What Women Want


What do women want?  Exactly what is important to a woman?

I may have this completely wrong, but this is the best set of answers my male brain could come up with.  On the other hand, this list has been checked and amended, more than once, by real women.

A grown-up woman wants these things;
  1. Fun and laughter, excitement, passion, joie de vivre, a sense of humour.
  2. Protection, safety and security.  Women need to feel warm and safe at all times.
  3. Comfort in a space that is all her own.  A woman’s home should always be ‘her space’.  Women are born homemakers, a man needs to let her get on with that.
  4. Attention, acceptance and understanding, friendship, companionship, trust, and sincere praise.
  5. Independence, freedom, elbow room, scope, respect, being treated as an equal.
  6. An extraordinary, practical, positive, and confident guy who ‘can do’, and is prepared to take the lead.  A man who can fix anything.
  7. Financial Security, women don’t like freeloaders, a man should at least be able to pay his own way.  A real man has ambition, plans, goals, and can always make more than enough to provide for his girl.
  8. A guy who is, at least, their intellectual equal.  Real women don’t like really dumb guys for long.
  9. Grooming, fitness, cleanliness, social skills, but not overkill, not usually a metrosexual pretty-boy, but never a man who smells like a wet dog or obviously seldom showers.
  10. Sex, intimacy, affection, romantic love, lovemaking ~ and sometimes women just want casual sex for the sake of wanting sex.

So, if I’m totally wrong, then I have no hope.  But, if I get 75%, then I’m much smarter than the average bear.


P1040484Me?  I can’t carry a tune in a bucket,
and you can trust me on that one.

Food on Friday #39 ~ Lettuce Wraps

Say No to wheat flour.  A couple of days ago I bought a garlic baguette, the first bread I’d eaten in months.  The anticipation was much better than the actuality.  So, as an alternative to stodgy bread, (or other wheat products), why not try lettuce as a vehicle for meat / fish / protein?  And in the hotter parts of the world, lettuce is so much more refreshing that carb-rich bread.  Ergo, lettuce wraps and cups are on the menu today.

From Southern California,  Todd Porter & Dian Cu, the White On Rice Couple, there’s these nice looking lettuce wraps with almond-basil chicken.  This is a pretty easy 30 minute dish for a lighter dinner, and a great lunch to take to work the following day.



Also from Todd and Diane, (lettuce wraps are a great dish for hot and sunny Orange County), we have Thai larb chicken lettuce cups.  (One reason I’m reposting this this is that I think I got the link wrong in a previous Food on Friday.)


Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Another cooling dish I think my American friends will love, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It Is, bbq chicken and pineapple lettuce wraps with cilantro yogurt sauce.  There’s also a healthy serving of avocado in this recipe.


BBQ Chicken & Pineapple Lettuce Wraps with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce


I haven’t featured Ree, The Pioneer Woman, for a while.  But, you have just got to look at this post for a step by step easy introduction to lettuce wraps.  Cool


Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Teighan Gerard has a different recipe here, one that I must try because I love slow-roasted pork.  Half Baked Harvest gives us Korean pineapple pork lettuce wraps ~ seriously good, and seriously good to take to work the following day.


Korean Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps


English girl Petra, (aka Food Eat Love), has these lovely little recipe for a salmon lettuce wrap with potato salad and wasabi peas.  That should be a spicy wrap.



And, finally for this week, Chungah Rhee has a copy-cat recipe you can make in 20 minutes, Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps.  These look damn delicious. ha ha ha ~ same old joke again.  Jeez.



liebster-12A big thank you to all the great cooks featured today.


Marcos Mantis ~ Sex on Wheels


As good-looking as a high-priced hooker, and with the same kind of sex appeal.  (Just think of a 2/3 scale Corvette Stingray.)  Sex appeal is the one damn good reason to own a Marcos.  It’s not a self-effacing little car.


