MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 271 – SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, DAY 271 OF 2013: I actually did something yesterday, rather than loaf and goof off. I actually went to lunch with a bunch of guys with whom I went to high school a multitude of years ago.
That grubby little leprechaun was the mascot of William Cullen McBride High School. It was a Catholic all-boys high school, and our release from educational system that had been previously dominated by cranky women who dressed like penguins who carried rulers and rubber bands.
I’m sure you’ll have no trouble picking me out (in the front row). The school officially closed down about ten years after we graduated. And the last thing I heard about the building was that it had become a refuge for juvenile delinquents and then men who have a substance abuse problems.
A lot of the guys have spread out across the country. A few have passed on to glory. And only twelve showed up for lunch today at THE PASTA HOUSE. We try to meet there for lunch every other month, and we have had as many as twenty guys show up on occasion.
And every time we get together we rave about the restaurant’s salad and fish. We finally found out what the fish was today. We thought the waiter said basso fish. But after going on-line , I discovered it was basa fish.
A basa fish is a type of catfish found in southeast Asia, mainly in Vietnam. The fish is valued for its appeal as a food source, especially in mass markets elsewhere in the world, including the United States. The basa fish can be caught wild as adults, but most are raised in captivity after being caught as fry.
Most basa fish farmed in Vietnam are done so by local farmers along the Mekong River. They are raised in pens that use the natural flow from the river to remove any impurities that may build up over time. Though most catfish varieties do not like strong currents, the basa fish does not seem to mind them, but actually may prefer them. This technique offers a number of advantages for the farmer and increases the reputation of the fish’s flavor, if not its value as well.
Known for its mild taste and white, flaky meat, the basa fish is beginning to challenge other sorts of catfish around the world as the preferred food catfish. The method of raising the catfish in the Mekong River has helped it create a following among those who like fish. Most feel the basa fish has a “cleaner” taste than most other forms of farm-raised fish, because of new water constantly flowing in to their pens.
Well, you learn something new every day.
And what do a bunch of old men talk about. Naturally, our younger days. And then our aches and pains. And then our kids, or in my case Mlle. Renee.
We talk, and eat, and when we get up and leave … we say to ourselves, “Well, at least I don’t look as old as Tom or Dick or Harry.” Even though we really do.
ORIGAMI CHALLENGE: Of course it’s the weekend, and the calendar does not have an origami challenge.