March 2004

2004-03-29 19:37:39

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We had a very eventful weekend. Friday night, Rebecca hosted her third themed cocktail party. This time, the theme was "ghetto." As I'm sure you can guess, that comes very naturally to Pat and me, so we pretty much just showed up to the party "as is." (Rebecca's Ghetto Party)

We listened to some good upstate New York rap, ate pepperoni, and drank fourties. It was a lot of fun, as always. I dumped a beer on Reeb's carpet in honor of the Things being out of town.

As you all know, I've been a little danger-prone lately. Friday night was no exception. When Pat and I tried our standard Cirque de Soleil routine, I accidentally cut my foot on the ceiling. Ouchy.

Saturday, we met up with Frank and Joyce B, and we headed out to the bustling metropolis of Bouckville, New York (it's out near Morrisville). That's where Vienneau is living these days. We went out there to see him play Judas in Morrisville college's production of Godspell. As always, Vienneau was fantastic. Unfortunately, the production itself was not so hot. Most notably:

  • 1. Jesus had a wicked bad lisp and you couldn't understand a word he sang/said.
  • 2. The set consisted of white boxes with splatter paint.
  • 3. One of the guys in the musical kept mouthing the words of other people's songs.
  • 4. Jesus got bit by the giggle monster during the song Day By Day.

Needless to say, it was quite entertaining. Most of you probably don't know that Vienneau is quite the thespian. Pat and I have seen him in quite a few plays and college-production movies, and it's definitely his calling. This weekend, we also got to meet Vienneau's new girlfriend, Mary Ann. We all thought she was great! When we got back to his apartment, she put on a huge spread. We all hung out, reminisced about old times, and listened to Sweet Vernal LIVE! (Trip To V Murder's House)

Sunday, Mary Ann made us a fantastic breakfast and then we headed out. The Bs took us to Turning Stone. It was my first experience there. I decided to play $10 on slots. I ended up spending $3.10 and then decided to cash in my card; I'm not too into gambling. Frankly, I my money is better spent on hotdogs.

Today, we took our little Ruby to the vet - she's getting spayed and declawed. As I'm sure you can imagine, Maynard is thoroughly enjoying herself.

-Fran

2004-03-25 17:12:13

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As I've been saying all day, "Holy crap! We bought a house." Yup, we started our house search on Saturday and, here it is Thursday, and we have a house. Well, sort of.

Saturday, we had our buyer's agent come over and ask us a bunch of questions about what we wanted in a house. Monday, we looked at two "crack shacks" as I told my mom. Tuesday, we looked at our "dream home." Wednesday, Pat looked at a house, and then we went back to said dream home and put in an offer. Thursday morning, we heard back that said offer was accepted, with just a few contingencies. It's just too unreal.

MagnifyPat and I went there last night to take one last really close look around and to place our offer. Our agent said she likes to take a picture of her clients in the house in case they get it, so they can send it to friends and family members. We had her take two: one of us looking happy and one of us looking sad - just in case we didn't get it. Well, she emailed us this morning with a subject line "Cheer up," and I open the email and I see she put the frowny-faced picture in it. I thought for sure they turned down the offer and I almost puked. But it's all good.

Pat and I are still quite concerned about all of the things that can happen between now and closing, but for all intents and purposes, the house is ours, kinda, but not really.

It's in Brighton, and it has four bedrooms, a dining room, living room, family room, huge kitchen, one-and-a-half baths, and all of the appliances are included. And seriously, it's so nice that I feel ridiculous moving our ratty-assed orange furniture and ragga-muffin kids into this palace. Maybe this is that extra step Pat and I need to class ourselves up a bit. You know it's been on our to-do list.

Here's "our" house

-Fran

2004-03-21 12:21:01

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Well, people. I’m afraid I’m going to have to start this blog with a little bit of tough love. With the exception of "V_Murder" Vienneau, we feel that you guys aren’t pulling your weight as far as the comments section goes. We’ve given the last year and four months, spilling our guts to you guys, and we feel you haven’t reciprocated. Why can’t you all be a little more like Vienneau? I never thought I’d hear myself say that. Haha. Honestly though, we want to see all future comments sections into the double digits. We've even added a spell check so you don't need to be insecure about your poor spelling.

Now that we’ve got that messy little business item out of the way, I can move on to item #2 on the agenda: the lawsuit of the People v. Ruby. As you can see by Exhibit A, Ruby is a nothing but an angel.

