Saturday Morning Open Thread

The Giro d' Italia starts today. Podium Cafe is a great place to follow it.

The Lakers are almost done.

The Celtics will basically be done if the Heatles win tonight. The most interesting series remains the least noticed - the Thunder-Grizzlies. I like the Griz at home today.

My big viewing event this weekend is Chelsea-ManU at Old Trafford. Go Blues!!

Seve Ballesteros has passed away. R.I.P.

Open Thread.

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    Remind me (5.00 / 4) (#9)
    by Zorba on Sat May 07, 2011 at 03:16:10 PM EST
    To retire from cooking.  Just spent the week cooking and preparing for our church's mini-food festival going on today.  I don't work the booth because I'm always too exhausted and in pain (arthritis) after cooking every day.  I'm sick of baklava, tzatziki, hummus, souvlaki, Greek salad, tabbouleh, and so on.  I would like all the politicians who think it's a great idea to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, to come and join me for just a week of food prep and cooking.  I could not do this every week, all year, and I'm only 63.  I cannot imagine doing this until I'm 70.

    Bless (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat May 07, 2011 at 03:21:10 PM EST
    your heart. I wish I could help you cook!

    I sure could (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Zorba on Sat May 07, 2011 at 03:37:46 PM EST
    use the help!  Fortunately, I don't have to do the major clean-up, which would totally wipe me out.  I'm a bit worried about what will happen when I just get too old and disabled to do all this cooking.  Most of the youngsters don't seem to have the time or the inclination to carry on with the cooking- they help with the prep, manning the booth, and clean-up, though, I have to say.  I do have one younger woman with a real flair for cooking and a lot of energy, that I am sort of grooming for the time when I cannot do the "executive chef" stuff.

    20 pp. to go in "As Always, Julia: (none / 0) (#13)
    by oculus on Sat May 07, 2011 at 04:18:49 PM EST
    The Letters of Julia Chile & Agnes DeVoto."  Edited by Joan Reardon.  When you get a minute to sit down, you'd love this book.  (2010.)

    I know that I would (none / 0) (#17)
    by Zorba on Sat May 07, 2011 at 04:51:20 PM EST
    After things calm down, I'm definitely Amozoning the book.

    A Greek friend informs (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Sat May 07, 2011 at 04:21:32 PM EST
    me the annual Easter picnic didn't feature any food for sale.  BYOF.  

    We don't (none / 0) (#16)
    by Zorba on Sat May 07, 2011 at 04:49:39 PM EST
    sell food at Pascha (our term for Easter), either.  My church, as well as my brothers' churches, provide food for free for everyone who attends the midnight services.  It's supposed to be a celebration, as opposed to a money-making opportunity.  Everyone either brings food to share, or the church provides food.  The actual day of Pascha, many churches have a pot-luck gathering.  

    Retire? Nonsense! (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by Anne on Sat May 07, 2011 at 05:03:16 PM EST
    Although now that I know what you've been doing, your absence from TL this last week makes sense - I was starting to worry a little.

    As someone who grew up with a mom who cooked and baked from scratch, I proudly carried the tradition on in my own family, resisting as much as possible cooking food from boxes (although the new Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese is pretty good!), and am happy to see that my own kids are doing a lot of the same kind of cooking.

    People need to know what real, unprocessed and non-chemically-enhanced and -colored food tastes like.  They need to eat brownies that taste like real chocolate and butter and vanilla.  They need to understand that cooking is nurturing, and it's creative.  They need to be the ones to decide what goes into the food they eat - how much salt and seasoning they want, how much fat, and sugar, and so on.

    The cooking you do, as tired as you are, and as painful as it is for your arthritic fingers, doesn't just keep alive the traditions of the Greek culture - which is, in itself, important - it keeps people connected to real food.

    I know this sounds kind of morbid and weird, but as I was out shopping and doing errands today and thinking about the week's meals, it popped into my head  - don't ask why this kind of thing pops into my head, because I have no idea - that when I die, people are going to remember me for the food I cooked, for the care and love I put into it for the people I love; they're going to make the foods that will always remind them of me, and of holidays, of birthdays and regular old family meals.

    As things-you-want-to-be-remembered-for go, that's not so bad.  And I'm sure there will be other things, but I was all about food at the time I had this thought!


    Food is not (5.00 / 3) (#19)
    by Zorba on Sat May 07, 2011 at 05:20:51 PM EST
    just a way to sustain the body.  It sustains the soul.  It is tradition, love, bonding, sharing.  I agree with you, Anne.  I'm overly tired and in pain right now, but I think that they'll wind up having to carry me out of the kitchen feet first.  I'm also happy that my kids have inherited (nature or nurture?  Probably both) our love of cooking and good food.  They're both interested, and good cooks on their own.  

