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May 8th, 2006


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03:41 pm - Ocho de Monday
Last Friday we had a Food Day at work. The theme was Cinco de Mayo which, as an average American, I assume to be Mexican for Five of Mayonnaise.

From the mounds of artery-hardening junk food to the modest stupidity of the phrase "Food Day", my hatred for work-related potlucks has been well-documented in this journal. I think I say that every time we have one. It's been some time since I've talked about it, though, because with the increase in workload and decrease in staffing, it's been harder and harder for my department to actually hold potlucks. We have enough people that there might be enough variety for a full meal with choice of entree if we carefully coordinated what everyone was bringing, but (now that the AEG is gone) nobody wants to put forth the effort for anything more complex than a bag of Oreos. Without guidance the Dispute Resolution team is probably capable of assembling an assortment of chips and a dish of hummus.

I didn't make hummus on Friday.

I didn't make hummus on Friday because I just didn't feel that it was worth my money or effort. Friday's Food Day (and I shake my head and roll my eyes whenever I type that phrase, incidentally) was a collaboration between three departments -- the same three I've worked in during my tenure here, which is complete coincidence. I knew what kind of food would be served and I decided I'd rather go home on my lunchbreak, nuke a potato in the microwave, and have some of that convenient Romaine in a Bag with Little Bits of Carrot and Red Cabbage which I bought for reasons I've yet to determine. That was before I talked to Lauri.

Lauri is one of the two other people who eat the hummus I bring in, and she was lamenting the fact that she'd signed up to bring taco dip but didn't really want to spend ten dollars on the ingredients. I completely understand this problem, so I offered to pay for half which would allow me to eat without having to bring anything. She agreed and everything was fine and dandy until Friday morning when one of Lauri's kids got sick. She stayed home and bullied her husband into bringing in the dip.

Food Day was pretty much as I expected it to be, meaning that there wasn't much that I felt like eating.

There's always unclaimed food after Food Day. Some people leave quite early on Fridays and just plan to bring their dishes home on the following Monday. Others want nothing to do with their leftovers and simply let them sit until somebody else takes care of them. There was a fair amount of food left on Friday, but most of it was of the non-perishable variety, still intact in its original packaging. I let that stuff sit because eventually somebody would take care of it. I did, however, take home the baking dishes Lauri's husband had brought in, and about two cans worth of black olives in Tupperware containers because it was obvious that no one else was going to take them. Once I got home, I scraped the remaining taco dip into some Tupperware, stuck it in my fridge, and washed Lauri's dishes.

This morning I received no fewer than three marriage proposals, all from married women, because I know how to wash dishes (hint: there's soap involved). I tried to pay Lauri for the other half of the taco dip, reasoning that she hadn't been able to partake, but she refused. I was thinking about sneaking the money into her purse or something when she's away from her desk, but I'm not going to because I'm just not that nice a guy.

There's a problem somewhere in the last two paragraphs. See if you can find it.

The problem is the olives. I have a lot of olives. I have approximately two 16-oz. cans worth of black olives sitting in Tupperware containers in my refrigerator right now, and nobody else in the house will eat them. I like black olives. I like black olives a lot. But these olives are no longer sealed in aluminum cans and will eventually spoil if I don't do something with them.

I have a week to eat -- or throw away -- 32 ounces of black olives.

I can do this, and I feel some sort of moral imperative to do it because they're black olives and not iceberg lettuce (the leftover lettuce, by the way, is still wilting on the table by the window). I figure I can probably trust them as far as Friday. I probably won't finish them, but if I use them to top frozen pizzas, stir them into my salads, sprinkle them over my Cheerios and blend them into my banana smoothies, I can at least make a dent.
Current Mood: confusedSeriously, what was I thinking?
Current Music: Mystic Towers soundtrack

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From:fuzzyinthehead
Date:May 8th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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You can bring some of those over tomorrow with some kind of compatable dip. I love black olives too.
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 8th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I'll do that. Do you have any ideas as far as dip goes?
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From:agaysexicon
Date:May 9th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
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You two have fun with that.
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From:chaos_ensues
Date:May 9th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
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Try tapenade.
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 9th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
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I didn't know what tapenade is, so I looked it up. It sounds very good, but I see a problem here which you wouldn't have forseen because you're not me.

All the tapenade recipes I've found require anchovy fillets or anchovy paste. I have no problem with anchovies, but I don't forsee ever using up an entire jar of paste, nor do would I want to buy it and waste the unused portion. I'm also not sold on the idea of buying fillets. I'm just not. Sounds like a bad idea to me. On the other hand, store-bought tapenade sounds like a good idea, but not while I've got a ton (by which I mean 32 ounces by volume) of olives to use up.

