WEDNESDAY READER | JUNE 14
And hello WEDNESDAY – Presenting Wednesday Reader, June 14.
Once again – Leslie Elman – is a great read for being the most interesting person in the room.
I cannot answer #4 of Pop Quiz – What is my blood type?
I am not proud to admit this — but I have no idea. I need to find out.
How about you? Do you know your blood type?
PLANE FOLK STORY from an email thread is so funny. Tongue-in-cheek …
Hmmmm — Quick Question – What profession doesn’t get enough credit or respect? There are several for sure. First one off the top of my head is … crosswalk guards who guard the safety of children as they walk to and from school …
Grilled corn on the cob with just fresh lime squeezed on the grilled babies – is SO.DELICIOUS!
Tracy Beckerman’s column, EYE SEE YOU, is totally relatable. By me misplacing something – or others in my world. So great!
As always! Thanks for sliding by and giving us your time + love + comments. Gratitude!
- GEPPETTO’S CAT IN “PINOCCHIO” HAD WHICH OPERATIC NAME?
a) Don Giovanni
- THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM “GIANT” MARKED THE LAST SCREEN APPEARANCE OF WHICH HOLLYWOOD STAR?
a) Montgomery Clift
b) James Dean
c) Rock Hudson
d) Sal Mineo
- WHAT INGREDIENT GIVES TONIC WATER ITS DISTINCTIVE BITTER TASTE?
b) Grapefruit oil
- WHAT HUMAN BLOOD TYPE IS THE MOST COMMON?
a) A negative
b) B positive
c) AB positive
d) O positive
WHAT PROFESSION DOESN’T GET ENOUGH CREDIT OR RESPECT?
POP QUIZ ANSWERS
- Figaro was Geppetto’s cat
- James Dean made his last screen appearance in the 1956 film “Giant.”
- Quinine gives tonic water its distinctive bitter taste.
- O positive is the most common blood type.
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And the story goes like this:
After every commercial flight – pilots fill out a form called a squawk sheet, which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered on the flight that need repair or correction.
The mechanics read the problem and then respond in writing on the sheet.
Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor!
P = the problem logged by pilot
S = solution taken by mechanics
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft
P: Something loose in cockpit
S: Something tightened in cockpit
P: Dead bugs on windshield
S: Live bugs on back order
P: Autopilot in altitude mode produces a 200’/minute descent
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground
P: Evidence of leak on main landing gear
S: Evidence removed
P: DME volume unbelievably loud
S: DME volume set to a more believable level
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
S: That’s what they’re there for!
P: Number 3 engine missing
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search
P: Mouse in cockpit
S: Cat installed
Of course this is all tongue-in-cheek-fun sent to and from pilots in an email thread. ~ Peter Clarson
AVERAGE IS NOT FOR ME
(( Starve the landfills. Recycle. ))
RIDDLE ME THIS
WHAT IS ALWAYS IN FRONT OF YOU BUT CAN’T BE SEEN?
GRILLED CORN ON THE COB
The combination of the grill’s smoke and lime juice make this side a 5 star treat; it’s simply awesome!
~ SERVES 8 – or 4 depending …
HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:
- Preheat grill (medium-high heat).
- Place 8 shucked, and washed fresh corn cobs on grill.
- Grill corn until cooked – about 6 minutes – turning frequently with tongs.
Don’t fret about corn kernels blackening in spots; it’s part of the magic results.
- Remove corn cobs from grill and let rest a couple minutes on a plate or platter.
- You can serve with butter + lime.
- But, I and others like me, enjoy these grilled corn cobs simply with fresh lime juice squeezed over all.
~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box
LOST IN SUBURBIA
EYE SEE YOU
BY TRACY BECKERMAN
“Honey, have you seen my eyeglasses?” yelled my husband from another room. I sighed. This was not the first time he had lost his glasses, and I knew from past experience that the hunt could take a few minutes or a few days, depending on the blendability of the glasses-to-background ratio.
“Where do you last remember seeing them?” I asked him.
“If I could see them, I wouldn’t need your help finding them,” he said.
“That’s not what I meant,” I replied.
“I meant, when do you last remember wearing them?”
“You’ve been missing them since yesterday?” I wondered.
“No. But that’s the last time I remember wearing them.”
“OK, let’s try again,” I said. “Where were you the last time you were wearing your glasses?”
“If I knew that, I could find the glasses!”
It used to be that his shoes were the only things that went missing. But those were usually easy to find. They are big and black and were typically under the kitchen table, by the front door or in the dog’s mouth. But the glasses are another story. When he found out that he needed glasses a few months ago, he decided to get the frameless variety, aka invisible glasses. They looked great on him, but the problem with invisible glasses is when you take them off, they are invisible. This makes it nearly impossible to find them unless you have an eyeglasses GPS, or a specially trained glasses-sniffing dog, or a psychic wife.
We looked in the usual places: the bedside table, the bathroom sink, the kitchen counter. We looked in the not-so-usual places: inside the refrigerator, ditto the microwave, on the dog. (The dog, by the way, also looked good in the invisible glasses but alas, his eyesight, as far as we could tell, was fine).
At this point I thought it might be time to pull out my secret weapon, otherwise known as “Mamavision.” Mamavision is what I had used to see my kids doing something they weren’t supposed to when I was in another room. Mamavision is also what I used when the dog did something nasty on the carpet downstairs and I wanted my husband to find it first. Mamavision is kind of like a special radar specific only to moms and fruit bats … and sometimes husbands trying to find the TV remote.
I turned my back to the room and looked at it with my mind. I could see my husband standing in front of the hall table and looked down. There, right next to my husband’s hand, were his invisible glasses.
“Honey, your glasses are right in front of you,” I said.
“Where?” he said, looking around.
I pointed, and then reached out and plucked his glasses off the table.
“Here!” I announced.
“Oh,” he said, grinning. “I couldn’t see them.”
“Why?” I said. “Because they’re invisible?”
“No,” he replied. “Because I wasn’t wearing my glasses.”
~ Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Barking at the Moon: A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble.”
You can visit her at www.tracybeckerman.com
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- Portland is the most populous city in Oregon. It’s also the most populous city in Maine. OK, they’re not the same Portland, but they are related: Portland, Oregon, was named for Portland, Maine. In fact, that naming decision was decided by a coin flip. If the coin had landed differently, the city would have been called Boston, Oregon.
- Clarence Nash provided the voice of Donald Duck for nearly 50 years, starting with Donald’s debut in “The Wise Little Hen” in 1934. When Donald’s family expanded, so did Nash’s repertoire. He voiced Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy, and his nephews Huey and Dewey and Louie. Nash even dubbed Donald’s voice for foreign language versions of Disney films, quacking in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese.
- Bitterroot is the state flower of Montana. Its scientific name is Lewisia rediviva for Meriwether Lewis, who collected samples for botanical research. The “rediviva” part of the name refers to the plant’s capacity to revive after it had been without soil or water during its extended trip back east. Lewis boiled the plant’s root and ate it, as the local Shoshone people did, but he said it had a “very bitter taste” that he found “naucious to my palate.” Thus, we get bitterroot’s common name.
- Nineteenth-century medical researchers knew you couldn’t give a person a blood transfusion from another mammal. What they didn’t know was why some human-to-human blood transfusions were successful and others were not. In the early 1900s, Austrian physician Karl Landsteiner answered that question by identifying the blood types A, B, AB and O. The United Nations World Health Organization commemorates Landsteiner’s birthday, June 14, as World Blood donor Day.
~ Leslie’s Triviabits – trademark
BY LESLIE ELMAN
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