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I'd like to start this blog with a tribute to Ben Franklin. He is featured in my Urban Almanac (his b-day was the 17th) and also my Left-handers Page-a-Day calendar. Good Ben had some wise words that I'd like to share with you...
"God heals, and the doctors take the fee"
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results"
"There was never a good war or a bad peace"
"If your riches are yours, why don't you take them with you to t'other world?"
"The cat in gloves catches no mice"
"Where there is Marriage without Love, there will be Love without Marriage"
"There is no little enemy"
My favorite (timeless):
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Well, Jennifer (other MPLS blogger) and I finally met up for dinner again last night at a hip Eat St restaurant called Azia (pronounced like Asia)! It was a lot of fun....
We started out with some appetizers. We were very naughty, getting unhealthy stuff that filled us up quite quickly. Avocado-filled deep-fried veggie rolls with a dipping sauce and also cranberry won tons. Hot pink cream cheese oozed out of these also deep-fried treats. If blogger Jim were there, the third member of our MN blogger trinity, he would have put an end to this non-sense immediately! Haha...
It was good to have a girls night out. There are things you can talk about with girlfriends that you just can't talk about with guys. It was a much needed night for me especially.
Jennifer then got some sort of vegetarian curry dish w/jasmine rice. The presentation was beautiful...
I got a cranberry duck sort of dish w/duck (obviously), asparagus, rice noodles, cranberries, bell peppers, and sundried tomatoes. I've gotta say....as a foodie (or wannabe foodie depending on your perspective), sundried tomatoes are SO out! I'd like to say I've moved past them and so has the MPLS foodie environment. But then they showed up on my plate. I'm eating the left-overs as we speak.
The duck meat was very good. By far the very best duck I've ever eaten was in New Orleans. There I was at a pharmacy convention in December of 2001. Most of the other students had boarded the plane and gone home. There I was in this absolutely beautiful hote all alone for the night. Man, what was the name? (I'll fill the one in later). There was this Asian restaurant (fill this one in later, too). I ordered room service from the restaurant and ate the most amazing duck dish. Later that year, two months later, I came back to that same restaurant with my rotation roommate and a Cajun boy I met at a Paul Oakenfold party. I was having the time of my life that month. I did horribly on my rotation gradewise, but I didn't care. I had left my heart on the bayou. Part of it will always be there.
Other memories flood me when I think of New Orleans. That December week four other pharmacy students crammed into the room with me. Kevin and Miya slept in one bed (platonically). Yoon and I shared a bed and Mike took the floor. He was the last one in the dibs for the room and that was the deal. I had a horrible cold and laryngitis throughout the entire trip. This was the last time I really spent getting to know Miya before she was diagnosed with leukemia after graduation and died one year later. I'll never forget her honesty when we were primping up for interviews and other general networking and schmoozing activities. At the time, I was dying my hair blond. She had no problem telling me that the color didn't match my skin tone. I couldn't have agreed more and was happy to hear someone say that. Needless to say, I've been dye-free for over two years. It's just not worth the money, time, and chemical damage and exposure to dye hair that is beautiful on its own. At the time, however, I was going thru a mild identity crisis.
Anyway, enough nostalgia for one blog. Back to the food. Today I worked when I wasn't scheduled to work. The pharmacist who took my place full time has been getting sick lately. She's not sure why and neither are the docs. The only reasonable explanation is work-stress. I honestly thought she'd be able to handle it better than I did (which is why I had no problem stepping down), but it appears she is also human, too. I ordered all the techs and me some delivery burritos from burrito loco. Of course, trying to make up for the breadiness of last night's appetizers, I made mine a "skinless" burrito, basically a salad w/lettuce, pico, pinto beans, chicken, onions, bell peppers, cilantro (YUM!), and guacamole. It ended my work day nicely.
I finished all of Sex and the City. Yes, I have watched all six seasons. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to pack up and move to New York and live like Carrie Bradshaw. Nah........I like writing this column better.