Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Today's picture is one I took of a 1965 Ford Mustang.
More than twenty three years of ice melting chemicals, sun, rain, road dirt (it is on a numbered Maryland route, a very busy road) and just plain neglect have taken its toll. Surely there is a special circle of Hell for someone who does this to a classic. It must be a sin.
And I am not particularly a car guy.
Who really cares about a stupid old car? Well, the Mustang was introduced in the second half of the 1964 model year. So the 1965 was the first full year of production. Today it would be worth anywhere from $9,000 to more than $40,000.
This one belongs to a neighbor a few doors down from us. It was parked on the street when we moved into the house in 1989 and it has not moved since. He keeps renewing the registration and keeps current stickers on it, but he has done nothing else.
I actually got to thinking about this car when I read a member's blog about how the change of lifestyle that is being taught here was sparking her to get up and finish some project that she had languishing.
I wish I could somehow light a spark under my neighbor's chair so that he would do something about this mid-life crisis gone awry. But if his sweet, lovely wife (and she is lovely and sweet) cannot move him, what hope do I have.
I've half a mind to offer him $100 just so I can have it towed away.
Fortunately the better half of my mind, whom I call She(WMBO), thinks I am out of my half of my mind.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Last night I did my little rant about "pescitarians" not being any kind or variety of vegetarians. As one commenter pointed out, we humans are all omnivores. Some of us just choose to eat no meat or to only eat vegetables.
Still, the idea that fish is not meat exists and I wondered why. I recall back in the early 60s, we Catholics observed all Fridays of the year as days of abstinence from meat. After Vatican II, the rule was relaxed so only Fridays in Lent were days of abstinence.
Our calendars have a fish symbol on those Fridays. The cultural notion that fish is not meat seems to comes to us through the Catholic Church.
But why is fish not meat?
I had heard three theories.
1) I was taught this in high school religion class. In the Renaissance, the pope wanted the rich to do penance simply for being rich. So he said that they should eat what the poor people ate at least one day a week. The rich had access to beef, etc; the poor had to get what they could and that was often by fishing.
It explains fish on Friday but not why fish is not meat.
2) From many sources, mostly cynics. The pope's brother had a fishing boat and wasn’t selling enough fish. The pope helped him by saying everybody had to eat fish on Friday.
Cynical, but it doesn’t explaining why fish is not meat.
3) Many Church Traditions date all the way back to the Apostles. They were all Jews who were careful about keeping kosher. To be kosher, an animal must be killed in a certain way so that it would bleed out entirely. Most fish and other cold blooded animals don't bleed in the same way that mammals and birds do. Their flesh is not considered meat because of that.
Something the Apostles were doing at the time of Jesus (an Apostolic Tradition, which the Catholic Church observes), ancient, and an explanation of why fish is not meat. I have heard of modern Jews who want to keep kosher in an unsure situation simply punting by ordering the fish.
I may have found the answer!
Of course if any Jewish member wants to correct me ...
Monday, February 27, 2012
... from Goat Island.
I took Patrick and our exchange student Bernhard to Niagara Falls late last spring. While they slumbered in the hotel, I went for an early morning run out on Goat Island which lies in the middle of the Niagara River and has the American Falls on one side and the Canadian Falls on the other. Because it was so early, I was able to get this rainbow ... fallsbow? ... over the Canadian Falls as the Sun peeked over the hills and throught the mist.
As if the run wasn't reward enough.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
We adopted our two youngest children locally through a Washington area agency, Adoptions Together. They were both infants and are about 13 monthes apart. Patrick is on the left, he is the older of them. Mike, whom you may have met before in posted photos is on the right.
I was their stay at home Dad and homeschool teacher. I am guessing that means I am now retired.
They are not related by blood so one would not expect them to be in anyway alike. But my goodness, I do not htink you could find two more opposite people if you went out looking for them.
Patrick is not excatly antisocial, but he rarely socializes and spend almost all his time at home and in his room. I wish he'd get a girlfriend and go out once in a while. I don't think he's ever had a real girlfriend.
Mike is almost never home and can go for days without using his own bed. Mike is over 18 so as long as he isn't spending his nights as a guest of Baltimore County, I suppose he's ok. But Mike has the ladies flittering around him like moths about a flame and that worries me on the opposite end of the scale.
Where Patrick is studious, Mike get awful grades. Where Mike won't shut up, Patrick won't speak up. In just about every way they are opposites.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Several years ago, She(WMBO) was entertaining a business partner from France on a visit to the US. We went to dinner several times, I took his sons skiing, (though to be honest Ski Liberty, PA is a poor joke when one is used to the French Alps), and we visited Washington DC where we were all very impressed with relatively new Native American Museum on the Mall.
When we would get together for meal, these visitors from Europe would mention that they were vegetarians, then turn around and order fish. Not wishing to be a bad host I privately scratched my head and moved on to the new thing.
When we visited Ireland, menus there would be marked with a little red V for vegetarian and a little green V for vegan. SImple enough, right? Red V allows eggs, dairy, honey, etc and Green V does not. Right?
Every fish dish had a Red V. Shrimp is a vegetable. Who knew? Certainly not my biology teacher.
So, fish is not meat?
When I ask that question I am usually answered in a tone that suggests that I am rather slow on the uptake, "That's means they’re pescitarian."
What does that mean?
I like chicken. If the only animal flesh I eat was chicken could I be hip and call myself a pollotarian?
Or only beef and be a bovinarian?
To me that sounds like an invented word by people who want to be all hip and vegetarian but don't want to give up seafood.
Look, if you want to eat seafood, enjoy. Just don't count yourself as a variety of vegetarian.
The same thing applies to you “flexitarians.”
You aren't vegetarians.
You are just like me.
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