Southern Favorites: Hurricane & Alabama Slammer

Hurricane (my Mardi Gras pick)

[…I just used dark rum and white rum but I bet it’s even better with spiced rum….]
2 oz passion fruit juice (welch’s makes a great passion fruit juice blend in a carton)
1 oz orange juice

 

Juice of a half lime
1 tbsp simple syrup
1 tbsp grenadine
GARNISH WITH CHERRY AND ORANGE SLICE

 

HOW TO MAKE:

1. Add rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup and grenadine into a shaker.
2. Shake and pour into crushed ice-filled hurricane glass or other specialty glass.
3. Garnish with orange and cherry. 

Alabama Slammer (hear me out!)

My liquor cabinet is overflowing with stuff I only used once and I can’t keep buying weird little things to put in my craft cocktails if there’s no room to store the bottles, so my husband and I are doing a “liquor store challenge” and not buying anything from the liquor store for one year (ending this Thanksgiving). So far so good, but we’re only four months in…In this spirit (!), I’m trying to make cocktails with what I have…and sadly, I have a super huge bottle of Southern Comfort – not my favorite cause it’s so darn sweet! but the Alabama Slammer isn’t bad & can be made with a couple of different substitutes so you can actually make it delicious…here’s what I came up with…
 
1 ounce (some recipes say 2 ounces!) Southern Comfort OR dark rum (like Koloa, my favorite) OR whiskey (in keeping with the variation below)
1 ounce amaretto OR creme de noyaux (which is MUCH less sweet) OR a combo of both
1 ounce sloe gin
2 ounces OJ
 
shake it in a shaker with ice then strain it into an old fashioned glass filled with ice
 
here’s a variation I haven’t tried yet, but boy I’d like to!
1 ounce amaretto
1 ounce bourbon
1/2 ounce sloe gin
1/2 ounce lemon juice
 
shake it in a shaker with ice then strain it into a chilled cordial glass
 
 
 
 

“Love, Like Me!”

I wrote this story some time ago about my oldest child. Although my story relates to filial love rather than romantic love, I still thought it was suitable for Valentine’s Day, and because the T-shirt referred to in the story is a Ron Paul rEVOLution shirt, I couldn’t resist posting it! [this post is part of my effort to restore my posts after the Wordpress purge]

“That says ‘LOVE,’ like me!”

Two years after my son Luke was born, we went on vacation to a family-friendly resort in Mexico. While I was swimming in the big pool with Luke, a woman came up to me and said, “How old is he, Mom?” I said, “two.” She bade me follow her and led me to her family. She introduced me to her husband, her two daughters and her son, a real corn-fed looking blonde teenager who had Down syndrome, like Luke. I was still struggling to understand what life would be like with a child who had Down syndrome so I was happy to meet her son, but as had happened before when I met people with Down syndrome, I was completely lost trying to communicate with him. His language was totally unintelligible to me. As a well-educated person and voracious reader with the gift of gab, all of my interest in human interaction consisted of exchanging ideas. I couldn’t get anywhere with this kid and finally gave up. I asked the parents a few questions beginning to think about politely exiting. As the conversation was winding down they mentioned what a joy their children were to them, and pointing to their son, now back by the pool, the father said, “Just look at him, he’s all love!” But all I saw was a boy with a chromosomal abnormality with whom I could not imagine having any kind of relationship. I truly could not see what they saw, but I was comforted to think he made them feel good.

Six years have passed and Luke is a beautiful, articulate, charming 8-year-old boy. But does he ever keep me running! He gets into trouble every chance he gets, often darting from the scene, mischievously looking over his shoulder to get a kick out of me dashing after him or catching a falling bookcase or battling whatever mayhem he left in his wake. He wasn’t potty trained until he was 5 ½, he needs continuous supervision at school so he doesn’t escape (he was found blocks from the school on two occasions last year), and he will dump his food on the floor just to watch the dogs come running. No matter when he goes to bed he gets up at 5:30 a.m. and will empty his dresser drawers if no one hears him stirring. In short, this kid is a lot of work…but it’s worth it. Luke is hilarious and sweet and oh-so-cute. And he really is smart and clever and surprises us all the time. But I will say this for having a child this demanding: You have to be dedicated! It puts a strain on your marriage and requires that your other children make many sacrifices, but when it goes right, you can see how everyone in the family becomes richer for the adventure.

Nowadays I love to see other families who have children with Down syndrome. Those kids put a smile on my face. So not long ago, when my husband and I had the opportunity to grab a quick bite at Chick-fil-A–just the two of us–he pointed out to me a young man who had Down syndrome sitting with his family on the patio. The boy looked healthy, happy, composed and confident. I got a closer look at him as he walked past us through the restaurant to get something he needed from the counter. As he walked by I observed, “Everything that boy is, all that he can do, is the result of love. All his confidence and competence is the product of the people who love him taking great pains, time, effort and patience to make sure he could do what he needed to do and do it right and be proud and secure about who he is and his place in the world.” It touched me deeply to see in that one boy with his straight back and purposeful gait the years of love and selfless devotion his family must have committed to him. I hoped my own efforts would be that fruitful.

