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Ribbon Sindwitchez

Supper that night was kielbasa (a type of Polish sausage), sauerkraut, and rye bread. All I had was the sausage, so a trip to the grocery store was in order.

As I was checking out with a loaf of rye bread and a bag os sauerkraut, the checker asked, “ ‘r’ ya makin’ ribbon sindwitchez?”

“Pardon me?”

“ ‘r’ ya makin’ ribbon sindwitchez?”

Only understanding the word “makin’,” and not understanding the rest of anything else he was saying, I winged it.

“Oh, it’s with Polish sausage tonight. Sort of a tradition with me.”

It was only until I got to the car that I realized he was asking if I was making Rueben sandwiches.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


Not Always What It Seems

I bought a couple dozen eggs from the grocery store. Although I prefer fresh from the hen when I can get them, in a pinch old, non-fresh store-bought eggs are the alternative. The brown ones were on sale, so they made it to my grocery cart, naturally.

This past weekend I boiled a few to use in a potato salad . After they were done, and I ran them under cold water to peel, pieces (?), goo (?), paint (?) came off the shells as I rubbed them gently.

Here’s a picture of the boiled eggs (almost white) and the uncooked store-bought eggs from the same carton. They’re pretty uniformly brown, don’t you think?

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So – this must mean that these eggs weren’t naturally brown, but “painted” so each one was uniform and brown in color. I’d say that advertising these as brown eggs is a sham, and I feel gypped.

Things aren’t always what it seems.

November 21, 2016
©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


W-H-O-O-S-H !

Ike and Mamie Eisenhower at the Voting Booth (Image from Google).

Ike and Mamie Eisenhower at the Voting Booth (Image from Google).

The first time I voted, an old version of voting machines was still being used. They were the kind where you pull a lever and curtains closed behind you. You pulled smaller levers to choose your candidates.

It wasn’t dramatic as The Wizard behind the curtain in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” but stagy nonetheless. When you were done, the final lever opened the curtains again with a brash and theatrical W-H-O-O-O-O-S-H ! as if you were a part of a grandiose stage production and you were the star of the show.

As best as I can remember, it was only twice that I used that type of voting machine, because shortly after I started voting, they were slowly being replaced with smaller booths where you pulled the curtain closed manually, and then to the now-in-use cheesy plastic tables with side blinders and paper ballots.

With those old timey ones, the brash and exaggerated W-H-O-O-S-H ! of the curtains made me feel like I did something spectacular. And yes, the actual rite of voting at a polling location is still remarkable. Maybe there’s no feeling of a grand stage production anymore, but remarkable nonetheless.

November 8, 2016.
©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


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