I Went for a Walk
And passed a very large, rather majestic edifice,
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with, perhaps, a problematic maintenance budget. Or—just
maybe—it's an art.
I made Tea With Milk
||Unlike my previous experience making tea with lemon, this
next activity required a bit more cogitation. I was asked
to make "tea with milk." Back when I was young, one could
buy milk. In those days, tea with milk could be made by
making tea-with-lemon (see
instructions) without lemon, and then adding milk. But
I don't think you can buy "milk" any more. The two
milk-like items I was able to find in the refrigerator were
"organic whole milk" and "plain Silk soymilk (natural)".
In my naïvitea, I translate
these as follows:
"Organic whole milk": Comes from cows,
not underground mines.
"Plain Silk soymilk (natural)": Contains no supernatural
They both exhibit equal facility in contaminating the tea-with-lemon without
I Attended a Birthday Party
It was quite jolly, the company was excellent, the food
was good, but the layout was unsatisfactory. All 12 of us sat at a
synthetic table cobbled together from the usual "tables for two" at the
restaurant. This was a strictly linear assembly, which prevented
almost all communication between the people at the ends, of whom I was
one. In fact, when the couple at the opposite end departed early,
I didn't even get to say "Good bye" since there was no audible
indication of their departure. (Even the water gun that appeared
at the event didn't have sufficient range for a remote "tap on the
shoulder.") In fact, the linear arrangement was so inconvenient
that even the "birthday boy" (who occasionally reads this blog and
will probably forgive me for that appellation) was largely inaudible.
I think it would be better if restaurants were to provide
circular tables for events with more than a few people. Everyone can see everyone
else and shouting isn't necessary. Also, there's always a
straight-line between the water gun holder and the target. In
special cases such as birthdays, an even better arrangement can be made.
The center of a circular table is out of reach with a
large enough crowd. So, why not cut out the center and place the
guest of honor in a rotating chair in that location? Every one can
communicate with him more easily, it's clear whose birthday is being
celebrated, and targeting is even easier. A candidate plus: Instead of
a rotating chair, use a motorized rotating platform instead. That
will assure equal access; one rotation per course should be ideal.
I Shopped for Linzer Tortes
I have updated the
This time the mocha squares were stale and the petits fours were
missing. But the Linzer tortes, unlike the two previous visits,
were almost perfect, with an especially luxurious helping of
Is this Intel shirt tasteful or what?
Delivered years ago by a random rep or salesman for a long