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Washington State Ferries

The Washington State Ferries are part of the highway system – you drive your car on and off, and relax with a great cup of coffee as you cross the waters.


On the weekends, lines can back up and you might have to wait a couple hours for a ferry. There are coffee stands along the way to help pass the time.

And nice clean bathrooms, after you drink all that coffee!

There are ferries of all different sizes – this one has six rows of traffic on each of two levels going across to the Olympic Peninsula.

Those who watch Grey’s Anatomy will recall that Meredith almost died in a ferry boat accident. The reality is, thankfully, that the system is well maintained, and incidents are rare. Counter-terrorist teams patrol the ferry lines and suspicious cars are checked.

August 6, 2007 Posted by | Community, Counter-terrorism, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Social Issues | Leave a comment

French Chocolate Ice Cream

Perfect for beating the summer heat! This ice cream is so rich, so creamy, and so chocolat-ey that it makes you forget your worries.

French Chocolate Ice Cream

This takes a little time – and an ice cream churn – but oh, is it so worth it.

2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
2 cups milk
6 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 squares unsweetened chocolate
3 cups heavy cream

Heat milk in small saucepan just until bubbles begin to appear around edge of pan.

Beat egg yolks in large bowl with sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Slowly add hot milk into egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly.

Return all to saucepan and heat slowly , stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture thickens and just comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and add two teaspoons vanilla and chocolate squares, and continue stirring until the chocolate is melted.

Stir in cream.

Cool completely.

Strain into a four quart freezer can of ice cream maker.

Freeze according to manufacturers directions. Serve immediately, or spoon into freezer container and place in freezer. This won’t last long – it is SO good!

One time I was making this ice cream for guests. My small son, who loved this ice cream, kept asking if it was cool enough to churn yet. I told him one thing: Don’t touch the ice cream container.

He couldn’t help it. He had to see if it was cool enough to churn. Unfortunately, the refrigerator-slick canister slid through his hands, and as he struggled to catch it, he somehow hit it up, and put some spin on it. As I prepared to welcome guests, the gooey, thick, chocolate mixture twirled up, up and out of the canister, spinning ALL OVER THE KITCHEN and all over my small son.

He looked so horrified as he stood there, rooted to the floor, covered by his chocolaty guilt. He looked at me with terror in his eyes. He had disobeyed, and he feared the consequences.

I struggled really really hard not to laugh, and I looked at him very crossly and told him he had to stand there, covered with chocolate, until I had cleaned up the rest of the mess. Then I cleaned him up, and started another batch of the mixture. Just in time, I popped him into the bathtub as the guests arrived. The mixture was cool enough by the time I served dinner, and churned as we ate. It was ready just in time for dessert.

To this day, I think of my son with a big grin every time I see this recipe.

August 6, 2007 Posted by | Chocolate, Cooking, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Humor, Jordan, Recipes | 2 Comments

Draft Law: No Car Talk

From August 4th Kuwait Times (yep, they are back online)

Note: Before arriving in Seattle, my oldest friend warned me that in Seattle you now get TWO tickets if you are seen talking on a mobile phone while driving, one for talking on a phone, and one for reckless endangerment. Each ticket is $101. Ouch! I don’t see anyone here talking while they are driving anymore.

Drive, don’t talk…Big Brother is ‘watching’
Published Date: August 04, 2007
By Nancy Oteifa, Staff writer

KUWAIT: A draft law criminalizing motorists for using mobile phones while driving that was announced recently, has suddenly become a cause for concern among several residents in Kuwait. Officials at the Traffic General Department are said to be taking the issue into serious consideration and seem adamant in penalizing all those who use their mobile phones while driving, claiming that it’s one of the major causes of accidents in Kuwait. The draft law of course has not been finalized yet, and officials claim that it has also not been ascertained whether there would be traffic fines to be paid or jail sentences or even both.

Although it is also not confirmed if this law would be enforced or not many people seem to be against its enforcement, while some others were in agreement – with the hope that this might reduce the increasing number of accidents occurring in the country every day. This Kuwait Times reporter spoke to people on the issue where they expressed different opinions and comments.

You can read the rest of the article HERE.

August 6, 2007 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Middle East, News | 2 Comments