The Goose Was Great!

The wine was fine…

…and the company was the best of all. It’s over. Sigh.

But wait, that’s not all!

There’s all kinds of stuff being celebrated today;

–          It’s Boxing Day. This is a big deal according to a British friend of mine. She tried to explain it to me. Like the rules to cricket and the films of Alain Resnais, it plumb evades me. I keep envisioning two guys in Santa outfits dukin’ it out in the middle of the ring. Not a pretty sight.

–          If the holidays have been good to you this year, you can start ‘em all over again. It’s Thanksgiving in the Solomon Islands. Do they even have turkeys there?

–          It’s Wren Day in Ireland and the Isle on Man. O-o-o-o-o-kay!

–          It’s the first day of Junkanoo in the Bahamas. I don’t begin to know what that might entail but it’s fun to say and it probably involves sun and calypso and steel drums – nuthin’ wrong with that! What say we make that our;

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I gather that Junkanoo is like Carnival in the Bahamas. I’m always up for a carnival and can certainly get excited about the Bahamas. Let’s celebrate with a;

Junkanoo Punch

1 ½ oz. Ron Diaz Dark Rum

½ oz. Simple Syrup

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 oz. Orange Juice

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

½ oz. Grenadine

½ oz. Curacao

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain into glasses, garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Drink it all up!

A couple of other things to celebrate today;

–          Today in 1865, James H. Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts, received a patent for a coffee percolator. Would that make Mr. Nason the first Mr. Coffee?

–          Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” premiered at the Civic Theatre in Chicago today in 1944. It was the first time we heard of the infamous “seventeen gentlemen callers”.

Two birthdays I’d like to note;

–          David Sedaris was born today in 1956. It’s just not Christmas any more unless I hear him read his SANTALAND DIARIES. Plus, his evocation of Billie Holiday is jaw-dropping.

–          One of my very favorite character actors, Elisha Cook Jr. was born today in 1903. Mr. Cook played a gazillion roles, but my favorite was his portrayal of Wilmer in The Maltese Falcon. His totally deadpan utterance; “You keep talkin’ like that and they’ll be pickin’ lead outta yer spleen” slays me every time, though it doesn’t slow Humphrey Bogart down a bit. That’s one difference between Mr. Bogart and me…there are others.

“The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”

Cheers!

Roger

12/26/12.

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