As a chef, I am a great garage mechanic.
For two reasons ... First, I have a very simple palate: I am very much a meat-and-potatoes guy. When I find a very simple combination that I like, e.g., meat loaf and mac and cheese, I tend to stick with it. I am not prone to experimentation: if it ain't broke don't fix it. My palate is about as sophisticated as that of the android in the first Terminator movie … and about as ravenous. Secondly, I am clumsy in the kitchen in terms of handling pots, pans, dishes, knives, etc. … basically any cooking implement. I break stuff. Listening to me in the kitchen – spare yourself the sickening spectacle of actually watching – is much like I imagine hearing the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Except not as graceful. Nevertheless, my wife and I enjoy wa
For the benefit of those of you who have been vacationing somewhere outside the orbit of Neptune for the past year or two, and whose sub-space radio went belly-up, be it duly noted that you have missed the most momentous television event since the last episode of M*A*S*H, arguably even more momentous: the end of the epic series Downton Abbey, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs, and failures of a late-Edwardian English dynasty, the Crawleys, headed by the seventh earl of Grantham, Lord Robert Crawley and his wife the Lady Cora. The Crawleys are of such stature as to make Mitt Romney look like Oliver Twist by comparison – “Please, sir, may I have some more caviar-and-Ritz-crackers casserole? And with a magnum of Chateau d'Yqem next time?Thenks awff-leh!” – and even came through the
Why don’t gods ever laugh?
Or more precisely, why don’t the gods of the three great monotheisms – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – ever laugh? Also, a corollary question: why don’t the spokesmen – they are always men – of the gods ever laugh? Why does no one – the gods or their spokesmen – ever tell a joke?
Well, actually that is not strictly true. God does laugh in the Hebrew Bible (Prov. 1:25-26a, NASB):
And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof; I will also laugh at your calamity ...
And also Psalm 37:12-13 (NASB):
The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.
There are also a few sparse examples of great biblical characters laughing, as when Sarah laughed at being told of th