I’ve moved…

•September 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

…so be sure to keep up with my antics at I play hard, but work harder.

Car? I don’t need no stinkin’ car!

•April 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time car shopping lately, and I’ve come to one conclusion:

Shopping for cars is dumb, especially if you have a vehicle that will already get you from point A to point B. And what does it matter if you have to park out back because you’re embarassed of what you drive because work in an industry where image is everything?

So I’ve come up with a great solution.

A few of the coolest people in the world purchased a motorcycle for me as a wedding present, and when then weather turns, I’m going to start using it as my daily driver.

It’s a 1972 Honda CL 350, and all it looks just like this:

Sure, a motorcycle that’s almost 40 years old may not be the most practical way to get around, but it sure is cool.

Going Granola: Part 3 – Starting Over

•March 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

OK. So I must start of by saying that I’ve been a slacker over the past 10 months and a lot has changed: I have new goals in life; I adopted a kitten who enjoys sleeping in my bathroom sink; I’ve started a new job I absolutely love; and then there’s the part about getting married, which could be a blog all itself.

And that’s my past year in a nutshell.

I’m not going to go to deep into it now, but just know life has been good to me over the past 10 months.

As for going granola, tomorrow’s a new day with another chance to get back on track.

Check back soon for the juicy deets.

Going Granola: Part 2 – Tofu Thursday

•May 28, 2010 • 1 Comment

Inspired by Meatless Monday, I’ve decided to take it one step further by introducing Tofu Thursday – you should too.

Yes, I know most of you probably think tofu is disgusting, heck, I used to think it was to most disgusting thing in the world – and then I discovered what you can do with it, which, if you don’t know already, is pretty much everything: You can put it in salads or make it into a burger, there’s tacos, tofu tempura – I’m just going to stop there because the list could go on forever. The best part about tofu, in my opinion, is that you can make it taste and look almost anything you want (I recently saw an episode of Future Food where tofu was made to look like sea food – it was intense).

Week one of Tofu Thursday introduced me to tempura tofu nuggets. When everything was said and done, they looked similar to this:

As for their taste, they tasted exactly like you would expect: tofu coated in tempura batter and fried. To be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled about it, and I’ve decided to modify the original recipe to something a little more flavorful.

It goes like this:

1. Marinade the tofu in teriyaki or sweet and sour sauce for about eight hours in the refrigerator.
2. Freeze the tofu for about 24 hours.
3. Follow the original recipe, but be sure to keep the tofu as cold as possible right up to the moment you toss it in your oil.

I found my first experience working with tofu a pleasurable one, and I am already scouring the Internet for a great recipe for the next installment of Tofu Thursday. If you have any suggestions for a good one, please post it in the comments section.

Going Granola: Part 1

•May 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Having been inspired by a good friend of mine, even though I know most of my friends are going to flame me for it, I’ve decided to embark on a quest that at the end of I’ve become full-blown granola.

For those who don’t know what “granola” is, Urban Dictionary defines it as:

Granola:
An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons), as well as limit consumption of what he or she does consume, as granola people are usually concerned about wasting resources. Usually buy only fair-trade goods and refrain from buying from large corporations, as most exploit the environment as well as their workers, which goes against granola core values. The choice of not removing body hair (see amazon) and drug use are not characteristics that define granola people, and people, regardless of granola status, may or may not partake in said activities. This definition is sometimes confused with hippy.

And used in conversation:
Jack: My best friend is vegan and only buys produce that is organically grown from local farmers. Her and her feminist, vegan boyfriend are both in Greenpeace and advocate for queer rights. She waxes her legs but she’s still granola.
Jill: So that means she’s not a dyke? And she grows her own reefer?
Jack: Just because she’s granola, doesn’t mean she does drugs. Also, granola status has nothing to do with sexual preference.
Jill: Well maybe she’ll know where to buy hemp and how to tie-dye?
Jack: She’s granola, not a hippy. Some granola people are hippy and vice-versa, but they’re not the same thing.

OK. Now that everybody is on the same page, let’s get down to business.

I’ve decided to go granola for a few reasons, but I’m going to only focus on one today: Feeling healthier in my own body.

The biggest proponent of my former less healthy lifestyle was the massive amount of fast food I would consume on a weekly basis, which, if I added up, probably accounted for 25 to 40 percent of my weekly calorie intake.

And my body didn’t feel good about.

And now, four months in, even though I let the occasional Taco Bell item slip through and was so intrigued by KFC’s Double Down that I had to try it, my body is much happier, my skin is better and I’ve gone down three notches on my belt.

#ftw.

In place of the fast food, I’ve stocked my refrigerator, cabinets and freezer with homemade soups, anything and everything organic or locally grown, and I’m now purchasing all of my fresh produce at the Ypsilanti Food Co-op and Whole Foods.

Sure, you may be thinking that only hippies shop at co-ops and Whole Foods and avoid them for that reason, but let me, someone who is not a hippie, be the first to tell you: You’re wrong. I shop at co-ops and Whole Foods because they provide the highest quality, freshest items you can get in my neck of the woods – and the best part is most prepared foods contain only a handful of different ingredients, and I can pronounce most of them. If Meijer or Kroger’s produce was as good as the co-ops or Whole Foods, I’d shop there too – but it isn’t, so I don’t.

