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

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Mon May 24 00:02:21 BST 2021

Make that Makeshift.macarina.

On Sun, May 23, 2021, 5:27 PM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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