WEDNESDAY READER | MARCH 15
And hello half-way-through-the-month-of-March Wednesday.
How are you adjusting to daylight savings time? Me? Still adjusting just a bit. In a week, it’ll be a breeze – I think. Ha!
Presenting Wednesday Reader.
So many of my friends and family who live other places than I are experiencing a lot of rain! You?
Trivia is super interesting. Leslie Elman’s trivia definitely contributes to being the coolest person in the room sort of thing.
Stephanie Hayes column on Goat Yoga is hilarious.
Recipes for the Dynamic Duo dips are delicious.
Thanks for stopping by and reading us. Grateful.
- THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002 WAS ENACTED TO PROTECT AGAINST WHAT?
a) Accounting and business fraud
b) Copyright infringement
c) Illegal immigration
- IN THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK FILM “PSYCHO,” NORMAN BATES PURSUED WHICH HOBBY?
a) Coin collecting
- WHO WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE AS THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS?
a) Jeane Kirkpatrick
b) Janet Reno
c) Condoleezza Rice
d) Eleanor Rosevelt
- “THE IMP” IS THE UNFLATTERING NICKNAME OF WHICH “GAME OF THRONES” CHARACTER?
a) Tyrion Lannister
b) Jon Snow
c) Arya Stark
d) Daenerys Targaryen
- THE 1960 FILM “THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” IS A WESTERN REMAKE OF A FILM BY WHICH DIRECTOR?
a) Ingmar Berman
b) Federico Fellini
c) Akira Kurosawa
d) Francois Truffaut
IF YOU HAD A D.J. NAME WHAT WOULD IT BE?
POP QUIZ ANSWERS
- The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was enacted to protect against business and accounting fraud.
- In the Alfred Hitchcock film “Psycho,” Norman Bates pursued taxidermy as a hobby.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick, the first woman to be named U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, held that post from February 1981 to April 1984.
- Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, is known as “The Imp” in the TV series “Game of Thrones.”
- “The Magnificent Seven” is a western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai.”
MAN’S BEST FRIEND
So the story goes …
A gentleman wrote an email to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit for a vacation.
“I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and extremely well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in with me in my room at night?”
A reply came from the hotel manager, who wrote:
“Sir, I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedding, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at our hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.”
THE BEST MIRROR IS AN OLD FRIEND
(( Starve the Landfills. Recycle. ))
RIDDLE ME THIS
I AM NEITHER A GUEST NOR A TRESPASSER BE, TO THIS PLACE I BELONG. IT ALSO BELONGS TO ME.
Two dip recipes that pair well together for a weekend get together with friends or family or neighbors or …
(( HOT MEAT AND BEAN CHILI DIP ))
3/4 pound ground beef
3/4 pound ground pork
1 large yellow onion, diced small
1 large green bell pepper, diced small
3 fresh jalapenos, seeded, minced
3 TBSP dark chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
2 1/2 cups of favorite salsa (red or green)
1/2 cup dark beer – think Shiner Bock
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 x 29 oz can black beans or pinto beans
1 cup sour cream (as a garnish)
2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice – as a garnish)
IN A LARGE SKILLET
Cook beef, onion, green pepper and jalapeno over med-high heat, stirring often. Cook until veggies are soft and meat is cooked through. About 15 minutes. Drain off fat. Return skillet and mixture to heat.
Chili powder, cumin, oregano, salsa, beer, salt & pepper. Bring to a fast bubbling simmer (boil like) stirring often.
To medium-low and simmer about 45 minutes to let all the flavors connect as one flavor bomb!
DURING THE FINAL 20 MINUTES
Gently stir in beans.
REMOVE FROM HEAT AND LET STAND 5 MINUTES
Skim off any fat that may have risen to the surface. Transfer to a cool looking – heatproof – serving bowl and sprinkle cheese over all. Spoon sour cream in the middle.
Serve with tortillia chips, Fritos, or small, heated flour tortillias
(( HOT BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP ))
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup hot sauce (My favorite – Texas Pete)
2 tsp minced, dried garlic (Hello, Lighthouse brand!)
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
2 1/2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions (yes, the pretty green stalks too!)
PREHEAT OVEN TO 375*
IN A LARGE BOWL, THOROUGHLY MIX TOGETHER
Cream cheese, mayo and hot sauce. Now mix in chicken, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and green onions. Stir until all have mixed into one.
TRANSFER MIX TO
A 1 1/2 quart baking dish (think casserole dish) and sprinkle remaining 2 cups cheese over the top.
BAKE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES (UNTIL IT’S BUBBLING)
NOW! TURN UP THE HEAT TO BROIL AND GET THE DIP BROWNED ON TOP.
Remove from heat and let stand at least 5 minutes. Serve with tortillia chips and celery sticks.
~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box
GOAT YOGA AND MORE THINGS I’M DEINFLUENCING
Have you heard about the trend of deinfluencing?
First, let’s assume you know about influencing. People with online audiences recommend products, vacations, restaurants and anything con$umable, sometimes for money or gifts. Yes, I am describing advertising, but the vibes are different when social media enters the fray. A social influencer is someone we like to follow, who has gained our trust and whose recommendations we take seriously.
