Posted by Joke at 1:57 PM
Monday, January 04, 2010
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
Why do people have friends whose opinions they request and then disregard?
What is the correct protocol for when you are throbbing to say "You idiot! I TOLD you!" and just might have an embolism if you do not?
Here's the thing.
There are people, say a friend of yours (and I know that you know several just like this) whom we'll christen X, who express an interest in someone else (we'll call this specimen, Y). You tell X this is an unwise move, which is echoed by all the other friends and heartily seconded by all of X's family. X then starts dating Y. You try to dissuade X, as does X's family and all of X's friends. X and Y get engaged, and you desperately warn X, as do all of the above people and finally X and Y get married. You hang out at the bar and commiserate with X's friends and family wondering what the Hell X sees in Y.
In a movie, this would all lead* to a happily ever after. In real life, you know what happens. Cheating, divorce, acrimony, custody battles and, the one that drives me apoplectic, "I never knew Y was like that." or "Y changed after we got married."
Y was always like that, and everyone could readily tell Y was like that and, furthermore, we all spent 18 months telling, as bluntly as we could, that Y was exactly the sort of person you discovered to be $50,000 in legal fees later.
Moral of the story: If your best friend, your friends, you parents, siblings, cousins, aunt, uncles and inlaws all tell you Y is a trainwreck waiting to marry maybe, just maybe, you should listen and save yourself and your kid(s) a ton of aggravation and heartache.
Trying my bloody hardest to NOT thwack someone on the head with a heavy tome,
* Or two shepherds in Wyoming being unable to quit each other, but I digress.
Posted by Joke at 10:09 AM
Friday, January 01, 2010
NYE's post mortem
Short version: The foodie/cocktailian potluck was pretty good.
Longer version: The salmon/blini thing FLEW. Even a couple of hours after they had disappeared, people meandered by the server as if a new platter would materialize. This leads me to the conclusion that some of you might be getting a gravlax and a jar of blini mix (add egg & milk).
The artichoke thing went down well also. But the salmon was the colossal hit.
Drinkswise, limoncello sours, Buena Vistas (a mint daiquiri or soda-less mojito, if you will) and Lapu-Lapu were the big deals. A few Mai-Tais were also slung out.
Someone else made a great flan, and a pretty good chili was there to be had.
By 12:03am I was utterly exhausted.
Today I am running on pure caffeine. I'd hate to see what my adrenal gland looks like today...I'm figuring it may resemble a rather abused walnut.
Happy Twenty Ten.
Posted by Joke at 12:05 PM