Lobster Rolls and Chinese Tea Pots: What I Learned Today – Friday, September 4

Labor Day weekend! I probably will try to avoid as much news as possible until Monday evening so I doubt I’ll be posting anything until then. I am still social distancing which means it will be a muted long weekend. I did take the opportunity the other day to take a small drive to the Cape Cod canal. There’s a restaurant there that does curbside takeout which is perfect in these times. (I really don’t understand why more restaurants aren’t doing curbside. It seems like a good way to get extra business from covid-induced agoraphobes like me who would rather not go inside to get takeout.) So what does one get at curbside takeout restaurant on the canal?  I’m glad you asked. Lobster rolls of course. And not the lobster rolls with mayonnaise and chunks of random celery. Lobster just needs a hot dog roll and butter damn it. Fries, chips or coleslaw are all perfectly good accompaniments.

Yeah, the presentation isn’t much to look at but I was also eating hunched over in the car judging people’s lack of social distancing from afar.

Have a great weekend everybody. Stay safe! Lola would say hi but she’s currently occupied:


Well, this isn’t good:

We are currently at 191,060 deaths now with about 1,000 new deaths a day. Given how fast this virus spreads and how people are pushing for schools to open 2,000 more deaths a day doesn’t sound that far stretched.


This story from The Atlantic on Trump calling dead soldiers “losers” has been confirmed by the AP and multiple sources now. Considering past remarks he has made, especially about McCain not being a hero because he was captured, this certainly sounds like something he would say. And then there is this:

On Memorial Day 2017, Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery, a short drive from the White House. He was accompanied on this visit by John Kelly, who was then the secretary of homeland security, and who would, a short time later, be named the White House chief of staff. The two men were set to visit Section 60, the 14-acre area of the cemetery that is the burial ground for those killed in America’s most recent wars. Kelly’s son Robert is buried in Section 60. A first lieutenant in the Marine Corps, Robert Kelly was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan. He was 29. Trump was meant, on this visit, to join John Kelly in paying respects at his son’s grave, and to comfort the families of other fallen service members. But according to sources with knowledge of this visit, Trump, while standing by Robert Kelly’s grave, turned directly to his father and said, “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?”

I had to read this several times before realizing Robert Kelly was John Kelly’s son and Trump actually said this to John Kelly while standing over his son’s grave.  I’m not surprised by Trump’s comment. Everybody should know by now that Trump only sees the world as transactional, and selflessness is a concept that he cannot comprehend. But Kelly deciding soon after that, why yes, he would be fine with being this monster’s chief of staff, just makes me realize how I much I have underestimated these people’s desire for power at all cost. Will any of this make a difference in how Trump’s supporters perceive him?  HA!


The Three Color Rule in film. This video fascinated me. I just never thought about it before.


Octavia Butler made the NY Times best seller list.  She died in 2006:


If you have never read a book by Butler, I recommend Kindred. She was an amazing author.


If you only have time to watch one making of a chinese teapot video today, this is the one:

Time to learn more about Chinese Teapots. Posted on r/tea from r/Damnthatsinteresting