Notes from Jan

Prime Time

February 25, 2017

Spending time in the California desert enlightens.  While not etched on stone tablets, there seem to be two unpardonable sins: a dirty car and sagging body parts.  Never have I seen so many car washes or shops to lift, tuck or enhance that which, no matter what God said at creation, is no longer good enough. Plenty of work in these parts if you want you or your car to look like new, at least on the outside.

Two nights ago, Basil, Luke and I went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. For $32 they had a special of prime rib, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert.  Neither grandson had heard of prime rib, and I’d not tasted it for several years.  Luke said, “Lets split it, Momo.”  So we chose the dinner special, I think, because it came with creme brulee.  For me,  time with them was all the prime I needed.

While we waited, Luke, raised on kale, quinoa and healthy options,  informed me about the amount of greenhouse gasses associated with cattle and how much water they consume.  I’ve since learned,”It takes about 2400 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.”  Having lost my appetite,  I prepared to switch from cattle to kale, just as our order appeared.

The slab of beef left me feeling apologetic more than eager to dig in. Time I trimmed off the fat, shared more than 1/2 the remaining beef with Luke, there was little left for which to mourn.  When our server came by to ask if we were enjoying our meal, she stopped mid-sentence to look at the stack of inedible trimmings and said, “Looks like that beef needed “leepo.”  As I looked up with question marks in my eyes, she added,”Leepo-suction.”

See what I mean?


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  • Reply valerie mccoy February 25, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you for that laugh-out-loud!
    I know when I went to California I was tempted to swim in a turtleneck.
    And you had to be careful when bending down to ‘coo’ over a baby in a carriage…..I was greeted with puppy dogs dressed in Ralph Lauren.

  • Reply Elizabeth Payne February 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Nothing wrong with enjoying a bit of Prime Rib along with a side of quinoa and kale. Why feel guilty about the rare occasion of something special? I figure it’s why God put certain things on this earth to begin with. They can be enjoyed, without guilt or fear of recrimination when they are not abused. Now, I doubt I would dress my dogs in Ralph Lauren. However, I have knit sweaters for them with hand dyed yarn that must be hand washed.

  • Reply Barbara Chapman February 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Too funny. Needed a laugh today.

  • Reply Radina Welton February 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I’m smiling. Your humor is refreshing.

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