So I Tried to Make Sushi…

I’m not a cook. I’ve only made fried potatoes, cereal, and Ramen noodles over the course of my life. Even so, that didn’t stop me from telling myself that I was the best “cook” in the world and that I could make anything if I put my mind to it. Bad idea.

Yesterday, I finally decided that it was time to start cooking real food – not just something out of a can or an instant packet. After all, it was my big chance to prove to myself how awesome my cooking skills were. All of this was just fine and dandy, until, for some reason, I chose to make sushi – because, why not? It’s yummy, simple, and just screams out, “You’re cultured if you eat me!”

Now, here’s the really stupid part: I’ve never really had sushi. At least, I don’t think I have. But this didn’t stop me.

I went straight to Google to research the best way to make the Japanese luxury dish. This is when things get interesting. Because suddenly, I realize that I hate raw fish. But I did like imitation crab, so I went with that instead.

Also, to make sushi, most chefs use seaweed to keep the rice and ingredients inside. That way, it doesn’t completely fall apart while you’re trying to squish it all together. I didn’t know that was what it was used for, so I completely dropped it from my shopping list.

It was time to buy the ingredients for the wonderful dish of food that I intended to make. I went to the store, ran around in circles, and found some ingredients that looked like they belonged in food (seriously, that was my criteria for choosing ingredients).

I arrived at home hungry. I started steaming some rice, pulled out some wax paper and started making a mess in the kitchen. I took the rice and started smashing it like a pancake on wax paper. It finally started taking shape. Success!

It was time to apply the imitation crab. That’s when the unbelievable happened: I noticed that the crab was past the expiration date. Now, I do a lot of dumb things, but eating old seafood just isn’t one of them. I promptly threw the crab away. Now, what? I was planning to make sushi without seaweed or fish. It was hopeless, but for some reason, I just continued anyway.

I applied some squash on the rice. Yum. It really made what I was trying to do seem interesting, when in reality, I was just squeezing squash and rice into a weird cylinder shape. I found some soy sauce and added that into the mix as well.

After around half an hour of accidentally spilling rice and sauce everywhere, I was done. I had used an entire pot of rice to make this, but there wasn’t more than 5 servings. Sigh. At least my food is photogenic?


That’s probably the last time I’m ever going to try anything so complicated without first knowing what the heck I’m doing. Also, if that many things go wrong while you’re trying to do something, then stop. It’s not worth the pain of continuing.

Liberals’ Oversimplified Minimum Wage Policy

“The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised. The minimum wage must become a living wage – which means raising it to $15 an hour over the next few years.” – Bernie Sanders

Liberals have an extremely bad habit of promoting oversimplified policy. For instance, many Liberals are pushing for a uniform minimum wage enforced by the Federal Government. They honestly believe that a person living in New York should earn the same as someone in Alaska or New Mexico. I mean, I guess a uniform minimum wage like that could work if they passed laws forcing the cost of living to be the same in each state. They could even pass a minimum wage law accounting for the different costs of living in each state. But here’s the problem: They aren’t going to do either. Instead, they’re going to screw over every state with a low cost of living by forcing a $15 an hour minimum wage on states that don’t even need it.

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Accept Your Mistakes, Move on.

So, I’ve been running a political Facebook page for quite some time now. Unfortunately, a while back, I unknowingly shared a post that contained false information. A guest reader, seeing the article I posted on my page, left a comment pointing out the false details. I read the guest’s comment, and I didn’t want my readers to receive false information, so I deleted the article immediately.

A few minutes passed. Then, all of a sudden, my phone dinged. It was a personal message from the guest reader on my page. He had watched me delete the post, and he said he was astonished by my honesty. He said a lesser person would have banned him from the page, or would have rationalized the mistake by making excuses. He was sincerely proud of me.

It’s such a good feeling when something like that happens. I’ve also learned something very valuable: Accept your flaws, fix them, and move on. You’ll be rewarded in one way or another.

Elon Musk and The Power of Following Through.

All great people in history have one thing in common: They know how to follow through. Whether it comes to learning new skills, or applying their ideas, they always do whatever it takes to get the job done. They know how to execute.

Probably one of the greatest executors of all time is Elon Musk. He’s really a creative dreamer, but unlike most imaginative people, he knows the power of following through. He wanted there to be an efficient online payment system, so he co-founded PayPal. He wanted the world to have cleaner energy, so he founded Solar City, a company that produces solar panels. He wanted more efficient automobiles on the market, so he founded Tesla, an electric car company. Now, he currently wants to go to mars, so he founded SpaceX, a private space organization, and is scheduling a space mission to achieve his goal. It’s simply incredible.

He has so many accomplishments to his name because, unlike other dreamers, he puts his ideas into action and, by doing so, he is able to do almost everything he intends to. His success is a product if his willingness to follow through.