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  1. I had a friend from college who used to say, "Geez Manetti." I've never heard anyone else say this before (or since), and I just looked it up - apparently it's "a thing," sort of like "Geez Louise." Jul 1, 2011 - "Twanglish Lesson: Southern Cussemisms" on real-southern.com (see the comment section) Maybe this is limited to South Cackalacky. Apr 15, 2010 - "A Word To Capture the Carolinas" by Elizabeth Jensen on carrborocommons.mj.unc.edu NB - The only term on this website that's forbidden is "pop" for soft drink, so all you folks from Cleveland, please keep it in your pants and/or get a room.
  2. This is an interesting moment: I just this minute realized that Keith Haring was white - although I haven't thought about this much, I think I always assumed he was black (also, I always assumed he was British). Is this subtle racism? It wasn't malevolent, but it's fascinating to me because I have no clue why. And you know what else? As I'm typing, I think I might have assumed Banksy was black also (I don't think I've ever pondered it until now). Maybe this is all because of Basquiat? Or maybe covert discrimination is so deeply ingrained that it has insidiously flowed into me? Every tagger that I've personally known has been white, so I'm not quite sure why I thought Haring wasn't. Point to ponder, Cool Disco Don PS - If this was truly a surprise, and I'm not convinced Sotheby's didn't know about it, then it's about the best prank I've ever seen:
  3. There are many analyses of "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer," an 1865, single-stanza, free-verse poem by the great Walt Whitman. You can go to the link and read the poem in less than thirty seconds. Most analyses - perhaps every analysis - I've read have described it as rejecting bookish knowledge in favor of life's wisdom, but I disagree with such a banal interpretation. In fact, if this was Whitman's "intent" when he wrote the poem, I disagree with Whitman himself. There are two people in the poem: the writer (speaking in first person) and the lecturer, and I propose that the poem isn't a criticism of the lecturer, but rather a celebration of what went into the lecture. Yes, you can reject all academia, and appreciate the simplicity of nature without the physics behind it, but you can also appreciate physics - not as some boring, obligatory use of calculus, but the actual mathematical definition of the way the universe works - and once you see the actual universe, and link the two together, you'll have a newfound appreciation for the science that attempts to describe it all. The writer, who grew ill at the lecture, had an awakening once he realized what the lecture was about - surely this wasn't the first time he ever looked up at the night sky; his catharsis was a newfound appreciation of the engine that was driving the lecturer.
  4. Oh, I definitely believe that, but America Eats isn't a chain. I used to take my son to Sweetwater Tavern all the time - it was never great, but it was always "good enough," and very fairly priced - remarkable, considering how much volume they do.
  5. Has anyone taken a look at the "American" section in my Multiple Locations Dining Guide? It's pretty much top-to-bottom terrible - why can't anyone open a good American chain restaurant? I went to 610 Magnolia in Louisville - back when it was Edward Lee's only flagship - and even that wasn't very good.
  6. Without even reading this, the grant will need to be structured in the form of annual gifts to students, so as not to exceed the annual taxable threshhold - that should be easily enough accomplished.
  7. After walking through The Block, we had a couple of cocktails at Block Bar, and all three were wonderful, particularly the last two, made with egg whites (a fresh egg, cracked, and de-yolked à la minute). Here are current copies of their menus: Not pictured was a Dark N' Stormy ($10) with Lime, Ginger Beer, and Spiced Rum. The least complex of the three drinks, it was still a delightful rendition, and perfect for a warm summery evening. The two egg-white drinks were exceptional: Bees Knees ($11) with Honey, Lemon, Gin (Tanqueray), and Egg White, is a drink that I have often, and this was one of the very best versions of it I've had lately - you can see the Before and After pictures and the quality is obvious - regard the infinite froth: As good as that was, my drink of the night was the sensational Cucumber Gin Fizz ($11), with Cucumber, Simple Syrup, Lime, St. Germain, Gin (Tanqueray), and Egg White - this was one of the very best cocktails I've had this year, and I even tweeted about the affable bartender who made it: <--- Cocktails do not get any better than this.
  8. Left-to-right, Kimen Ramen & Izakaya, Chicken Pelicana, and The Block: A directory outside The Block listing its establishments: --- Block Bar (DonRocks)
  9. This world needs more people like Robert F. Smith. The donation may sound small in relation to his worth, but it is fully 1% of his wealth - that is substantial and meaningful by any measure. "Who Is Robert F. Smith? Learn More about the Billionaire whose Generosity Shocked a Graduating Class" by Alejandro de la Garza on time.com
  10. Kimen Ramen is the best I've yet found in Virginia - on back-to-back evenings, I had Boru and Kimen, and there's no comparison between the two (except in terms of quantity - you actually get more at Boru, but so what). Echigo Koshihikari Rice Lager ($8) and Kikusui Junmai Ginjo ($19, and highly recommended): Chashu Bun ($4) - They look too sauced, and perhaps are a bit, but they work, and the pork is quite good: Original Ramen and Miso Ramen, both with Pork ($12 each) - Choose your style, and go with it - both were very fine, better than anything I've yet found in NoVA. All ramens are easily customized with a la carte extras or substitutions: Plus, there's this next door at The Block Bar before dinner:
  11. That's an interesting take that I'd never before considered - the ones pictured above came with a pipe cleaner (which you can see in the right side of the box). "Clean Your Metal Straws, for All That Is Good and Holy" by Rebecca Firsker on myrecipes.com
  12. Happy 82nd Birthday, Brooks Robinson!
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