Friday, November 17, 2006

Friday's Feast

I did this once and haven't done it in awhile. Gawilli said I should try again. So here it is.

Appetizer: Do you believe there is intelligent life on other planets?
When I meet a being from another planet then I will determined if they are intelligent or not. Until that time it doesn’t seem to matter that much to me. It is sort of like if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears does it make a sound. Well sure, but who cares, no one heard it.

Soup: What is one thing you said you'd never do, but you eventually did?
When I was hiking in South American I swore I would never drink water without sterilizing it first. Then I ran out of water on the side of a mountain and found a spring. The rest is history! I took my fill and worried no more. After that I broke every “never will do” while in South America such as: eating things sold on the street. Before leaving I was a big fan of beef and potato cooked on hibachis. I even drank those peach juices in the glasses washed in the buckets without soap. I never had the runs or hepatitis while I was there thanks to that spring water.

Salad: Who is the teacher that influenced you the most in school?
Limiting it to one is difficult. Not because I have had so many excellent teachers, but because I have been a perpetual student.

In high school Mrs. Hightower influenced me more than I realized. Primarily, because she told us that Martin Luther King was the greatest public speaker because he always spoke in the language of his audience, never above them or below them. But, then there was Mrs. Roger who challenged me to read Grapes of Wrath even though I refused. I quickly turned into a Woody Guthrie socialist or Mrs. Sheets who just plain cared about people.

Later in graduate school, there was Dr. Swan at outdoor ed. camp who loved teaching so much that he never hesitated to throw together an ecology lesson on a moments notice and hike out in the field with a group of fifth graders when a graduate student failed to show up for a lesson.

Main Course: If you could trade places with anyone for one day, who would it be and why?
I would be a cowboy in the 1800’s. Those guys were their own man. Ridin’, ropin’, shootin’ and humpin. No seriously, I can’t answer these types of questions. I am truly Popeye the sailor man –I am what I am. I just can’t imagine trading places with anyone. Life always appears to be greener on the other side until you get there and then it’s the same old crap you left.

Dessert: What is your favorite dish to prepare?
A slow smoked (15 hours minimum), dry rubbed beef brisket. It’s work and it’s fun. Of course I like grilling anything or for that matter cooking anything that makes people smile. I also like playing with fire and sharp objects like butcher knives. But, the brisket is particularly naughty because everyone loves it and you see it in their eyes that they enjoy it and that their cardiologist is probably going to make bundle off of them for eating it. Of course deep frying turkey is pretty much the ultimate too. I mean it has fire, it’s somewhat dangerous and you might have a beer while you’re doing it. Then again, beer can chicken is lots of fun too. Those chickens look so cool sitting upright on the can. But then, you can’t beat Fat Tuesday at our house when we cook oyster poorboys and crawfish and bake King Cake. It’s a party for two days with the Subdudes playing loudly on the iPod.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you decided to take part in the feast! Very funny!

"Life always appears to be greener on the other side until you get there and then it’s the same old crap you left." I love this!

9:03 PM  
Blogger daddy d said...

Yes, beef brisket is the best. It a joy to share in your good works on so many levels.
Physical reality of moving molecules is just that, physical reality. The social meaning is not there unless there are people involved in the action.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm always jealous of people who had a long line of excellent or great teachers that inpsired them through school. I can honestly say that from jr. high school all the way through college I had maybe 3 teachers that I would consider to be inspiring or even good. How sad is that?

I too have done so many of my "never will dos" that I've stopped saying "I'll never do ...."

10:19 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

I try not to say "I never will do" because sure as shootin' it's going to be the very next thing I do. :-)

5:46 PM  

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