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#16 Sneakeater

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:13 AM

I don't remember much about what I cooked, but I do remember trying to make a shopping schedule so that each pair of roommates took turns shopping for the whole suite of six, and how well THAT worked out (not very). Also the rampant stealing of other people's food during long evenings of impaired judgment. I really do not miss communal living.


My house really cooked, bought, and ate totally communally. In retrospect, I have no idea how we pulled that off.
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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:13 AM

Spam sure. But that reminds me. In addition to faggots, the local fish ‘n’ chip shops had many options cheaper than fish.

Battered deep fried spam.

Battered deep fried sausages.

Battered deep fried burgers.

These were all really cheap and I did indulge.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:16 AM

Oxford wasn’t far by train, and I had various academic occasions for visiting. Unlike Bristol, the streets were lined with food trucks, mainly serving donor kebabs. At some point I discovered this was because it was very hard to open fast food restaurants on the hallowed streets.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:24 AM

I had more money as a graduate student, partly because the grant was more generous, but more because of the (brief) flourishing of quiz machines in pubs. Because they were games of skill, the law allowed much larger payouts (outside licensed casinos) than one-arm bandits.

All over a city like Bristol, pub-goers would pump the machines full of money, playing for fun. Then three smart ass graduate students with across-the-board knowledge between them, would come in and empty them. We could split 100 pounds a night doing this, and that went a long way.

Which meant better eating, especially superb British cheeses from a shop on Blackboy Hill. And venison burgers instead of beef liver.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:29 AM

In college, much of my drinking was funded by (a) trivia challenges and (b) my counterintuitive skill at bowling.

The rest was funded by my highly unlikely extreme campus celebrity. But we’re not gonna talk about that.
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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:30 AM

I drank a lot a few weeks ago at Beatrice Inn on music trivia challenges actually.
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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:32 AM

If you think I don’t know who the drummer was in Fagen and Becker’s college band, you’re gonna PAY sucka.
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#23 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 11:11 AM

I suspect a MFF quiz event would get very competitive and extremely ugly very quickly.

I moved out of the dorms and into a house concurrent with my parents divorce. My mother refused any support or money from my father, his only financial obligation was to pay for my tuition, room, and board. However the divorce decree defined that specifically to be a meal plan and I was living in a house away from the dining halls, and anyway I was already quite a competent cook so why not eat better for less on my end. I just assumed my dad would write me a check for the value of the dining plan and be done with it. My father was also furious with me for taking my Mother's side in the divorce (which fair play I clearly did, but dude was an assshole) so he refused on the grounds he would only do what the agreement said he had to do. So here I was with no meal plan or cash for food. My solution was to essentially be our houses cook for my two other roommates. They bought the food, I cooked it. They were well off so we always bought nice things. Every once in while I pulled the stops out for company. I remember cooking from the first J-G cookbook a lot and making all kinds of things from the big Bayless tome.

Also as some of the few cultural Jews ( or in my case half) on campus we used to host a little hannaukah party every year that always ended in very drunken frying. Still very close with those guys.

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#24 joethefoodie

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 11:40 AM

 

I don't remember much about what I cooked, but I do remember trying to make a shopping schedule so that each pair of roommates took turns shopping for the whole suite of six, and how well THAT worked out (not very). Also the rampant stealing of other people's food during long evenings of impaired judgment. I really do not miss communal living.


My house really cooked, bought, and ate totally communally. In retrospect, I have no idea how we pulled that off.

 

 

 

In college, much of my drinking was funded by (a) trivia challenges and (b) my counterintuitive skill at bowling.

The rest was funded by my highly unlikely extreme campus celebrity. But we’re not gonna talk about that.

 

These are the fun parts of college I missed; never lived in a house with a bunch of roommates on or near a campus. It was more like a bunch of friends and their partners, some going to school, some working, etc. etc. But it was Santa Barbara (Goleta first, actually), so how bad could it have been? Once I matriculated to San Jose, it was just she and I. My housemates ended up at UCSB and Cal.

 

Friends and I did play plenty of trivia games post college, in the first or second round of the go-go years of Silicon Valley and the 49ers (i.e. the 80s). Lots of late nights fueled by various substances, and I was a good trivia player back in the day. But since we were all making money, the games were not played so much for drinks, but for respect!



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 02:19 PM

Right, live trivia quizzes helped the funds too.

 

Of the three of us in the trivia gang, two were called Kim and one was called Phil.  Through a democratic process, we named the team "The Kims."