Monday, August 13, 2007


Today is Left-Hander's Day. It feels good to be on top for a day. 364 days a year it is Right-Hander's Day, but today, all of you are second-rate citizens. Just like us lefties...364 days a year. Do you know how many accidents happen a year because tools are made with Right-Handed users in mind? Lots! Just the other day they discovered that the same gene that makes you left-handed, makes you schizophrenic. How's that for oppression? Genetically oppressed by stupid Nature and stupid science. There are all kinds of references, specifically Biblical, that displays, in no uncertain terms, that being to the left of anyone is about the most evilest place you could be. The right side however...But I understand your reasons for all the oppression. Honestly. You were just scared that while shaking our hands, we'd stab you. That's a legitimate concern.

The day is ours!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Smoothius Updaticus

Hello all! Long time no update. Me so sorry. Me so busy! During the past month I have been working on a production of Wait Until Dark with Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy here in Raleigh. It was swell fun; a very intense rehearsal process consisting of 16 rehearsals, seven days a week until opening. I kinda enjoyed it. I think I wouldn’t mind more quick rehearsal processes as long as there was time for some solid direction. The show went great, people loved it and I got paid, son. All well and good. I begin rehearsals for Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman by Dario Fo here in about 10 days and that will be quite fun. I have heard some wonderful things about the director and The Hayworth will be in management which is also very cool. This play has compelled me to start working out. You’ll have to attend to find out why. Unless, of course, you already know. In which case, you shouldn’t spoil it for everyone else.

I’m going to see the Allman Brother’s Band in concert this weekend with my step-father and I am extremely excited. Concert starts at five, so there will be many hours of blues to be enjoyed.

Gretchen was in town recently and we had swell fun. First there was an ARG reunion at Carraba’s in Apex, and then her, Greg (recently returned to us form the Appalachian Trail), and Luke came and enjoyed some of Ryan’s Risotto and wine. Quite tasty.

My sister and my mother came up just about a week ago to hang out and see the show. We randomly went to Chapel Hill to check out the Aveda Institute there. My sister had been planning on attending the Aveda Institute in Charlotte, however, plans change sometimes and now my sister may be going to school in Chapel Hill. Uh oh, two Nazionale’s in the Triangle. This is trouble.

While they were here, Jazz started bleeding everywhere. That was an adventure. She’s fine and hasn’t been to the vet because that would be too expensive. But, she’s fine.

I got the new White Stripes and it’s amazing. Why aren’t you listening to it right now?

Have you seen The Fountain yet? No, go watch it. Now. Right right now. You’ll thank me.

In my plight to consume 3500 calories a day, I start my day with this tasty smoothie. On Sundays I make enough to last the entire week. You should, too. Recipe:

Ryan’s Breakfast Smoothie:

1 cup Organic, Non-fat, Plain Yogurt
1/3 cup Flaxseed
1 cup Granola
3 oz Blueberries
8 oz Strawberries
2 large Bananas

In blender, add, in order, yogurt, flaxseed, granola. Set blender on high (mine says “liquefy”) and blend well. Add Blueberries, Strawberries, and bananas and blend well (this step may require using a tool such as a spoon or knife to encourage the fruit to blend). Makes about 4 cups.

Nutritional Information (taken from )

Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories: 450
Fat: 16g
Carbs: 66g
Protein: 16g
Sodium: 81mg
Fiber: 14g

If you want to super-charge it, add a scoop or two of Whey protein to significantly increase calories and protein (to about 500 and 25 respectively). For variety, switch out fruit with raspberries, blackberries, currants, pineapple, mango, kiwi etc. and try different kinds of granola from the bulk food section of your grocery store. IMPORTANT NOTE: this may take som getting use to - a period of adjustment per se - 14g of fiber is 6g shy of your daily recommended allowance and it will probably take about a week for your body to be able to handle that. You've been warned.