I’ll say this: I take Thanksgiving dinner pretty seriously.
Sushi and Grading
I had a bunch of essays on Foucault to grade … so I took them with me to a sushi place downtown that has an All-You-Can-Eat lunch deal.
I graded five essays, which is good. And I definitely got my money’s worth. But, in retrospect, I probably just ate way too much sushi.
All-You-Can-Eat is not the same thing as All-You-Should-Eat.
Since I’m supposed to speak in front of about 450 people tomorrow morning at the inuagual Hero Round Table conference in Michigan, and since I’ve pretty much entirely lost my voice over the past two days, this is pretty much what my dinner plans look like.
(Source: nightwildmoon, via wilwheaton)
Well played, Lipton.
About five and a half hours late … but, still, well played.
At no point this morning did it occur to me that tea would make a difference … but, since the first five cups of coffee haven’t done the trick, maybe I’ll drop you a line.
This is how you know last night’s sukkah party was a major success:
"You had … Falafel and Scotch"
My feelings on chocolate milk are very similar to my feelings on whole milk. There’s no way that chocolate milk can taste as much like chocolate as just eating chocolate, drinking hot chocolate, or eating chocolate ice cream. So, if I want something that tastes like chocolate, I would never pick chocolate milk from my menu of options.
As for Miguel's comments about calories, taste, and personal preferences, I can say a few things. What he's saying is that he loves the taste of a cold glass of milk and, if he has to choose between skim and whole milk, he can afford to drink whole milk. Miguel's right; he's a svelte, active gentleman and he can certainly afford the calories.
But let’s examine this “within reason” question that he implicitly raises. How many calories a day is Miguel taking in? If he’s anything like me, it’s probably somewhere between 1700 and 2000 calories per day (depending on how active I am). That means Miguel has to make some choices … and what he’s also saying is that if he’s going to consume 150 calories, he’d choose a glass of milk over something else. Like, a glass of red wine or a frosty beer or two fingers of bourbon.
[I’m just comparing drink to drink, of course, but you could also compare that glass of milk to a bunch of tasty food combinations if you aren’t as excited about wine, beer, or bourbon.]
Miguel’s position is very hard for me to fathom. If I only have 1700 calories to spend in a day, there’s no chance I’m drinking that glass of milk. Not when there are so many other things I could do with those 150 calories. It’s not that I don’t like milk (though I have to say that the lingering aftertaste of a glass of milk is really, really awful); it’s that I don’t think it’s worth it (of course, I also don’t think a cold glass of milk actually tastes like anything). So, again, I’m not comparing whole milk with skim; I’m comparing it with anything else you could possibly eat or drink. In the wide world of food and drink, how can milk possibly be competitive?
Disclaimer: This post was not paid for by the American Dairy Association or the National Dairy Council.
I kicked off a big controversy today after making my feelings about milk drinkers known today (after sitting next to a man on an airplane who spent the flight guzzling down a carton of whole milk).
How many calories do I get to eat in a day? And I’m going to waste a bunch of those calories on milk? No chance.
I had lunch today with Tumblr celebrity/political prof/nice guy Lane Crothers. One of the benefits of a gigantic professional conference — which is what we’re doing this weekend — is that you get a chance to sit down with people you like and talk with them.
We talked, as you might imagine, about the political philosophy of Thomas the Tank Engine.
You can’t tell from the photo, but he’s quite tall.
It was a Mitzvah Morning here in Omaha.
Judah has been putting coins into his train-shaped tzedakah box every Friday evening for more than a year and, this morning, we decided to learn about charity by making a donation to the Food Bank for the Heartland.
Judah opened up his train and sorted the coins into quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. He counted them all and put them into little boxes to take to the grocery store. At the store, we shopped for canned goods; we bought items that the Food Bank told us they always need: tuna, green beans, and corn.
Then we took all of the cans to the Food Bank, where a member of their Leadership Team weighed Judah’s donation (22 lbs!), took him on a tour of the facility, and showed him how all the donated food is sorted, boxed, and ultimately loaded onto trucks to go out to local food pantries for people who need it.
It was a fantastic experience and gave Judah a real understanding of how little things we do, like putting away a few coins every week, can really impact other people who might need a helping hand. I’m really proud of him and I loved to see how proud he was of himself too. And I’m so grateful to the people at the Food Bank for helping to give him such a positive and fun first-hand experience of giving tzedakah.
Family Sushi Night
(first attempt to do anything with chopsticks other than make noise)
The owner of an historic inn in Pittsburgh has brought charges against a former tenant she says was supposed safeguard 50 bottles of vintage whiskey valued at more than $100,000 but drank it all instead.
The owner of the South Broadway Manor Bed and Breakfast, Patricia Hill, found 104 bottles of Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey when she bought the historic mansion and converted it into a bed and breakfast ….
The Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was part of a collection of historical whiskey believed to have been consumed by Henry Frick and Andrew Carnegie in the early 1900s in Pittsburgh, Rick Bruckner, the chef at the South Broadway Manor.
"Historical whiskey … uhhhHHHhhrghhhuuuuHHHggrruhhhHHhh …"
HT: Tom Scotto.