Simpsons Syndication

Since the tv listing sites don’t like to give the upcoming episode information for the current syndicated run of the Simpsons, I figured I would do it here.

How do I have the upcoming episode list? Simple– it’s called a spreadsheet. See, Fox is quite lame and has been playing and replaying and rereplaying Season 17 for several months now. They play them out of order in terms of the actual season, but they play them in the same order during the syndicated run.

So, cue up your DVD recorder and get ready to make your very own fair use copy of the yet-to-be-released-on-dvd Season 17 of the Simpsons. Note: the dates may be one day off, since our lame Fox affiliates plays the episodes at 3:00 AM.

Tue, May 15: #HABF16 / SI-1716 Marge and Home Turn a Couple Play
Wed, May 16: #HABF01 / SI-1701 Simpsons Christmas Stories
Thu, May 17: #HABF02 / SI-1702 The Italian Bob
Fri, May 18: #HABF12 / SI-1712 Girls Just Want to Have Sums
Sat, May 19: #GABF16 / SI-1616 The Girl Who Slept Too Little

Tue, May 22: #GABF18 / SI-1618* Bonfire of the Manatees
Wed, May 23: #GABF19 / SI-1619* Milhouse of Sand and Fog
Thu, May 24: #GABF20 / SI-1620 Marge’s Son Poisoning
Fri, May 25: #GABF21 / SI-1621 See Home Run
Sat, May 26: #GABF22 / SI-1622 The Last of the Red Hot Mamas

Tue, May 29: #HABF03 / SI-1703 Homer’s Paternity Coot
Wed, May 30: #HABF04 / SI-1704 We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere
Thu, May 31: #HABF05 / SI-1705 My Fair Laddy
Fri, Jun 01: #HABF06 / SI-1706 The Seemingly Never-Ending Story
Sat, Jun 02: #HABF09 / SI-1709 Million Dollar Abie

Tue, Jun 05: #HABF10 / SI-1710 Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore
Wed, Jun 06: #HABF13 / SI-1713 Regarding Margie
Thu, Jun 07: #HABF14 / SI-1714 The Monkey Suit
Fri, Jun 08: #GABF17 / SI-1617 Treehouse of Horror XVI
Sat, Jun 09: #HABF07 / SI-1707 Bart Has Two Mommies

Tue, Jun 12: #HABF08 / SI-1708 Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife
Wed, Jun 13: #HABF11 / SI-1711 The Wettest Stories Ever Told

*may be out of order– I fell asleep and wasn’t able to fill in the spreadsheet

2007 Garden

The time is again upon us to plant our gardens. Well, actually, if you live in the South like I do and you haven’t planted your garden yet, you’re late. Jaime and I planted our garden a couple of months ago, and the plants are just now big enough to transplant.

Last year we grew a wide variety of plants: tomatoes (only yielded about 15 tomatoes total), several varieties of peppers, watermelon (never grew big enough to eat), several varieties of other hybrid melons, basil, oregano, parsley, pole beans, strawberries (never grew at all), peas (not enough to harvest), chives, and cilantro.

Learning from our mistakes from last year, we decided that this year we would try container gardening. Our soil is mostly sand, and just wasn’t cutting it. We forgot to get the soil tested earlier in the spring, so containers seemed like the best option.

Our garden this year is based more on function and less on the “it would be cool to grow that” factor. We planted in two phases.

Herbs. Our herb garden contains the following:

- Frenleaf Dill
- Cilantro
- Spearmint
- Tarragon
- Thyme
- Basil
- Oregano
- Catnip

Everything is growing fairly well. The Oregano we planted from seed grew to about 1/2″ and then died. We had planted Rosemary, but it never even sprouted. Our Spearmint took forever to sprout, but is definitely still alive and growing.

The second phase of our garden– and the best part– is the tomatoes and peppers.

We’re growing two types of tomatoes: Rutgers Select and Super Sweet 100 Hybrid (Cherry). We’re growing them in buckets– 5 gallon, and cat litter containers. We used a soil mix consisting of Scott’s potting mix, perilite, lime, and composted manure. We fertilized with a 10-10-10 large-grain fertilizer. We’ve got 7 buckets total, with one to two plants per bucket. We’ve got tomato cages ready to go when they are needed. I’m expecting great results off of these plants.

