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TODAY - March 26, 2020

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Good Day and Live Long and Prosper. Literally.

 

This is an old -- or perhaps very very new if you live on Star Trek’s timeline – Vulcan greeting. It is a thoughtful thing to say if you are a Vulcan, whose characteristic traits include lack of outward emotion, logic and a deadly grip. For many of us who watch Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry’s universe is an idealistic dream for anyone who embraces the death of money, ease of transportation and extensive space exploration that brings us a whole new set of species that we can hate, outside of our earthling brethren.

 

I was never a Trek fan until I met Sam. I knew the show existed because so many boys talked about specific episodes during class. I also stumbled onto a Trek convention by accident. Without knowing the different species/races in Roddenberry’s universe, I just assumed that the people strolling through the hotel lobby with pointed ears or Federation uniforms were just more weird hippes transitioning back to semi-normal clothing. I only found out it was a convention when I picked up a program guide that someone left behind and discovered that it was a combined Star Trek/pre-Star Wars convention.

 

Sam applied no pressure in bringing me into the Star Trek universe. I previously resisted these sort of efforts because outside of Logan’s Run, I really disliked futuristic sci fi. But Sam was this tall, handsome and kind Southern guy who was coming off his college football life where he dated girls named Candy Apple (not making that one up) and watched Star Trek and memories all the lines from every episode of M*A*S*H. So we watched Star Trek movies together on weekends. When there was nothing else left to rent at Blockbuster, I proposed that we watch all of the original series. Sam was so happy. He knew that there was still room in my heart for transporter beams, Romulan ale and horrible overacting. Over time, I proved my worth as a partner by watching every horrible Star Wars movie, most everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ordered the CBS premium channel so that he could watch Picard. However, he still acts as if I murdered him after asking him to watch Lars von Triers’ classic film, Breaking the Waves.

 

These Trek people are weird.

 

Today is Spinach Day! This was my favorite vegetable as a child because I loved Popeye. That is probably my favorite cartoon of all time.

 

Today is also Legal Assistants Day. A shout out to @Rebel77, who works hard in the legal field. This is usually a pretty thankless job, especially when you’re dealing with difficult clients and/or attorneys. I have mad respect for the legal field, as it paid my college tuition.

 

Have a great day!

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Yes good on you @Rebel77. I don’t know much about the role but I bet you do a lot of  the ground work for the lawyers that let’s them shine. 
 

Spinach  - hate it but I sometimes use the frozen stuff in a quiche.

 

I had to eat it as a child, as I was always anaemic. Later I read that with haem iron from vegetables you would actually have to eat a truck load to get significant iron into your body.
Over the years I tried Iron syrup, tablets, injections. Iron infusions were so much easier and more effective.

 

Still remember -

I’m Popeye the sailor man

I’m Popeye the sailor man

When I eats my spinach

I fight to the finish

I’m Popeye the sailor man

Toot, Toot. 

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Thank you, @Anna and @Versailles!  I love my work and am so happy to be at firm that values good paralegals & doesn't allow us to get abused.  This is the best way I can imagine to finish out my career!

 

As to Popeye, I liked it until the live film came out.  Robin Williams was awesome as Popeye, but I didn't care for Shelly Duvall as Olive Oyl.  She fit the part physically, but something about her face throughout the entire film just bugged me!  But I digress....if the cartoon helped me to like & eat spinach, there's nothing wrong with that!

 

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My lovely optician told me that eating 2 ounces of spinach a day helps to prevent Macular Degeneration. I tried it but I'm afraid that only lasted a couple of weeks.🤨 

All brassica can help but the darker the green, the better it is.

 

 

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I can't eat spinach raw, and my mother always cooked it Japanese style.  However, she doused that thing with ajinomoto, or MSG.  I just cooked it and grind up sesame seeds...mix it together.  It's so good!

 

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When it comes to spinach, I am the opposite of @Anna.  That is, I hate cooked spinach, unless cooked in small amounts in some dishes.  Growing up, we were sent to our rooms if we didn't eat our spinach - liver and okra, too, for that matter. Needless, to say, I spent many nights reading in my room.  In fact, at some point when I saw what was being cooked, I marched straight to my room. "Do not pass Go; Do not collect $200."  On the other hand, I like spinach salads, with the raw stuff in lieu of lettuce, or salads with both.

 

I have always been attracted to legal stuff - lawyers, court trials, legal fiction and TV series, ie "LA Law" and "The Good Wife."  Plus, I have participated in about a dozen mock trials.  For years, I was also a big fan of "Court TV," watching the especially riveting live trials of O. J. Simpson and Lorena Bobbitt, who, after years of being allegedly raped,  beaten and sodomized, cut off her husband's penis with a knife while he slept, then drove off and threw it out the car window.   She was acquitted and his penis  was found, surgically reattached, and he went on to star in porn movies.  You can't make this stuff up!!!  

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Speaking of the OJ trial, I highly recommend everyone watch ESPN's five-part ''30 for 30'' series - ''OJ: Made in America.'' It's a long series, but it will show everyone OJ's history, LA's history, and explain the outcome of the trial.  Note: explain does not equal justify.  It just means explain, right or wrong.

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Okay - I'm gonna have a mini-rant now.

 

You may remember that my next door neighbour is also my tenant, we share a drive and both look out on the garden,  Marco (Mr. Passive Aggressive from last year) has decided to stand in the middle of the lawn with  a beer in his hand and talk to his mate who is standing on the road, no probs you might say but if I want to go out of my front door I feel I have to "run the gauntlet" of him trying very very hard to be my best friend.

 

Yesterday I went to get some coal and his wife spoke to me (fair enough - she's nice), within 2 minutes he came rushing out of his front door throwing his clothes on as he came into the garden, just to talk to me....................wanker. No pal I don't want to be your buddy especially now that I've been on the receiving end of last year's attempt to bully me, and your condescending attitude to "women over 70"

 

And at 7.00 p.m. there was a knock on my door - it was the wife again asking if I needed any groceries, I was a bit cross and gave her a list of the things I didn't need as I had ample stocks of everything, and enough pre-cooked meals in the freezer to last for two weeks at the very least.

 

They keep offering help with grocery shopping etc., no matter how many times I tell them I have it covered. Nice thought at first, but I'm feeling "got at" at the moment.

 

I suppose I was a bit spoilt by having Paul as a tenant for 14 years - I rarely saw him.

 

And .....................breathe.😬 

 

 

 

 

 

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LOL, Ces, I know the feeling! Living in a condo community with no shortage of neighbors, there are several people I have no interest in chatting with, but who seem to lie in wait for me to appear.  My expression, alone, should be a dead giveaway that I would like to flee.  One neighbor out walking her dog, calls from about half a block away to wait up when she sees me descending the stairs.  I simply cannot understand how she considers a meet-up so stimulating when I find it so boring.  Plus, she asks me so many none of your business questions.

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@cestrian - This really sounds like one of these stalker films.  Does the wife not have your phone number to ask these things?

 

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Anna - I think she rang the landline, but as that is switched off due to tenants thinking I'm "on duty" 24/7 she didn't get through.

 

Sandy - I couldn't live in a condo where I couldn't escape from people I dislike. I feel your pain. 🤨 

 

Now to go for some coal - will I be left alone ? I bloody hope so

 

Yep I was................left alone that is.

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