When it comes to smoking my pipe, I’m pretty much an avowed aromatic hater. Aromatics never taste like they smell before being lit, they burn hot, they burn wet, and (too me, at least) they just taste bad. Bob’s Chocolate Flake, from Gawith, Hoggarth & Co., is the sole exception. “Virginias, Latakia and Burley tobaccos are combined with hints of chocolate, cocoa and the barest hint of vanilla.” I actually like this stuff every now and then as a change of pace. A customer of mine just reminded me that it’s been a good while since I lit up a bowl of the stuff.
Japan has yanked its Antarctic whaling fleet. Officials said it was the first time in the 20 years since the scientific hunts began that one had to end early. The target for this year was 860. Apparently, you need to kill 860 whales in a year to study them. But Japan says that it will still be able to collect some data and that there will not be a “significant increase in the cost of whale meat.” Thatnk heavens that those whales didn’t die in vain.
In what is likely to set off yet another wave of enthusiastic attic rummaging, the legendary Honus Wagner T206 trading card has been sold at auction for a record $2,350,000. That’s $2.35 MILLION for a little scrap of paper. I can just hear the sounds of folks flipping through the collections of their collective youth, hoping against hope that they find a card that’s worth more than a nickel.
Prince Charles made comments while visiting the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi for the launch of a public health campaign, The Press Association reported. “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s? Have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key,” Charles was quoted as asking one of the center’s nutritionists. Seems Chuck has got it all figured out. Get rid of McDonalds, rid the world of diabetes. Who would have though it was so simple? I thought that genetics and personal responsibility were the keys, but what do I know?
Delta Zeta Sorority finds itself in the middle of a sh*t storm. It seems as though the members of DZ at DePauw University in Indiana decided that a few dozen of their members didn’t quite fir the DZ “mold” and asked them to vacate the sorority house. Is this apparent discrimination proper in today’s society? Probably not. But the Greek system probably bears a reality check for most people. It’s a fraternal and social organization. That means that there will be engineers at engineering chapters, blacks at black chapters, Jews at Jewish chapters, and bitchy, skinny, pale white girls at Delta Zeta (I know, I dated a DZ). Why a liberal art major would want to belong to an engineering sorority is beyond me. The same for Hispanics at a black fraternity, Catholics at a Jewish fraternity, etc. Do we really need to take the premise of political correctness to the extreme of completely homogenizing every aspect of life? Are there some circumstances where wanting to have a club of similar folks is a good idea? I was never part of the Greek system at college. I just didn’t have time for the BS that went along with it. I suppose that Animal House was a close as I got.
I was in the mood for iced tea. Now, I’m not talking about the Southern tradition of sweet tea. That stuff is so sticky sweet that it could induce a diabetic coma in the entire state of Texas with one glass (and probably does). I like my iced tea unflavored. Just tea and ice. No sugar, no lemon, no fruit pieces, no mint, nothing. Today I decided to turn some of my beloved Keemun Mao Feng into iced tea. I figure that if it’s good enough to drink hot, it’s good enough to drink cold. Well, I believe that I’ve already consumed about a half gallon of the stuff… yum.
You’ve got to be some kind of devoted geek to get this tat on your boobs. I’m sure that this will be thought of as a stunning idea when she’s 93, boobs sagging to her waist, and sucking on strained peas through her gums. Ah, youth. It’s wasted on the young.