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Same old Lang Syne

A Kentuckian had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and
proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one
behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait. A passerby studied the
scene as he drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back.
He asked the fellow what the problem was. The man replied, "I have a
flat tire." The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?" The man
responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the
front and flares in the back!
A Kentucky State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-75. The trooper
"Got any ID?" The driver replied, "Bout whut"?

Random thought: I listened to hereticorp's audioblog on the subject of what happens when Fundementalist means Nekkid pictures followed immediately by 790's poem "All Night by the Xev Xev." Now that's what I call a confluence of synergy.

And now, a recap of my evening. Don't like the length? Be greatful I went to bed at 9:45.
Oh, fine. I'll use a few choice cuts.

So hoppie inherited his great uncle's pocket's watch, (Jerry Ingalls, for the curious). If I understand correctly, it's his father's mother's brother's watch. (Janet Ingalls Hopkins's brother Jerry. I'm told I may consult Richard (Dick) Hopkins (as opposed to Richard (Rich) Hopkins who's my father-in-law. Are we all clear on this? Me neither.) for more information on the geneological relations.)
Anyway, since we received the watch from Great Aunt Lucy, we've been trying to find a watch chain. Yesterday we went to Long's Jewelers to try our luck there. All the chains they had were attached to pocket watches, so Bill, our jewler, pulled out his catalog and we looked at watch chains. None of them really appealed to hoppie or to me either. They were cheap looking and very shiny. Not the kind of thing that matched at all. Bill could see what we weren't pleased with what we saw and went over to the estate sale section and pulled out a beautiful antique watch chain. It was solid gold, and heavy, with long, solid links, not unlike a bracelet mom got for a my dad a few years back. It matched the watch perfectly, with just the right amount amount of aging to match, slightly less rosy-tinted than the watch, but, just beautiful. Breathtaking.
Tom looked at me and said, "I'm not sure I deserve this." and handed me the chain so I cool feel the weight, cool against my hands.
I said, "You deserve it. Do you want it."
Boy, will I be paying for that for a long time, but the look on his face. And I think Aunt Lucy would be pleased.

It's not the Fenway, folks, it's the struggle to find emerald jewelry these days. I don't know why diamonds aren't in vogue this season, but I could not find an emerald necklace that I liked. On the one hand, I'm sorta glad the styles change often, I mean, I don't have to worry about countless others having my earrings or my engagement ring, which is sorta nice, but I'd like to be able to find a necklace!
Hoppie pointed out a pair of emerald earrings that he thought would make a nice drop pendant, but I wasn't as fond of it. Bill encouraged us to look around, saying he wants me to find something I can love. Somebody (either Bill, or Hoppie, or the jeweler who was helping the guy who was having trouble finding emerald earrings for his wife) suggested we look at other settings with other stones and then try to get them redone in emerald.
We started in sapphire, and there was one that we saw, that I sorta liked the style of, a circular emerald surrounded by two circles of diamond chips, and I don't know, for some reason that didn't really excite me. I would have preferred a heart or an oval. All of the other emerald jewelry I have is based on an oval stone, so that felt right. We continued on until we came to ruby and there was a nearly identical to the sapphire one with the oval stone surrounded by one layer of small diamonds, and I liked that, and we'd just about decided on it, when my eye was caught by a nearby ruby necklace which was a slightly simpler design, an oval stone with a diamond on either side of it and I thought "Wow. That's the one." So Bill did the lookups and ordered it for us in emerald with a 20" chain. It will be in next Friday.

I will have pictures both of watch chain (& probably watch) and necklace at some point.

So afterwards we stopped at hoppie's office to pick up his Palm. He's growing Morning Glories and so has to photograph their progress.
Then we continued to Dalya's . We had a three course meal served in grand style. They came by to replace our silverware between courses. It was wonderful. We had two waiters and a waitress fussing over us.
For appetizers, we had warm custard of morel, portabella, shittake mushrooms and roasted garlic.
and warm medjool dates with boursin cheese.
The custard tasted like the lightest fluffiest egg omelet I've ever had. It was like mushrooms with egg-flavored cloud. Absolutely, melt-in-your mouth amazing.
The warm dates with the cheese was delicious too, and the sweet balamic glaze on it really tied together the sweet and salty elements.
For entrees I had the cannelloni, which was okay. The flavors were lively, although I thought the tomato sauce distracted from the creamy cheese sauce.
Hoppie had the cod with sea scallops served with fennil and endive, and this amazing corn "creme brulee" which was a sweet, soft corn pudding with the scorched top. I tried some of the corn pudding (hence my use of adjectives like wonderful and sweet) and it really was heavenly.
For dessert, we split their Creme Caramel "Alexandra" and a chocolate bourbon pecan bread pudding (guess which one I chose).
The Creme Caramel was served with candied almond slivers and an almond tuille which sparked a conversation about a) what tuille is and b) how it's pronounced. I got the pronounciation right, but I'm still not sure I know what it is. I've always thought it was a thin sheet of something, usually used for wrapping, but all the online definitions I saw specifically refer to a piece of a suit of armor. Anyway, it was wonderful, but I wasn't crazy about the way the cold dessert matched the warm bread pudding so I didn't really switch off between. Just had a few bites of the creme and then focused on the bread pudding, which I did not finish, even with my attempts to focus on it.
The bread pudding had just a hint of bourbon, but was warm and full of rich chocolate flavour. I'm running out of superlatives so I'll just say it was very good.
And that was our night.

gold key
You're a little gold key, and you unlock other
people's hearts. Your kindness and willingness
to be there for those you care about lets
people open up to you knowing they will be
accepted. People will rely on you, but be
careful not to give more than you have.

What sort of key are you and what do you unlock?
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lain_mac took me to lunch and then to Bunny's which reminds me that I need to put up the book club notes for the last weeks. I think this post is quite long enough, so I'll make a new one for that.
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