This thing started life in 1964 with a plywood chassis, (later replaced with steel tubing), and if you’re thinking about buying one of those early cars watch out for wood-rot.  The Mantis is actually a very clever little car, designed by a couple of brilliant guys; Jem Marsh and Frank Costin, (hence MarCos).  It’s as rare as hen’s teeth and a good one will set you back £15,000 or so, which is bloody expensive for a pocket rocket.


The Marcos was built with Ford, Volvo, and Rover engines, but whatever engine is fitted, driving a Marcos is a frightening experience.  It’s lower than your hips and from the driver’s seat the long-long bonnet is just about you can see.


Forget a Marcos if you’re over about 5’9″, fat, and can’t touch your toes.  Getting in and out is not easy.  Once inside it’s a comfortable place to sit, except the seat doesn’t adjust, (the pedal box does), and it will smell of hot plastic, (and perhaps damp carpets / damp leather).

If you like cool cars, you will adore the little Marcos.  If you’re a cool girl / woman, your sex-appeal is geometrically multiplied if you arrive driving a Marcos, although you will flash a lot of leg getting in and out of the thing.  Oh, that’s good for your sex appeal too.

A word of warning, it’s impossible to have sex in a Marcos.

Saying anything else is utterly superfluous.




to do today



  1. Alone,  another night without sleep.
  2. Alone, watch the dawn breaking over the sea.
  3. Alone, resolve to do everything I can to make her happy.
  4. Alone, listen to the mournful cry of the wandering seabirds.
  5. Alone, wander along the beach listening to the rhythm of the surf.
  6. Alone, look back and see my footsteps disappear on the tide.
  7. Alone, watch low grey clouds driven by the westerly wind.
  8. Alone, wonder how it all came to this poignant solitude.
  9. Alone, feel the raindrops on my upturned face.
  10. Alone, feel the cold in the air and shiver.


DSCF0013words and pictures by jack collier



solitary man



and as I watch the dawn

I wonder if the day defines me

or if the good things yet to come

are defined by my will alone


red dawnwords and pictures by jack collier



How To Gamble And Win

Cincinnati Kid

If you want to be a winning gambler, play against someone dumber than you.

As it goes, that is one of only two ways to almost guarantee you will come out ahead in games of chance.  All casinos, bookmakers, and on-line gambling sites religiously follow this rule.  Think about all the gullible people who go to Las Vegas, most of them set a limit on how much they are prepared to lose, and that’s before they even walk into a casino.  After they start hitting the booze, who knows?

Just how dumb is that?  Imagine saying I am prepared to stand in a bar tomorrow, and slowly tear up $300, and then set fire to the pieces.  Broadly, that’s what you’re doing if you bet against the house in a casino.  But, there is one thing you can bet your life on, in the medium and long-term, the house always wins.  Always.  But that doesn’t matter to gamblers, because they never talk about thow much they’ve lost, only about how much they’ve won.  Gamblers are so dumb, and so very sad.

Most people who gamble are as dumb as a doornail, in one very specific way, they gamble.  Even otherwise highly intelligent people are dumb when it comes to betting / gambling / playing cards / playing the ponies…

Maybe the most intelligent 10% who gamble have some idea of how it all works, but almost all of them make two mistakes.  First, they think there is such a thing as a ‘system’.  Second, they think gambling is based on statistics.  Both assumptions are completely false.

wiccan moonThere is no system in pure games of chance.  None whatsoever.  A system that guarantees winning at any game of chance is a complete myth.  Even consulting a witch and her familiar never works.  So, if you think you know how to win at roulette, you’re even dumber than I thought you were.

Statistics cannot predict the future, and betting is all about predicting the future.  Statistics only measures the past, and is useless to a gambler unless you are both an odds-player, and a card-counter.  Can you remember every card played out of a possible 52, or out of 312?  I can’t.  If you can you will get thrown out of the casino anyhow.

Anyhow, if you’re that good, perhaps you should be betting at the craps table.

