Events that work often get repeated.
Sometimes the repetition becomes codified, turning into an annual or semi-annual or monthly event.
And part of our year gets colored with anticipation of the event, increasing the pleasure of it all.

See below for follow-up.

Tagging Today
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
My 190th consecutive posting.
Time is 12,01am
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 63* under partly sunny skies with increasing wind to keep us uncomfortable.

Dinner is Spare Ribs, slow roasted then broiled then seasoned and finished in a hot oven.

Quiz Question:
What is “Lest we forget”?

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From Sally Chetwynd, responding to Howard’s piece on lobsters:

Just curious:  What on earth do the Swiss, in a land-locked country, know about lobsters that those of us who have lived at the ocean's margins all our lives don't know? Do they have fresh-water lobsters in their lakes? 

My method of killing a lobster about to be boiled, as humanely as I can imagine possible, is to place it in the boiling water head first. That dispatches it quite swiftly. Only very rarely will ensue a moment (and only a brief moment) a subsequent clattering of claws.

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And from Marc Oliviere, responding to the piece on “The Agony and the Ecstasy:”

In scenic painting, that method of using charcoal on paper with pinprick holes outlining a design is called pounding; the charcoal contained in a cheesecloth pouch known as a “pond bag,” is still used today.   



Follow up:
Events that work often get repeated.

So it is with the “Barbecue Mom’s” get together, stemming from a successful “Senior Farewell Party” at our children’s school, a couple of years ago.

The first year following the Senior Barbecue, the parents involved got together to communally make a dinner of Marinara Sauce, Caesar Salad, and London Broil.
We had fun.

This year dinner was individually prepare appetizers and desserts, and communally prepared Bouillabaisse.

Permit me to bore you with some pictures (or just scroll past them.)

Far Left:
Participant comment:

I've never seen or eaten such a wide variety of sea creatures, yum!
Dom, where to even begin?  I'm not sure how you our amateur group of people thru such a complicated recipe without wanting to throttle us all. 
Your kindness, patience & dedication is unparalleled.  The Bouillabaisse was divine, really & truly a culinary & gastronomical extravaganza: THANK YOU!!!

Dom:  Who says I didn’t want to throttle you?

Second from left:
Dear Dom, Kay and Peggy,
Thank you so much for everything!!!
Dom, the bouillabaisse was the most delicious meal I have EVER eaten.
I am overwhelmed by how wonderful it was. You are so incredibly talented!!!
I think I was speechless last night over how wonderful it was!
Thank you you all for everything. Kay you are the official co-host and your endless generosity is inquired .

Anne ( & Gary) xxxx

Dom: Readers should know that Anne and Gary, so generous in their praise of others, were the hosts, lynch-pins, and engines that put this all together.

Second from right:
That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough.”

The inevitable group portrait.

Far right:
Tiger Prawns
Great add to the dish.

Answer to Quiz Questiom
God of our fathers, known of old,
  Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
  Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Rudyard Kipling
written for Queen Victoria Jubilee

Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death.   On 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India.

Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death.
On 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India.

More recently, “
”Lest we Forget” is an art installation on the Boston Common by the ball field. The photographer, Luigi Toscano, presents seventy very large portraits of Holocaust survivors.
Until November 10, 2018.

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And so, “Good Morning!” my friends.

Today we combined the celebratory with the thoughtful.

 God bless us, all.

Enjoy the day.