Iíve been going out to eat more often so I donít have any big tragedies in the kitchen to report this week. Itís kind of nice; you just go eat and come home. There are no dishes or pots and pans to wash and put away or leftovers to deal with. I canít be doing that all the time though; Iíll lose my slim figure.
I did have a shopping coup though. One of the local stores had my favorite do-it-yourself meals on sale: Banquet Pot Pies. You know, the little ones, you just stick them in the oven, 30 minutes later you are treated to a wonderful little meal in a usable little pan that has 100s of uses. The pans are no longer metal because theyíve made them microwavable. They even have fruit pies that are prepared the same way. I was so excited when I went to the check-out aisle; I think the girl there thought I finally flipped. The day before the sale ends, Iíll go get another load. Look out freezer! My vegan daughter said, ďDad, do you know whatís in those things?Ē I replied by reminding her what the rabbits were doing around all the greens she eats. ďAll those little bunnies donít come from Easter eggs, Honey,Ē I told her.
Iím writing this on April 15th. The papers were full of stories about the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago. Thereís a message in that tragedy for us. Thereís no such thing as an unsinkable ship so have enough lifeboats aboard. Itís easy to transfer that to many happenings in life. Iíve approached many situations without enough lifeboats.
My wife and I took a cruise once. Neither of us was very happy about it. We were very happy with the people we were with; it was a military unit reunion and when they needed bodies to fill in to get a good rate, I invited some relatives. So it turned out to be both old Army buddies and family. It was the ship we werenít happy about. When they bragged about their waste water recovery system, my wife, who had studied micro-biology, and was germophobic, was completely turned off. Do you know how many bottles of water you need to take a shower? The only other time I had been out to sea was on troop ships. The worst lower steerage cabin on the Titanic was better than the best compartment on a military troop ship.
To me it was just a fancy troop ship.
One of the funniest cruise ship jokes came from one of my favorite British comedies. The guy is eating at the captainís table, and he says, ďI thought this was supposed to be special, and here I am eating with the crew.Ē We had to get all dressed up for one meal, but we didnít eat at the captainís table. After that meal they took our picture. They had a backdrop with a painting of the Titanicís grand staircase. I said to the photographer, ďIs that really a good idea?Ē She just looked at me and said something in a language I couldnít understand; probably a good thing.