You just never know, guys.
Or, I could eat a bowl of grits – and love it.
One of these things hasn’t happened yet. And it ain’t the grits or the diamond. As a native Coloradan, I’d felt compelled to keep myself chaste of the ultimate southern dish – grits. I feared eating grits would turn me into an Atlanta Falcons fan.
Or a Southern Democrat.
(I still believe kale to me the gateway drug to liberal thoughts.) There’s just something about grits and cheddar with garlic from Charleston and colossal Argentinian shrimp to make a boy change his mind.
Grits and Skittles?
I also won my first club championship last weekend with an team that probably shouldn’t have beaten the final two opponents we faced.
But we did. I’m stuffed after dinner and leftover shrimp and grits, and still high off a 3-1 championship win in which I both suffered a sugar crash (Skittles saves) and took a chance on a lineup.
This on the same weekend I was unable to finish a barbecue sandwich. A delicious one.
Anything’s possible, y’all.
1. How do you pronounce ‘quinoa’?
If you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it.
That’s what they say about some ingredients. Azodicarbonamide and Butylated hydroxyanisole, for example. Quinoa, on the other hand, is good for you. It’s low glycemic. Hell, it even got its own year, in 2013.
I had some in my rice for lunch. It felt like tiny uncooked spheres between grains of rice.
It’s good for me, though. It’s the seed of a leafy plant found in the Andes, I think. Not actually spherical scoops of uncooked rice. And it’s pronounced KEEN-wah. I’d have guessed kwin-OH-uh.
Makes me want to go to Whole Foods and ask for kwin-OH-uh.
2. What is a great aunt?
She’s one who would make you a bowl of fried rice (with those pork chunks!) and not quinoa. A great aunt needn’t be great at all. She doesn’t even have to qualify as good, or part-time shoddy.
No, she needs only be your mom’s or dad’s aunt.
For instance, Aunt Alice is your great aunt. She just happens to be great, too. I love the teddy bears she made you girls out of my dad’s shirts. I think you have five or six great aunts floating around out there.
3. Is James Bond’s car indestructible?
Agent 007’s car can’t beat it all – and in The World is Not Enough, his BMW Z8 even gets sawn in half.
James Bond also totaled a Ford Mustang convertible in Goldfinger. Travesty. (No American spy would do such dastardly deeds). His 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud gets shoved into a lake in May Day.
Bond drove no fewer than 58 automobiles in 007 films, most outfitted with high-tech accessories, such as an Arnott supercharger with magnetic clutch, homing devices and tons of guns.
The closest to indestructible Bond car might have been the Citroen 2CV featured in For Your Eyes Only. Bond rented it from Melina Havelock and used it for a quick getaway.
4. How long is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah’s eight nights and days, starting the 25th day of the month Kislev. It runs to the second day of Tevet. (Months on the Hebrew calendar just sound cool.)
This year, it’ll be Dec. 6-14 on our calendar. You’re supposed to light the first candle on the menorah at nightfall of the first night. They also call Hanukkah the Festival of Lights, and it’s in observance of the Jewish people’s struggle for religious freedom.
They even eat donuts.
5. Why do people get dressed up for God?
You’ve asked a similar question, about why we dress up for church. This question felt different. The bible leans toward the gussying up as being superfluous. In the Book of Samuel, God is said to see differently than man; the Lord looks at the heart.
Timothy 2:9 suggests women dress respectfully, but not show off.
James 2:1-9 spells it out like this: Show no partiality to a person who comes into your assembly simply by the threads they wear. Deuteronomy warns against a woman wearing men’s clothes, and Corinthians implores us to “glorify God in our body.”
It’s not clear whether than means Louis Vuitton or a healthy diet of quinoa.