“I think I’ll wrap the flag in me,” Professor Plum said as he entered the mail room.

He read the mail…. (More)

Professor Plum then left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty 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, the Professor of Astrology Janitor tried to wrap himself in a straight draw. Chef opened the pot by calling the big blind, so the Janitor merely checked with his Nine of Clubs and Seven of Hearts. The flop brought the Ace of Spades, Eight of Diamonds, and Six of Clubs, giving the Professor of Astrology Janitor an open-end straight draw. He checked and Chef bet half the pot. It was a small pot so that was also the minimum bet, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor called. The Five of Clubs fell on the turn, completing the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s Nine-high straight. He checked again, and this time Chef put in a pot-sized bet. He replied with a pot-sized raise. Chef paused for a moment and called. The river brought the Five of Diamonds, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor put in a half-pot-sized bet.

“I’m all-in,” Chef said.

Did she have an Ace-Five, Eight-Five, or Six-Five for a full house? A pair of Fives for four of a kind? Or was she bluffing with two Clubs and a missed flush draw? The longer he thought about it, the more the Professor of Astrology Janitor became convinced that Chef would not have bet the flop with only three Clubs. And he saw no other obvious bluff that fit her earlier play. So just as he had lucked into a straight, she must have lucked into a full house.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor sighed and folded.

“Whew,” Chef said, turning over her Ace and Six of Hearts for two pair. “I hoped you couldn’t call without a Five.”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling, and Chef went to the kitchen to make Cuban Sandwich Frittatas, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

+++++

Dear Ms. Crissie,

I love my protestors. Believe me, a lot of the protesters that you see, they’re gonna end up voting for Trump. When they learn how crooked Crooked Hillary is, they’re gonna end up voting for Trump.

Donald in NY

We commend your capacity for self-delusion. We note that while your aggrieved white male rage shtick was Svengali-esque for Republican primary voters, poll aggregators show it’s not working with a wider audience, and recent polls show Clinton with a double-digit lead. While new data suggest that exit polls underestimated the number of white voters in 2012, but you aren’t winning white voters by any wider margin than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Thankfully, it appears there aren’t enough white supremacist voters to carry you to victory.

Finally, we note that we’ve seen many politicians wrap themselves in the flag. You, however, are the first we’ve seen wrap the flag in himself. We believe that reveals a lot about your ‘patriotism.’

+++++

Dear Ms. Crissie,

Those Cuban Sandwich Frittatas sound yummy. How do I make them?

Havana Hunger Pang in Blogistan

Dear Havana Hunger Pang,

Chef bases her Cuban Sandwich Frittata recipe on Edible Tampa Bay’s Fridge Flush Frittata, linked below. For fillings, Chef uses the traditional Cuban Sandwich ingredients – roast pork, ham, genoa salami, dill pickle, and Swiss cheese – with the meats diced or julienne-cut, and the pickle and Swiss cheese shredded. Rather than the soy sauce used in the recipe below, Chef stirs a teaspoon of yellow mustard into the ricotta-Swiss cheese blend. Bon appétit!

+++++

Photo Credit: Chris O’Meara (AP)

Donald in NY; polls show it’s not working with a wider audience; recent polls show Clinton with a double-digit lead; new data suggests that exit polls underestimated the number of white voters in 2012; you aren’t winning any more white voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

Edible Tampa Bay’s Fridge Flush Frittatas.

+++++

Happy Sunday!