-ground pepper, sage, parsley flakes, oregano, and other seasonings... poultry seasoning is good, too!) and process until fine crumbs are created. Pour cereal mixture into a wide bowl. Put Egg Beaters into a separate bowl, and the Bisquick into a third bowl. Season the Bisquick, and mix well with fork. Place the Bisquick into a large Zip bag, and toss the chicken strips in the bag with the mixture. Shake off the excess, then dip each strip into the Egg Beaters, and then into the cereal mixture, making sure it's well covered. Place each coated strip onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. When all strips are coated, spray lightly with cooking spray, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. If necessary, turn after 10 minutes, spray other side, and bake for up to 10 minutes more. Serve with ketchup or your favorite low-point or point-free dip!
This recipe also works well for other breaded foods... I've used the same breading for shrimp (cook for 10 minutes at 350, turning after 5 minutes), fish (cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the fish), and even onion rings (although I still have to perfect that whole thing... I may need to dampen the rings before flouring them, and they seem to need longer to bake).
The beauty of this recipe is that the strips/shrimp/whatever warm up very well, 350 degrees for about 10 minutes... and I think it tastes even better as leftovers!
You know, when I was scanning these over a month ago, I had all kinds of things I was going to say about them... and I've forgotten just about all of it... except to point out how off-model Bugs Bunny is here!
OK, some of you probably want to think of this ad as being from a Gold Key comic, not Western, but it said Western on the cover, so Western it is!
Anyway... here's an ad from the old days of video games... when Atari had a hit with their original system, and just about everyone tried to come out with their own version! Sears even had one, as you can see here, and apparently they needed to do this tie-in with Kellogg's to get rid of them!
Hmm, I seem to be getting out of order here. Anyway... here's a full-page ad for the Ricochet Racer set which featured Captain America and Spider-Man... and what a bizarre pair of characters to choose for this... and what a bizarre toy!
The Richochet Racer was basically a gun that shot out a car... kind of a more violent version of "Hot Wheels."
Believe it or not, I was able to find an interesting link for these toys... and you'll find it here.
But I have my own Ricochet Racer story. ay back in the late 70s, maybe even early 80s, I was a huge Star Wars fan, even to the point of making up a pretty bad Han Solo costume to wear at conventions. Now, what's Han Solo without his gun? Unfortunately, the Han Solo blaster Kenner sold was not proportioned for my hand... so what to do? Well, I came across a Ricochet Racer gun at a garage sale, or maybe even Goodwill or Salvation Army, and bought it, brought it home, and painted it all black... voila, instant Stormtrooper blaster! So that ended up being the blaster I used with the costume.
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