“My Hawaiian shirts should be hung from Árbol Squirrel,” Professor Plum said as he walked into the mail room.

He read the mail…. (More)

The staff agreed that those shirts should be hung somewhere, though we suggested somewhere less visible. Professor Plum chuckled and 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 felt hung out to dry. Chef opened the pot with a raise, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor called with the Seven and Six of Hearts. The flop brought the Ten of Spades and the Eight and Five of Hearts, giving the Professor of Astrology Janitor a straight-flush draw, so of course he called when Chef put in a pot-sized bet. She bet half the pot after the King of Diamonds fell on the turn and, with 15 possible cards to make a straight or flush, the Professor of Astrology Janitor called for pot odds.

Alas, the river brought the Three of Clubs. Chef checked and the Professor of Astrology Janitor considered whether to bet. He suspected Chef had at least a King for top-pair. But unless she held pair of Kings for three of a kind, or Ace-King for top-pair-top-kicker, Chef might fold to a strong bet. The Professor of Astrology Janitor knew a bluff was his only change to win the pot, as he had nothing at all. But if Chef didn’t fold, he would merely add to his loss.

“You have something,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said as he checked, “and I have nothing.”

“I so hoped you had at least a little,” Chef said, flashing a pair of black Kings.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling and Chef went to the kitchen to make Baked Eggs in Balsamic Roasted Tomato Cups, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

I can’t believe everyone’s so upset because I tweeted that Hillary Clinton should be tried for treason, murder, and crimes against the US Constitution … then hung on the Mall in Washington, DC. What I called for is for her to be tried and the maximum penalty for treason is death. Technically it’s not death by hanging … so my tweet was hyperbole. Besides, people do wrong they need to be held accountable. And exercising a First Amendment right is not necessarily doing wrong.

Michael in WV

Dear Michael,

We agree that exercising a First Amendment right is not necessarily wrong. On the other hand, using a private email server while Secretary of State is not necessarily illegal, and both FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors at the Department of Justice concluded that Clinton did not violate any federal law. She certainly did not commit “treason, murder, and crimes against the U.S. Constitution.” We conclude that your knowledge of law is no better than your knowledge of the English language, to wit: shirts are “hung,” while people are “hanged.”

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

But-but-but … Hillary Clinton’s mere existence constitutes “treason, murder, and crimes against the U.S. Constitution.” I know coz I stopped at a tomato stand yesterday and the stand owner had some right wing talk show on his radio. I was afraid the froth would spill out of the speakers onto my tomatoes.

Speaking of, how do I make those Baked Eggs in Balsamic Roasted Tomato Cups?

Frothing for Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Frothing for Breakfast,

Chef found this recipe at West Virginia Living. To make it, first cut the tops from two tomatoes, then slice them in half and scoop out the seedy inside. Sprinkle them with salt and place them upside in a colander over a towel to drain for 10 minutes, then rub them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and bake them in a small baking dish at 400º for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and crack and egg into each tomato-half. Season with shredded Parmesan cheese, finely-chopped fresh rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste, then bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the eggs are firm. Bon appétit!

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Photo Credit: Michael Folk

Sources:

Michael in WV; “technically it’s not death by hanging.”

Baked Eggs in Balsamic Roasted Tomato Cups.

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Happy Sunday!