Maybe vegetarian tapenade. There must be recipes for that.
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From:chaos_ensues
Date:May 9th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
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Just leave out the anchovies. I don't think I'd use the anchovies.... Save 'em for the pizza I wouldn't eat.
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 9th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
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I could do that. They seem to be a major ingredient in all the recipes I've seen, so I'm guessing that vegetarian recipes use some kind of substitute. Doubtful that they'd come anywhere near replicating that taste, but there must be some replacement.
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From:evil_jim
Date:May 9th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)

A spudstitute?

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If it counts for anything, I've heard Velveeta referred to as "vegetarian Spam."
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From:chaos_ensues
Date:May 9th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
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A good third of the recipes i've seen don't use anchovies. Check www.recipesource.com for a bunch of recipes.
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 9th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Will do. I see that several recipes suggest marmite instead of anchovies. I had to Google marmite before I remembered that it's a weird, British sandwich spread which I don't think I can get anywhere around here. I wouldn't have tried it anyway.
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From:agaysexicon
Date:May 9th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Why not simply make some Caesar Cipetti Salad with the leftover paste?
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From:defaultlisa
Date:May 8th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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You should make an olive pie or something. That should use up at least a pound of them.

Next time for Cinco de Mayo potluck, I suggest Oreos sprinkled with taco seasoning.

As for coordinating efforts: We had a "treat day" for one of the people leaving our workplace last Friday (not one of the ones from my department). People brought in three or four pans of brownies. I had thought about making brownies, but opted to bring something else instead, as had one other person. Five or six pans of brownies would have been hilarious. I'm sorry I didn't make them.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:May 8th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
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There's a problem somewhere in the last two paragraphs. See if you can find it.

I found two problems in the last two paragraphs:

1) Crazy women who love men for their handiness with soap (granted, I appreciate a "washing" sort of man, but washing alone could not cause me to propose marriage).

2) The whole sneaking-money-into-purse bit. I learned as a teenager that you never touch a woman's purse (no euphemism intended). Even if there is a love letter in it to a boy THAT YOU YOURSELF WROTE.
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 9th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
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1. Beggars can't be choosers, you know?

2. Thanks for the validation.
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From:agaysexicon
Date:May 9th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
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You, uh, you forgot to close out that open ended parentheses, so I thought the whole bit about the olives was some sort of contrived aside, and I'm still waiting for you to end the post.

Has it ended yet?








How 'bout now?
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 9th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
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Oh, all right Brian, it's fixed. Happy now?
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From:agaysexicon
Date:May 9th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Nope. You have a superfluous ' by cans. There's also the issue with the "ands" you have in that last sentence in the same paragraph.
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 9th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I fixed the ands, but are the apostrophes really superfluous? I took them out (there was another one further down), but Word's grammar checker tells me that "two weeks' wages" is proper because it's posessive. I assume "two cans' worth" works the same way.
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From:seanorange
Date:May 9th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
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You are correct, sir.

I never liked that convention, kind of like putting periods inside quotes (apparently a big reason that started happening had to do with early typesetting and the limitations of those devices). What's wrong with "s's"?

And, because I'm a huge nerd, I ended up doing both of my preferences in the same sentence.

Thank you, Stylistics class!

~Sean
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From:agaysexicon
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
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But I don't think that the 'cans' in question are in a posessive spot of the sentence, but rather are adjectival in describing the amount of olives, and not designating the ownership of the olives.

Then again, I never really took that part of english in either HS or college. Because it just occurred to me that it is possible that a description of amount can be posessive. I'm also on very little sleep at this point, too.
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From:sacredspud
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, here's the thing. I'm totally unfamiliar with this rule because I remember very little as far as pre-HS sentence mechanics goes, and my only HS English class was during my Freshman year. I figured out right away that the purpose of that class was to determine your placement for next year's English class. I did well enough that I got stuck in journalism, which started out with the assumption that I already knew plenty grammar and structure. I'm wingin' it here, folks, and I tend not to proofread very carefully.
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From:seanorange
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I think either possessive or adjectival is acceptable, they're just doing different things grammatically, even though they're saying essentially the same thing. I could see someone saying one can worth or one can's worth, although some might find the latter awkward (and now that I've written it, so do I).

You know how we're taught never to use passive voice? It's probably like one of those things where it's just preferred that we don't use it for one reason or another.

Sorry I just used passive voice there. It was totally unintentional, but I think it proved a point I tried to make to my prof once.

...and now I fear we've made Colin self-conscious.

~Sean
Ocho de Monday - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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