Stress Relief


   So I decide to cook crabs for my wife for dinner. I buy 2 large ones from the Asian store. The only problem is, I've never cooked crabs in my life. I learn from a professional chef in Youtube and the procedure seems simple enough --- sprinkle salt in boiling water, plunk those babies in and that's it! But the video didn't say anything about the smell. The fragrance consumes me. It spreads around the house. I don't remember crabs smelling like this. I think I blew it. I fear they weren't fresh when I bought them. I actually had a choice in the grocery store where I bought these. Live crabs were almost $4 each but dead crabs were half price. Being the cheapskate that I am, I opted for the more affordable one becaue the fish butcher said they only just "recently died." Recently died my foot! Actually, It smelled like somebody's foot!
   I'm hoping it's just me and my overly sensitive nose but the minute my wife comes home she exclaims "what's that smell?" Ooops! There goes dinner! My wife decides to eat something else.
    Cracking that shell released the smell of death. But "death" cost me money so I pry the flesh from that shell and gulp it down --- foot smell and all! I down the first one. Then I stare at the second crab and I know that, bad as it smelled, it would smell even worse tomorrow. So I re-live my recent nightmare.
   As I finish off this TGIF intro my stomach's starting to churn. If I don't survive the night, tell my wife I love her. Now where's the bathroom?

Wisdom from Norm of Arcadia, CA
Words of Wisdom

As we grow up we realize it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Jaime of Caracas; Tom and Alan of Pasadena; Don of Kelowna; Norm of Arcadia;
Mike and Charlie of New York; Debbie of Moreno Valley; Rick of Chino Hills.


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Stress Relief
Contributed by Alan of Pasadena, CA

Just in case you are having a rough day (week, year, life), here is a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychological journals. The funny thing is that it really does work and will make you smile.

1. Picture yourself lying on your tummy on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.

2. Both your hands are dangling in the cool running water.

3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.

4. No one knows your secret place.

5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.

6. The soothing sound of a gentle water fall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

7. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of the person you are holding underwater.

Eye Exam
Contributed by Debbie of Moreno Valley, CA

I might have shared this before but I failed the test. Can you do better? --- Raoul

Count every "F" in the following text:



Count them again.



Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 'F's before you scroll down.

The reasoning behind this is further down.

The brain cannot process "OF".


Incredible or what?

Anyone who counts all 6 'F's on the first go is a genius.

Three is normal, four is quite rare.
Send this to your friends. It will drive them crazy! And keep them occupied for several minutes!

Videos of the week:
(click on the picture and if it leads to a wrong link, go to the website where I will make the correction)

The Egg Trick at the Tonight Show
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Harvesting Bananas

I had fun watching this. What I liked most about it is it's clean --- a vanishing breed in today's media.

Kiss Cam in Chicago
Contributed by Mike and Charlie of New York; Rick of Chino Hills, CA

Kiss Cam

Too late for Valentine but still fun to watch. If you watch indoor professional sports, you know that a Kiss Cam is when the camera zooms into a specific couple and they are forced to kiss in front of the whole stadium. Some funny reactions here.

Contributed by Jaime of Caracas, Venezuela


You've heard that Obama lifted America's travel restrictions to Cuba. right? Jaime, who lives in South America, shared this video to help us understand a little more of his neighbor. My Cuban friend wants to be the first to visit his family.

A Different Kind of Test Drive
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Weird test drive

This is a dramatic way to celebrate this new automobile technology. Can you guess?

Kristin Chenoweth's "I Will Always Love You"
Contributed by Charlie of New York

Kristin I WIll ALways Love You

Feel like crying? Watch this heart felt rendition of that famous song. Sorry if we end today's TGIF edition with a tear but (hopefully) they will be "good tears."

TGIF folks!


Silly boy! Don't you know you are not supposed to cook crabs unless they are alive and wriggling? Otherwise, you risk ptomaine (stomach poisoning.) Thank God you survived. BTW, frozen crabs are okay, like the Alaska King Crab claws. But you know they are frozen fast while they are still fresh and remain frozen till they reach your kitchen. But they are expensive.

BTW, I got the 6 F's at once because I noticed the "OF"s right off. Does this make me a genius or what? Hah!


Hope you recovered from the crabs.

As kids we would catch live ones free off the breakwater in Redondo Beach. We would obtain a fish head and some string from a fish shop and lower it carefully amid the rocks in the Breakwater, After several minutes we would retrieve the fish head with sometimes three crabs holding on and devouring the fish head. Bring them home in sea water and boil them in the salt water of the ocean and they were delicious.

The smell was a lot better than in your case.

Thanks for your great selection and artistic talents.

Tom of Pasadena

I enjoyed your thoughts for the week! I love you!!!! TGIF!


Hi Raoul,
Nice newsletter. Being a chef hobbyist cooking is a great passion of mine. I also hail from Boston and went to college in Maine. Thus, seafood and shellfish is my favorite. Here is another great tip. When cooking crab or lobsters, use a pot big and deep enough so that the lobsters don't or barely touch the sides. They are done perfectly when they float to the surface. You do not need timers, or watch the clock or anything. Also, as you correctly pointed out, ALWAYS buy live crab and lobster unless they have already been cooked. With fish, always check the eyes and the smell as fish deteriorates rapidly. The eyes should be clear and not foggy (white like cataract look to them). Clear eyes means fresh fish.
Keep up the great newsletter.
My best

Hope you're still alive from eating the dead crab. What the f?


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