[LMB] Very OT: Silliness chez Bejeeber (in the French usage) & weird facts

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Sun May 23 23:27:54 BST 2021

Liz the music teacher video is my favorite Covid19 video.

On Sun, May 23, 2021, 3:01 AM A. Marina Fournier via Lois-Bujold <
lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:

> After such silence, a deluge. I have to plow through the posts on AoT, and
> make my own comments. I am able to hug friends 2-4 weeks after vaccination,
> and it feels so wonderful after over a year of being unable to do that.
> With three family names, and my husband’s fun one year differentiating
> ordinary Bejeebers from Holy Bejeebers, our household collective name is
> Chez Bejeeber, in the English usage.
> We live on, but not for very much longer, La Jolla Ave—the owner is
> selling, and I wouldn’t pay the going rate for this poorly maintained
> not-up-to-code house with intensely rusting galvi pipes. I know, tell me
> what I really think.
> •I lived most of my life before college in San Diego. First we lived in
> the Hillcrest area—across the street from the ER of what was then the
> County Hospital: it is now the University (UCSD Medical School)-County
> hospital. Given that Front St was a purely residential area, once the
> ambulances turned onto it, the sirens were off. There were a lot of skunks
> that came up the mesa from the canyon, and I guess at one point my brain
> told the olfactory section to shut down the minute there was a whiff of
> them. Now, while this is a wonderful thing, the flip side of the intensity
> control is that I can’t smell what’s cooking unless I leave the room a few
> yards/metres and come back.
> So after living in Albuquerque when our listees in the area were teens or
> so, we moved back to 'Sandy Eggo'. My parents bought a house in Clairemont
> Mesa (92117), built for off-base Navy housing, across the canyon, now also
> a freeway from Miramar Naval Air Station where the Top Gun school is, and
> from which sonic booms frequently shook the windows (at least). We were
> across Hwy 5 from La Jolla. UCSD and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography
> is there, Dr. Seuss and Jonas Salk lived there, as well as it being an
> artists’ colony, and people 4+ times as wealthy (we weren’t) as us live
> there.
> We could never afford to live there. So here I am, on this solidly
> middle-class street. It is hilarious to anyone who’s familiar with the La
> Jolla area in San Diego County. One of the houses we’d like to visit is on
> Jenkins Ave. No Leroy crossing it (gamers may know what is funny there).
> So Kevin and I are in similar situations. We have two disabled folk here,
> and need a flat house. My feelings about this move can be seen in the video
> in this article from last spring
> https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/05/music-teacher-strikes-a-chord-with-her-online-learning-song.html
> <
> https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/05/music-teacher-strikes-a-chord-with-her-online-learning-song.html>
> It’s going to be extra ‘fun' with only Arthur and me, plus any help we
> hire for packing, and Edna’s presence/there-ness/memory&cognition being
> uncertain. I hope she can handle the transition with a minimum of
> discomfort. One of the Indian ladies, who has taken cuttings from the
> shrubs here, volunteered to sit with her to help calm her if needed. That
> is a gift I could never have expected.
> None of our neighbors want us to go, and will write character references.
> After the last tenants, that’s sort of a low bar to exceed, but they don’t
> know just how odd we are, in a non-destructive way. The head of the realty
> that does property management here will vouch for us as good tenants. One
> good thing out of this.
> •My friend mentioned above says I’m well thought of in the NextDoor
> community here, and possibly just the Gardening group, for my knowledge and
> generosity in sharing and answering plant care questions. I’m just doing
> what comes naturally, being a know-it-all who loves to research that which
> interests me, and it’s no skin off my back to offer cuttings from the
> (overgrown) shrubs here and share my sources. I seem to have hit a good
> note among the Indian gardening community in the area, because I know
> something about India, its cuisines, awareness of the languages, some of
> the  19th C. on forward history, tea regions—and some knowledge of
> Hinduism, Sikhism (lots of Punjabis here), and respect for their religious
> practices, some of which are similar to mine.
> •Last summer, I asked the local and gardening communities on NextDoor for
> monster, too old to eat for dinner, and those sudden discoveries of
> overlooked zucchini. Five years or more, and no one has foisted such
> zucchinis on me, so that I could make bread from them! I figured I’d keep
> something from going to waste. The largest ones were 4-5 pounds, and made
> several batches each.
> I have learnt to make my own masala chai blends. Drinking it after the
> Brits made Indians drink the tea, for which production many of them were
> made to work at low wages and under harsh treatment. Drinking that tea,
> called chai (’tea’), with spice (masala) blends was an act of protest and
> rebellion. There are lots of masala blends, and you can use powdered or
> whole spices for masala chai. What you get outside of Indian establishments
> are a pale bastardization, often appropriated by Anglo individuals and
> firms, and smacks of cultural appropriation. I have my own spice box, buy
> fresh ginger, but don’t make it daily. I also have a plastic storage box
> for my weird-ass pepper corns/berries, and those spices called peppers
