I’m still recovering from my blink-and-you-missed-it trip to New York City. When I get a second, I’ll write about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of partying at the 18th Annual Webby Awards with George Takei (okay, we were just in the same room). Plus, I got to do what I always do in NYC: eat my way through the city. But to be honest, I’m glad to be home. I’m thrilled to have this holiday weekend to make up for lost sleep and snuggles with my favorite guys.
While I recharge, how ’bout I host another giveaway?
Thanks to the fine folks at Vitamix, one lucky reader’s going to win a brand-new Vitamix S30 Blender—a $409 value!
I’ve been a loyal fan of Vitamix for years, and my trusty 5200 is still a workhorse in my kitchen. Still, I’d long eyed a more compact version of my super-powerful blender—one that takes up less storage space and can be used whenever I whip up small-volume recipes.
Then, out of the blue, Vitamix contacted me a few months ago to test-drive its new personal-size blender, the S30—and as soon as I unboxed it, I knew I was in love. The S30 may be smaller, but it’s still crazy powerful. Plus, it comes with two blending containers: a 20-ounce double-insulated portable carafe and a 40-ounce unit, too.
"It’s Monday Again… Extra Coffee, Please!!"
What’s so funny about this? As you hear or read this joke, you may well be asking, “What hill are they talking about?” You might also conclude that the joke might be about real estate and figuring out which is a better location to place a house, over a hill, or under it. If you follow the news, then you realize that ‘under a hill’ could also be referring to a landslide or earthquake. In those cases the hill itself comes down and buries the house. But this is not a real estate joke and has nothing to do with houses, although, burial is a factor. The hill is a metaphor for life and time. We all live for a certain number of years. In our early years, as we develop, we learn many things; after we’ve learned them we put them to use. This can be physical knowledge like walking, running, biking, martial arts, climbing, etc or it can be intellectual knowledge that we learn in school or a trade or skill perhaps; or it can be an artistic skill such as writing, music or dancing. Eventually we arrive at the point, or perhaps several points in time that our various skills, talents and abilities peak, after that they start to decline, or “go downhill”. Every person has their own peaks and valleys in life. If we were to draw a line graph representing these events, it would look like a hill or mountain. It starts low and moves higher and higher with several peaks and eventually it all goes downwards. That’s when we’re “over the hill,” that is, past our peaks, our prime time. On the other hand, being ‘under a hill,’ is a metaphor for being buried in the ground, which is what will happen after we die. So you can see why I say it’s still better to be over the hill than under it. And THAT’s what’s so funny!
This joke was sent in by Bob Wiener
Listen to my audioboo: https://audioboo.fm/boos/2082068-peaking-duck
In light of the College Board’s recent changes to the SAT, some humorous alternative vocabulary questions: http://nyr.kr/RpVqeO
Directions: Match the
italicizedslanty word or phrase with its meaning.
1. Mike, like, likes Emily, but not like that. The best meaning of “like” is:
a) you know
c) similar to
d) derives pleasure from
Photograph by Thomas Barwick.
A new essay collection explores two cultures of American fiction, M.F.A. creative-writing programs and working in New York.
Fiction writer Andrew Martin reflects on his own experience and argues that both cultures have their merits: http://nyr.kr/1hiTKN2
Editor Barry Harbaugh wonders why the book editor is absent in the anthology, and addresses the longstanding rumor that editors don’t actually edit: http://nyr.kr/1hiVOVe
Illustrations by Jordan Awan.
Zucchini and Carrot Salad
with mixed buckwheat-quinoa-brown rice & avocado sauce
Ingredients (serves 1)
1/2 head of lettuce, sliced
1 small carrot, grated
1 small zucchini, grated
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
herbal salt and cracked pepper to taste
(*hint mix well by shaking in a small jar)
1. Combine the herbed buckwheat-quinoa-brown rice mix (see instructions here) with the grated zucchini and carrot
2. Drizzle with dressing and mix through.
3. In a bowl, layer lettuce with remaining ingredients, top with avocado sauce (recipe here) and extra fresh avocado