I’m a perfect mark! A late-30s woman with a little disposable income, plugged into the internet simultaneously confronted with the woeful realities of aging. I am doomed. Just ask the too-long flare yoga pants in my closet I keep threatening to hem. Ask the neutral boho top that looked cool on the influencer but like a literal bowl of Quaker instant oats on me. Ask the strawberry kefir chia pudding in my fridge. Ask the 68-pound Revlon drying brush I’ve used three times in three years. Ask my Rare Beauty cream blush, a current influencer staple, which I actually like very much. ASK MY PILLOW SLIDES.
However, this blind susceptibility to commerce is not sustainable. Why do I need four different lip glosses in the same shade of nude? Why do I believe every new hair tool will give me a transformed head? Enter deinfluencing, the practice of TikTockers sharing viral products they actually don’t like. Here’s a bit from Time:
“The growing trend is a direct response to the endless deluge of products that beauty and lifestyle influencers insist you simply must have. Accddording to the internet, at the moment, you should own a Stanley Cup drink tumbler, an ice roller for your face, shapewear from Kim Karashian’s SKIMS line and some tinned fish in your kitchen cupboard. These are subject to change next month, or next week — depending on the trends.”
Brands must be quaking a little, and I like this. I like it a lot. I think we can extend this practice well beyond beauty and lifestyle products. Plenty of life experiences also need deinfluencing.
For starters, I would like to deinfluence funny animal yoga.
Have you ever done goat yoga? It is exactly as it sounds: yoga in the presence of goats. I did it in Nashville and can boldly say that it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever attempted. Goat flow might have been more idyllic in a pasture, but this was a glorified garage with the door rolled up for airflow. The goats peed and pooped all over our yoga mats. Getting into the actual yoga positions or a flowy state of mind was impossible because, as mentioned, GOATS WERE DEFECATING ON US. The goats did not want to be there. The people, by the end, did not to be there. This not about yoga, nor goats. This was about a photo op, and yes, I did get mine. It was not worth it.
Speaking of photo ops, let’s deinfluence whimsical neon signs, which will soon be a dreadful remnant of 2020s urban center monoculture. I am done posing in a tapas restaurant bathroom under pink tube lighting that spells “YOU GLOW GIRL.” I am done pretending I just happened to take a candid photo under an effulgent blue cafe sign that says, “BUT FIRST COFFEE.” Yes, there should be a comma in both of these expressions, but neon signs never have correct punctuation!
While we’re at it, let’s deinfluence day-in-the-life-videos. I don’t believe for a second that someone set up her phone on a tripod and let it roll all night so she could hop out of bed in full makeup and yawn cutely at the true hour of her waking. She recreated that! Which is fine, just say it! How do influencers with kids do this? Do they just set the camera up just to corral the kids into shoes and the car, only to go back into the house with the children, take the camera down and usher the kids back in the car? Or do they leave the kids in the car while they dismantle the filming materials?
I guess let’s just deinfluence doing things just for the sake of a photo. Photos are great, witnessing little insights into a mundane day. There’s real connection in that. But there has to be a more abiding reason for participating in an activity other than just the photo, right? There has to be a reason to buy the Stanley tumbler other than the fact that everyone else has the Stanley tumbler. Next time we make plans, let’s ask ourselves: If my phone fell into a burning ring of fire and no one on Earth knew what I was up to, would I still go to goat yoga? I think I know the answer.
~ Stephanie Hayes is a columnist at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Follow her at @stephayes on Twitter or @stephrhayes on Instagram. COPYRIGHT 2023 CREATORS.COM
published on February 18, 2023
- American artist James Abbot McNeill Whistler gave many of his paintings musical titles, such as the night scene he called “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket,” now at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and “Symphony in Gray and Green: The Ocean” at the Frick Collection in New York City. Most famous of all is “Arrangement in Grey and Black, No.1” at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. That’s the portrait most of us know as “Whistler’s Mother.”
- Actress Martha “Scott played Charlton Heston’s mother in “The Ten Commandments” — Yochabel to his Moses — in 1956. Three years later, when Heston played the title role in “Ben-Hur,” Scott played his mother, Miriam. Bracketing those two roles, she played Heston’s wife in two stage productions, “Design for a Stained Glass Window” in 1950 and “The Tumbler” in 1960. In real life, Martha Scott was 11 years older than Charlton Heston.
- Near her home in Hyde Park, New York, Eleanor Roosevelt started Val-Kill Industries to teach manufacturing skills to young men and women, and to provide jobs for local farmers in slow seasons. From around 1927 to 1936, the company made Early American-style wooden furniture, pewter ware and woven textiles. It had modest success but couldn’t survive the economic challenges of the Depression. Roosevelt eventually converted the factory building to a private home that became her primary residence after Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s death. Val-Kill is now a national historic site administered by the National Park Service.
- Tasmanian devil babies are called imps. As is usual for marsupials, the imps mature inside their mother’s pouch, but there isn’t room for all of them. A mother may give birth to a litter of 30 or 40 rice-sized imps that must make their way blindly to the pouch and find a place to nurse. In a typical litter, at most, only four of the newborns will survive.
- As ruler of the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to 1566, Suleiman the Magnificent commanded great power. So did his wife, who was known as Hurrem Sultan (“the cheerful one”) or Roxelana. Born around 1502 in what is now Ukraine, she was sold into slavery as a young woman and ended up in Suleiman’s harem as one of dozens of concubines. Over time, she edged out rivals for the sultan’s affection, eventually becoming his wife and trusted adviser. Her story sounds like it came straight from historical fiction. No wonder it inspired a popular miniseries on Turkish TV.