WEDNESDAY READER | MARCH 22
Trust all is going well in each of our worlds.
Presenting – WEDNESDAY READER –
Leslie Elman’s Pop Quiz and Fascinating Facts … material for being one of the most interesting people in the room! I’m in!
Word Power – simple teachings we may or may not have learned/remembered from the classroom. Get a “do-over” sort of thing today. Ha!
Hippie Chick Salad recipe is the bomb-a-reno! Save it + share it + make it.
Stephanie Hayes‘ column is … well, thought provoking — and brings happy fun chuckles to many of us!
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See ya Friday!
- WHAT WAS THE REAL NAME OF THE AUTHOR LEWIS CARROLL?
a) Samuel Clemens
b) Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
c) C.S. Lewis
d) Robert Louis Stevenson
- WONDER WOMAN’S BRACELETS HAVE THE POWER TO DO WHAT?
a) Deflect bullets
b) Make her fly
c) Make her invisible
d) Shoot arrows
- WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO A PELICAN’S POUCH DURING MATING SEASON?
a) It drops off.
b) It grows feathers.
c) It produces eggs.
d) It turns blue.
- WHICH CITY IS THE CAPITAL OF JAMAICA?
c) Montego Bay
- WHERE WOULD YOU FIND THE WORLD-FAMOUS BANZAI PIPELINE SURFING AREA?
d) United States
WHEN HAVE YOU TAKEN A LEAP OF FAITH?
POP QUIZ ANSWERS
- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote under the pen name Lewis Carroll.
- Wonder Woman’s Bracelets of Submission have the power to deflect bullets.
- Pelican pouches sometimes turn blue during mating season.
- Kingston is the capital of Jamaica.
- Surfers know the Banzai Pipeline is off the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
~ COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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Two words that sound similar but have totally different meanings:
- Passed or Past
No matter how you have “passed” the time — you have never “past” the time. Past is an adjective, noun but never a verb; i.e. “We have passed one year in business.”
Not “We have past our one year in business.”
- They’re or Their
They’re is the contraction for they are.
Their is ownership … “Their house, their yard.“
- Then or Than
Then is commonly used to express a sense of time or what comes next. “That was then, not now.”
Than is used to form comparisons between two things. “There were so many more dogs than cats at the shelter.“
- Number or Amount
Use Number when you can actually count what you refer to … “Number of people who attended the pottery class.”
Amount refers to a quantity you can’t count. “The free sodas we served at the last concert was crazy.“
- Principal or Principle
A Principal means primary or of 1st importance … “Mr. Jones is the principal of our middle school.”
A Principle is a fundamental. “The Principle idea of faith is belief.“
- It’s or Its
It’s is the contraction of It is or it has. That means it doesn’t own anything … “It’s just another day.”
Its relates to possession … “The cat found its mouse toy and played happily.“
- Farther or Further
Farther involves a physical distance … “Texas is farther from New York than New Jersey is.”
Further involves a figurative distance … “We can take our plans no further.“
~ Collected from Merriam Webster Dictionary
THERE IS NO SIGHT SO UGLY AS THE HUMAN FACE IN ANGER.
(( Starve the Landfills. Recycle. ))
RIDDLE ME THIS
YOU CANNOT KEEP ME UNTIL YOU HAVE GIVEN ME.
WHAT AM I?
HIPPIE CHICK SALAD
I cannot begin to count how many pounds of this salad we made every week at Hippie Cowboy. Everyone in the kitchen had the recipe committed to memory because of the frequency in which it was prepared — sometimes twice DAILY. Our customers were devoted to it and threatened to “picket” should we ever pull it from the menu. The salad is fantastic between two chunks of good bread, spooned on top of crackers or teamed up on a plate with Tuna salad and cubed fresh fruit on a bed of lettuce.
