I did two things this week I've never done before. I guess at a certain age there shouldn't be much a person hasn't done other than maybe jump out of an airplane or tryout as a human cannonball.
But I constantly find myself doing things that broaden my horizons. Typically, they are quite mundane and almost every-day occurrences for other people; yet, they are new to me.
I went out to my grill the other evening, prepared to fire it up and grill a chicken breast. It was out of propane. Now what? Any other way I would cook a chicken breast would launch me into uncharted waters. I've only ever cooked one on the grill.
I considered my options as I opened and closed cabinets looking for some miraculous solution to my dilemma. Coming across a bag of flour, I wondered how hard could it be to fry chicken. I'd never attempted it; although I had watched my mother and my sister do it.
I had eggs and oil; I decided I had everything I needed.
I dipped the breast -- a nice, plump Costco one -- in the egg, rolled it around in the flour and tossed it in a frying pan containing about half an inch of oil. I had no clue how long I should fry the thing on each side. I was really shooting from the hip, here.
I busied myself doctoring up a can of baked beans that I also put on the stove. Once the bottom of the breast was brown, I flipped it and fried the other side.
It turned out rather well, even if I say so myself. Obviously there is no one else to say it because I was eating alone. It did, however, turn out pretty darn good. Maybe a little overcooked, but still somewhat moist and very tasty.
I can check that off my bucket list.
The second piece of new ground broken was going to a 3-D movie. With the wave of such movies hitting the theaters in the past couple of years, I suspect pretty much everyone with any interest in going to the movies has seen a 3-D film. Not me.
I've been waiting for just the right one. I mean, there's no point in seeing The Bridges of Madison County, Chocolat or some other film of that ilk in 3-D. Ya gotta see something with a little bit of action, right?
I'm a big fan of the Underworld series. I own the first three films on DVD. C'mon; I'm a guy. Kate Beckinsale in latex, are you kidding me? Of course, I guess pretty much every woman looks good in latex; well, except for Rosie O'Donnell and Roseanne Barr.
Anyway, I like the Underworld series and the fourth movie came out last week in 3-D. I saw it in a theater with some sort of extra, hopped up audio system, as well as the 3-D. It cost a whopping $12 for the matinee and another $11 for popcorn and a soda! Unbelievable, $23 for one person to watch a movie and eat a little popcorn swimming in a butter-like substance in the middle of a Monday afternoon.
Cost be damned, I enjoyed it. The 3-D effects were outstanding and Kate looked goooood.
All in all, it was an excellent way to spend a rainy afternoon.