Daly Dose of…MLK Day 2021

I’m not going to post a powerful Martin Luther King Jr speech. Most won’t listen to it, anyway. They are “too long” for our modern attention spans. Instead, I’ll post a concentrated bit of POWERFUL messaging that could fit on a tee shirt.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I suspect that audience includes most of us. We focus too much on hate. I’m trying to only hate, hate. I’m trying to not even hate the hates and the hateful. I’m focusing on being a positive force in this world. It’s my own carrot vs stick thinking, I imagine.

Would I rather focus on “punishing” what I perceive as negative, or rewarding positive behavior? (Please note that I am still for consequences for overtly bad conduct)

Do I want to assume through conjecture what I THINK is in someone’s heart or would I do better to engage and inquire?

Is it actually virtuous to claim exclusive stake in virtuosity to justify anger, or does self examination and critique lead one towards more virtue?

Is it on mission to engage in the battle of snark and quip, or is it in superior service to elevate the conversation with my own brand of “passionate logic” and the dissemination of factual information?

I know the answers to these questions for myself. Trust me, I’m someone who is really confident in what I think and believe, but I self-critique, ALL OF THE TIME. I hope more of “We The People” can adopt similar habits, before we actually start killing each other.

I’m Jeff Daly and I approve this message. I don’t know if MLK would approve of it, but in my mind, I hope that he would. I seek to honor his MASSIVE work and sacrifice in my own, smaller impact way.

Interview with Simone Lara

This is the 11th podcast of the the DalyDose of Veterans Intel. The topic is volunteering and my guest is Simone Lara. She is the Chair of the Community Outreach Committee for Hollywood Post 43. She also started the Legion Service Corps.

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Waiting on a Fortune

A pleasant surprise is coming my way.

I love Toi Thai restaurant on Sunset. I usually like to to go there with awesome people. Last week, I did go there with a most awesome person, named ME!

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Meatza Meatza


Meatza, Meatza!!

This #MB2W is a challenge. It’s a discipline challenge, but it’s also a cooking challenge. I like carbs. There I said it. I’ve also been having random thoughts:

  • I want Pizza.
    *Did you know Michigan is home to Little Caesars (Pizza, Pizza!) and Domino’s? I know…you don’t have to say it. They aren’t my first choice, either.
    *Did I mention that I want pizza? I love it. Yes, 3rd grade me, I’d marry it.

Discipline takes over. I will still eat Protein+Fats+Vegetables, but I will enjoy that shizz. It’s my right as a American…no as a human friggin being. Pizza is life!

The idea of a meatza, is that the crust is meat. As I’ve not yet braved the cauliflower crust trend, this was my only other choice.

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2020 Diet-tribe

Things are happening. 2020 is coming, but I’m not waiting. Go time is now!

I mean…right??

My friends have been having great results with eating protein+fat+vegetables, minimizing sugar and cutting starchy carbs. I’m jumping on the bandwagon because me no likey being fit-fat. I need to fix up the exterior of this vehicle.

I still have speed, endurance, strength and general awesome performance, all around. The aesthetics need some work. I’m going to try to avoid the metaphor salad and end that here.

The main event is my late mid day meal, today. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I’m fine with beating out my own drum solo! 😂 Wait…that could sound dirty. Who cares? So many days before Christmas. We might as well get the naughty out the way.

This meal resulted from post-Christmas deals and the new anti-Fit-Fat mission:

Traitor Jeff warning: We picked up NY Strip at Vons for $2.99 per friggin pound. That’s ridiculously cheap and I won’t be judged. I also got two lobster tails for $3.99 each.

Today, I went to get stuff for a dry rub, but my TJ was out of smoked paprika. Whaaaaaaaat? I bought the Chili seasoning thing and all that green stuff you see in the veggie lineup. I went over to Sprouts to get paprika, but I found this spicy garlic rub/seasoning. Yes, these steaks are going to be amazing. Hold up, the flavor doesn’t stop there. I needed blue cheese to make the super amazing steak topper sauce.