- 4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces
- 3 cups red, seedless grapes, washed and cut in half
- 1 cup washed, celery, thinly sliced
PREPARE THE CHICKEN:
- Preheat oven to 375*
- Pour 1 1/2 cups water in the bottom of a large baking sheet and place chicken breasts in a single layer in the water
- Wrap all tightly with foil
- Bake 35 minutes
MEANWHILE, PREPARE THE DRESSING IN A BOWL BY WHISKING THESE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER:
- 2 1/4 cups good quality mayonnaise
- 3 TBSP cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 TBSP poppy seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
TIME TO ASSEMBLE:
- When chicken is completely cooked through, remove from oven, peel off the foil and let cool for about 10 minutes
- Cut chicken into 1″ cubes
- Add chicken to a bowl with the celery, pecans, grapes
- DRIZZLE dressing over all and gently toss until all ingredients are covered in dressing
- Refrigerate until ready to serve (ideally, at least an hour)
~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box
DID MILLENNIALS OR GEN X DRINK WATER GROWING UP? AN INVESTIGATION
When I reflect on my childhood in the context of beverages, I primarily remember two things: Kool-Aid and Tang.
These 1980s staples were not the portrait of “wellness,” a cursed word we’ll explore more momentarily. But they were my drinks. I was lactose intolerant as a child (this is off to a cool, sexy start) so I had juice most of the time with meals. My brother and I had free rein to pick heaps of little Kool-Aid powder packets in exciting different flavors. I think they were 10 cents or a quarter back then. We mixed up monstrous servings in a brown plastic pitcher that lived in the refrigerator until it was depleted and ready for more. I do believe there was — shudder — a cup of white sugar involved, but maybe spread over 12 glasses, that’s not so bad? I don’t know, it’s probably bad.
There was water IN the Kool-Aid, of course. But the thinking that has been haunting me lately is that I can’t remember drinking just plain water. I have no memories of going to the sink and filling a glass, then kicking back and consuming that killer H2O. I certainly didn’t carry a water bottle to school. These days, some schools require it; our middle schooler carries one daily. To be honest, I don’t know if I even owned a refillable water bottle until my 20s.
I mean, look, I’m sure I did drink water! My parents are probably reading this insisting that I drank water, cursing as I smear their good name. They took excellent care of us and fed us vegetables. I am alive, am I not? (No, really, am I?) But millennial and Gen X kids were simply not raised with today’s hydration fetish.
I surveyed peers in this age bracket on Instagram. Few reported drinking water either. Some answers: Crystal Light, Capri Sun, milk, apple juice, Hi-C, Five Alive, Hawaiian Punch, Sunny Delight, Snapple and soda (or pop, depending on the part of the country you’re from). Several reminisced about being marched to the drinking fountain in a single-file line after recess, at which point we would all put our mouths on the same spigot while the teacher counted to three with the word “Mississippi” and told us to save some for the fishes. In 2023, can you even fathom?
Water usage, based on my ironclad anecdotal survey, began trending up in our college era. This marks the debut of individual plastic bottles, the scourge of the environment, as well as Brita water filtration pitchers. These babies lived in countless university apartments, each roommate avoiding the responsibility of the refill.
This trajectory matches the actual reporting. American water consumption rose with both the proliferation of bottled water and marketing of water as an overall tool of “wellness.” This, we know, is a toothless term that implies a mystical, pricey fix for every ailment (looking at you, Goop). Of course, I’m not saying water is a scam. I should drink more water! I am turning to dust as I type!
But we probably don’t need as much as we think, the same way we don’t really need 10,000 steps per day. In 2020, a kidney specialist at the University of Virginia told The New York Times that desk jockeys needn’t guzzle water like athletes, who are the basis for most studies, and that if we overhydrate, we potentially just pee out sodium and electrolytes. A 2015 study found that milk and orange juice actually did a better job of hydration than water (fist pump to all the millennial kids eating green beans and milk, hork!) You’ll probably not see milk and OJ getting the same marketing traction these days because they have calories and America is fatphobic.
Since we know disposable plastic bottles Are Not It, the sales pitch has shifted to reusable bottles, each new brand guaranteed to make us crusty, dehydrated Sunny D kids finally glow from within. The Stanley, the Hydro Flask, the S’well, the Yeti. These are as much status symbols as hydration tools. Per market researchers at the NPD Group, U.S. consumers spent $3.3 billion on portable drink bottles midway through 2022, 20% more than the year before.
