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Mon Oct 24th, 2016

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08:44 pm - Wretched excess
1. Was at the liquor store buying my s-i-l a 70th birthday present. The Vintages section has upped their game. Everything is now either under $30 or over a hundred. This includes a 1989 wine for $6000, which I can't even.

2. No, sorry, not going to weep for Sheri S. Tepper. She's the one had a gay character in one of her mysteries insist that the U.S. gov't should have set up isolation camps for AIDS-infected people right at the start and then this thing wouldn't have got out of hand.

3. Pauper's Pub no longer has $6 martinis on Mondays but they do have them at a discount, and it's still Monday and I still ache, so in spite of Monday morning resolutions (Monday mornings my weight has always dropped to a satisfying low, and then a kilo+ returns by mid-week) I went and had two cosmopolitans, and in between concluded that food might not be a bad idea, and their fries were discounted as well, so I ordered those. 'Gravy or mayonnaise?' asks my server. Oh, mayonnaise! Wretched, wretched mistake, as Eliza Bennett said. But friet met mayonaise are so 80s to me, encountered on I-forget-which trip to Amsterdam (86? 88?). And I remember vividly trying to get them in Tokyo- fries from MOSburger and the thing the Japanese call mayonnaise from Lawson's. An approximation at best, but consoling.
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Date:October 25th, 2016 04:44 am (UTC)
Ah, I was unaware of that. Her novels made me do a lot of thinking about feminism, but I can easily believe she had some terrible blind spots, too.
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Date:October 26th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
Very large, very didactic blind spots. Made me wish she wasn't on our side, basically.
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Date:October 26th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's why WT doesn't like her! I've mostly read her children's stuff which is very surreal.
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Date:October 25th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
I remember reading her(probably not many though) ... but too far away in memory and none of it I retained.

It's the same here ... (wine/alcohol in general) - it's expensive here to begin with ... (ocassionally you get 'sales' and you might find something for around S$15 or so but usually they're about 25~30 ... but yeah the 'fancy' wines or whatever can run into three to four figures and something like whisky? Well ...

I think it's ok to have a splurge every now and again ... ^_^ ... it's been a while but I fancy fish and chips now .. sadly (and fortunately the real deal - or as near to - is far away in some fancier part of downtown and cost a fair bit - so maybe once a year - I pick either Mother's Day or my Birthday)
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Date:October 26th, 2016 12:36 am (UTC)
Expensive fish and chips... (shakes head at the thought) Yes, well, in Tokyo the Toronto cheapies- Lebanese, Greek, from-China Chinese- were all gourmet cooking and priced as such. Eat local or don't eat at all, I suppose.

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