Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Evanston: two faces of Tim; slaughter of the innocents; taste test

        Last Saturday my friend, Tim, repeated his unique world class double by running a full marathon in the morning and playing the violin in a symphony orchestra that evening.  To prove he is human, he did take a nap in the afternoon.  
        He also finished the night with a glass of Laphroaig, proving that I am a good or bad influence.  I like to believe good.
        This was Tim’s 60th marathon.  Multiply 26.2 miles by 60 and you get 1572 miles, almost the distance from his home near Kansas City to Los Angeles.
       Many of you have abilities and do things I cannot do.  Let Tim stand for all of you in my admiration.

        I thank Sam, I think, for a link to a BBC piece about hunting and eating young gannets in the Faroe Islands.  This is news I would rather not have, but rather feel I should.
        As you would expect my sympathy is entirely with the gannets.  Perhaps there was a time hundreds or thousands of years ago when such food was necessary for the islanders to survive.  Even then I might have sided with the gannets who have just as much a  right to survive as we do and are generally better looking.  Considering their fish diet I can’t imagine that gannets taste good.  In any event I will gladly contribute to any organization that trains gannets to cut ropes and supplies them with beak attached knives.  
        Of the Faroe Islanders, let them eat Spam.


        Carol is in Boston on business this week, so I am testing some freeze dry meals from Good To-Go.  You may recall my mentioning that Wirecutter choose their Thai Curry as the best freeze dry meal in a test that did not include New Zealand’s Back Country Cuisine.
        Last night I ate the Herbed Mushroom Risotto.  It was good, even very good.  I would rate it 4 or 4.5 on a 5 point scale and gladly eat it again.
        I had not known that all three meals are vegetarian.  Neither a plus or minus for me, so long as they don’t contain dried gannet.  
        The instructions on all three call for them to be steeped for twenty minutes, about twice as long as other brands.  I routinely steep freeze meals longer than specified, but decided that twenty minutes is enough and ate the risotto then.
        I’ll report on the other two after consumption.


        A quote from a recent biography of Mohammed Ali by Jonathon Eig:  Destiny is a function of chance and choice.