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Subject: Re: I graduated!!!

Forum: I graduated!!!

We will all miss you, I know I will. In the words of the prophet (wizard) "A Heart Is Not Judged By How Much You Love But By How Much You Are Loved By Others." You have a big heart.



Subject: Re: Share A Cooking Disaster Story!

Forum: Share A Cooking Disaster Story!

I've made potatoes like yours except I think my mistake was to boil them for too long. I was euchred before I started to mash. My latest goof was the first time I tried to make gravy. I should have looked up a recipe or a youtube video but instead, tried to wing it. I had watched my former mother-in-law make gravy so I thought I could do it too. MIL always saved the drippings from the turkey and combined them with flour. That didn't seem like rocket science, you just start with the grease and keep adding flour until it is the right consistency, yes? The problem was that MIL did not drain every last drop of drippings but was judicious in her portions. My gravy was like motor oil because you just could not add enough flour. Maybe if I had combined it in a bucket I would have had a chance. The great thing about serving bad food at such a gathering is that one's guests make the best of it. Kind of like a camping trip except indoors.

Subject: Re: Money or Time?

Forum: Money or Time?
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

A Buddhist friend of mine turned me on to that quote but I suspect it is rampant on Facebook. At any rate, the moral of the story is that your time is always more valuable than money. Consider the case of my wife's former landlord. Two weeks ago, he got up thinking that he'd have breakfast and then go out and work on his car. He wanted to add a trailer hitch and save money on the labor. That day, he was found unconscious and despite the heroic efforts of my wife and others, he died of a heart attack. He spent his youth trying to make money and his middle years in a recliner because of a workers comp injury. The last thing he expected was to die of a heart attack in his fifties. I am not convinced that he ever really lived, I wonder what he would say.

The one thing in life that is more or less fair is that we will all die some day, even Jeff Bezos can't buy immortality. Learn to do without. Once you have reached your adult height, as long as you don't gain or lose lots of weight, you can wear the same clothes for a long time. If you take care of your car and don't drive like a maniac, you won't need to replace it soon. When it is cold out, rather than crank your thermostat, wear layers of clothes. Make memories, not money. Travel, dance, hike, sing, love. That's when and where your life happens.

Subject: Re: Cereal anyone?

Forum: Cereal anyone?
In an effort to count Weight Watcher points, I began eating nothing but Shredded Wheat (0 points) with blueberries and unsweetened almond milk. At first, I was not impressed but now that I'm used to it....well, it is still not my favorite but it is the only cereal I will eat. When I was younger and could eat stuff that I liked, I preferred granola with raisins. On a long distance bike trip, when milk was not practical, I would mix it with yogurt rather than try to eat it dry. The thought of dry cereal is revolting.

Subject: Re: Are we too over-politicized?

Forum: Are we too over-politicized?
Dear Mr. Nash,

"Are we just too overly political?" Yes and no. Yes, I am tired about having to reargue issues that I thought were settled back in the 1970s and no, I am not about to stop. The Right and the Left have disliked and mistrusted each other all the way back to the ratification of the Constitution. All we lacked was the convenience and anonymity of social media. Now we can have at it around the clock!

I don't waste time trying to convince conservatives they can either change with the times or risk violent overthrow. I only communicate with my cohort, the fractious left. The other day as the election approached, I asked two Latina temps at work if they planned to vote. Between my cowboy Spanish and their halting English we established that they never voted. I pointed at my face and said, "See this? The reason your government looks like me is that people who look like me always vote. If you want your government to look like you, you have no choice but to vote." That won't immediately change their behavior but I think they spoke of it after I moved on.

Imagine you were dancing with your significant other and s/he thought you were doing the opposite steps. If your partner is like my wife, she would not be shy to say "What are you doing?! That's wrong!!" In our case, the government and the electorate our out of step like two clumsy dance partners. The government pulls to the right while the electorate pulls to the left. Until those sides agree, you will have discord.