We’re growing lots of peppers. Jaime and I love them, and so we’re growing a huge variety. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Scotch Bonnet. These peppers are hot as hell. We planted them from seeds taken from peppers we bought at the grocery store. If they grow true, they should be yellow when ripe, and very hot. We’ll use them in hot sauces.
  • Hungarian Wax. These peppers came out of a variety pack of seeds. We grew them last year, and in our poor soil they did poorly. In containers, we expect them to grow well.
  • Anaheim. These also came out of a variety pack of seeds, and also performed poorly last year. I’m expecting them to grow well, and I’m interested in seeing how they taste.
  • Large Cherry. Again, variety pack, and again, poor grower last year. We ended up with one– yes, one– of these peppers last year. They look like they’d be pretty hot, so I’m hoping they grow well.
  • Long Red Cayenne. Another variety pack seed from last year. These grew great last year in our poor soil, with a total harvest of probably around 50 peppers. In fact, I still have a dried jar of these sitting on the kitchen counter from last year. Unfortunately, they’re not very hot– but they do have nice flavor.
  • Jalapeno. These are some of the hottest Jalapeños I’ve ever eaten. They’re from the variety pack from last year, and I expect them to be just as hot this year. One of the plants, in fact, was planted last year and actually made it through the winter. I transplanted it to a big pot, and it is doing very well.
  • Poblano/Ancho. When dried, these are Anchos, and have great flavor. When green and fresh, they are Poblanos. I’ve eaten them before, but never grown them (like most of these peppers), so I’m excited to see some fruit.
  • Habañero. Aaah, the Habañero. I love these things. They have an incredibly potent, almost chemical heat. A piece the size of a letter on a page will make most people’s eyes water. They are just insanely hot. Some of my Habañeros are carry-overs from last year, and some are store-bought as small plants. Either way, they’re going to be hot as hell. Mmmmm. Last year, we harvested tons of these– probably between 25 and fifty of them. I hope we get ten times that this year.
  • Sweet Bell – Purple. This one was purchased by mistake. I didn’t intentionally buy a sweet pepper– honest. But, I did, and so I will grow it and enjoy it. It’ll be good roasted on the grill, I’m sure. When it fully ripens, it turns red, and we all know that red/yellow/purple peppers typically cost twice as much as regular ol’ green peppers.
  • Mild Jalapeño. I’m really looking forward to these. The other Jalapeños we’re growing are just too hot to enjoy on a plate of nachos. The heat overpowers the cheese flavor. These should be nice and tasty.
  • Serrano. I don’t know much about Serranos besides having heard of them before, so I’m interested in seeing how they taste.
  • Anaheim. These peppers are traditionally used to make Chile Relleno, so it looks like I’ll be learning how to make that. Heh!
  • Tabasco. The pepper of the famed hot sauce. I’ll probably follow their lead and use them for a homemade sauce or two.
  • Cowhorn. These are basically big Cayennes (8-10″), so I’m expecting them to be nice and flavorful. Maybe they’ll be hotter than Cayennes as well, which I find to be quite mild– even more mild than Jalapeños.
  • Red Chili. Not much to say about these other than they are supposed to be small and hot. In the pepper world, the smaller a pepper is, typically the hotter a pepper is. We’ll see.
  • Thai Hot. These peppers are– dare I say– cute. They’re tiny little things– about the size of a finger nail. We grew these as ornamentals at a greenhouse where I worked, so I thought they were just ornamentals, but apparently you can eat them. One of our plants is a holdover from last year, and we have a bunch of these that we grew from seed. We’ll see if the plants from seed grow true, but either way they are fun peppers to grow.
  • Hot Banana. I’m not a huge fan of banana peppers, but I suspect that it is partially because I’ve only had them pickled from a jar. I’m not sure if I’ll like them, but I’m definitely not opposed to growing them to find out.
  • Hot Cherry. I think these are a hotter variety of the Large Cherry pepper listed above. They’re small, so they should be pretty hot. I have a feeling I’m going to like them.

So there we have it, the 2007 garden. I’m still hoping to add a few more peppers, since we have a very long growing season down here. I want to order some seeds from both Pepper Joe’s and Reimer Seeds, particularly Paprika peppers, Jolokia peppers (VERY hot), and more varieties of Habañeros and Scotch Bonnets like the White Habañero, the Chocolate Scotch Bonnet, the Mustard Habañero, and the Pumpkin Habañero.

As soon as we start to see some peppers, I’ll post some pictures!

RoboDad

As I type this, my dad is currently being prepped for surgery back in Illinois.

He’s having a total knee replacement on both of his knees at the same time, via a minimally invasive surgery technique called Wright’s Knee Replacement. You can view a non-gross animation of the surgery here. It will require four days of hospitalization along with several months of rehabilitation.

If I understood him correctly, his surgeon is very well experienced, and is a member of the the Chicago Bears’ surgical team. As long as he’s not Rex Grossman’s doctor, I think my dad should be in pretty good hands (kidding, of course).

When I spoke to my dad yesterday afternoon, he was a bit nervous, but a bit excited as well. He’s never had to spend the night in the hospital before– well, except when my siblings were born in the middle of the night, which I assumed happened. He’ll have to spend four days in the hospital, followed by an extended period off his feet at home, followed by an extensive (and assumed-painful) rehabilitation period. But as long as he can endure the pain and remain diligent in his rehab efforts, he should be in good shape for a long time to come.

Please wish him luck.

Good luck, Dad! Get better soon so you can finally get your butt down here and start enjoying your well-deserved retirement!