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Old Crank

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November 22, 2023

Street art and grafitti.

From Bologna, still haven't pulled the 'film' out of my camera to get to the better, hopefuly, pictures.

Near the center of Bolgna is a market street and two of the door are painted in theme. There arre others arouind town, like the mechanic door. Fun just to wander around these places.

November 22, 2023

Today I made the switch

Like daylight savings I switched from the summer breakfast of granola, yogurt, and fressh fruit to porrige, oat and or wheat, and fruit cooked into the mix.

Of course Sunday is still Blueberry pancakes day.

November 21, 2023

Cassini Meridian line 1655. cross posted in DU Lounge

Not the greatest pics but might be of interest to science buffs.


November 21, 2023

Science from 1655

the Meridian line in the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna. Constructed by Gian Cassini in 1655. The longest functioning internal line in the world. Cassini did some other neat things with Saturn back in the day also.

Fun to have a sunny day to view the circle at solar noon. Somewhat surprised to see a small crowd anxiously waiting for the circle to appear.

Some information at this site:


Waiting for the sun...

Almost there.


November 21, 2023

Iron pans

If you have a glass cook top and want to avoid nonstick but have similar properties to cast iron, stamped iron pans could be a solution for you.

Before I moved to Germany I had a gas range. Most all of my frying pans were nonstick with a couple of cast iron, one enameled.
Couldn't take them, weight and my apartments have been all electric. I had 2, 6 inch cheap commercial nonsticks for eggs and two person pasta saucing. REcycle every 4ish year for new ones when the coatings went bad. Cheap at Smart&Final. They worked on the glass cooktop in the first apartment.

When we moved 2 years ago I got and induction top. It is quite nice but he cheap allu nonsticks don't work so I gave them to a nieghbor woman who was starting a new house. What to replace them with?

I went with Iron pans, Not cast iron stamped iron. They are smooth on the bottom so are glass top friendly. Work with induction and all metal so tehycan go intothe oven without worries. All my fry pans must go into the oven.

They can be seasoned much like cast iron and are lighter. They heat faster than cast iron but don't hold heat as long. Which for me is not usually an issue.

November 20, 2023

What Knockers, of Bologna

Sophmoric humour. Haven't outgrown it yet.

Me before my morning tea.

November 20, 2023

Tried something new

Slight modifications to a recipe from the WaPo.

The recipe called for kale i used a member of the chard family.

Oven 400 F

4-5 cups of chopped chard mixed well with 1 Tbs, olive oil, 3 Tbs grainy mustard, 2 Tbs cider vinegar. Pile on a backing sheet. I foil lined my sheet.
2 ripe but firm pears cut into 6 wedges each on top of the greens. Then 4-5 Italian sausages on that. Roast 15-20 minutes, rotate pan and roadt until sausages are done.
Served with a little balsamic glaze and shaved parmesan if you wish.

Big mistake. My wife wants it again.

November 19, 2023

I must be home

the WIFI connected automatically.

Back from the Hospital. They tried to kill me. Hospital food. German hospital food. German hospital food for a soft diet.
Lunches were okay. They gat my black tea order correct 2 times out of 9. Good thing that the place has a small cafe.
What a harsh withdrawal from 3 weeks of Italian food.

On a more serious note the doctors and staff did a great job. Now in 4 weeks I go back to have the gallbladder removed. I will spend less time for that than for them dealing with my infection around the gbladder...

Thanks for the well wishes from my previous post.

Now I can get to my photos to post from Italy.

November 15, 2023

Rough ending to my wife's birthday vacation

We got back into town at 6:30 pm. I had stomach pains from 6. To our house before 8 after picking up some dinner. Then to our local emergency room.

A battery of test later, the prognosis is gall stones. Insert gall jokes here. Scheduled for exploratory surgery the next morning. Yup, gall stones and sludge, doctor term, abscess and infection. Now waiting for blood work to see what the best antibiotic is before they let me out. Scheduled for a gall bladder removal mid December.
Not the best end to a vacation. But I do have a nice view fromthe 8th floor.

November 13, 2023

Packing a couple of kilos

In my suitcase as I head home today.
Parmesano Reggiao 30 month, and the proper speck for carbonara. And a couple of other goodies.

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Current location: München, DE
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About Old Crank

Currently living in Germany, enjoying the culture, enjoying the food, enjoying the travel. Not enjoying the winters, or the Deutsches lernen... Born in Canada. Parents moved to Arizona in 1965. Spent 5 years in the USAF and 2 of those on Crete. Lived in Fresno, Las vegas, Sunnyvale, CA.

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