Thursday, December 5, 2013

Food, Weather, Etc.


The Thanksgiving leftovers are no more. Monday and Tuesday saw the demise of the mashed potatoes and the stuffing. Yesterday the green peas and about a pint of Organic Vegetable Stock became additional ingredients in some semi-homemade vegetable soup I threw together. The only thing left now is some turkey but it's been frozen so it will keep until it once again becomes a tempting sandwich treat.

The temperature dropped down into the forties and it has been raining all night. I can still hear a light spattering on the roof when I am standing below one of the skylights. According to Erin, the TV weather girl, there are freeze warnings for tonight.

It's about another hour before daylight but Eva is anxious to get out there. If we wait just a short while longer I think the rain will let up. Then she can get on with doing her business and get in a short burst of laps around the pool.

Eva Doing Laps Around The Pool Yesterday

Did You Know . . .?

A man of African descent named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was the first permanent resident of Chicago.


ON THIS DAY in 1933 the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to the era of national prohibition of alcohol in America. At 5:32 p.m. EST, Utah became the 36th state to ratify
the amendment, achieving the requisite three-fourths majority of states' approval. Pennsylvania and Ohio had ratified it earlier in the day.

Prohibition, failing fully to enforce sobriety and costing billions, rapidly lost popular support. Even after the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continued Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ended Prohibition in 1966.



Exhilarated or stupefied by or as if by alcohol; intoxicated.

From Wikipedia:
Alcohol intoxication (also known as drunkenness or inebriation) is a physiological state induced by the consumption of alcohol.

Intoxication is the consequence of alcohol entering the bloodstream faster than it can be metabolized by the liver. Some effects of alcohol intoxication (such as euphoria and lowered social inhibitions) are central to alcohol's desirability as a beverage and its history as the world's most widespread recreational drug. Despite this widespread use and alcohol's legality in most countries, many medical sources tend to describe any level of alcohol intoxication as a form of poisoning,



Walter Elias "Walt" Disney
(Dec 5, 1901 - Dec 15, 1966)
Walt Disney was an American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, entrepreneur, and voice actor. A major figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as an international icon, and philanthropist, well known for his influence and contributions to the field of entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he, along with his brother Roy O. Disney, co-founded the Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world.

The corporation is now known as The Walt Disney Company and had an annual revenue of approximately US$36 billion in the 2010 financial year.

Amy Louise Acker
(born December 5, 1976)
Amy Acker is an American actress. She has played roles on the television series Angel as Winifred Burkle and Illyria, and on Alias as Kelly Peyton. She also portrayed Dr. Claire Saunders on Dollhouse and Samantha "Root" Groves on Person of Interest.

George Armstrong Custer
(Dec 5, 1839 - June 25, 1876)
George Armstrong Custer was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. He was admitted to West Point in 1858, where he graduated last in his class.

After the Civil War, Custer was dispatched to the west to fight in the Indian Wars. His disastrous final battle overshadowed his prior achievements. Custer and all the men with him were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, fighting against a coalition of Native American tribes in a battle that has come to be popularly known in American history as "Custer's Last Stand."

Jessica Paré
(born December 5, 1980)
Jessica Paré is a Canadian film and television actress. She appeared in the films Stardom (2000), Lost and Delirious (2001), Wicker Park (2004), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), and co-starred in the vampire horror-comedy Suck (2009). She stars as Megan Draper on the AMC television series Mad Men.


It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
--Shirley MacLaine

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.

This Is Who I Am


  1. Alcohol is indeed a poison when taken in at certain levels and for certain durations in time. The problem is that no one knows at what level -- and for what sustained period of time -- his or her liver will no longer be able process the substance. And so begins the organ's scarring, until it and its earthbound owner dies. The question begging to be asked is: Why do human beings, on a large scale, feel that they need to inject, chew, swallow or snoot potentially toxic substances in order to feel happy and self-confident? My layman's experienced answer is that the state of inebriation allows a person temporarily to erase Death from the human equation. Again and again and again, until lethargy, depression and Death kick him in the face, and he falls into his grave. The irony of such constant indulgence is obvious. It's all about dopamine.

    1. If it's all about dopamine, then this says much about the value of so-called human intellect when compared with the overwhelming power of our own built-in chemical producing organ(s). I had never considered that.

      It's a subject for further thought.

      Thank you for the insightful comment, Anthony.

    2. Gene, The dopamine "rush" one receives from certain foreign drugs (i.e. drugs not produced in great quantity by the human body) is many times greater than the dopamine rush produced internally (e.g. during an orgasm). So for clinically depressed/stressed people, whose dopamine levels tend to remain low, foreign drugs are difficult to resist. See Canadian Dr. Gabor Mate . He makes the most sense of anyone I've met, read or heard speak.

    3. Thanks or the referral, Anthony. I'll check it out.