Why am I floating down this river of pain? BORGS, that’s why. BORGS are … well, there’s no getting around it. BORG stands for blackout rage gallon. This trend has been on college campuses for some time now, but all us olds recently caught on after seeing TikToks, so the articles are flying. Basically, a BORG is a gallon water jug sans half the water and mixed with alcohol, flavor drops and electrolyte powder like Liquid I.V. Students cap the jugs and write funny names on them, like “Ruth Bader Ginsborg.” Here’s some youth drinking from BORGs at Gasparilla.
Disclaimer that I am not out here advocating for binge drinking in the manner! It is a bad idea at any time of life to consume half a bottle of vodka. Some chill older folks, like, you know, English professor aunts who let you crash at their lake condos and don’t tell your mom, claim the wee adults are actually practicing harm reduction with BORGs due to the measuring, water and electrolytes. Plus, the jugs are capped, labeled and kept near, reducing the chance for any one to slip in drugs. Hard to argue.
However, I will never be able to vouch if BORG minimizes hangovers or harm, because I do think drinking one at this age might literally kill me. I also never drank punch out of a bathtub in college, as many in my peer group are pointing out. Though, there was one time where we tried to make “sangria” for Halloween and dumped Carlo Rossi into a plastic witch cauldron from Party City along with a CONTAINER OF CANTALOUPE AND WATERMELON. I don’t want to talk about it.
Basically, I’m just saying, the youth are all about hitting their hydration goals, even when perched on the hood of a Prius twerking outside Delta Delta Delta, whereas I can’t remember a single time in my younger days when I ever sat down with a nice cup of hydrogen and oxygen in a liquid state. I am simultaneously impressed, skeptical, jealous, concerned, admiring and curious. But mostly, I am thirsty.
~ Stephanie Hayes is a columnist at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Follow her at @stephhayes on Twitter or @stephrhayes on Instagram. COPYRIGHT 2023 CREATORS.COM
- From age 29 until his death a few days shy of his 66th birthday, “Alice in Wonderland” author Lewis Carroll exchanged more than 98,000 letters. He even wrote a pamphlet of tips and advice for letter writers. One of his bits of advice: “When you have written a letter that you feel may possibly irritate your friend … read it over again and fancy it addressed to yourself. This will often lead to your writing it all over again …” (Thanks to the University of Michigan Special Collections Library for this TriviaBit.)
- Tennis star Chris Evert didn’t invent the diamond tennis bracelet, but she made it famous. Back in the 1980s, Evert wore what was then known as a diamond eternity bracelet, or line bracelet, when she played. No one took much notice until the 1987 U.S. Open, when Evert’s bracelet flew off her wrist during a match. Play was stopped so she could recover the broken bracelet. That made news. Before long, everyone was talking about — and shopping for — “tennis” bracelets like Chris Evert’s.
- On March 14. 1903, then-President Theodore Roosevelt established Pelican Island, Florida, as the first national wildlife refuge in the United States, starting with 5.5 acres set aside to protect pelicans and snowy egrets being poached for their plumage. Protecting the birds wasn’t that easy; within the first five years, poachers shot and killed two refuge game wardens. The public was appalled, and steps were taken to safeguard the wildlife and the people who protect it.
- Michael Jordan was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. Pair him with Bugs Bunny and he’s unbeatable. “Space Jam,” the 1996 movie they made together (in which Bugs got top billing), is the highest-grossing basketball-themed movie of all time.
- Somerville College at the University of Oxford in England is named for Mary “Somerville, a largely self-taught mathematician, science scholar and author. Her 1834 book, “The Connection of the Physical Sciences,” covered astronomy, magnetism, sound and optics. This prompted one reviewer to coin a new generic word that described people who pursued more than one branch of science. He called them “scientists.” So, you could say we wouldn’t have scientists without Mary Somerville.
- Ireland isn’t the first place you think of for surfing, but when conditions are right, the area near the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare produces a wave nearly 40 feet high that elite surfers long to tackle. It’s known locally as Aileen’s Wave, taking its name from the nearby headland Aill na Searrach, or Cliff of Foals. An Irish myth tells of gods who turn themselves into horses and gallop off the cliff into the sea. That might explain the area’s crashing surf.
~ Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at email@example.com COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM