people here love my name. . .i'm not entirely sure why. . .but one guy said, "james bryan? like james bond?. . .that's a good name." so maybe that has something to do with it. . .i bring this up because this morning at the security gate in front the guy looked at me. . .then my badge. . .then my paperwork. . .then at me again. . .and said, "James!" it sorta scared me. . .then he said. . ."good name.". . .and gave me a thumbs up.
food. . .everyone wants to know about food. . .my mom asked for it. . .jen asked for it. . .the only reason, to be honest that i haven't wrote about food is. . .i've ate out only twice actually three times. . .but the first time was a quizno's. . .so that doesn't count. . .i don't even like quizno's. . .but i decided i'd drive around until i found a place that looked popular. . .and there where a bunch of people sitting outside at this one place. . .and it ended up being a quizno's. the second time i ate out i ate at the restaurant at the compound i had chicken biyani which is an indian dish it was good. . .but that only really half counts because it was on the compound. the third time i ate out was 2 days ago and i went to a turkish place with 3 guys from work for lunch. it was really good typical mediterranean/middle eastern place with hummus and kabobs. there was a really interesting place near there where they were cooking all over coals i want to try. . .but i haven't yet. eating out proposes a couple problems. . .number one. . .one usually likes to find people to go with them. . .this is difficult. . .and two. . .there are a million restaurants so it's nice to have recommendations to go off of. . .not only because i rather get good food then bad food. . .but it's not like the states where everyone HAS to conform to some board of health standard. . .here you just have to have enough money to rent a building and start cooking. . .
i mostly cook for myself. . .i eat peanut butter and jelly virtually everyday for lunch. . .i make whatever for dinner, spaghetti, chili, hamburgers, chicken, steak. . .and i usually make a batch of cookies for the week. . .i've made 4 batches of chocolate chip already. . .the first 2 were horrid. . .the latest has been the best. i might try to make oatmeal this week. little things are different here. . .for example alcohol is illegal so you can't buy vanilla extract. . .you have to buy this vanilla crystal stuff. . .it took me a minute walking around the store to figure that one out. . .it's funny how the human mind works. . .i'm walking around thinking why is the vanilla not with the cooking stuff. . .and i remember some story someone told me. . .about an old woman that drank vanilla to get intoxicated. . .and i was like ah ha!. . .there is no vanilla. . .that's why i can't find it. . .sorta like when i was choking to death on the fish bone all i could think about was how saint peter choked on a fish bone. one just gets stuck virtually alone in these weird situations. . .alone because i can't just ask someone where the vanilla is. . .so i have to comb my mind and figure it out. . .unfortunately in the case of the fish bone it took a miracle to save saint peter. . .so i figured in that case i was just outta luck.