I’ve never been a fan of the Bloody Mary. Primarily, because I detest tomato juice so I’ve never even tried it. But it’s still an American classic, and this article contains a handful of neat facts that are worth checking out: 6 Things about the Bloody Mary You Should Know. Excerpt:
“In the 1950s and early 1960s, Heublein [who had bought the rights to Smirnoff Vodka] spent millions of dollars to promote cocktails made with its spirits, in print ads in national publications such as ‘Playboy,’” says Pogash. In 1956, popular comedian George Jessel was featured in Smirnoff’s national Bloody Mary advertisements, says Pogash, and claimed he was the creator of the drink. Because Jessel was popular, the drink’s status was elevated to en vogue. As vodka’s star began to soar, the Bloody Mary went along for the ride, and everyone believed Jessel was the genius behind the staple brunch beverage.
Amen to this. It baffles me that people refuse to acknowledge that, if the priest has 30 minutes, and there are ten people in line, and you take up 20 minutes, other people don’t get the sacrament at all. And it baffles me that people don’t appreciate that, if there are ten people in line, you’re keeping ten people waiting far longer than should be the case.
Twice this month spent 30 minutes in line for confession only to have the priest leave for Mass.
Next time will bring a sign “Confession is not spiritual direction – kind and number.”
Max is going to grow seedlings to order this spring: You place your order with him; we’ll grow it for delivery at the date you request. You then pay for it and transplant it. All non-GMO all the time; organic. For an extra dollar, he’ll provide it in a biodegradable pot that you can put straight into the ground.
It seems like a good idea. We’ll see if the idea takes off.
Theology on Tap. Topic: Gnosticism. It’s been many years since I studied Gnosticism, but I was hip deep into it when studying Voegelin. I even bought and read Hans Jonas’ The Gnostic Religion. Jonas was a friend of Voegelin’s and, according to Voegelin, the definitive source on all things ancient Gnostic. It was fun to dive back into the topic in preparation for this lecture. Expect a scaled-down version of the lecture on the next podcast episode.
The same article, however, contained this disappointing nugget: “Amazon is set to expand on Tolkien’s work with a new television series. The series will reportedly focus on young Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor who goes into self-imposed exile with the Rangers of the North. Conflicting accounts have surfaced about about Jackson’s involvement with the series.” Dang it. I was really excited about the series and was hoping it was going to cover The Silmarillion. That’s really disappointing. Even more disappointing: Tolkien didn’t write much about “young Aragorn,” so I’m guessing the series is going to permit a lot of artistic license. If they bring in Peter Jackson, we can count on Aragorn going through a transgender phase in which he excoriates Hobbits for trying to keep foreigners out of their idyllic Shire.
Halfway through January. We’re getting there. My gardening finger is getting itchy. If yours is too and you’re looking to start seeds indoors, check out products by Bootstrap Farmer. They’re a little more expensive, but far better than anything else on the market that I’ve seen. I provide a few product ad links below (all of which I’ve purchased and can vouch for).
Speaking of gardener, this organic weed killer is making the Facebook rounds these days: One gallon vinegar, two cups of Epsom salt, 1/4 cup of Dawn dish soap (original; blue). I’m going to try it, but I’m skeptical. I’ve used vinegar-based weed killer and it’s the same story every time: For broadleaf weeds, it’s alright (I give it a “5.5” on a scale of 1-10). For grasses (which are my main problem), it sucks (zero on scale of 1-10).
A regular TDE reader and fellow-Cedar Point fan got a book about CP for Christmas. He passes along that I was apparently inches from getting a Cedar Point outpost in my backyard. Back in the 1970s, they tried to put an amusement park in Battle Creek and in the Irish Hills, both locations about one hour from me. The Irish Hills project failed due to public protests and zoning barriers. I’m not sure why the Battle Creek attempt failed.
Random Blurb from the Notebooks: In the second volume of lectures published posthumously as Redeeming the Time, Russell Kirk celebrates the workings of the moral imagination (the power of ethical perception) and contrasts it with the idyllic imagination (the fanciful imagination of people like Rousseau) and the diabolic imagination (the imagination which delights in the perverse and subhuman).
