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Thu Jun 17, 2021, 11:05 AM

Good Day DU (June 17, 2021)

Today in History: June 17

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Question of the Day: What incredibly strong opinion or belief do you have that is completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things?

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Today's milestones: Congratulations to the following active DU members!

Anniversaries
alphafemale (20 years), moondust (19 years), ewagner (18 years), JackBeck (16 years), Cassidy (15 years), littlebit (15 years), Colgate 64 (13 years), RedArkGuy (13 years), Airotciv60 (4 years), friend of m and j (3 years), Jeff_was_here (1 year)

Posting milestones
None today

New members who posted for the first time
Hardhead1234, Charlotte Griffith, umbulali wefisi


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 11:22 AM

1. Don't ever, ever, ever use the term "check-up" when scheduling a clinic visit with me.

For no reason other than its total lack of specificity, I've come to despise the term, and ask that people not use it around me. I recognize that this is me being a little irrational.

"Check-up" is a term they use on TV that has no meaning in the world of clinical medicine. It's used for anything from a complete, comprehensive annual physical exam to "I haven't been to the clinic in a while", to just sort of a vague "just see if I'm doing okay" kind of thing.

I reiterate that my loathing of the term is slightly irrational. I understand that.

But I stand by it.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 11:48 AM

2. All animals are sentient.

Congratulations and many thanks to alphafemale.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 11:55 AM

3. When eating peanut butter crackers,

the following steps are essential:
  1. Ensure that you are using plain, natural peanut butter -- unsweetened, free of hydrogenated vegetable oil and other fake processing -- preferably recently ground, and smooth, not crunchy.

  2. The crackers may be of any type, but preferably containing at least some salt, unless you have a medical need to avoid sodium. I've used rice crackers, Ritz crackers (a guilty pleasure), stoneground wheat crackers, graham crackers, even those bland water crackers. The very best crackers for this snack are square white saltines, but really almost any cracker will do, as long as it's not flavored with a bunch of herbs, onion, black pepper, etc. Then again, if you're really adventurous, go for it.

  3. Important: The peanut butter must be spread on the salted side of the crackers (if they are traditional saltines), carefully so as to avoid breaking your substrate. Cracker fragments are to be treasured, however, because you can put a little peanut butter on a knife or spoon and press it into the crumbs for a delightful taste & texture treat.

  4. If possible, place the whole cracker in your mouth at once, with the peanut-butter-and-salt side down, facing your tongue. Chew it a bit, letting the flavors mingle, and then take a couple of sips of your beverage of choice. (I prefer unsweetened mixed fruit juice cut half-and-half with seltzer water, but there are many other choices, including water or milk, all of them perfectly fine.)

I must acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with a peanut butter cracker sandwich, nor is there any shame in adding a little jelly or jam (I personally enjoy the addition of a bit of unsweetened blackberry or strawberry preserves to my PBCs now and then.) Just know that these are variations, a different snack, an alternative to the One True Way(s) of peanut butter cracker preparation.

I take no umbrage if others don't follow my peanut butter cracker methodology. It is a personal code, one of a few symptoms of what could be mild OCD, I suppose. I silently pity those who don't know the best way to consume this fabulous snack, but I will not openly criticize their decisions. (I once involuntarily laughed at a relative who said she always spreads peanut butter on the unsalted side of the cracker, and she gave me a slightly hurt look, as if to say, "Am I getting it wrong?" I reassured her there is no right or wrong way, just personal preference -- as I inwardly judged and pitied her poor lifestyle choices.)

Now, if you prefer to eat packaged peanut butter crackers of the type found in vending machines and on grocery store aisles, I have to question whether there is really any chance we could become friends. I've eaten these in a pinch, for example on a long bus trip when we stopped at a station in the middle of nowhere and I was glad to have even the option of Lance ToastChee. But that is the rare exception.

Bon appétit!

- Answer to question of the day: "What incredibly strong opinion or belief do you have that is completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things?"

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 12:18 PM

4. All of them.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 12:36 PM

5. Toilet paper always rolls over the top. Even if you have a cat.

When eating Oreos you have to eat the filling first.
Time is round and Mozart's music is bright blue.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 01:23 PM

6. Congratulations on the Anniversaries.

Welcome to DU new members!










As a kid growing up, it was my job to sweep the house weekly. It wasn't a big deal until our upright vacuum died. Then a canister vacuum ( like the one in the photo) was purchased and come into our home. It was heavy and awkward; I hated that thing. I still hate them as an adult.


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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 03:40 PM

7. Men should wear 3-piece suits to church

I'm an atheist who left church at 17 so haven't been in one for anything other than a wedding or a funeral in 40 years but we always wore suits to church.

My wife gets mad at me when we're on our way to some breakfast joint on Sunday mornings and we pass people wearing shorts and flip flops and heading into any of those modern new-age churches and I yell at them "JESUS DOESN'T LOVE YOU COMING TO HIS HOUSE DRESSED LIKE THAT!".

I don't know why she's mad - it's not like they can hear me - she won't even let me roll down the windows.

I don't even have a suit any more so if someone did trick me into going to church I guess I'd have to wear my kilt and formal Prince Charlie jacket and vest with white shirt, green tie and kilt-hose and my Allen Edmunds wingtips.

and that's all.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 09:51 PM

8. What incredibly strong opinion or belief do you have that is completely unimportant in the grand sch

Nothing green goes on tacos.

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