is heavy thinking ruining your life?

Posted in Caspurtle on 2015/12/16 by CasperMcFadden

caspurtledrinkIt started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and
then to loosen up. Inevitably though, one thought led to another, and
soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone – “to relax,” I told myself – but I knew it
wasn’t true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and
finally I was thinking all the time.

I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don’t
mix, but I couldn’t stop myself.

I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau and
Kafka. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking,
“What is it exactly we are doing here?”

Things weren’t going so great at home either. One evening I had turned
off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that
night at her mother’s.

I soon had a reputation as a heavy thinker. One day the boss called me
in. He said, “Skippy, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but
your thinking has become a real problem. If you don’t stop thinking on
the job, you’ll have to find another job.” This gave me a lot to think

I came home early after my conversation with the boss. “Honey,” I
confessed, “I’ve been thinking…”

“I know you’ve been thinking,” she said, “and I want a divorce!”

“But Honey, surely it’s not that serious.”

“It is serious,” she said, lower lip aquiver. “You think as much as
college professors, and college professors don’t make any money, so if
you keep on thinking we won’t have any money!”

“That’s a faulty syllogism,” I said impatiently, and she began to cry.
I’d had enough. “I’m going to the library,” I snarled as I stomped out
the door.

I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche, with a PBS
station on the radio. I roared into the parking lot and ran up to the
big glass doors… they didn’t open. The library was closed.

To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that

As I sank to the ground clawing at the unfeeling glass, whimpering for
Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye. “Friend, is heavy thinking
ruining your life?” it asked. You probably recognize that line. It
comes from the standard Thinker’s Anonymous poster.

Which is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker. I never miss
a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last
week it was “Porky’s.” Then we share experiences about how we avoided
thinking since the last meeting.

I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just
seemed… easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking.

credit: original author unknown


the world may never know…

Posted in Caspurtle on 2013/05/19 by CasperMcFadden

Have you ever wondered how many steps it takes to hike up to Inspiration Point?

Is it 13,167 steps?

How many?

… the world may never know 😉

lowe effort

Posted in Caspurtle with tags on 2013/05/13 by CasperMcFadden

Once there was a dream to build a railway in the clouds…

To a Tavern

And a menu 🙂

Caspurtletje at the summit of Mt. Lowe

Denny’s Hobbit Menu – Truly unexpected

Posted in Caspurtle on 2013/01/14 by CasperMcFadden

I’m sorry to report that various Denny’s have already closed their “Hobbit” themed menu. 

Truly unexpected, since their promotional “Hobbit” menu, as of 14th January, is still being advertised on the website and at the Denny’s restaurant I’d visited. 

The worst now behind us, we ventured forth to a 3D showing of The Hobbit. 

Gorgeous movie! 


Posted in Caspurtle on 2012/08/17 by CasperMcFadden

And then he created Caspurtletje…

…and the world was right, once again.

Appetite for The Hunger Games

Posted in Caspurtle on 2012/03/26 by CasperMcFadden

So we weathered the long lines… uhm, well, the odds were in our favor.

and watched The Hunger Games (fantastic!)


If you’re a fan of the book you would have noticed that there is a key ingredient that was left out of the movie: Food. And food is a big deal. This is indeed called “The Hunger Games” for a reason.

“What’s impressed you the most since you arrived here?” I rack my brain for something that made me happy here. Be honest, I think. Be honest. “The lamb stew,” I get out. Caesar laughs, and vaguely I realize some of the audience has joined in. -Katniss, The Hunger Games

Katniss favorite Lamb Stew:

3 lbs lamb meat, cubed
2-3 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp flour
2 cans beef broth
1 cup tomato pulp or 3 tbsp tomato paste
1 sprig rosemary, leaves snipped
salt to taste pepper to taste
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
16-18 pearl onions, peeled and halved
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
1 handful dried plums cut in half

Heat oven to 475 degrees.
Heat oil in a skillet and brown lamb meat. Transfer to dutch oven as pieces cook.
Sprinkle sugar on browned meat. Cook meat for several minutes on medium high heat to caramelize sugar.
Toss meat with flour until well coated. Place pot in oven uncovered for 5 minutes. Toss meat around and cook for another 5 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
Add 1 1/2 cans of beef broth, tomato pulp, and rosemary. Cover and cook on bottom third of the oven for 1 hour.
Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Add carrots, onions, and potatoes and more broth if needed.
Cover and return pot to oven for another hour. After 30 minutes, add dried plums. Once done, taste and season as needed.
On the stovetop, boil peas for 1-2 minutes. Drain and add to stew just before serving.
Serve on wild rice. Eat by the bucketful.


Breakfast Mix

Posted in Caspurtle on 2011/12/21 by CasperMcFadden

All around the country and coast,

everybodys eatin toast.

I don’t mean to brag, don’t wanna boast,

but everybodys eatin toast.