Saturday, August 28, 2010

Feet, Chinese Pianist, Chilean Miners

If this isn’t odd, what is? A seventh foot has washed up on a Washington coast, six have washed up in BC and yet they are saying the police don’t suspect foul play – how can they not? People don’t cut off their own feet.

A 23 yr old Chinese named Liu Wei was on the news last night. He turned up on China’s Got Talent. He has no arms and plays the piano like a virtuoso, with his feet! To see a video of his performance go to where there is also an article. We actually knew a guy years ago who had no arms and could do incredible things with his feet. He used to say that the only thing he couldn’t do was splice wire rope. He could, however, splice regular rope with his toes. The one thing we found he wasn’t good at was shuffling cards although he could hold the cards fine and play card games for hours. It always seemed to me he would have to have pretty incredible body strength to hold his legs up in the air for the lengths of time required to do things. One thing I was puzzled about was why Liu Wei wore a sock on one foot and not the other?

There was video on TV last night from the miners who are stuck underground in a mine in Chile. They generally seem to be in pretty good spirits particularly since it is going to be 3-4 months before they can expect to be freed. The Chileans are going to drill a fairly small hole into the mine for them to crawl through. That, in itself, will be an ordeal. At least they can get supplies, electricity, food and air now although I discovered they lasted 18 days on absolutely minimum amounts of food before they were found. I guess claustrophobia doesn’t come in to it, you wouldn’t be a miner if you couldn’t take enclosed spaces.

Matt is making a new recipe for dinner tonight. We buy really nice pork tenderloins from Costco so I hunted for a different recipe to use. Matt also bought some kale the other day, I have never cooked kale but I think I am going to make a Kale and chickpea soup. I remember eating such a soup years ago.

Tangy Grilled Pork Tenderloin

servings 6

IngredientsTangy Pork Tenderloin

2 pounds pork tenderloin

2/3 cup honey

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Place meat in a large resealable plastic bag. In a medium bowl, mix together honey, Dijon mustard, chili powder, and salt. Pour marinade over tenderloins, seal, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Prepare the grill for indirect heat.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Remove meat from marinade, and discard liquid. Grill for 15 to 25 minutes, or to desired doneness.

Have a great weekend.



  1. No, people do not cut of their feet but other people do ...

  2. Exactly. Don't understand why they say they don't suspect foul play.