Stuffington Snow 2014

StuffingtonPost Eve. Snow.





Thanksgiving overnight marinade made. From Michael Romano. Not turkey!



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Handbook on How to Incite a Riot. Ferguson. Pre-mature State of Emergency. Amass the National Guard. CNN reports 24/7.  Hypes announcement coming for weeks. Leaks that a decision has been reached hours before community is told. Governor holds press conference to tell everyone to be calm. Whatever the Grand Jury outcome, it’s a set-up. Let’s hope sane protests prevail and mayhem’s a fizz.

FauxNews Benghazzzzzi obsession has finally run out of steam. The Howdy Gowdy bi-partisan report shows no basis for years of conspiratorial allegations. Fox’s response? ObamaCare guru Gruber on every show. Replacement fixation.

Defense Sec Chuck Haggard can finally take a nap. Poor guy always looks so tired. Should have gotten a clue from his dismal confirmation hearing.

Newsroom show sucks. Stilted dialogue. Contrived relationships. Pedantic people. Over at AMA‘s. Pitt Bull is glib. Taylor Swift is classy smart.

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StuffingtonPost 2014

Won’t be making Stuffington dishes this year. But, you can.

Cornbread Celery Apple.
Sausage Mushroom.
Twice cooked turnip.
Mashed potatoes and parsnips.

cropped-dsc_01381.jpgWill miss all the turkeys. Not the bird. Yay. Thanksgiving steaks! Or, short ribs.


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Gladwell v. Gladiators

Author Malcolm Gladwell calls American Football a moral abomination. Likening it at one point to dogfighting. More like modern Gladiators. Armed combatants fighting to the delight of huge arena crowds. In Football, arms are the arms. Larger bodies, muscles, enhanced artificially as well as physical drive. As defensive ends gain speed and brute brawn, hits are becoming close to lethal.

Universities pay football coaches far more than professors. Stadiums continue to be funded by alums in staggering amounts. Behavior of players has deteriorated more with each year on and off the field. Cloistered, covert, cult of silence surrounds these transgressions. College courses for hallowed warriors unattended with no grades. And then there are the Pro’s. Gladwell v. Goodell.

As a lover of the game, it’s getting scarier and more difficult to watch. Plus. Niners v. Giants today. Which to root for? A safe game.

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This Old Neighbor ReView

photo-45Norm, Richard, and Roger gone. Dirt guy revving his Mack truck on Sunday mornings, too. Gallons of gas and oil expended. Fake siding sawing fumes cleared. Air quality improved. Porta potty departed. Red trash bin lifted out. Shaking. Banging. Clanging. Crashing. Stopped. After nine-month gestation, monster machines delivered. Writing can resume. Sanity restored. Sorta. photo-48


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Parts Known

Back to CNN’s Parts Unknown. Anthony Bourdain this week brings us to Massachusetts. Assumed it would focus on Boston dining scene. Wrong! After taking us to his beginnings in Provincetown, land’s end of Cape Cod, he reveals that’s where his heroin addiction began. From there, he comes here. To Western Massachusetts. Route 91 North to SideTrekFalls. And Greenfield.

Heroin has been epidemic in these parts for decades. My former “facialist” first clued me in to the problem in Northampton in the late ’90’s. Kids of clients dead. From smack. It has only gotten worse as the economy declined. And when hometown sports heroes get injured, need surgery, they get hooked on oxy’s. Yup. Doctors as dealers.

Behind our red barns, beyond our fertile meadows, under our bridges of flowers. What you don’t see is a sorry scene. Bourdain is a brilliant journalist. cropped-shelburne-falls-18_3_21-2


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cropped-photo-651.jpgThe Side Trek has bought a new place in New York. Primary residence remains But, now you can also visit at in a new little studio. Either way, you’ll end up here. Thanks to GoDaddy and mAdBen. Blog on!

Veteran’s Day. Good time to re-read War by Sebastian Junger.


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