A few weeks later, my husband put on a shirt and in the design appeared the word “Love.” Luke looked at it and said, “Look Dad, your shirt says ‘love,’ just like me!” He laughed to me, “Luke’s so funny—he knows he’s LOVE.” And in my mind’s eye I remembered the woman at the pool and her husband, and I recalled her son and, clear as day, I saw what they saw.

 

 

Update (2/23/2019):

I sent this to a friend who has a son with Down syndrome…I told him it was NSFW but he didn’t listen! I was genuinely moved by his comments so I am sharing them here…it’s true–once you have a child with Down syndrome you are just drawn to them–you run up to them in grocery stores & freak their parents out! It’s a real phenomenon!! Truly, these kids are gifts from God…

OMG! I loved this article and can relate to all of it! The unknowing, the Chaos, the strain on every aspect of life, but the true LOVE that these amazing humans are and display, trumps all of those bad days, moments and weeks of unending, frustrating, hair pulling and teeth-gnashing times of struggle to learn, eat, use the bathroom, obey simple commands etc. etc. etc. I truly feel that my worldly perspective changed for the better the day Josh was born. Now when I see anyone with DS, I’m finding ways to get closer and interact with them, drawn to them like a magnet! Thank you for sharing this, i’m crying at work by the way….

Show this Sunday, plus BONUS SHOWS coming soon to WSB!

To make up for lost time, WSB is giving me a few extra shows…here is our schedule for the next few weeks:

Sunday February 24, 12-2PM ET

Saturday March 2, 3-6PM ET
Sunday March 3, 12-2PM ET

Saturday March 9, 5-6PM ET
Sunday March 10, 12-2PM ET

“No Nation Building” ==> “Let’s Build Democracies!” Rinse. Repeat.

From George W. Bush to Barack Obama to Donald Trump, we have seen candidate after candidate attest that we should not wade into the affairs of other countries only to argue as president why we must and then do it whether the argument compels or not.

In reviewing some old notes, I found in a May 2017 document a “What to Watch Out For” (#WTWOF) to myself:

Read more“No Nation Building” ==> “Let’s Build Democracies!” Rinse. Repeat.

Dialectical Lemonade: The MAGA Hat Kids

Like everyone else who listens to any amount of mainstream media on a regular basis, I heard the story of the racist kids from Kentucky wearing Make America Great Again hats and taunting a tribal elder in DC at the Women’s March. I tuned it out as a psyop immediately for numerous reasons. With stories like this I am often reminded of the scene in The Mission where the cardinal, about to order devastation upon the Indians in Paraguay, is rightly troubled by what he is set to do. His aide tries to comfort him by saying, “The world is thus, Your Excellency.” The cardinal replies, “Thus have we made the world.” Reports of obnoxious and overtly racist kids crashing the Women’s March wearing MAGA hats and attacking Native Americans are meant to convince us, “The world is thus.” I see how inorganically these incidents (to the extent they are ever accurately reported) have emerged and I think, “Thus have we made the world–are we making the world.” And I refuse to participate by engaging in the dialectical bait even intellectually. But the story did end up engaging me in the end….

At first the dialectic was “privileged white racist Trump supporting teenage boys menace peaceful Native American elder engaging in a call to prayer.” Not much of a dialectic really–who’s on the other side of that? The boys are not sympathetic–a dialectic has to have adherents on both sides to drive toward a pre-planned solution. (The dialectic is simply understood as Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis or Problem-Reaction-Solution.) This wasn’t really a dialectic, just another pulse in the “Trump’s America Is a Racist America” meme. But then something strange happened. As other videos emerged, it became clear that the story offered by the Native American, Nathan Phillips, and his supporters, was false, and the media had accepted their narrative of this out-of-context moment with very little to go on but bias. No matter…as Saul Alinsky advised, if your original goal isn’t achieved, take the outcome as it is and turn it toward your own interests anyway. That is, you get lemons? Make lemonade.

And so it was done…

Read moreDialectical Lemonade: The MAGA Hat Kids

For the Glossary: Digitization of the Self, the Great Suppression & More…

Digitization of the Self

Just as the Industrial Revolution moved man away from the soil, so the Technological Revolution moves man away from physical reality. With prom pictures more important than prom dates, kids seeing the world through the lenses of their phones rather than the lenses of their eyes and with virtual reality addiction right around the corner, “meat space” will be a relic of a primitive time.

The Great Suppression or the Parkland Purge

After Nicolas Cruz allegedly shot up a high school in Parkland Florida, facebook and google among others cracked down on any news or news source not of the mainstream variety and parroting the official narrative. Regardless of evidence or journalistic merit, these government proxies effectively declared “truth is dead” on Valentine’s Day 2018.

