Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
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OYSTERS ARE BACK!!!
I've lived either on the coast or less than two hours' drive from the coast all my life. I've always been able to get oysters in season and like them served any way but raw. Since the "out of season" has been extended an additional month here on the NC coast, by October 15 I'm craving like a pregnant mother of quads. My Domestic Goddess, aka Girl Friday, aka Dee, brought some "just pulled out of the water and shucked this morning" to me today. "Heaven! I'm in Heaven"!!! They were the absolute best I've ever eaten. And, yes, I ate them immediately! I was trying to figure out why these were so dang good and after I figured a while, it came to me. These were the first oysters I ever had right off the boat. Dee's family has commercial shrimp and oyster boats and I'd never had any that fresh before. Also, they were a bit smaller than they may be toward the end of the season and the smaller ones are tastier I think. Anyhow - yummmmmmmmmmm. I put in an order for a bushel for a roast later this month to enjoy with my pals. And to those of you who may not relate -- just think of the very best barbecue you've ever had. That would be the pig equivalent!!
The Misanthropyst links to Christopher Hitchins' Mommie Dearest. Like The Misanthropyst, I'm just doing the linking with no comment. See for yourself. It's possible that anything further I opine may be detrimental to my health!
DOES EDUCATION MAKE BLACK PEOPLE CRAZY?
Robert, The Mulatto Advocate spotlights Roger Clegg's Does Education Make Black People Crazy? Both Mr. Clegg's treatise and The Advocate's responses are worth your time to read. I must amend The Advocate's final point, however. As much as Colin Powell and Condi Rice are admired as positive role models and are certainly to be recognized as such, there are thousands and thousands of "silent majority" black role models in our country. These black men and women are serving in small communities, cities, and state legislatures across the nation with little or no recognition or fanfare. So will someone explain to this old honky lady why these unsung role models are not appreciated more, and charlatans like Jackson and Sharpton are looked up to?
LAST NIGHT'S NON-WORKING LINKS
South Knox Bubba, Jay Solo, Denny Wilson, Sam's River, Peoria Pundit, Alphecca, Margi Lowry, Rachel Lucas, Robert Prather, Rottweiler Man, Ain't Done It, Say Uncle, On the Third Hand, and Gut Rumbles were closed to me last night. Many of these finally came up after 10:30, but for over three hours it was impossible for me to access these sites. This also happened Friday night. Some of the same blogs too. Road Runner is working fine. So what's up with this? Anyone know?
UPDATE: Could this be the reason?
MORE PUBLIC SCHOOL GRADS' STORIES
IDIOTS IN SERVICE:
This week, our phones went dead and I had to contact the telephone repair people. They promised to be out between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. When I asked if they could give me a smaller time window, the pleasant gentleman asked, "Would you like us to call you before we come?" I replied that I didn't see how he would be able to do that since our phones weren't working. He also requested that we report future outages by email.
IDIOTS AT WORK:
I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature I had just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared the signature to the one I had just signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.
IDIOTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: too many deer were being hit by cars and she didn't want them to cross there anymore.
IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE:
My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.
IDIOT SIGHTING #1
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?"
To which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?"
She smiled knowingly and nodded, "That's why we ask."
IDIOT SIGHTING #2
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with a coworker of mine when she asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.
Appalled, she responded, "What on earth are blind people doing driving?"
IDIOT SIGHTING #3
At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who is leaving the company due to "downsizing," our manager commented cheerfully, "This is fun. We should do this more often." Not a word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.
IDIOT SIGHTING #4 I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the life of her couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.
IDIOT SIGHTING #5 (THE BEST EXAMPLE)
When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. "Hey," I announced to the technician, "it's open!" To which he replied, "I know - I already got that side."