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The Scream

All of modern society’s social ills are the result of fatherless homes, and women are to blame!?!

I wonder if Ms. Schlafly has the nerve to say that in front of an audience of single mothers and their children?

I started out thinking that this sentiment is truly “out there” and that the audience for this sort of mucked-up thinking is limited, but then I came across a couple of largely sympathetic articles regarding the recent detainment of Roman Polanski.

I flipped.

He drugged, raped and sodomized a thirteen year old GIRL.  It’s not material whether the victim wants, or doesn’t want this case publicized again.  Polanski plead guilty to the charges 30 years ago.  As a society, we need to find the stomach to fight child abuse, rape and violence perpetrated against women.  That means following through on the Polanski case.  It’s simple, really, and attempts to paint Polanski as the wronged, artistic genius who had no choice but to flee the country fall into the same camp as Ms. Schlafly’s convoluted, blame the victim line of thinking.

Polanski, like all the absent fathers Ms. Schlafly gives a pass to, need to “man-up” to their actions.  So what do you figure the chances are that the patriarchy will enforce  responsibility upon its own members?

We all know the answer.  Ms. Schlafly continues to get paid speaking engagements, and Mr. Polanski has fawning documentaries made about him and happily accepts Oscar awards.

You’ve come a long way, baby, but you’re still on your knees.

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She’s Alive!

But you can’t blame us for thinking otherwise.

After viewing “Milk” last night, one of many discussions that followed was whether or not Anita Bryant was still living.  Everyone agreed she was dead.  Wishful thinking, it turns out.  NOT a willful wishing that another human being was dead, but rather a fervent desire that everything the woman stood for in the 70’s was dead and buried.

In fact, hate crimes perpetrated against gays and lesbians are on the rise.  So, you know, I’m hoping the increased attention “Milk” will bring to Anita Bryant results in a few more pies in her face.  She deserves the humiliation.

Good to see the pie-throwing tradition lives on.

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Eat This

We did not go hungry – not with Scandinavian hosts whose dinner parties move gracefully from course to course over many hours. Sometimes, it is necessary for the guests to take breaks between courses to sing or dance, and it is not unusual for guests to bring along their musical instruments.

Don’t be fooled thinking the dessert course is the end of the meal. The final course is the passing of chocolate candies and fruit, followed by the early morning taxi call since no one drives if they’ve had even one glass of wine over the course of the entire evening.

pastries in Aalborg, Denmark were tempting

but our hostess presented something even more desirable, this concoction of strawberries, almond cake and cream

In Norway, friends from the town we lived in prepared this late night feast

and we settled right in again as if four years had never passed

In Hamar, old friends started the evening with champagne

a gorgeous dinner table

and a grand parade of shellfish and cold salads

Elizabeth demonstrates the deconstruction of a crab

then assembles the fresh berry dessert while the musicians entertained on the deck

A day later in the mountains, our friend Eva showed us where to find rare and delicious cloudberries

and because eating pure gold wasn’t exquisite enough for our palates, we added fresh blueberries, too!

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We’re Off


The bags are packed. The passport has been dusted off. Two knitting projects are ready for my carry-on. And, in the swirl of pre-vacation check-lists and anxiety dreams (in which we miss multiple flights because we just can’t say “no” to that last minute massage – how’s that for yin-yang craziness?) I volunteered to play a model for a magazine photo shoot last week.

Volunteer? Well, sure. Number one, who would pay? Number two, there was the promise of free food prepared by one of the top chefs in the entire country, an outdoor picnic setting set-up by Anthropologie and the chance to wear my newest summer frock for the very first time.

It was also the absolute hottest, most humid day of the season. At the end, though, we were treated to some luscious paletas. I was only half-done with my mango paleta when the photographer decided he needed just a couple more shots.

Drop the paleta? Not likely.

ThreadingWater will return next month with travel tales and travails.

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yummy. sexy. bare naked garden porn.

That this blog is not a news blog should not be news to anyone. Hell, I’ve only been posting once a week or less, and I gotta tell y’all that you’re going to be seeing more of less very shortly. Greatest Husband has planned a gi-normous tour through Scandinavia for the two of us that begins in just a few short days.

It’s far from breaking news, but before I go, I’d like to write a few words concerning this, this and that. (I know, following links is such a pain. The three-word summary for each would go something like this: Viagra-McCain-birthcontrol, asswipe-Viagra-birthcontrol, and Bush-DHHS-asswipes)

I keep having this imaginary conversation in my head, in which I am a pharmacist being asked to dispense Viagra to a man at the counter.

ThreadingWater: “Sir, I’d like to ask you a question. Are you married?”

Man: “No. My wife died four years ago. Is this relevant information?”

TW: “Well, for me it is. I’m sorry. I can’t fill your prescription.”

Man: “Why not? Are you out of the drug?”

TW: “No. We have VIAGRA (loud enough so every one in the waiting area can hear) I just don’t believe in dispensing drugs so that unmarried men can have sex. I believe sex should take place after marriage and only for the purpose of creating babies. You, my friend, look a bit long in the tooth for procreational sex. In fact, my records here indicate that you’re 72 years old.”

Man: “But, that’s discriminatory. My doctor has prescribed this drug for a medical reason.”

TW: “I simply don’t believe any man has the right to a hard-on every time he wants one. That’s a life-style choice, not a medical reason. And, thanks to the Bush administration and the rule changes they made at the Department of Health & Human Services, my employer would lose all of their federal funding if they tried to fire me because of my personal beliefs. You’re out of luck, sir, or, should I say ‘you won’t be getting lucky tonight?'”

Man: “Can you at least direct me to a pharmacy that WILL fill my prescription?”

TW: “Nope. That would be another violation of my personal beliefs. Have a nice day.”

Don’t worry boys.  Your inalienable right to a hard-on is still secured by the patriarchy.  Just another little dream, like imagining an Equal Rights Amendment might someday be added to the U.S. Constitution so that, you know, we would all be treated equally.

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  • carries a heart rate monitor in her purse everywhere she goes just in case of a Chance Aerobic Blast (CAB) opportunity? Oh, I don’t know, like suddenly deciding to treat the grocery store aisles like a parcours course? What? Can’t reach that jar of creamy Skippy? Ask the lady with the heart rate monitor!
  • is considering writing reviews of magazine articles for the Spring Reading Challenge because catching up on past New Yorker issues feels like I just finished a friggin’ book?
  • thinks that wanker “Andrew” should have been kicked out on his arse from Top Chef last week for his threatening comment, tedious and unimaginative use of foul language and generally unsporting and pissant attitude?
  • thinks the experience of eating flan is like putting a live eel in one’s mouth, only not as pleasant?
  • loves to go to the voting polls so much that it’s hard to decide whether to go first thing in the morning, or save it for a treat at the end of the day? (Morning always wins out)

Just wondering.

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I’m Booked

Everybody’s doing it today and, unlike a lot of these quizes, I haven’t seen the same result twice.


You’re To Kill a Mockingbird!by Harper Lee

Perceived as a revolutionary and groundbreaking person, you have
changed the minds of many people. While questioning the authority around you, you’ve
also taken a significant amount of flack. But you’ve had the admirable guts to
persevere. There’s a weird guy in the neighborhood using dubious means to protect you,
but you’re pretty sure it’s worth it in the end. In the end, it remains unclear to you
whether finches and mockingbirds get along in real life.


Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

That “weird guy in the neighborhood” bit? Totally, totally true.

I love you, baby.

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