Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Food for Thought

Plymouth Rock photo courtesy Flickr

The Twelve Good Rules of Puritan Behavior:

Profane no Divine ordinance.
Touch no state matters.
Urge no healths.
Pick no quarrels.
Encourage no vice.
Repeat no grievances.
Reveal no secrets.
Maintain no ill opinions.
Make no comparisons.
Keep no bad company.
Make no long meals. (Apparently tomorrow’s an exception.)
Lay no wagers.

I first read this list in Richard Brookhiser’s The Way of the WASP. It doesn’t hurt to know what I think a programmer might call the source code.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weather and Morale

Rain hat courtesy Flickr

I quote verbatim from a local reporter: “If we can just get a few more temperature degrees droppage…” He was worried about snow. Personally, I worry about the relentless blanket of snow that covers the simple facts of the local climate. Where are these people from, Tornado Alley?

C’mon, all you have to say is “Rain in the morning, light wind, cloudy later on, forty degrees.” For most days of the year, they could run a tape. I realize that broadcast marketing facts of life underly the weather report, but ramping up anxiety about something as simple and manageable as Puget Sound road conditions is just plain ridiculous.

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Monday, November 21, 2011


Photo courtesy Flickr

It’s been a long time since I did the full holiday thrash, and the lighter we eat over the week-end the better we feel. I keep the gear on hand, though, in case a crowd of hungry relatives comes to visit. One year, a vegan friend served us turkey-shaped tofu. We giggled for months, but have seen the error of our ways.

This year, we will start the meal with a glass of Wild Turkey and proceed to the Puget Sound version of an autumn harvest: salmon, cranberry tart (not native, but close enough), something green, and an all-purpose flavored whipped cream for dessert and for coffee.

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