Archive for December, 2006

The Pizza Hut Boycott Is Over

Posted in pizza hut on December 19, 2006 by Avery

Do you remember this post?

Well after Pizza Hut first denied having anything to do with it, they then admitted it was a marketing campaign from the British sister company. They gave this real BS reply to our complaiants that another blogger has already found out that posting that reply get’s lawsuit threats, but basically he said get over yourself, we asked some people in our company who have been “affected” by adoption and they thought it was funny.. blah, blah, blah….

 Well the vile site is gone!!!!

I guess for as much as they wanted to sy it was just “funny” enough of a voice was made, enough calls were made, and enough dollars were seen to be lost that they pulled the site.

Now I have yet to get an apology, but I am glad to see that by joining together and making our voice known the website is now gone.

Thank You for all that helped!


The Christmas Story – When was the last time you heard this scripture preached?

Posted in Christmas, family on December 18, 2006 by Avery

A great Sign appeared in Heaven: a Woman dressed all in sunlight, standing on the moon, and crowned with Twelve Stars. She was giving birth to a Child and cried out in the pain of childbirth. And then another Sign alongside the first: a huge and fiery Dragon! It had seven heads and ten horns, a crown on each of the seven heads. With one flick of its tail it knocked a third of the Stars from the sky and dumped them on earth. The Dragon crouched before the Woman in childbirth, poised to eat up the Child when it came. The Woman gave birth to a Son who will shepherd all nations with an iron rod. Her Son was seized and placed safely before God on his Throne. The Woman herself escaped to the desert to a place of safety prepared by God, all comforts provided her for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon. The Dragon and his Angels fought back, but were no match for Michael. They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them left. The great Dragon–ancient Serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, the one who led the whole earth astray–thrown out, and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth.

Then I heard a strong voice out of Heaven saying,

Salvation and power are established! Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah! The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out, who accused them day and night before God. They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of their witness. They weren’t in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ. So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there, but doom to earth and sea, For the Devil’s come down on you with both feet; he’s had a great fall; He’s wild and raging with anger; he hasn’t much time and he knows it.

When the Dragon saw he’d been thrown to earth, he went after the Woman who had given birth to the Man-Child. The Woman was given wings of a great eagle to fly to a place in the desert to be kept in safety and comfort for a time and times and half a time, safe and sound from the Serpent. The Serpent vomited a river of water to swamp and drown her, but earth came to her help, swallowing the water the Dragon spewed from its mouth. Helpless with rage, the Dragon raged at the Woman, then went off to make war with the rest of her children, the children who keep God’s commands and hold firm to the witness of Jesus.

(Revelation 12:1-17 MSG)

the Ethiopian and Norwegian connection, and I found it at Target!

Posted in ethiopia, Food on December 16, 2006 by Avery

If you follow my blog, you see that I push you over to my wife’s quite a bit and as you know if you have read her blog she has been fervently researching Injera and the proper techniques to make it here in the states for a long, long, long time now.

Well we made a local Ethiopian friend who came over to eat our attempts at Ethiopian food and we passed the “test” but we learned there is a cooking utemsil called a “mitad” that is required to cook injera. According to the Ethiopians there are only 2 places to buy this wonder grill, Seatle and DC. Now we started to look for the ellusive mitad and could only find one web site that sold it and it was $190. Really steep for what we wanted, especially as the one in DC is only $90.

Well a freind of our found a site that sold it on line, for about $90 but we had no idea what we would be buying, as it was sold in a box, and the pixture was of the box it came it.

So I started to do some digging on the site, and found the company that made the Mitad, then went to that company’s site, but they didn’t have anything out there about a mitad at all. So I looked up the product code and it matched an electric grill they make, specifically a Lefse Grill.

So now I dig into the world of Lefse, a potatoe based crepe from Norway, that happens to be made on the same cooking device as Injera is…. WOW!!!!!

