Notes jotted down during a week where it went from all-day ice and snow to 53 degrees in four days …
I watched the Super Bowl commercials. I don’t remember any of them.
I’ve reached the age where I pay closer attention to prescription medication commercials. “Ask your doctor if Lipitor is right for you.” I did. And it is!
The other day the clerk at the pharmacy said to me, “Could I have your name?” And I said, “Well, you could, but that would be an amazing coincidence.” She didn’t laugh.
Do people know how to set a proper table setting these days? Do they teach that in school? How about handling your finances, social studies, typing, or sewing?
There’s a Bob Ross cereal. It’s toasted oats mixed with crunchy marshmallows in Bob Ross-inspired shapes like mountains and bushes.
I’m a little embarrassed that it took me until age 56 to realize that the Swiss Rolls snack cakes are the Little Debbie version of Drake’s Yodels (get the name similarities?), which debuted in 1962. (Swiss Rolls came out a year later). Ho Hos, the Hostess version of the cake, came out in 1967. Maybe I should do a taste test here at some point.
And maybe eating snack cakes is one of the reasons I now take Lipitor.
The New, Improved USPS
It’s about time something truly big happened to help improve the post office. It’s such a vital part of the country and always will be, even if one day we’ll be sending texts and emails and Facebook posts with our minds.
CNN has a guide to what the new reform act means for all of us. It could save the post office (which, by the way, doesn’t receive a penny of taxpayer money) $50 billion over the next ten years.
There’s a Moxie Shortage
I don’t mean that there’s a shortage of nerve and determination in people — we have a surplus of that — I mean Moxie, the official soft drink of Maine.
I tried Moxie years ago because I really love the logo. And … well, I still really love the logo. (The soda is an acquired taste.)
Man Sets 52 Guinness Records in 52 Weeks
His name is Dennis Rush, and he breaks records to help promote STEM education. He holds over 200 Guinness World Records. He isn’t the world’s fastest runner, but he is the world’s fastest juggler, and holds records for juggling axes, setting up a chess board, and balancing glasses on his mouth, among other things.
RIP P.J. O’Rourke, Ivan Reitman, Ian McDonald, Trude Feldman, Jim Angle, Bob Wall, and Stephanie Selby
P.J. O’Rourke was one of the great political humorists. He wrote more than 20 books and was a contributor to several publications, including Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Weekly Standard, and The American Spectator. He appeared on such TV shows as 60 Minutes, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Charlie Rose, NPR’s Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, and was editor of National Lampoon and American Consequences. He died Tuesday at the age of 74. Here’s an appreciation of O’Rourke from Matt Labash and here’s one from Jonathan Last.
Ivan Reitman directed such classic comedies as Ghostbusters, Stripes, Meatballs, and Dave, and he produced many more. He died Saturday at the age of 75.
Ian McDonald was a founding member of both King Crimson and Foreigner. He died last week at the age of 75.
Trude Feldman was a veteran White House reporter known for getting interviews with every president from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush. She died in January at the age of 97.
Jim Angle was one of the first correspondents and anchors when Fox News launched in 1996. He died Wednesday at the age of 75.
Bob Wall was a martial artist and actor known for fighting Bruce Lee in movies, most famously in Enter the Dragon. He died Sunday at the age of 82.
As a young ballet dancer, Stephanie Selby was the subject of a popular book by Jill Krementz. She became disillusioned with the dancing life and quit just a few years later. She died earlier this month at the age of 56.
This Week in History
Grant Wood Born (February 13, 1891)
The artist behind the iconic painting American Gothic did a cover for the Post in 1942.
Final Peanuts (February 13, 2000)
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Setting the Table (February 16, 1957)
Seriously, do they still teach this stuff?
Sunday Is National Muffin Day
I haven’t had a muffin in quite a while. Maybe because I haven’t bought any and also haven’t made any? That’s probably why.
Here’s a Post recipe for Cranberry-Orange Corn Muffins, and here’s one for Double Chocolate Muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction. That same site has these Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins, while Taste of Home has recipes for Basic Banana Muffins and Blueberry Cream Muffins (Maine is famous for blueberries and Moxie).
I couldn’t find any muffin recipes that actually include Moxie, but I did find this cupcake recipe that does. Close enough.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Hoodie-Hoo Day (February 20)
This is the day you’re supposed to go outside at noon, wave your hands in the air, and yell “Hoodie-Hoo!” (Or maybe you can yell “Ho Hos!” instead)
Presidents Day, or President’s Day, or Presidents’ Day (February 21)
The day began specifically to honor George Washington but now celebrates all presidents. It’s also the holiday with the most confusing punctuation.
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