Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tip of the hat to L.M. Boyd

They are charging full price for half of an umbrella. The outdoor half-umbrella is $299 and the base is another $99. What’s it good for? Along a wall, perhaps. Over a window or a small apartment balcony. Or maybe you are half-assed and just want to keep it dry.

Been invited to a cupping? It’s a coffee tasting. For your inner barista. So you can talk pretentious about coffee: “the Kenya had hints of curry and cedar…nuts and bark in the Guatemalan.” How about a hint of Joe?

That typewrite on Andy Rooney’s desk is a 1920s Underwood.

Talk about targeted mailing. The postman delivered a flyer from a company claiming to be America’s cremation specialists. You can even enter a drawing to win a pre-paid cremation. Quick. Where did I put that corkscrew?

The Mid-east is very confusing. The first wine-makers were neolithic Iranians who got silly thousands and thousands years back. Flash forward and the Bible makes many references to wine. Boom. Islamic conquerors put an end to wine production in what is now Israel. The hiatus lasted until the beginnings of the Zionist movement in the 19th century. These days, the region consumes more JP-4 (fuel for jet fighters) than wine. Pity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ah! The great L.M. Boyd, couldn't wait to read his latest posting.
I have a neighbor across the street(they are Muslim) that I drink a cup of Turkish coffee almost every evening outside on his driveway. The stuff is so thick you almost have to eat it with a spoon.
He is from Israel and owns a great deal of property there.He seems to be well known among that group.
One evening he gave me a bottle of wine that was bottled expressly for the Royal Family of Syria.
My dimwit ex-daughter-in-law grabbed it and opened it.I don't even know what kind it was.
Have a good day my friend----Goose

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