Anyone who says otherwise is probably just some crazy person off torturing puppies when he's not torturing our kitten.

We don’t deny that Ruby hasn’t had a bit of a sordid past, but what do you expect, she grew up on the East side of Binghamton. As you can see by Exhibit B, Ruby and the People have reconciled their differences, so we expect the class-action lawsuits against Ruby to be dropped.

Now, to our weekend - Pat and I made some progress with our house search. We now have a buyers agent, we got pre-approved for way, way more than we intend to spend, and we even have some houses we are interested in looking at. We are supposed to look at two houses on Monday and we’re very excited about them. We’ll give you more information once we know more.

Friday night, we had a lovely eight-person ripper. Since Pat and I are house hunting, we are more conscious about what we’re spending. We had a ridiculous amount of beer in our fridge, so we decided to have some people over rather than go out. It was SO MUCH fun. Cima, Amy, Scott, Kirsten, Marcel, and Melodie came over. After just a couple rounds of kamikazes (or franimakazes as Kirsten calls them), I ran out of triple sec and lime juice, but as you know, necessity is the mother of invention. I decided to throw together vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice, and let me tell you – it was delicious! They tasted a lot like Watermelon Jolly Ranchers. I now have two signature shots. Even crazy lampshade lady gave them a "thumbs up."

Saturday was much, much more low key than Friday. Pat took me on a date to Bill Gray’s for bogo cheeseburgers, and then we went over to Mike and Holly’s. It was good times.

-Fran

2004-03-20 18:54:25

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St. Lucia Day #12




Hello from Survivor St. Lucia!!! Life has been extremely difficult.
Thank
God the hospital sells beer wholesale to the volunteer doctors.
Without it,
I don't know if I'd still be alive. I have befriended a small gecko in
our
residence that has been kind enough to mutilate any cockroach that
dares set foot on the premises. The mosquito population has been kept at bay by the gecko, as well as the bats in our building. The bat population has been
kept in check by a very large hawk that circles the compound every day,
promptly, at
6:15pm.

For those of you wondering, I recently made the switch to boxer briefs and I am very happy. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. We fell asleep on the
beach at noon the other day. For those of you that have been to the
Caribbean, you know that the sun is intense and our sunburn pain scale
hit 9 out of 10 for the first time.

We are going to Ladera resort this
weekend for some rest and relaxation. I found a USB cable, so hopefully some
pictures will follow next week.

Erik and Melissa

PNF correspondants




Piton Mountains



Ladera Resort



Ladera Resort

2004-03-19 12:17:02

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We had a great St. Patty’s Day. Fran and I celebrated with friends, beer, and corned beef and cabbage, just like our potato-hugging ancestors did in the days of yore.

Crock that shiznitFran started crocking the corned beef, cabbage, and carrots in the morning. Nine hours later, she added the potatoes and cabbage, and in magical crockpot fashion, just two hours later, it was perfectly done. How in the hell? Crockpots amaze me with their mystical cooking power. Fran also made Irish Soda Bread the night before. Now, fat dudes like me need to watch their carb intake, but I couldn’t keep my dirty paws off those tasty little slices. Here’s the recipe if you are interested in pure goodness.

Irresistible Irish Soda Bread

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions:


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.


2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into the prepared pan.


3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.





CBMitch and Hollywood came over for some good eats and green beer. It was Holly’s first time eating corned beef. She was a little nervous at first, but once she lost her corned beef virginity, she knew there was no going back to a sans-CB lifestyle. As we ate, we questioned what it is that makes the beef "corned." I did a little research and I found this:

Corning is a form of curing; it has nothing to do with corn. The name comes from Anglo-Saxon times before refrigeration. In those days, the meat was dry-cured in coarse "corns" of salt. Pellets of salt, some the size of kernels of corn, were rubbed into the beef to keep it from spoiling and to preserve it.



Today brining -- the use of salt water -- has replaced the dry salt cure, but the name "corned beef" is still used, rather than "brined" or "pickled" beef. Commonly used spices that give corned beef its distinctive flavor are peppercorns and bay leaf. Of course, these spices may vary regionally.



green beerAfter dinner, we went over to Mex. Micah and Rebecca were already there. Micah was drinking green beer and donning a green visor, which he found in the hall of his apartment building. He’s not classy; he’s nasty. We also saw Lara and Kevin "Fats" M. Lara is writing the taste section for the Insider, a new publication in Rochester. She was gathering information to write a piece on Mex's signature drink, the margarita. You should check out her last article, A Monte Cristo to Count On, in the latest edition of the Insider or on their website. Cima, Amy, Kirsten, Ray, and Michael showed up a little later. Fran and I left around 11:30, because we take our jobs seriously and people rely on us.