Now the big kicker is that you can find this bad boy at TARGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you read that right, just drive right down the road and walk into Target and buy an electric Lefse Grill and you have half the battle done with your Injera. Now the big kicker and all the oil lovers will hate me on this one, if you ever use any form of oil on this grill it will never correctly make your Injera ever again. You have to use rape seeds and a clean cloth to “oil” the surface when you cook the injera, but if you really want to make the injera, then this is for injera, and injera ONLY. Cooking other products on this surface ruin it for what you want it for, but just like a wok, you never need to wash it either. Just run water and clean it with a clean cloth allowing the residue of the rape seeds to remain and create “character” on the teflon surface. If you use oil then you have altered the surface of the pan forever! Period, there will always be a residue on the surface and it will not perform correctly for you. Hey, this isn’t my stuff, I’m just playing the parrot and repeating what I read. You could go with the non teflon as well, but the Ethiopians prefer the teflon as it’s a bit more like the ceramic mitad back home. Of course you could buy the $190 mitad, as it is ceramic.

Now you also have to have a lid for your mitad, so swing by the pots and pans and pick up a 16″ pan cover as well, and you will need a decent blender as well. But you know, some secrets are best left up to the women to divulge, so I will keep you injera scientist on the edge of your seats and make you wait for Heather blog entry about how the blender plays into the Injera……

When we told our Ethiopian friends that Target sold a Mitad they couldn’t believe me, in fact I’m not sure they do now, but I looked at the bottom of theirs and sure enough it is the exact same thing that Target sells. In fact as far as I can tell Bethany house is the ONLY manufactor of this product at all!  You can buy one all over the place and you will find 3 names for it, Aluminium, Silverstone, and Heritage Lefse Grill. The aluminium is just that, no teflon coating on it, and apperently the best one for Lefse. The Heritage and the Silverstone are actually the same thing, the true Bethany House name for it is the Silverstone Heritage Lefse Grill.

Now all this and no, we don’t have one yet, but Christmas is around the corner….

Personally I was just blown away as this is the exact same grill sold as a mitad in the Ethiopian stores in DC and Seatle, but it has a different name elsewhere. Not that I think that there is truly more Norweigan influence on the online market place than Ethiopian, but I guess the guy who marketed it first was hungry for some lefse not injera. Who would have thought that the Norwegian and the Ethiopians would have developed a cooking style with any similarities at all?

And who would have thought that it would be the crazy hippie ferenj that discovered that Target sold a Mitad?

she needs a name

Posted in africa, van on December 14, 2006 by Avery

the blue battle axe needs a name, and other than names I’d rather the kids not call the family vehicle I’m stumped.

So what do you think she looks like? The Blue Meanie is the best I can come up with and still allow the kids to use the name…. and fits the mood of the beast.

Mind you I’m happy to have a family vehicle that runs, doesn’t need work, and fits our family of 6, but unless you just found me you know my feelings on vans.

Also I am trying to convince Heather to let my hot rod buddies and biker buddies with paint guns to go hog wild on her and to add a little “Avery class” to the paint, she isn’t too keen on the idea…. not even if it is free…… I even offered to do neon pink flames with red, yellow and green scalloping………………………..

Wednesday Caption Me #15

Posted in caption me, contest on December 13, 2006 by Avery

Drumroll please…………

thank you Lucas……..

you can stop now………

no I really mean it………….

stop playing my djembe……………..

for real, stop it……………….

I’m not kidding, I can’t talk when you are banging on that thing……………..

STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, good, no, don’t pick it back up, you are done, I have an announcement to make,

Obviously I didn’t make it to Ethiopia before Christmas, thus the contest continues a bit longer…. but if you read my wife’s blog you know it’s not for long, so the Grand Prize winner will be announce before Timket!! And you will get your prize in January, so keep playing!!!