Recipe

  • Find a great deal on steak
  • Rub your meat (phrasing) with your own blend of spices. You can also opt for pre-made rubs, or the standard salt and pepper.
  • Let it sit for at least an hour
  • Fire up the grill and get going
  • Put the lobster on the grill, when you think you have about 10 minutes left for the steak
  • Back in the kitchen, put some butter and blue cheese crumbles in a sauce pan and gently mix them together, on low heat
  • I used the steam in the bag green beans from TJ. You can put those in the nuke after removing the protein from the grill.
  • Plate it
  • Pour some of that butter on the lobster tail and then the blue cheese/butter sauce goes right on the steak. It’s a cow on cow situation.

Nothing pressure cooker or air fryer today. I did get ribs, so both features will be used soon!

Now back to this fit-fat issue. My return to warrior shape is eminent. I’ll probably land some shallow lady though. Yay 2020!!

Podcast: Is the American Legion SUITED up for success…

Those is the 5th episode of the DalyDose of Veterans Intel podcast. I get a little worked up and controversial on this one.

https://anchor.fm/dalydose/episodes/Is-the-American-Legion-SUITED-up-for-succe
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Podcast: My Second Legion Birthday!

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: My 2nd Legion Birthday

https://anchor.fm/dalydose/episodes/My-2nd-Legion-Birthday-e81ahs

You can listen with the link to Anchor, but you can also find it on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcast, etc.

Ceviche With Love

During college, I dated a young lady who lived out here in California. I would fly out to visit her between quarters, and she’d expose me to new adventures that we didn’t have growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She also lived in Glendale at the time and it was HOT AF!! One day we got in the car and headed out of that valley and ventured into the cooler (temperature and vibe) Hollywood area and she suggested that we try this place that specialized in ceviche. I didn’t know what that was, but I was willing to follow her lead. Awwww, the power of love…or making thereof.

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Return of – I’ve Got Questions

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I’ve been neglecting this blog, but I’ve decided to start again after some coaxing from the members of the Trader Joe’s group for Busy Mom’s that I participate in.  That’s a whole other blog and story, though.  Don’t worry, I’m going to be transplanting a lot of those posts over here as well.

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Steven Spielberg vs The Modern Film Biz

I love Steven Spielberg as an artist, but his proposal to change the rules to keep streaming companies out of the Oscars, is way off base. As the Academy Awards attempts to stay relevant, he proposes to constrict, rather than expand, the scope of what constitutes an Oscar worthy film.

Mr. Spielberg prefers to watch a movie in a theater. That’s fine, until he wants to codify his personal preference, as a requirement for Oscar qualification. Netflix follows the arbitrary rules and puts their films in theaters for the required amount of time. This isn’t good enough? Interestingly, action films make most use of the “big screen experience” and they RARELY get a nod from Oscar, outside of the technical awards. Clearly, it’s not the experience that’s being protected.

What it seems to boil down to is protecting the prestige (& profits) of the traditional studios and the ancillary distribution markets that inherently erect insurmountable barriers to entry, for the vast majority of filmmakers. If only the studios have the access and resources to fund a major theatrical release, then only the studios will be able to qualify for the lucrative Oscar. The Academy would be setting themselves up for failure, by leaving innovation behind. They will be leaving great content behind, and in the process, relegating themselves to irrelevancy.

Who will care about the Academy Awards if people know that worthy films aren’t even able to compete?

The saving grace is that the Academy voters have themselves voted for films from these new studios. Will the Academy members agree that they were wrong and can no longer be trusted? Let’s hope they vote contrary to Mr. Spielberg’s flawed plan, and continue to honor filmmaking, not the status-quo, studio club.

Los Angeles Times Entertainment
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
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Los Angeles Times: Steven Spielberg to propose Oscar rules that could keep streaming films out of contention.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-steven-spielberg-netflix-oscars-20190302-story.html

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