Department Of Existential Questions That Cannot Be
(Or Perhaps Are Best Not) Answered
Why didn’t this song get more airplay in its day? You gotta love almost anything by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, one of the pioneers of psychobilly  (and the writer of perhaps one of the most misunderstood love songs of that genre, “I’m Standing In A Trash Can (Thinkin’ About You).”
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Department Of Adventures In Maturation
Sub-Department Of Better Late Than Never
Dateline: Last Saturday morning. MH and I are descending the (not-so) “secret” hillside trail in North Manzanita. He stops to take a picture of a flower, which takes several minutes; moiself continues on ahead of him. I hear fast footsteps coming from behind, step to the side of the trail, and look back to behold a man in his late 70s or so – older looking; very trim and fit – running downhill. He is wearing something like this on his chest…
…which appears to be a runner’s hydration vest – a short, lightweight vest with two symmetrical water bottle pockets in the front. Olde Running Man’s vest looks akin to the contraption the above picture, only his has water bottles on both sides, giving him  a glorious approximation of…well…of jiggling man-boobs.
As he passes by, I am ever-so tempted to say, “Nice jugs.” BUT I DIDN’T.
Yes, maturity is a life-long journey for some of us. A few years ago (say, in my late 50s), who knows what moiself would have called out.
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Department Of Realities That Are Almost To Dreadful To Contemplate
“As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems. Even foreign influence plays on [national] wounds that we refuse to address: income inequality, racism, corruption, a willingness to excuse bigotry,” she tweeted. “He can stay, he can go. He can be impeached, or voted out in 2020. But removing Trump will not remove the infrastructure of an entire party that embraced him; the dark money that funded him; the online radicalization that drummed his army; nor the racism he amplified and reanimated.”
(From a tweet by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY),
as reported in Newsweek)
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Department Of Mystery Solved
Sub-Department Of I’m Not Sure Why This Came To Mind, But It Did
So: in every photo I’ve seen of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II wherein she is making a public appearance, she is holding a pocketbook. It’s always a discreet little handbag – not festooned with the Crown Jewels or anything equally ostentatious – but, still. Why does the Queen of England – the Queen of anything – carry a purse?
She doesn’t pay for anything; she has no need to carry her id and credit cards in case she wants to visit an ATM, ya know? She has attendants to see to her every need, and it’s not like the dignitaries and various heads of state she meets for tea expect her to whip out her wallet and say, “I’ve got this.”
A couple of Curious About The Inscrutable Ways Of The Universe ® friends and moiself pondered this very question, several years ago.  After applying due diligence, we came up with the only logical assumption: Pragmatic and experienced monarch that she is, QEII’s pocket book contains two items: a flask of Jack Daniels, and a six-pack of condoms.
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Department of Epicurean Excursion 
Featuring this week’s cookbook, author and recipe:
The Arab Table: Recipes and Culinary Traditions, by May Bsisu
* Musaka Betinjane (Eggplant in Pomegranate Syrup)
*Salatat el Malfoof (Shredded Cabbage Salad)
* Mudardara (Warm Lentils with Rice)
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See footnotes for Recipe Rating Refresher. 
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May you carry only the essentials in your royal handbag;
May you never even think of commenting on what is on an old man’s chest;
May our frightening political realities inspire you to do something other than go through your cookbooks;
…and may the hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
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 In my observant mind, at least.
 Yes, we were sober. And employed.
 A recurring feature of this blog, since week 2 of April 2019, wherein moiself decided that moiself would go through my cookbooks alphabetically and, one day a week, cook (at least) one recipe from one book.
 * Two Thumbs up: Liked it
* Two Hamster Thumbs Up : Loved it
* Thumbs Down – Not even Kevin would like this (Kevin, a character from The Office, would eat anything.)
* Twiddling Thumbs: I was, in due course, bored by this recipe.
* Thumbscrew: It was torture to make this recipe.
* All Thumbs: Good recipe, but I somehow mucked it up .
* Thumby McThumb Face: This recipe was fun to make.
* Thumbing my nose: Yeah, I made this recipe, but I did not respect it.