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This, That, and t'Other Thing

Another football Sunday has come and gone, with mixed results for yours truly.

The Giants won, hanging on by the skin of their teeth to defeat the Iggles of Brotherly Luv. Gifted with an early 14-0 lead by two Carson Wentz INTs, they still almost managed to blow it. Eli threw his own INT just when it looked as if Big Blue was about to put the game away, but fortunately the defense saved him. Biggest worry coming out of the game was an injury to Victor Cruz, which I hated to see. He's one of my favorite players. I hope he's back next week.

The Jets, meanwhile, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After trailing for most of the game, they seemed poised to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to have Fitz throw a devastating pick in the end zone. Yet somehow they managed to get the ball back, and this time Fitz redeemed himself, tossing the go-ahead touchdown. But the joy did not last for long. On the ensuing kickoff, the Dolphins ran the ball all the way back for a TD, and that was that. Gang Green now has as many losses as they did all last year. The season is effectively over. Bryce Petty looked pretty good in the short stretch they had him in after Fitz got clocked. I hope we get to see more of him in the game to come. Much as I like Fitz, we have to start thinking about the future.

On other fronts...

The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. I am not sleeping well, and I think I check 538 about three dozen times a day, hoping for some good news. Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I desperately want this thing to be over. It has been SO ugly. Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal. I think I speak for a lot of Americans about that as well.

Oh, and speaking of that: the Trump PACs have rolled out two new television ads in New Mexico this weekend. Both attack ads, natch. One is a cartoon with animated Bill and Hillary characters rolling up to the White House unpacking boxes of scandals. The other features an actress badly made up to be Hillary, in wig and pants suit, destroying phones and hard drives with hammers, drills, chain saws, and the like. Both ads are stupid and offensive, and both confirm and underline the main point I made in my "Simple Observation" post. Hillary's ads feature real footage of the real Donald J. Trump saying the things he really said. These Trumps ads, on the other hand, have to resort to cartoons and over-the-top impersonators because they can't actually find any real footage of Hillary saying or doing anything reprehensible, comparable to the stuff Trump has said.

I cannot possible imagine that any actual voters will be swayed by this stuff. "Hell, damn, I'm going to vote for Trump, did you see what Cartoon Hillary was doing?" But what the hell. Even Honest Abe admitted that you could fool some of the people all of the time...

I'm still excited about Emily St. John Mandel coming to the Jean Cocteau tomorrow. If you're in the neighborhood, come join us.

The crowds at Meow Wolf of late have been astounding. Since we first opened in late March, more than 300,000 people have visited the House of Eternal Return. It's become one of Santa Fe's premiere attractions, and I am so pleased to have played my small part in creating it.

Oh, and last night Parris and I went to see DOCTOR STRANGE at the Violet Crown (in part to escape the crowds seeing TRUMPLAND at the JCC). 'twas fun. As many of you know, I'm a Marvel fanboy from way back, and Doctor Strange was probably my favorite single character... well, him or Spider-Man, both drawn by Steve Ditko, whose art I loved. (I say single character because I always loved the group books as well, the FF and Avengers and X-Men). How much did I love Doctor Strange? Well, let me just say, one of the characters I wrote for the comic book fanzines of the 60s was called Doctor Weird, so...

The movie is NOT the best Marvel superhero movie, as I was hoping it would be... it's more middle of the pack, I'd say... but it looked great, did justice to the character, and had some scenes that were downright Ditko-esque. Of course, they had the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. Now, if they had managed to include a Steve Ditko cameo, that would really have been something. (Yes, I know, I know). I do hope that Ditko saw at least a little money out of this. He was a genius in his own way, and Doc would never have been half as interesting without Ditko's unique and idiosyncratic vision.

Comments

Dan Koifman
Nov. 7th, 2016 09:36 pm (UTC)
I thought you would enjoy this: https://goo.gl/rs6JZc

As your day-and-night-job is spent contemplating the rippling detailed apocalyptic effects of what happens after horrible people take the throne, I can understand why Trump gives you such restless nights.

But I hope you can sleep a little tighter knowing that Hillary has a 700-foot firewall.

For Trump to win, he needs the masses across the board in all the purple swing states to go mad --plus-- he needs to win in one blue state where he is currently losing by over 80% averaged chances (538: https://goo.gl/4KYoYs) like New Mexico, Maine, Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado or New Hampshire. I was glad to see news of you going to Hillary HQ. You did your part in NM.

Trump needs to clear the board when it's still not clear he can win Republican women. If he can't win ninety percent of women who make up fifty-two percent of the Republican voters, then you can almost forget commanding leads with significant independents and Democrats in purple states. He is an amateur fringe candidate that has only ever won with a gaggle of 11 mediocre primary opponents.

The road to justice has never been smooth in our country's history. We went through slavery, the civil war, segregation, women's suffrage, interracial marriage, marriage inequality and much more. If we can defeat those problems, we can defeat Trump.

P.S. Is it true that you use real butter in your voter appreciation popcorn? Traditional toppings like salted butter and coconut oil are far healthier than the inflammatory hydrogenated soybean oil crap sold in most movie theaters.
grrm
Nov. 7th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, we use real butter. Our popcorn is popped from organic kernels grown by Amish farmers in Indiana. We pop it in sunflower oil, not coconut oil, and offer -- free, no extra charge -- a range of more than a dozen shake-on toppings that includes brewer's yeast, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, cinnamon sugar, red chile powder, and various other flavors.
cyniclclasicist
Nov. 8th, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
Hi
Now isn't that interesting. And now I feel hungry. Well, as the election result draws closer let us prepare ourselves for the hope of flawed but OK... and hope that demagoguery doesn't win like it did with Brexit.
Dan Koifman
Nov. 8th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
That sounds delicious. I have never been quite so adventurous with my popcorn. I should try some of those. It's wonderful how you know where the food was grown and who grew it. But most of all I have to say I really do love your food descriptions :)

Popcorn "butter" has had a long and tumultuous history. It was real butter when you were a kid. But by the time I was growing up, they switched it to a coconut oil for both economic and taste reasons.

Then when the low-fat era kicked in the 90's and industry groups cried about the saturated fat content in coconut oil so they switched it to the oil still in use today by most theatres today, hydrogenated soybean oil.

Even though coconut oil has a lot of saturated fat, it has a unique molecular shape called a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). MCT gives coconut oil healthful properties. Your body handles MCT differently than the saturated fat in a marbled steak for example.

It is all individual and context dependent, but in one small study of 40 people, coconut oil (vs soybean oil) both lowered participants "bad" cholesterol and raised their "good" cholesterol. https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

Coconut oil gives popcorn a very rich texture and feel on the tongue. It's worth a try.

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