    I'm sorry you're in pain (none / 0) (#24)
    by sj on Mon May 09, 2011 at 10:25:57 AM EST
    But I say with total conviction that food prepared with love is both tastier and nurtures the body better than "anonymous" meals.  Over the years you have blessed your family in so many ways.

    Thank you, sj (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Zorba on Mon May 09, 2011 at 12:12:28 PM EST
    I'm feeling a lot better today (and especially since my church made over $1,500 on our little one-day food booth, which is a lot for our tiny parish).  I do get a warm feeling when one of the Zorba kids still calls me for a recipe or cooking advice.  They're also getting experienced enough to give me some hints or recipes that they've come up with, which makes me even happier.  They know what good, unprocessed, made from scratch food is.   ;-)  

    Picking up on the Celtics... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by BTAL on Sat May 07, 2011 at 08:04:47 PM EST
    Mrs. BTAL and I had the opportunity to see Celtic Woman in concert this afternoon.  Scored free tickets compliments of Chloë Agnew via our son.

    RIP Seve (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sat May 07, 2011 at 10:24:51 AM EST
    Great golfer, great personality.

    My Lakers, egad, where do we begin.  They are worn out, older, just look like a mess.  Happens to the best.

    My old roomie writes on the NY Times soccer blog, he's as juiced for the Chelsea/ManU game as you are, BTD.

    And if anyone wants to look at some Dadler fiction, have a go at this short story.  Right now, I have no idea what I think about it.  (LINK)

    Have a good Saturday, y'all.


    Watching West Ham right now (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat May 07, 2011 at 10:38:41 AM EST
    Trying to fight off being relegated, I think.  Just tied up Blackburn in the 77th minute.  Good match.

    Fox News thinks that the WH (none / 0) (#3)
    by Politalkix on Sat May 07, 2011 at 11:04:09 AM EST
    is working to generate a buzz for Jon Huntsman's campaign. I think this is one more stupid conspiracy item from Fox News.

    My personal favorite Osama bin Laden son (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Sat May 07, 2011 at 12:53:05 PM EST
    TROLLHUNTER! (none / 0) (#5)
    by Robot Porter on Sat May 07, 2011 at 01:11:43 PM EST
    Caught this new Norwegian horror film last night. It's the "Blair Witch" of troll movies.  In other words, it's a glorious slab of sustained Scandinavian madness.  I loved every second of it.

    It's available through a range of VOD sources, including most cable and satellite providers, Amazon,iTunes, xBox, etc..  

    You can check out the trailer here.

    A good article about (none / 0) (#6)
    by Harry Saxon on Sat May 07, 2011 at 01:21:51 PM EST
    the Libyan rebels in todays' LA Times:

    They moved through the night with names like "the Birds."  The fight was primal, about survival from block to block.  But at the same time, if was fun for the young men of Misurata, an adrenaline rush, like a Jean-Claude Van Damme film come to life.

    Jeralyn, any thoughts you'd care (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sat May 07, 2011 at 01:31:58 PM EST
    to share re Wei plea bargain in the Rutgers' gay sex video case?  CNN

    I find it hard to believe watching the video is criminal behaviour.  

    If this was the bargain, then (none / 0) (#8)
    by Towanda on Sat May 07, 2011 at 01:59:57 PM EST
    she either was up for far worse charges, or she had a lousy lawyer.  

    Legally (none / 0) (#11)
    by Harry Saxon on Sat May 07, 2011 at 03:21:41 PM EST
    they call it 'invasion of privacy', and I sure as h*ll would consider it as such if I were the one whose privacy was being invaded.

    IMHO, it's all designed so that the school can't throw her out on her ear.

    If she keeps her nose clean, perhaps she'll be able to graduate after all.


    Another news article sd. both Wei (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Sat May 07, 2011 at 04:20:33 PM EST
    and her roommate left Rutgers shortly after charges were filed against them.

    Beyond Left and Right. Where are you (none / 0) (#21)
    by Politalkix on Sun May 08, 2011 at 12:27:24 PM EST
    Pew Center Research takes a look at the Political landscape.

    Daily Kos takes a look at the look of the Political landscape presented by Pew Center Research.

    You also get an opportunity to ask yourself where you stand. This is not a "defining" question :-).

    Funny (none / 0) (#22)
    by Politalkix on Sun May 08, 2011 at 12:43:42 PM EST
    Based on my answers, "Pew Center Research" identified me as a "solid liberal", though I never thought of myself that way.

    Interesting! (none / 0) (#23)
    by lilburro on Mon May 09, 2011 at 09:35:40 AM EST
    I liked the stats at the end

    Who They Are
    Highly politically engaged
    75% are Democrats
    Concentrated in the Northeast and West
    57% are female
    Best educated of the groups: 49% hold at least a bachelor's degree and 27% have post-graduate experience
    A third regularly listen to NPR, about two-in-ten regularly watch The Daily Show and read The New York Times
    59% have a passport
    42% regularly buy organic foods
    21% are first or second generation Americans