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In the Rushes
Today was a good day. Skylar was feeling well enough to go to school again. I finally got to ride down Campbell with Kim again. I read theory for two hours in the morning after dropping her off at work. I volunteered in Skylar's class again and really helped two of the children struggling with the phonetic approach to spelling. I had a great talk with the Bean, who was too tired to stay the whole day at school, as we drove down to the U of A, about the difference between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, culminating in a discussion of the teeth mammals in each category have. She got to say hello to lots of people in the English Department before Kim came to pick her up. The job talk I went to was excellent and the Q&A even better. Dinner at Kingfisher with the candidate and two junior-faculty colleagues was a delight. And my cold seems like it's starting to diminish in intensity. It was a day of pleasurable rushes. But the rush under which all the rushes were neatly subsumed was the rush of my first caffeinated coffee in weeks. There are few things I like better than returning to my sweet-smelling vice after one of my periodic "detox" periods. On hectic days like today, father's little helper is very helpful indeed. I often think how strange it is that anyone figured out how to make coffee in the first place. I mean, to pick the beans, dry them, roast them, crush them and then pour hot water on them is hardly the most logical thing to do, particularly since they have no food value. For all that, though, coffee was an ingenious discovery. I can almost taste tomorrow's cup now.

Mode: brightening
Muse: bizarrely, that chorus "The things we do for love"

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somemonad From: somemonad Date: February 24th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I often wonder that about lots of foodstuffs. Pasta, for instance. What bizarre chain of events led to pasta? If there were any way to do research on this, I would love to study the history of food development.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 24th, 2005 06:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Me too. It's amazing how much more resourceful "primitive" people were at turning the natural world into something to eat or drink than we are.
sub__rosa From: sub__rosa Date: February 24th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

A little story you might have heard.

The story goes that goats in Ethiopia started "dancing like dervishes" after eating the bean. The goat's herder, Khaldi, rubbed his chin and eyed them suspiciously. "Tests! Tests!" he shouted and performed rigorous experiments on the berries.

While I find dancing goats to be funny there is something strangely demonic about it too. Most of the time I try not to think about the dancing goats; opting to think of that lovely waterfall feeling the drink gives me (especially after such a 'detox' period).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 24th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: A little story you might have heard.

I hadn't heard that one. But it's interesting. I'd always thought that you have to roast the beans to make the caffeine consumable. Maybe not.

I've been liking your literature entries a lot!
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