“It’s nice to have a job,” Professor Plum said he and Ms. Scarlet shared a big smooch. He read the mail…. (More)

Professor Plum and Ms. Scarlet then left to join the resident factory in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, Chef opened with a call the Professor of Astrology Janitor looked at the Jack of Clubs and Ten of Hearts. Not wanting to risk a reraise if Chef had a strong hand, the Professor of Astrology Janitor merely checked. The flop brought the Queen of Hearts and the Jack and Ten of Diamonds. The Professor of Astrology Janitor considered his options. An Ace-King or Nine-Eight would give Chef a straight, a Queen-Jack or Queen-Ten would give her a higher two pair, and two Diamonds would give her a flush draw. He would win only a tiny pot if she folded a small pair, but he could lose a large pot if he bet and she raised. The Professor of Astrology Janitor checked, and Chef checked behind. The Ace of Diamonds on the turn sealed his decision. Any two Diamonds would give Chef a flush and any King would give her a straight. Once again, the Professor of Astrology Janitor checked. Once again, Chef checked behind. The river brought the King of Clubs. Still fearing a Diamond flush, the Professor of Astrology Janitor checked. “I have the straight on the board,” Chef said as she turned over two black Sixes.

They split the tiny pot and the Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling. Chef went to the kitchen to make Czech Breakfast Kolaches, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

As young Social Democrats in the Czech Republic, we’re very concerned about unemployment. So we’ve made this ad to encourage our voters in next weekend’s European Parliamentary Elections:

I know you probably don’t understand our language, but the voice over says “Everybody who wants to should be able to enjoy something a bit different during breaks. It is a shame there are half a million people who don’t have jobs.”

Lukáš in Prague

Dear Lukáš,

We feel compelled to note that lost opportunities for office flings are perhaps the least compelling objection to high unemployment. That said, we applaud your creativity and sense of humor, and wish you luck in next week’s elections.


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Umm. Hmm. Okay. Uhh … what are Czech Breakfast Kolaches and how do I make them?

Czeching for Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Czeching for Breakfast,

Kolaches are a Czech holiday breakfast tradition, although they’re also eaten throughout the year. To make them, cream together 1 cup of shortening with ½ cup of white sugar. Stir in 1½ teaspoons of salt, 2½ cups of scalded milk, 4 beaten egg yolks, and ½ teaspoon lemon extract. When the mixture cools to lukewarm, add 1½ teaspoons of active dry yeast and let stand for 5 minutes. Beat in 5 cups of all-purpose flour and knead down into a bowl. Let the dough rise for 1 hour, then cut off small balls of dough, rolling them in your hands and placing them 2″ apart on a greased cookie sheet. Let them rise for 15 minutes, then use your finger to make a bowl in the center of each roll and fill with fruit preserves of your choice. Bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on wire racks and serve. Bon appétit!



Lukáš in Prague; European Parliamentary Elections; hat tip to UK Progressive.

Czech Breakfast Kolaches recipe.


Happy Sunday!