To predict the future you have to know about probability theory.  Probability theory is to statistics as putting a man on the moon is to thermodynamics.  But, if you know all about random variables, stochastic processes, and quantum mechanics, then you may have a future as a gambler.  And, you will still get thrown out of the casino.

At this point you may realise two things; #1. I know about gambling.  #2. I think gambling and gamblers are very dumb.

The second way to almost guarantee you will come out ahead in games of chance is to cheat.  But, I won’t tell you how to do that either.





Scenes on Sunday # 3

The third of a regular Sunday Post of ‘scape pictures.  Seascapes, cloudscapes, landscapes, cityscapes, roadscapes….

All the pictures were taken with a compact LUMIX Panasonic DMC-AS3 camera.  This camera has a special setting for taking pictures through window-glass.  I believe ‘the cute blonde girl riding shotgun’ didn’t use that feature on any of these road-trip shots.








liebster-12all these shots of Orange County

by the girl riding shotgun


Magic Often Works

It doesn’t matter if you believe in magic, or not.

What matters is that the magic believes in magic.

There is a magic of the tides, and power in the moon, the stars, and the sea.  If you want to rid yourself of something, write its name in the sand on a falling tide, say your prayer and invocation,  and the sea will carry whatever you have named away from you.



I no longer suffer from insane jealousies.


Today I had a rising tide in my favour.  The rising tide will bring your wish, your prayer, your invocation to you.

Given one prayer, one wish to the Goddess, what should I ask to be brought to me?  What would you write in the sand?



I know how this magic works, at least I think I do.  What I am certain of is that this magic works for me.  And, now I wait.





Food on Friday # 38 ~ Avocado

Avocado is full of good nutritional stuff, including the good kind of cholesterol, but it can also be pretty boring.  None of these recipes are in any way dull, in fact they are all super cool enough to grace any table.

First up this Friday, from Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious I offer you this avocado potato salad.  Everyone like potato salad in summer, and this one is just a little different.  The good news, there is no mayo in this dish, but there is a lot of bacon.  Bloody good show.


Avocado Potato Salad


Next, from Heather Christo, another great recipe, grilled romaine, red onion, avocado and bacon salad.  Remember to make far too much of this dish, so you’ll have enough leftover to take to work for lunch.


Grilled Romaine, Rd Onion, Avocado, And Bacon Salad


Elise Bauer at Simply recipes has this very refreshing avocado beet salad with citrus vinaigrette.  Nice appetiser or light main course.


Avocado Beet Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette


Crab and avocado roll in lobster and crab broth.  This is a versatile and great looking dish from Petra at Food Eat Love, you could have this as a starter at a dinner party, or as a midweek dinner, or you could just make the crab and avocado roll and take that to work for lunch.  The most time consuming part of this dish is the broth, because you can’t hurry a good broth.  Magic.


Crab And Avocado Roll in Lobster And Crab Broth


Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest has this seriously pretty 20 minute dish; avocado veggie spring rolls with sweet Thai mango sauce.  This is another dish where you want to make enough for tomorrow’s lunch in the office.


Avocado Veggie Spring Rolls With Sweet Thai Mango Sauce


This is especially for an American Girl I know, who I am certain doesn’t eat a good breakfast.  From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower we have a perfect summer weekend brunch, roasted garlic asparagus and bacon eggs benedict, with basil avocado cream sauce.  Yeah, the only time my friend will get to eat this is if I make it for her.  (funny thing about asparagus…)


Roasted Garlic Asparagus And Bacon Eggs Benedict With Basil And Avocado Cream Sauce


Now another great dish, for those of you who like a girl’s night, or as a snack, ir to take to work.. Tropical mango spring rolls with avocado-cilantro dipping sauce.  Thanks Cookie + kate.


Tropical Mango Spring Rolls With Avocado-Cilantro Dipping Sauce


liebster-12A big, big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.


clouds illusions




painted white on blue

delusional feelings of grandeur

where is the truth?




P1030220poetry and photographs by jackcollier

and the girl riding shotgun




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