This St. Patrick's Day marks the one-year anniversary of Fran's re-entry into the carnivorous diner's club. Let me tell you, it has been one delicious year.

-Pat

2004-03-17 08:10:56

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We've got a lot of prestigious friends - doctors, a policeman, a dentist, a manager at JC Pennies...It's enough to make the Village People proud. But now, we can add "model" to our list of friends. Check out our friend Courtney (the girl in the center). She's a new model for Harpoon.

Nicely done, Courtney! "It's almost like we are the Coors Light Twins, but preppy, not skanky, and there are five of us!!" said Courtney at press time.



BUT HOLD THE PHONE, THERE'S MORE!!


Our friend Todd is in a band called Clampede (as in a stampede of clams) which is making it's debut this weekend. They'll be playing a St. Patty's Day kegger in Southie (Beantown) on Sunday. Holy crap! Look at this picture!!

If our friends keep out-doing us like this, we here at PatNFran.com are going to have to step things up a notch.

-Fran

2004-03-15 18:32:31

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We've got lots to update you all on. We had a great, action-packed weekend.

Friday night, Chris, Amy, Scott, and Sean Decker came over. Chris had mentioned that he wanted to meet Ruby and I said, "Yeah, come over tonight, because she's not getting any cuter." Or is she??

We all hung out for a bit at our place, until everyone had bite wounds from the "venomous" Ruby herself. Then, we got dropped off by Scott at Acme. What a crap hole that place is. Amy and I decided to leave the boys there and take the heel-toe express to Bug Jar. It was really beat there, so we went with Ray and his posse to (*gasp*) the Jungle. Why I haven't written this place off yet, I don't know. It was sort of fun, but mostly really crowded and stuffy. Amy and I decided to beat feet out of there after an hour or so. She called up Chris, and our boyz were at Mark's Texas Hots. All you have to say is "hot dogs" and we're there. We actually ran almost the entire way (about a quarter mile) and made record time. For those of you who really know me, you know I haven't run that far since the stupid presidential fitness exam in my sophomore year in high school. It's all about motivation, people.

Saturday, Pat and I met Jarrod and Matty Deuce out at Jillian's. I've somehow managed to avoid that place throughout the years. I was kind of dreading going there, but I hadn't seen those guys in a while, so I sucked it up and went. It kind of reminded me of being on a cruise. It was kind of disjointed and there were more kids there than I would have expected. It was actually better than I had anticipated, and it was great to see Jarrod and Deuce. Later that evening, we had some tentative plans to meet Kirsten and co. at Mex, so we headed there after Jillian's. K-money was not there, but alas, our friend Joel was. Now, a little background - Joel is one of our most under-rated friends. I mean, we see him quite a bit, and we have a great time every time we see him, but he doesn't get much exposure on pizzleNfrizzle.com. Joel's super cool in our books because he loves Mex and Rochester as much, if not more, than we do. Rock on, Joel!

Sunday, we headed over to my parent's house to celebrate my brother's birthday. We always have a fantastic time at my parent's house - there is always amazing food and wine, and of course, good company. In particular, the last few times we've been over there, it's just been super fun. Somehow, I managed to have four glasses of wine! That's a lot for a Sunday, much less anyday! I rarely get hung over, but I have to admit, I felt a little rough around the edges for the first half of today. I can't believe my parents got me drunk. Ha! Most notable, we were drinking a Stag's Leap FAY Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and a Stag's Leap S.L.V. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. (My dad and brother just took at trip to Napa Valley - not too shabby.)

Pat and I are gearing up for St. Patty's Day. We just bought the makin's for corned beef and cabbage. Awww yeeeaaah.

-Fran

2004-03-12 11:03:09

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As we mentioned before, the Dr.s' Thing are practicing medicine on the island of St. Lucia for six weeks. We are excited to announce that the Dr.s have agreed to be the official PatAndFran.com St. Lucia correspondents while they are on location. They will be doing periodic updates so our readers can stay current with any late-breaking St. Lucian news. The Ts will also be giving us reports on weather, nightlife, and 3rd world diseases.





