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Eat Me

jicamaI've been around on this planet for quite a awhile now and have, as you might expect, dined in my share of restaurants. So I was surprised last month when I bit into the salad accompanying my black bean burrito and tasted something I couldn't immediately identify. It was sort of like a firm chunk of avocado, or maybe even a bit of cucumber.

It was neither. It was jicama, and it was delicious.

I finally found some in a local market, an intimidating brown lump, but it's not so scary once you've julienned it to within an inch of its life. It has a texture much like pear and is just slightly sweet. It's tasty eaten raw but I'm told annointing it with lime juice and a light dusting of chili powder is muy bueno. It's supposedly packed full of nutrients so give it a try if you're in the mood for something different or if you just want to gross out the kiddies.

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hose bibThis week I noticed my outdoor cats weren't visiting their water bowl as often as usual. A little investigation revealed that they were drinking the water which was merrily seeping from my garden hose. Clever of them, I thought, but a careless waste of natural resources. I gave the handle a good, manly turn but, try as I might, the water continued flowing the same gentle trickle.

Bummer, I thought. Time for spring for a new faucet.

The first thing I do is head for eBay and search for "outdoor water faucet". No luck. Amazon is no help, either. Neither are the web sites for the big box hardware stores. What the heck?

The problem, as it turns out, is that the thing I call a "faucet" isn't really a faucet. Technically, it's a "hose bib". Now we both know.

Now that I'm educated about such things anyone wanna bet I forget to turn the water main off before removing the old faucet, I mean, hose bib?

Update: It was the washer, which was replaced without fuss. Thanks for your interest, Plumbertonians!

=Lefty=

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Notes, Notes, and More Notes.

Economics: Six myths about Social Security, debunked.

Politics: 8 Reasons Mitt Romney is more right-wing that George W. Bush.

Sleaze: Do you know why Mitt Romney didn't run for governor of Massachusetts in 2006? It's because he had turned against the same social policies for which he'd campaigned and therefore would have lost the election by double digits. He was prepping for the presidency, of course, but that just meant coming in third to McCain and Huckabee (Huckabee!) in 2008. You will, therefore, not hear Mr. Romney boast much about his time spent governing the great state of Massachussetts this coming election cycle. To him, it never happened.

Science: Our sun, a massive nuclear furnace, puts out less heat energy pound-for-pound than a backyard compost fire.

Heresy: There's much religious apoplexy these days about gay marriage, but not a peep from our secular brethren about atheists getting hitched. Now why is that? Hmmmm.

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And now our Chart of the Day: Real GDP 2003-2012. (The reason the U.S. is doing better than Europe is because we invested in stimulus, while they went austerity. Now thank your president.)

real GDP chart

Click here for comfotably larger version of  this chart.

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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation4-27-2012: The House passed a couple of suspension bills (The DATA Act and the Small Business Credit Availability Act). They also passed CISPA, which is distressing, but the prez has promised a veto. Looking forward to that. Oh, and no jobs were created.

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Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! Fox News will never let us forget how president Obama apologized for America.... except that he didn't.



Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.


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