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83 posts from December 2006

December 28, 2006

Chocloate Kimchi

Chocloate Kimchi, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

Chocolate-Covered Kimchi

Chocolate Seaweed

Chocolate Seaweed, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

My cousin the chef brought some unusual chocolates home from Korea, including chocolate-covered seaweed (shown here), chocolate-covered kimchi, and chili pepper chocolates.

My family had an impromptu tasting of these atypical treats after Boxing Day dinner.

White kimchi placed dead last, narrowly beating out chocolate seaweed for the bottom spot. Some tasters managed to swallow the chocolate chili pepper candy, which disappointingly tasted more like wax than chili pepper.

December 26, 2006

The Punchline

The Punchline, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

Nana Christine delivers the punchline.

December 25, 2006


Darcy, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

I Think She Likes It

I Think She Likes It, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

I think Mom likes her Christmas necklace from Dad.

Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

I was in unobtrusive social documentary photographer mode, but it wasn't long before Nana spotted me.


Love, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

My brother Loren by the fireside on Christmas Eve.

December 24, 2006

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Brad has an interesting post on the Baby It's Cold Outside. I'm glad I'm not the only person who finds the full lyrics to the song somewhat disturbing.

Contemporary radio versions usually omit what appear to be date rape jokes...

My mother will start to worry. (Beautiful, what's your hurry?)
And father will be pacing the floor. (Listen to that fireplace roar.)
So really I'd better scurry. (Beautiful, please don't hurry.)
Well, maybe just a half a drink more. (Put some records on while I pour.)

The neighbors might think ... (Baby, it's bad out there.)
Say, what's in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how ... (Your eyes are like starlight now.)
To break the spell. (I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell.)

I ought to say no, no, no sir. (Mind if I move in closer?)
At least I'm gonna say that I tried. (What's the sense of hurtin' my pride?)
I really can't stay ... (Baby, don't hold out.)
Ah, but it's cold outside.

Brad has some very interesting observations about the history of the song. I agree that the song is intended as a light-hearted parody of seduction--not as a straight-faced endorsement of date rape. This is supposed to be a mellow, funny song about seduction. The joke is that the guy will go to any lengths to get this woman to stay over. But some of his ploys just don't sound as funny to a contemporary audience. At the time the song was written, the average listener probably didn't consider date rape to be rape. These days, it's not as easy to laugh along.

Moving from the questionable to the downright icky, Why I Hate DC has a delightfully scathing synopsis Franklin Schneider's creepy adventures in the DC bar scene.

December 23, 2006

Mmm, lefse

Lefse, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.

We don't do lutefisk.