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October 10, 2007

Helpful Hints from joeeze — No more dead burritos: the sequel


In Episode 1 back on March 17, 2007, I reported on my invention of the Telltale Package Sign©™® to remind myself that I'd put something in the microwave.

Short, idiotic advice even shorter: Leave the carton or wrapper from whatever's in the microwave out on the counter in front of the oven as a mnemonic that "Hey, stoopid — you just nuked something."

No more "microwave memory hole."

But toaster oven mastery proved a far tougher — and potentially more troublesome — nut to crack.

Long story short: I have a habit of putting stuff in the toaster oven, then returning to the treadmill and computer and TV and music in my living room (top) and forgetting about what's cooking.

Until even a brain-dead blogger can smell the burnt, charred remnants of my much-anticipated brats or knockwurst or whatever, blackening into inedible cinders of what might have been.

Then the kielbasa dropped — as it were.

Just now, after placing the sausages into the toaster oven, I realized that I could avert repetition of the sad series of events recounted above by simply taking the tongs I use to turn the items with me to the computer, where they now stand proudly right in front of me in one of the drink holders on the treadmill's console (top) as a reminder to go check before I smell smoke.


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Y'know Joe, I really love your blog - I keep coming back to it even when you're sentimental and silly because you've got "something" I guess - but, I digress (see?) because every time I see a picture of your treadmill etc set up I think, "y'know - that's just sad - so bright; so quick; so curious; so articulate (!) and yet HE LIVES LIKE A SLOB!"


Posted by: pambamboo | Oct 13, 2007 11:44:38 PM

I had the same problem, but since I (fortunately) don't exercise, it's only that I forget things while I'm on my computer. I also put things on the gas grill right outside my office door - even my dogs wouldn't eat the hamburgers that had cooked for 3 hours!

Here's the Countdown Timer

Posted by: Mark | Oct 11, 2007 8:02:21 AM

Well, slap the microwave and toaster oven on a big cart and stick it in there right next to the treadmill. Walking, blogging, music-blasting, tv-watching, eating -- what a racket.

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 10, 2007 11:26:04 PM

Because a cheap timer (like Grandma had) would be way too obvious.


I have a $7 timer from WalMart that allows me 3 timer settings....DUH!

I put my Frozen snow peas in the micro for 2 mins....I set my portable timer for 2 min....

Bingo...I'm totaly involved in "Book of Joe", the alarm goes off, I get the Honey Mustard dip & Snow Peas out of the Micro & smile ;-)

It works most of the time unless there is a "beer" factor.


Posted by: Joe Peach | Oct 10, 2007 7:47:35 PM

Because a cheap timer (like Grandma had) would be way too obvious.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Oct 10, 2007 5:29:40 PM

Our microwave beeps every 30 seconds once it's finished cooking until you go and open the door. It's actually /very/ annoying!

Posted by: Skipweasel | Oct 10, 2007 5:24:39 PM

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