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Old 11-29-2010, 01:56 AM   #1
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1. What is your favorite book by your favorite author and why?

2. If money was no object, where would you build your telescope?

3. What is your favorite thing to cook, your least favorite?
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1. Who was your favorite teacher in school, and why?

2. If money were no object and you had a year to do anything at all you wanted, what would you do?

3. How do you want to be remembered when you are gone?

4. Would you get more satisfaction from preparing a perfect meal for ten people or from teaching those ten people how to prepare that meal?

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1. What is your favorite book by your favorite author and why?

2. If money was no object, where would you build your telescope?

3. What is your favorite thing to cook, your least favorite?
I like too many books to have a favourite; same goes for authors. It might be a bunch of Terry Pratchtett's Disk World books. Or it might be Isaac Asimov or Robert Schekley. Why, because they write entertaining books that make me think.

2. On Mars or Pluto.

3. Favourite: Solstice supper Last year it was a pork roulade with dried apricots and prunes, Danish red cabbage, garlic butter vegis, mashed potatoes, salad, brown rice, and trifle for dessert.

Least favourite: "leverpostej", a Danish liver pate. It's really messy grinding all that liver and onion and it smells unpleasant until it's baked, but it tastes wonderful.
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My father was a half Saami Swede, with a little bit of Norwegian thrown in for good luck. My mother was Danish. I was born in Los Angeles, but spent half a year in Denmark three times before I moved to Denmark for five years.
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Anything with dried beans or lentils.
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Danes are the best cement engineers going.
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1. Who was your favorite teacher in school, and why?

2. If money were no object and you had a year to do anything at all you wanted, what would you do?

3. How do you want to be remembered when you are gone?

4. Would you get more satisfaction from preparing a perfect meal for ten people or from teaching those ten people how to prepare that meal?

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1. Eight and ninth grade science teacher. I can't remember his name. He always made us think. He really loved teaching and encouraged those of us who showed an interest in learning. I loved his enthusiasm.

2. I would research my family tree and travel to do it. I would also start a non-profit or charity that did research on how to help people start small "green" companies and ways to have profitable, sustainable, local organic agriculture.

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4. Teaching by doing and participation.
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I actually worked as a temp for a few months at the Danish company that makes cellular concrete.
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What is cellular concrete?
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What is cellular concrete?

It's used to make heavy duty cellular phones. They are sturdy but recepetion stinks.
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It's used to make heavy duty cellular phones. They are sturdy but recepetion stinks.
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Cellular concrete is nifty stuff, it was invented and patented in the US, but they sold (some of?) the rights to the Danes.

It is cement with lots of tiny air holes instead of sand or other particles. It is quite light weight. It is good for insulation (heat and sound). It is sold pre-formed. Some artists use it for sculpting. It has other uses.

It is made somewhat like a cake. You mix up your ingredients, including a rising agent, add liquid and bake. Then when it is cool, you cut slices or other shapes.

I worked there as a temp secretary during one summer while I was a student. I think it was the head office of a company that sold cellular concrete in Denmark and sold cellular concrete plants to other countries.

I talked a lot to the engineers and tech guys. They explained the non-secret parts of the process to me. I got to see the scaled down stuff in various stages in the research lab. There was no plant where I worked. It was almost 40 years ago, so I have forgotten a lot of the details.
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I didn't even know the stuff existed. Thanks for explaining it to us.
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I didn't even know the stuff existed. Thanks for explaining it to us.
You're welcome. I was surprised that I didn't see on this side of the pond. I haven't thought about it in years. It is probably a fairly green construction material.
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Very interesting! Thanks for the education.
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Do you ever go in to Montreal to eat? If so, what are your favorite restaurants there> Ever eat at Weinstein and Gavino's on Cresant St.? We had a good meal there last summer.
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Do you ever go in to Montreal to eat? If so, what are your favorite restaurants there> Ever eat at Weinstein and Gavino's on Cresant St.? We had a good meal there last summer.
We usually only go in to Montreal to eat with friends. Parking is expensive, even on the street and I can add an extra $6 or so for gas.

I've never been to Weinstein and Gavino's. It's right downtown, but I can usually find free parking a few blocks away on St-Antoine. We go to Hurley's Irish Pub on Crescent every now and then to meet with friends and have a hamburger. The budget doesn't allow us to do that very often.

Favourite Montreal restaurants?

Il Focolaio Pizza on Philips Square which is across Ste-Catherine Street from The Bay. Fabulous individual pizzas made in a wood burning oven. They have something like 75 different kinds.

Mazurka on Prince Arthur. They have been there since before Prince Arthur became chic. Good, hearty Polish food and very good value.

Szechuan Village on Decarie at the corner of Monkland, across the street from the Villa Maria Metro station. Excellent food, especially considering it isn't in Chinatown. I can usually find free, street parking there.

La Main on St-Laurent across from Schwart's. I like the smoked meat better at The Main. They make a pretty good rib steak on a charcoal grill too. They serve it with a weiner and liver appetizer! also cooked on the charcoal grill. It's where I learned that liver can taste good. The ambience is nothing special - booths with no table cloths. They are open 24 hours a day. The name used to be "The Main, St Lawrence Steakhouse", but that's unilingual English, so they had to change it. The Main is what Anglos used to call Boulevard St-Laurent and some of us geezers still do.
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Trip to Denmark

Didn't know where to post this, so this seemed like the place.

On Tuesday, 2011 January 18 I'm off to Copenhagen. It's not vacation. It's dealing with my mother's estate. My sister is going too. It will be our last chance to stay in my mum's apartment. It has been sold and the new owner gets it on 2011 Feb 1.

It will be interesting. I will probably get to see some cousins. I hope to be able to get together with a friend. I also hope to pick up a rullepølse press.

Right now I'm stressing about all sorts of stuff. How much clothing to bring, how to encrypt the hard drive on my computer. Can I get a cheap cell phone in Denmark? I need a lift to the airport and have to arrange that. I need to change my and DH's doctor's appointments.

Unfortunately, DH won't be coming. We can't afford it. The estate is paying.

At least I don't have to arrange for someone to take car of the cat and the plants (herbs).

I'm excited and anxious.
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