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calendar   Monday - November 30, 2009

Relative Pettiness

No real blogging from me today. None of it matters to me right now.

This thug Clemmons, the Seattle cop killer, is running around because Huckabee pardoned him, not once but twice? Today I don’t care. The entire justice system is shit to begin with, this is just another turd.

Iran now promising to build 10 reactors or uranium enrichment plants because Obama didn’t genuflect to them fast enough? No surprise to anyone who isn’t brain dead. Not news, and today I don’t care.

Somali pirates hijack a US bound tanker full of crude oil, again, and all our MSM is concerned about is the possible environmental damage? And, as usual, the combined floating military might of the world did nothing? Yawn. Same old same old. Today I don’t care.

Obama’s party crashers are PLO enablers? YAWN.

Chelsea Clinton got engaged? TURBO YAWN.

No, today I have my own RCOB to deal with. Worse than all of that combined, because this is personal. 5 days after the event, I’ve been accused of bad manners. For doing what I’ve pretty much been trained to do, only doing it this time without first being asked, for the first time ever.

We did Thanksgiving at the father in laws. Wife was asked to bring some desert. Instead of bopping over to the grocery store and picking up a pre-made pie, I baked a cheesecake. Not just any cheesecake, but a fancy New York style water bath recipe one, with fresh ($$) blackberries and all the best ingredients. And I researched, hunted down, and brought along a bottle of Italian wine of high quality that goes well with turkey ( a Lugana ), because the FIL’s 2nd wife makes wine in the basement so I always try to bring a bottle of interest. And, as Italians, anything Italian is naturally better than anything else. Including a properly aged grand cru Puligny Montrachet. See me, the WASP, trying to fit in? And then I made up a full batch of my kitchen sink stuffing, made with fresh turkey stock, apples, cranberries, celery, walnuts, onions, butter braised portabella mushrooms, fresh herbs, and 3 kinds of fresh sausage. But I left out the raisins this year because I remembered that somebody won’t eat anything with raisins in it, and I didn’t know if they’d be there or not.

At some point long after dinner was over, I saw the stuffing bowl in the dish drying rack. So I asked if all the stuffing was eaten up. “No, there was some left, I put it in with the [whatever]. Did you want it? No, no, no, you guys enjoy it. I just wondered if it was all gone.

I’ve been going to these events for more than a decade. And always, without fail, leftovers have been forced on us. Take it home, take it home! We’ve got enough extra food to last a week! There’s another 14 deserts out there, take it home! Geez, what am I going to do with all this booze? Here, let me fill you a bag; take 4 scoops of everything! Take more!

So ... I brought home my empty stuffing bowl. And I brought home the wine bottle that had about 3 swallows left in it. There were another 10 open bottles on the shelf. And I brought home the one remaining, somewhat mangled, slice of cheesecake that was stuck to my ring form pan [I should have used a little more specially purchased fancy Plugra sweet butter to rub the pan first. The hand ground graham cracker crust stuck a little]. I’m just helping clean up, taking home leftovers, trying to cut down on the waste and the mess. As I’ve been trained to do. Or so I thought.

This afternoon I get an email from FIL’s wife ...

Subject: [No Subject]

Drew

When you bring something over to someone’s house, it is not OK to take it home unless offered.  Consider it their gift from you.

S



Well, watch me blush reading that one. The only response I could make was “gosh, this seems embarrassing, but I’m not sure what you mean.”
Hey, I left them $20 worth of stuffing. What I took home was measly in comparison. A glug of not-expensive wine and a bashed slice of cake. Bad me.

So while I now fully understand why duels used to happen, I’m wondering which is the worse “fox paws” [faux pas] - my heinously boorish transgression, or having it pointed out to me with a finger wagging lecture in manners nearly a week later?

OTOH,
a) right now if I never see that uppity snot again it will be too soon, and
b) if my wife wants to bring anything to eat to another one of these get-togethers she can buy or cook it herself. My days of extra effort making a first class contribution just ended forever. You want us to bring desert? Fine, here’s some frozen jello she found at Walmart in a disposable plastic tub. But look, we brought Cool Whip™ and it’s only slightly out of code! And
c) I’ll be fucked in the ass with a burning pine cone before I ever leave their house again with as much as a spoonful of muddy water.


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