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#31 mongo_jones

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 03:47 PM

Candygram for Mongo!

mongo likey candy!

thanks all--i am currently celebrating with a big bowl of oatmeal--mmmmmmm soggy cardboard...

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current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#32 Leslie

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 04:09 PM

Mongo, please eat something extra yummy today. And Happy Birthday!! :blush:

#33 yvonne johnson

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 04:47 PM

Happy birthday, mongo!
It was not a new dish, as I recognised my tooth marks. Wilfrid

#34 tanabutler

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 05:53 PM

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(Edit: that is not an actual birthday cake. It's one of them fancy-ass Bengali wedding hats mentioned over in the Bridezilla 2.0 thread. But Mongo knows that, I imagine.)

#35 Cathy

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 05:59 PM

Santa Maria!
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#36 mongo_jones

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 07:30 PM

apes and cake--can't get much better than that (though it may confuse those who have not seen my egullet avatar). speaking of cake there is some very rich chocolate cake awaiting me in the fridge at home. get home bone tired from school around 5.30. then a nice cup of black tea with a thick slice of cake. tomorrow we dine at frasca. there was a time when my birthdays involved mass drunkenness and general inappropriate behavior, and if we were in los angeles or delhi it still would. tonight, however, i will drink some wine and contemplate one of my favorite poems by possibly my favorite poet:

  A Walk After Dark
 
A cloudless night like this
Can set the spirit soaring:
After a tiring day
The clockwork spectacle is
Impressive in a slightly boring
Eighteenth-century way.

It soothed adolescence a lot
To meet so shameless a stare;
The things I did could not
Be so shocking as they said
If that would still be there
After the shocked were dead

Now, unready to die
Bur already at the stage
When one starts to resent the young,
I am glad those points in the sky
May also be counted among
The creatures of middle-age.

It's cosier thinking of night
As more an Old People's Home
Than a shed for a faultless machine,
That the red pre-Cambrian light
Is gone like Imperial Rome
Or myself at seventeen.

Yet however much we may like
The stoic manner in which
The classical authors wrote,
Only the young and rich
Have the nerve or the figure to strike
The lacrimae rerum note.

For the present stalks abroad
Like the past and its wronged again
Whimper and are ignored,
And the truth cannot be hid;
Somebody chose their pain,
What needn't have happened did.

Occurring this very night
By no established rule,
Some event may already have hurled
Its first little No at the right
Of the laws we accept to school
Our post-diluvian world:

But the stars burn on overhead,
Unconscious of final ends,
As I walk home to bed,
Asking what judgment waits
My person, all my friends,
And these United States.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


#37 Rose

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 07:37 PM

there was a time when my birthdays involved mass drunkenness and general inappropriate behavior

....but since you can get that out of your system every day now............. :blush:
curb your god

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One is often told that it is very wrong to attack religion because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it. (Bertrand Russell)

Believing there is no god gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O, and all things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have. (Penn Jillette)

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#38 g.johnson

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 07:42 PM

apes and cake--can't get much better than that (though it may confuse those who have not seen my egullet avatar). speaking of cake there is some very rich chocolate cake awaiting me in the fridge at home. get home bone tired from school around 5.30. then a nice cup of black tea with a thick slice of cake. tomorrow we dine at frasca. there was a time when my birthdays involved mass drunkenness and general inappropriate behavior, and if we were in los angeles or delhi it still would. tonight, however, i will drink some wine and contemplate one of my favorite poems by possibly my favorite poet:

  A Walk After Dark
 
A cloudless night like this
Can set the spirit soaring:
After a tiring day
The clockwork spectacle is
Impressive in a slightly boring
Eighteenth-century way.

It soothed adolescence a lot
To meet so shameless a stare;
The things I did could not
Be so shocking as they said
If that would still be there
After the shocked were dead

Now, unready to die
Bur already at the stage
When one starts to resent the young,
I am glad those points in the sky
May also be counted among
The creatures of middle-age.

It's cosier thinking of night
As more an Old People's Home
Than a shed for a faultless machine,
That the red pre-Cambrian light
Is gone like Imperial Rome
Or myself at seventeen.

Yet however much we may like
The stoic manner in which
The classical authors wrote,
Only the young and rich
Have the nerve or the figure to strike
The lacrimae rerum note.

For the present stalks abroad
Like the past and its wronged again
Whimper and are ignored,
And the truth cannot be hid;
Somebody chose their pain,
What needn't have happened did.

Occurring this very night
By no established rule,
Some event may already have hurled
Its first little No at the right
Of the laws we accept to school
Our post-diluvian world:

But the stars burn on overhead,
Unconscious of final ends,
As I walk home to bed,
Asking what judgment waits
My person, all my friends,
And these United States.

Miserable bugger.

Happy birthday.
The Obnoxious Glyn Johnson

#39 Cathy

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 07:48 PM

Miserable bugger.


Mongo or Auden? :blush:
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#40 mongo_jones

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 07:56 PM

well, the first 4 stanzas is what i was thinking of mostly--but these days the rest seems very applicable: the faculty at my university have just been asked to re-sign a "loyalty" oath to the constitutions of the united states and colorado.

my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

facts are meaningless. you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
~homer simpson


 


#41 Daisy

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 07:58 PM

well, the first 4 stanzas is what i was thinking of mostly--but these days the rest seems very applicable: the faculty at my university have just been asked to re-sign a "loyalty" oath to the constitutions of the united states and colorado.

:blush:

Happy Birthday anyway, I guess. Have a big piece of cake and several drinks.
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#42 Rose

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 08:02 PM

well, the first 4 stanzas is what i was thinking of mostly--but these days the rest seems very applicable: the faculty at my university have just been asked to re-sign a "loyalty" oath to the constitutions of the united states and colorado.

I never liked Colorado and now I know why. :blush:
curb your god

If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities. (Voltaire)


One is often told that it is very wrong to attack religion because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it. (Bertrand Russell)

Believing there is no god gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O, and all things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have. (Penn Jillette)

CERES GALLERY

#43 Cathy

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 08:04 PM

Hey, that's my home state you're dissing.

This could easily veer into a political discussion...let's not, puhleeze.
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#44 g.johnson

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 08:04 PM

I seem to remember having to sign something similar at both NYC Universities where I've worked (lest I infiltrate communist propaganda into the laws of physics, I suppose).
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#45 tanabutler

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 08:07 PM

(though it may confuse those who have not seen my egullet avatar).

Well, it was your avatar here for months, too, so I'm hoping people have good memories (enhanced no doubt by all the recreational drugs in our youth, naturally).

Happy birthday some more. I look forward to hearing about Frasca.