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Alex Checnkov
03 April 2010 @ 08:28 am
It's stunningly beautiful around here, and today demands grilling. I got up early (for me on a Saturday) and headed down to Eastern Market to pick up a local delicacy: half smokes.

Half smokes are best described as spicy sausages of coarsely ground meat, and the real thing can only be purchased uncooked from one vendor in town, although they're available around town at either the landmark Ben's Chili Bowl or most street vendors.

I am excited.
Alex Checnkov
21 March 2010 @ 03:28 pm
I inaugurated the grill today. I let a filet marinade overnight in a mix of A1, spicy pepper oil, garlic, red pepper, and cinnamon. I may need to play with the proportions a little bit in order to get that kick I was going for, but it was de-freakin-licious.

And don't be alarmed by the pinkness in the last shot - the camera was set to vivid color mode. Although I did prepare it medium rare, it wasn't nearly that red in life.

Meat!Collapse )
Alex Checnkov
20 March 2010 @ 11:29 pm

Some of the imagery captured in the lyrics reminds me of Southwest Virginia. As much as I didn't like E&H, I did like the area and the people. Many days in my cubicle, I find myself wanting to go back.
Alex Checnkov
10 March 2010 @ 07:11 pm
This is what happens when I get bored in training sessions and meetings:

Alex Checnkov
26 February 2010 @ 11:43 pm
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! U.S.-Canada redux.
Alex Checnkov
21 February 2010 @ 09:50 pm
I am by no means a devout hockey fan, but I do enjoy the sport. I'm watching the U.S.-Canada game right now, and it is some DAMNED fine hockey.
Alex Checnkov
06 February 2010 @ 11:17 pm
1,687 pictures taken from my front porch. The battery would crap out every three hours-n-change, then take two hours to charge, so unfortunately it's not the whole blizzard. Still kind of fun.

Alex Checnkov
06 February 2010 @ 11:34 am
These are from about four hours ago:

It's come down heavier since then.

I've got a camera set up outside to take time lapse shots. The battery crapped out yesterday, however, just as the snow started to come down; so that's going to make for an awkward break. It seems to be working fine this morning.
Alex Checnkov
18 January 2010 @ 09:10 am
Nothing kills your morning spirit like forfeiting a straight, a flush, and a three-of-a-kind in as many consecutive hands.

I mean, it's just Facebook poker, but still!

Alex Checnkov
01 January 2010 @ 10:29 pm
I watched "Twilight" as commentated by RiffTrax. It made the movie just bearable, and ridiculously funny.

Every year should be brought in with laughter.