Hello from sunny St. Lucia!!!!!!!!!!!



85 and really hot and humid during the day, breezy and 72 at night. We've been here for 3 days and are getting used to the way the hospital operates. We went to an old sugar plantation last night for one of the best meals I have ever had. For those of you that have seen it, this plantation was right out of that little town on Big Fish. There are lots of stray dogs and goats running around, and they served us "turkey" for lunch, although I haven't seen any turkeys running around yet, so we have started calling it "mystery meat surprise" and it doesn't really taste like chicken. I also have a new favorite beer called "Pitons" named after the twin, breast-shaped mountains for which this island is famous. I'm trying to arrange a tour, since the brewery is about 1/4 mile from the hospital and the hospital sells us cases at wholesale. You know, the hospitals in Rochester could learn a thing or two down here. I hope everyone is well and misses us a lot. Oh yeah, today, my sunburn pain index is about 3/10, but yesterday it was about 6/10 and worse when I wore my stethoscope around my neck. Melissa's is probably at its peak today, probably 5/10. WE MISS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-The Dr.s' Thing







Editor's note:
Erik mentioned offline that he is "developing a mean Speedo tan line" and he is seriously contemplating going commando for the rest of his time on the island. Melissa says, "The only place that I am not burnt is where the little clam shells were covering my nipples."

2004-03-09 18:29:46

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Gilmore Girls is a repeat today. Therefore, you cats and kittens get a blog entry.

We just got home from Pat's grandma and grandpa's, which means we're full and happy. It's so nice to have family nearby. Since I've had colds pretty much this entire winter, I haven't been over to see them in quite some time. It was really nice seeing them.

Okay, well, you all read about our weekend. One part I omitted was that I took a little tumble on Saturday at my friend Cheryl's house. I didn't mention it during my last submission because I was too embarrassed to talk about it at the time. I still don't want to go into too much detail, because I get pretty mortified when I even think about it. All I can say is that two and a half beers + bad judgment + lack of coordination = one embarrassed Franny. Oh, and I think I've watched the Mod Squad a few too many times. Anyhoo, I kinda took a spill and I fell pretty hard; luckily, it was on carpet. Needless to say, it was a real crowd pleaser. I was a little dazed after the fall, but I didn't lose consciousness or anything. Then, I went to my chiropractor yesterday, and I mentioned "the unfortunate incident," so he would take it easy on me. He made me do all of these tests, and he said that I hurt my hip pretty bad and suffered a grade two concussion! Frankly, I'm not really buying it. What do chiropractors know about brains anyway? Then again, what do I know about brains? I'm the one who took a header into the floor.

At least now I have an excuse for not remembering anything about anything.

-Fran

2004-03-07 17:47:23

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This weekend was very ghetto fabulous, as always. George Ford was in town for his “last trip to Rochester ever.” Friday night, we were scooped up by Melodie and Cheryl, and we met up with George, Kirsten, Don, and Marcel at Mex for a cocktail. The weather was really nice, so we hung out on the porch for a bit. After Mex, we went to the Barrel. There, we met up with Ellen and Ray. It never ceases to amaze me what a dive that place is. After the Barrel, Pat went to Mel and Erik’s, and I went to the Bug Jar for some booty shaking. After we shut down the Bug Jar, we went to a diner for some tasty food.

Saturday, I spent some much-needed quality time with the vaccum, some sponges, and a can of Endust. Our apartment was pretty messy, and it’s still pretty messy, but at least it’s better than it was. After the cleaning spree, we went to Cheryl’s house for a party. It had a beach theme! I love any excuse to wear flip flops in March. Fortunately, Pat’s Speedo was at the cleaners, so he wasn’t able to wear it. He opted for a loud Hawaiian shirt that I bought circa 1990 for some reason I can’t remember now. I find it amazing that with all of the trips I’ve taken to the Salvation Army, that shirt has somehow always made the cut. Anyhoo, the party was fantastic and we got some really fun pictures, which we will be posting soon. Here are a couple to whet your appetites.

Today we ate at Tali (best Indian food in Rochester) and rented i am sam, which was pretty good, but altogether too sad. Now we’re about to head to Rebecca’s to watch Sopranos. And that’s what I like to call good weekend.

-Fran