Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The art of making tea.

So, this morning I was making yet another pot of tea, and decided I should write about it,.I make a many a cup of tea a day, and it really is an art form. Everything has to be timed perfectly, otherwise it just turns into a caffeinated cup of watery milk. So, the secret to a really good cup of tea. (Anyone who is European, British, or Australian should already know this.)
Really, it starts with three main things, a kettle, a tea pot, and of course, a cup. Start by boiling water in the kettle, while it's boiling, empty the tea pot from its last use, or simply wash it out if it hasn't been used in a while. Put the tea in, this could be Earl Grey, or Twinnings English breakfast, Irish breakfast, what ever it may be, into the pot. Using tea bags is a lot easier than leaves, but leaves always taste better. Once the kettle is boiling, pour that water directly into the pot, and put the tea cozy on. Once the tea is brewing, get your milk and put it into your cup. The right amount of milk is tricky, I use the tilted-cup-gauge to get the right amount. Tilt the cup to roughly a 45 degree angle, and when the milk comes to about (more or less, depending on how milky you like your tea) 3/4 of the way up the base of the cup, it's just the right amount. Once done with that, let the tea brew some more, until you almost forget about it, then come back and pour yourself that perfect cup.

Some perfecting may be required :-) (over 2 years of making several pots of tea daily).

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The beginning of the beginning.

Well, I suppose I Better start doing something, and post here.

Maybe a little bit of background to get things started. I am currently 19 and have been a car geek since the young age of two. Ever since then I've always dreamt of being a racing driver. During high school I dabbled in car mechanics while I concentrated on my chosen sport, Rowing. After only two years, I had to give that up due to a fairly serious back injury (that has now healed), when that happened I suddenly had a huge amount of time on my hands, with nothing to do in it.
In 2007 I discovered auto-crossing, a large cone course set up in parking lots, where I could take my little BMW coupe and thrash it around as fast as possible, while learning where the cars limits were, and the basics of car control, in order to be a safer driver on the road. After attending a number of these events, I was told by most of the people there that I had a lot of potential skill behind the wheel. Soon though, I found out that going to these events took a major toll on my daily drivers reliability, and keeping it running for my trips to school was becoming very expensive. I tried having two cars... but that was worse. So my driving was put on hold.

From that point on, I knew I had to be a racing driver. No other job could cut it, it was racing, or nothing.

Cheers for now


Saturday, July 10, 2010