Future Cord Cutters Warning!Hulu Live does NOT provide access to CBS sports streaming in all areas. I wanted to watch fellow Catholic and procreator extraordinaire Philip Rivers play yesterday, but Hulu wouldn’t play it. After many efforts (and a lie from a Hulu representative, who told me the game was “blacked out by CBS” in my area), I got to the bottom of it: Hulu doesn’t have agreements with all local CBS affiliates, so it’s very possible that, depending on your location, you’ll get locked out of CBS live streaming . . . including the Super Bowl and the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It’s unbelievable they don’t disclose this when people sign up (I know, it’s undoubtedly buried in the terms and conditions someplace). As far as I’m concerned, it borders on consumer fraud, an opinion bolstered by the fact that, when I input my zip code into the Hulu “Channels in Your Area” feature, it lists CBS Sports Network.
Interesting piece: the demise of the hotel mini-bar. Basically, it appears to come down to this: Hotels charge such outrageous prices for the drinks, no one buys them, so now hotels are getting rid of the mini-bars because they can’t make money off them.
I found this passage interesting: “In 2014 one hotel in Las Vegas began threatening guests with $US50 fines if they stored any of their own booze in the room fridge.” I’m not sure about 2014, but I’m pretty sure the Wynn had a sign in my room last November, warning me not to put anything in the fridge or else I’d face a stiff surcharge.
I guess LeBron made a reference to Jewish people and their supposed wealth and there was an outcry. This apparently happened during the holiday season, during which I was either indisposed or inebriated, so I missed it. I first read about it in last week’s “The Week that Perished” at Taki magazine. As always, the “Perished” offered great commentary on the affair:
Sigh. After two World Wars, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, angel dust, Quaaludes, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Stonewall, “Who Shot JR?” and the election of our first lesbian Native American politician from Kansas to Congress, are you telling us that there still exists the sinister myth that Jewish people have a lot of money?
I also missed this during my holiday detention: Pioneer lesbian and leftist Martina Navratilova scorned for not accepting trans athletes. Link. Surely, this ranks up there with warmongers during WWII calling Frank Chodorov an “anti-Semitic Jew.” Martina has removed herself from the “conversation” (screams and temper tantrums by the LGBTQ community) but has refused to recant this piece of common sense: “Clearly that can’t be right. You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”
Whew. No energy these days. I think I had touch of stomach flu or something last week. I started feeling better on Sunday, then came down with a migraine on Monday. Yesterday, I was just kinda dragging all day, though I was able to log in a full day of work and a solid exercise session, so I can’t complain too much.
If you haven’t “followed” or “liked” The Weekly Eudemon Facebook page, give it a shot. I’m now running quotidian quotes, pulling from a huge stable of quotes/passages that I’ve assembled over the past 25 years. Yesterday’s quote: “Every sin, if persisted in, will become heinous.” Samuel Johnson.
Really interesting development in my postmodern studies: One of Derrida’s major whipping boys was binaries. “Western thinking, Derrida says, has been founded upon the ‘logic’ of binary oppositions, such as mind/body, rational/emotional, freedom/determinism, man/woman , nature/culture and one term is always given a more privileged position than its opposite, in a way typical of ideologies.” Link. He apparently threw a lot of venom at the mind/body binary, based on what I heard Thaddeus Russell say in his lecture on postmodernism.
Now harken back to something Bishop Morlino once said to me: Descartes’ mind-body split has been a catastrophe for western civilization. Those weren’t his exact words, but he definitely put Descartes’ artificial split in his cross hairs.
Combine that with the Catholic sacramental view of the world.
Kinder and gentler ink: “With cleveland.com’s right-to-be-forgotten experiment, we are removing names from dated stories about minor crimes and other embarrassing news.” Link. It’s great to hear that I’ll get my Elvis-obsessed indiscretion at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame out of the newspapers.
Interesting: 30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet. The piece was almost entitled, “Nazis Brainwash 30 Otherwise-Clear Thinking Saints,” but the website snatched the piece from the jaws of the New York Times editorial board just in time.
Michigan is on a roll, btw. First Solanus Casey two years ago, now this.
If you’ve never been the upper peninsula, consider a trip. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I gotta believe it is the most beautiful region east of the Mississippi, with potential competition from parts of Maine and Glacier Park in Minnesota. Be forewarned, however: the black flies can be terrible.
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