I’d love to continue explaining why I’ve extensively improved my eating habits and why you should too, but, seeing how this is a blog and most of you are starting to lose interest at this point, I’ll leave you with this awesome, full-color chart that is guaranteed to re-grab your attention and let you decide for yourself.

Everything You Need to Know About Fast Food
Via: Online Schools


Stromski

Post Script: Come back soon for “Going Granola: Part 2.” I’s going to be about corn or the chemicals we put in and/or on our body. Please take a second to post your thoughts in the comment section.

Ten Places to Screw at EMU

•April 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s safe to assume every college student has seen some variation of the “101 Things to do Before You Graduate College” list. If not, it includes things like “have coffee with a professor,” “attend a football game” and “eat from every dining establishment on campus.”

These lists, while fun to read, rarely (if ever) include one of the most-loved activities that college students participate in: Sex. Hot, nasty, unprotected sex*.

And that’s terribly sad.

So, for your enjoyment, here’s a list of the 10 most extreme places to make whoopee on Eastern’s campus. Some places are riskier than others, but a mini skirt and elastic waistband pants allow for easy access and even easier cover up.

1. The balcony off Room 300 in the Student Center: This location provides a fantastic view of University Park, and the safety railing lining the edge makes a great handhold.

2. Benches by the flagpoles near, or the bridge over the pond: When you decide to romp around in this spot, be sure to hide behind the rock or else there’s a good chance you could get caught on camera…

3. Private study rooms in Halle Library: Is there really any better way to spend a study break?

4. Student organization office: The small windows looking into each office help satisfy the exhibitionist in us all, without making it too obvious what’s going on behind closed doors.

5. Club pool at Rec/IM: Sex in a pool is already hot; why not take it to the next level by doing it in a secluded corner of one when there’s other people in splashing around. Pool orgy, anyone?

6. Mark Jefferson mall: Even though the University has already broke ground for the new science complex, there’s no reason you shouldn’t break some ground yourself.

7. MLK Jr. plaza: Let MLK in on your dreams and fantasies by turning them into reality right in front of him. Or at least his bust.

8. The roof of Sherzer observatory: As soon as the weather and skies allow, grab your favorite bottle of wine and a blanket and sneak up to Sherzer’s roof for after hours and have a go at it in the most romantic spot on Eastern’s campus.

9. Between stacks of books in the library: For when the private study rooms aren’t exciting enough.

10. The Board Room in Welch Hall: This one’s for seniors only. After four-plus years of being screwed over by crappy professors, instructors and administrators (you know who you are) and the ever-increasing cost of tuition, there is no better place to stick it to the man than in the very room the University’s major decisions are put into action.

Stromski

Post Script: If you have any suggestions of other great places to hook up on campus, visit this article at emyouthemagazine.com and add it in the comments section.

*But wear a jimmy hat, seriously; they’re good for you. Unless you want a VD or a baby. But then again, a baby would have its upsides, like free money from the government. So, on second thought…

EMU Student Celebration was a bust!

•March 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

For those of you who were not able to attend the Student Celebration in the ballroom yesterday, I wish I would have been right there next to you, wherever you were.

The idea behind the celebration was sound, I’ll give it that, but I’ve got beef with one of the students who performed and the administrators who let it happen. And yes, I’ve voiced my concerns to the proper authorities.

I feel so strongly about what happened that I’m going to share my e-mail with the world, or at least the 14 people who will visit this post.

I must warn you, it’s of a religious nature, so I apologize in advance if anything I wrote offends you, that was not my goal.

Here it is:

As a student leader who has served this campus for over four years, I would like to inform the administrators of Eastern Michigan University that I feel the religious lyrics in one of the songs performed by a student were highly inappropriate for an event like the Student Celebration held on March 23.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against any form of religion and understand that it can be a very rewarding experience for those who chose to follow the teachings of or acknowledge the existence of an omniscient being, prophet, thetans, Flying Spaghetti Monsters, Midi-chlorians, what have you, but I have made the decision that religion, in any form, is not for me. By making that decision, and because of how I feel about religion, I feel that it would be inappropriate of me to force my beliefs upon anyone, namely people of a religious nature. Likewise, I expect to be treated the same way from those who do choose to follow a religion.

For example: If an extremist damns me for all eternity because I don’t believe in his or her god or tries to force religion on me, and only when that happens, do I feel it’s necessary to express my beliefs.

Today, that singer forced her beliefs upon me, and the University let it happen. I would understand the religious nature of the lyrics if I had attended an event that focused on religion, but I didn’t. I attended a celebration that was supposed to honor students and their work – and instead of feeling honored, I felt violated.

Instead of making a scene, I chose to instead leave the reception, flabbergasted that the University allowed something like this to happen.

It would mean the world to me if from now on the University was able to prevent an incident like this from happening again or, at the very least, include some sort of disclaimer informing the audience members of the sort of content they may be subject to.

With warm regards,


Joseph Stromski II

I’d love to read how others feel about this topic. Feel free to start a discussion in the comment section.

 
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