Tuesday, August 29, 2017

De-bunking A Cliche'

I knew a fellow whose colleagues said he did indeed put his trousers on both legs at a time. At night, he disrobed at the foot of the bed like a fireman so he could make a fast getaway first thing

I am indebted to visiting digerati for showing me how to accelerate am lift-off. An automatic drip coffee maker and an energy bar shave half an hour off the morning.

I've enjoyed a running design chat with the two about how to set a civilized table. One visitor was a competitive foodie in a busy city, the other is still a skater at heart, with a skater's unwillingness to be mired in procedure. Between the two of them, the received wisdom of the traditional tabletop has been well and truly tested.

I simplified visually by substituting plain white bowls of eighteenth-century profile for the more colorful period rimmed soups I'd been using. That one change, added to the  other plain neutral dishes of the set, relieves the diner's eye, freeing it for a device, if necessary, or conversation and planning. Stemmed glassware is still an issue, but only for  state occasions. I decided to keep using the fluted French bistro glasses that have been around since 1910. They stack and wash in a flash-30-

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