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December 03, 2010


I love this post. I recently passed many hours in a jury duty waiting room. The only magazines on hand were Golf Digest. Security rules meant that knitting needles were verboten (and had I had them with me, I may have stabbed someone after so many hours). So, I did finally take some tentative steps toward writing a poem and later, some prose. The subject matter would not otherwise have come to me. I wonder how much of our obesity epidemic can be traced to Paula Deen's cooking? As I write I can hear her saying "and now we add 1 lb of cream cheese and a stick of butter. Mix that up and stir in your chocolate chips and walnuts."

Stacey, as far as I can tell, there is definitely a direct correlation between the obesity epidemic and Paula Deen. The Whoopie pies alone call for 2 sticks (!) of butter. It's a little horrifying, though she kind of reminds me of that great UK cooking show "Two Fat Ladies" where Clarissa and Jennifer would ride around on a motorcycle with one of them in a sidecar to find their ingredients (at least two forms of lard per dish), and then when the dish was in the oven, Jennifer would usually duck out for a cigarette. Except that Paula has no sense of irony.

Whoopie pies are a big deal here in Pennsylvania Dutch country. And how I miss the Two Fat Ladies! Although making any of their dishes was liable to kill you dead with the first mouthful.

As far as the age/doctor thing, I'm sorry to say it just gets worse. I have to resist the temptation to ask my GP if he's old enough to order a beer yet.

I hope your toe is better.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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