Also I am looking for a few guest writers to fill in for me while I’m in Ethiopia on this trip (told you to read my wife’s blog) If you are interested drop me a line and let’s do cyber coffee….. I think it would be cool to get a few writers to all take one day and answer the same question, this needs to be done soon so hurry as the deadline to be a guest writer on the Avery show is next Wednesday.

Caption Me #14 Winner

Posted in caption me, contest, winners on December 13, 2006 by Avery

“Walking in Memphis.”

     by Laura December 12th, 2006

(the fine print) by winning this contest you are hereby obligated to raise Max telling him the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…. you know who I am talking about… you blogged about the fatso last week (is it still rude to call him fat when every poem written about his character does the same?)


Posted in africa on December 12, 2006 by Avery

Apparently I ruffled some feather with my ONE bracelet post last week, my wife’s feathers included.

 If I came across anti project RED to you please believe me that was not my intent. I had a conversation earlier that day with a person who had just finished using her Motorola(RED) cell phone and was complaining about all the consumerism around Christmas and all this “red” stuff. She went on to go on about they are doing “red” t-shirts, shoes, phones and all this stuff just to get people to buy “Christmas colored stuff”

I don’t make this stuff up people.

Go back and read it again, yes, she was using one of the “red Christmas phones”

I did tell her what the stuff was all about, and hopefully educated her a bit, but was very disenfranchised with the concept as a tool of education. I still am a firm supporter of the RED campaign, St. Bono told me to be, I don’t have a choice.

No seriously, I really do like the (RED) stuff, and I love that there are companies out there willing to give 10% of the proceedes to African development. For that I have to applaud them and give kudos and props. Of course if they went ahead and paid some of the emplowees a fair wage (by no means do I mean an American wage either) then perhaps some of the need would go down as well. But that isn’t to say I think they should stop what they are doing.

For those that have posted, e-mail and called me taking offense to my post I am sorry, in no way did I mean to offend, or to say that in making my own bracelet that I felt in someway supperior to those with the rubber ones. I actually didn’t even post the full thought process that I have on the ONE bracelets. I love the attention they have gotten, although I still see more Armstrong bracelets than ONE bracelets, in fact I have yet to see a ONE bracelet in my dive of a city… but I digress, and in no way am I a tree hugger, far from it actually, I like to hunt, and by hunt I mean kill animals for the purpose of eating them later, so my tree hugger card is revoked, but I do care deeply for our environment, and I would have thought that something as socially active as ONE could have developed something slightly more eco friendly than the rubber bracelet. I know leather would have excluded a ton of prople, metal is too costly, but the kids in Africa that wear the white arm bands use torn pieces of fabric. In fact, Mandela uses a ripped up fabric strip when he gives his speeches. I find it ironic that in promoting and end to extreme poverty they turn around and promote bad enviromental principles.

Please don’t read that to be that I want anyone to stop what they are doing, I want people to continue doing whatever they are doing to make a difference. I just want people to know what they are doing, I never want to have a conversation like I did last week again.

By the way, I do have a favorite GAP (RED) shirt, I just have never seen it in person, just on the website, it reads : UNCENSO(RED)  I wear a 3xl (if it runs big or I lose 25 pounds a 2xl)

I really do like the shirts, just not fads. And there is a difference between a fad and a movement, unfortunatly there are both going on right now. You will know who was on board with the fad and who got on board with the movement in 5 years, the fad people will be doing what ever is hip then, and the end to extreme poverty will be so “yesterday”

But for the most part if you are reading this blog and have made it this far, well I wouldn’t think the “fad” people would care enough to read this long into my soapbox.

Once again I’m sorry to those I offended, it wasn’t my attempt, and to the lone soul that dares to be misunderstood by wearing a (RED) shirt to our countrified church, major props and kudos to you…. you are doing what I want to see more people doing and that is STICKING OUT, making a visual statement, and declarin enough is enough to the world. There is a major difference in wearing the statement because you care and are trying to make a difference, and wearing the latest fad because MTV told you to.