Ministry of Facts (or The New Ministry of Truth, if you prefer)

As part of their War on Truth, facebook and youtube both happened to decide to flag sources they consider to be likely to corrupt the youth or whatever their measure is, slander them and link highly biased Wikipedia entries to their posts so readers can get their minds right with “the facts.”

Emotional Property

Just as intellectual property is not real property (Stefan Kinsella convinced me), emotions are not unassailable. The right to free speech is now being balanced against the right not to be offended – not kidding!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEJ1QHu-KEQ&t=6s

Similarly, the right to data that you generated in concert with a service provider you voluntarily associate with will generate regulations that will keep any free speech friendly competitors from rearing their ugly heads–regulatory barriers to entry strike again!

Regulatory Barriers to Entry

I’ve been railing against Regulatory Barriers to Entry for years and finally got some small validation when the EU admitted that the “unintended consequences” (ha ha ha ha ha) of their privacy regulation is that only VERY BIG TECH can possibly meet the standard. Bravo. (See: Google and Facebook Likely to Benefit From Europe’s Privacy Crackdown)

I Call BS! The Shortage of Truckers is a Result of Deliberate Policy!

Nowhere in this article does it mention the systematic policy attack on truckers. Extreme restrictions on truckers’ flexibility over when to drive has crushed productivity–rising wages or line-hauls won’t make up for having to spend more hours idle for every delivery. Demand for truckers is going up not only as demand for transportation has increased but also as each trucker is forced to be less productive, an effect that compounds the shortage of drivers by causing truckers who can’t make a living to exit  the industry resulting in even fewer trucker-hours to meet rising demand.

I have seen the momentum toward autonomous trucking accelerating past that for passenger cars since the company Otto was created by some well-connected tech folks to retrofit existing trucks with self-driving technology–that’s a sign of a short timeline IMO.

This WSJ article is portraying the undersupply of truckers as an unfortunate market failure–watch out for future articles that build on this underlying false assumption to argue that we have no choice but to adapt infrastructure to self-driving trucks in a hurry.

Of course, those who pay the freight will love such a subsidy allowing them to switch to a government-subsidized technology rather than compensate for government-implemented productivity crushing policies with higher wages. My guess is they are all in this together. Similarly, the uber-lyft model does not work without self-driving technology. Billions upon billions of dollars have been pumped into these businesses for years by very smart people–surely they know driverless is coming despite the tremendous cost and disruption it will visit upon taxpayers and laborers alike.

Maybe I’m wrong, but the way this article deliberately ignores the real problem with declining trucker supply makes me wonder, Why even write the article? Obviously, there’s some agenda at work. We will see what it is. #WTWOF

Trucking Companies Are Struggling to Attract Drivers to the Big-Rig Life

The U.S. freight market is speeding ahead, but recruiting new truck drivers to meet demand is proving harder to rev up.

Nailed It! This IS the perfect Easter Cocktail–and it’s not even pink! The Ramos Gin Fizz…

Ramos Gin Fizz

From Imbibe Magazine, this is the fantastically popular Ramos Gin Fizz as invented and still served by the Sazerac Bar in New Orleans. I can’t believe I never had one before!


1½ oz. Old Tom gin (I’m using Hayman’s because I’m out of Ransom)
1 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. fresh egg white (pasteurized if you like)
2 oz. heavy cream (I accidentally made mine with half this amount and preferred it! My husband, however, did not.)
3 dashes orange flower water
(I’m considering a dash of blue curacao for color but the drink is so delish as-is I hesitate to mess with it.)
Chilled club soda
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins


Add ice to the glass to chill and set aside. (I put the glasses in the freezer while chilling with ice.) Add all the ingredients (except the soda) to an ice-filled shaker and shake vigorously 50 times. (Here’s my modification: I always use a “dry shake” when dealing with egg whites–that is, shake the drink first without the ice–in this case I held off on the cream too, shook the drink 30 times with no ice or cream for smoother froth, then added the cream and ice and shook 50 more times.) Remove the ice from the glass and strain mixture into the glass from a distance to ensure froth. Top with club soda. (I wish they told me how much club soda–my guess is 2 ounces.)

Glossary Term: Frontier Parenting

Truly we are on a new frontier–tech, surveillance, censorship, terrorism (however you define it!)…we don’t know the impact electronic devices will have on our kids, we don’t know what they’re watching, with whom they are communicating…we don’t know what their future world will look like – will they even need to know how to drive? How can we help them protect their health as plants now include animal genes and plastics and teflon (not to mention chemicals designed to kill plants and animals alike!) touch all of their food…as dialectics replace founding principles and all their books (and much more!) could disappear the moment the grid goes down…

How do we prepare our children to be safe, happy, good, strong, loving, principled, successful, generous, trusting, trustworthy, creative people, and everything else we want and hope for them, when we have no experience or understanding of the very different world they will face–face already–from the world we grew up in or our parents before us–which in turn was too different for many of them to really help us through this Age of Upheaval.

It’s daunting parenting here on the frontier….