> which are not piperidae.
> In the SF Bay area, on 25th May, there’s a Dining for a Cause event, a
> fundraiser for Indian Covid relief: "funds will go toward “supporting
> India’s health infrastructure, including oxygen, ventilators, cold storage
> equipment and temporary hospital facilities as well as protecting
> front-line workers.”
> Besides the Amber India locations in San Jose, Los Altos and San
> Francisco, fundraiser participants include Broadway Masala in Redwood City;
> Aurum in Los Altos; Rooh in Palo Alto and San Francisco; and the New Delhi,
> Bhoga and Besharam restaurants, all in San Francisco.
> We’ll use the Amber India in San Jose.
> If there’s a similar event where you live (all of you, not just us here in
> the GBA), won’t you consider getting at least an appetizer or dessert, if
> not a meal?
> •Recent (Inter)National Days of X:
>     >The 17th was US National Banana AND Walnut Days. Make Banana bread to
> celebrate?
>     >May 21st is International Tea Day, National Bee Day in the US (at
> least), and UK National Memo Day—write a note about drinking tea with honey?
> My calendar entry says that the 20th is *World* Bee Day.
> •There is an anti-nausea drug called Ondansetron. Perhaps it was inspired
> by a gamer’s/VR disco in France?
> •I’ve been buying Greek oregano and thyme grown on the slopes of Mt.
> Olympus. Neatokeen!
> •I bought a relatively tasteless Galia melon, and then wondered if there
> were Thulia and Thalia melons as well.
> •Did you know that you can punctuate with nuts? A comma, Oxford or not, is
> a cashew. Both hazelnuts and macadamias can be periods, or the lower half
> of an exclamation or question mark. The upper half of the exclamation mark
> is an almond, and the cashew can also function as the upper of a question
> mark. A stack of two hazelnuts or macadamias can be a colon: one of those
> at the top with a cashew underneath becomes a semicolon.
> And yes, I do have a dish declaring that My family Tree is Full of Nuts.
> •I attended Pomona College in Claremont (91711), as opposed to CalPoly
> Pomona farther west and south, which is largely agriculturally focal. CPP
> has Kellogg Arabians and the late Raymond Burr’s collection of orchids—did
> you know he was an orchid breeder? Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in coastal-ish
> Central California is engineering-focal.
> Pomona is a humanities-focal college, with a decent science department.
> Many students there are pre-law, pre-med, or pursue a scientific path.
> Jennifer Doudna, who with Emmanuelle Charpentier won the 2020 Nobel in
> Chemistry for their work developing the gene editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, is
> a Pomona alumna. The tool has been successful in treating sickle cell
> anemia in the few cases thus far.
> So in the mid-70’s, the saying about male students at the Claremont
> Colleges was: Pitzies (Pitzer College) to bed, Scrippsies (Scripps College
> for Women—I covet the architecture & their Goudy Font) to wed, and Pomona
> girls to the library. Until 1977 or -78, CMC stood for Claremont Men’s
> College, and was a single-sex college. Any student at the Claremont
> Colleges could take courses at any of them.  The fifth college was Harvey
> Mudd, a science and engineering-focal college. (yes, but not Harcourt
> Fenton, and there was a Seeley Mudd library next to Honnold, the main one).
>  So in the late ‘70s, CMC became Claremont McKenna College, admitting
> female students. The men there were overjoyed, thinking there was dating
> potential—only to find that each woman admitted was lesbian. Okay then.
>                      Star Trek tie-ins to 20th C. non-fiction
> •The original hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro) was conceived in
> 1941 by Swiss engineer <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineer> George de
> Mestral <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_de_Mestral>. The idea came
> to him one day after returning from a hunting trip with his dog in the Alps
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alps>. He took a close look at the burs <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur> of burdock <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burdock> that kept sticking to his clothes
> and his dog's fur. He examined them under a microscope, and noted their
> hundreds of "hooks" that caught on anything with a loop, such as clothing,
> animal fur, or hair.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook-and-loop_fastener#History
> 2002 - The Star Trek: Enterprise <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_Enterprise> episode "Carbon
> Creek <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_Creek_(Star_Trek:_Enterprise)>"
> portrays Velcro as being introduced to human society by Vulcans <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_(Star_Trek)> in 1957. One of the
> Vulcans in the episode is named "Mestral", after the fastener's actual
> inventor and founder of the brand.
> •On Star Trek: Discovery, the mycologist specializing in well, you know,
> mycology, physics, spores, and mycelia, which he believes are the building
> blocks of energy across the universe.
> There’s a real-life Paul Edward Stamets.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stamets <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stamets>
> I think there was one last thing, but what memory? I can’t get a memory
> upgrade, because as I was told in the mid-80s at Xerox, that in spite of
> being named Marina, I haven’t the necessary port. We know I drink scotch,
> as mentioned in an earlier post, but we are also aging some ports.
> Marina
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