No. 114 Murder for coffee…?

The exact quote is ” Do you know…I could murder a cup of coffee.” The quote comes from the LoveJoy series.

What a strange way to say “I desperately need a cup of coffee.”…Anyone that says they are going to murder a cup of coffee shouldn’t be drinking it. They should be banned from all coffee shops world wide and be allotted to say soy milk-straight-unsweetened. Period. I know the man is trying to look suave and debonair …leaning against his Porche…like a movie star. Even the way he is holding his body…it’s like he’s saying”please take the picture from this side of my face..it’s my best side.” So I looked up what it meant. The examples given will give you a good idea. 1) Digging out that tree in the backyard yesterday was murder to my back. 2) Walking up 6042 steps to the top of the tower was murder to my knees.  3) I’m starving…I could murder a curry.  Makes sense right? Still I feel like an injustice is taking place when it pertains to my beloved  coffee. .

 

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No. 240 Meeting at MIA….

The exact quote that started the chase was: “How are you doing? Can I meet you for coffee? ” The quote was found in my computer in a program called LinkedIn… There were at least 10 messages back and forth until we connected. 

I just wanted to sit down and catch up on her life and ask her point-blank …are my print’s “real art?” I had brought some prints with me to ask her opinion.  We were meeting at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to have our required hot  liquids but the guard said I couldn’t bring my prints in “for they may get mixed into the collection…” That one made me laugh.  So instead we sat out in these big purple modern chairs near the steps into the museum.  I told Frances I had been a student in  the art school right next door called Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As students we thought it was humorous that we never had field trips into the museum. It was  so odd to be so close to something so amazing and not take advantage of it. Between going to school full-time and working full time there wasn’t much leisure time to navigate the halls of MIA.   So close yet still so far away….We talked about what were working on ….For me it’s a   Baron Forum print, only 3 more colors! It’s based on a sketch I did for blog #188 “A True Minnesotan.” In blog # 196 called “Part of the Process,” you can see the linoleum piece that I had already cut out waiting to be inked up and printed…with some of the tools used to cut it out. Since the print is due in Chicago on January 31st…I need to get it done ..very soon! For sure this weekend coming up. Though it’s going to be tough with an engagement party and the first week of the Art Shanty Project on the frozen… Lake Harriet. Somewhere I’ll sneak in. In the background in the mail I’ve started to receive prints related to the Year of the Dog. It’s a really interesting exchange. The image can be a pun like “Dog eared” or an image of their own beloved dog. Each year the image changes because it’s connected to the Chinese Zodiac Animal.  They like us printmakers to finish them sometime in December or January. so it’ll be in everybody’s homes for the Chinese New Year. ( February 16th.) It’s a good idea.  I unfortunately, haven’t even started yet.  Printmakers are either very organized or very, very disorganized. I’m  luckily, somewhere in the middle. See my problem is do I print a real dog ? or do I print President Trump? He was born in 1946 making him a dog. As I am …and we do share the same birthday….June 14th…Flag Day.  What do you think? Which one? Help me out here…Time is ticking. Please leave me a comment.

No. 239 Hope…

 

Pandora’s box…

Small and wooden…

Designs on the outside…

Tears welled up inside.

When it opened…

The miseries flew out…

name-calling…bully tactics…

Mean spirited grew strong…

Couldn’t be prosecuted

for doing wrong.

Got cocky in their ways…

Inadvertently threw off the scales …

Hurt a lot of people…

Said a lot of names.

 

Inside the small wooden box

swam Hope …through the tears..

Persistence & Perseverance became

words she could hear…..

Learned to read books,

Learned new languages…

Learned to ask questions…

Build rafts…

Learned to use a drill and a fork lift too.

Broke down the wooden walls

Conquered her fears…

 

Flew out of the box…

no qualms to make her stay.

Hailed to the skies and to the sun…

To give her strength

For things change.

No. 238 Minneapolis Art Shanty Project…

A fictional quote pertaining to Art Shanty project …could be…”This is the spokesperson for the Department of Everything Else Shanty. We will be giving out free Peace coffee the first weekend . Which will be January 20th and January 21st.    ( 10:00 to 4:00 pm. ) Rev up your engines! Dress warmly and come out and be a part of the art  crowd.”  At this shanty you will be interacting with artists Sam Clausen, Lauren Fleming, Sean Higgins , Perri Kinsman, Tyler MacNeal and Joe Mollens.

I have a friend who has another Art Shanty called Why not knit! She is a feisty, spunky female that’s always moving and creating  all kinds of art. Her name is Jane Powers. We had dinner last night at her home. Afterwards we talked about all the things she’s doing and this project as well. One year she asked me to make brownies in the shape of fish, my daughter Anna  went out to help her record fishing stories on some the coldest recorded days in January that year.  For this year, she asked me to be outside demonstrating knitting techniques but I got wimpy… whiny about being cold.…and she said to my pure relief I could be inside the shanty. But I know there’s this thing called “imaginary warmth.” I have a feeling that I will be sitting in a giant caccoon sized blanket, with only my arms sticking out knitting away- oblivous of the cold…. She is partnering with Qian Liu on this project. Qian has taught herself how to knit a blanket using her own body instead of sticks and needles. I found a website that can also teach you this new form of body art. https://placeofmytaste.com/arm-knit-blanket/ The young woman gives directions as well as has a video on how she does it. Jane is also in another show at the Artistry Theater and Visual Arts in the Inez Greenberg Gallery. In a show called “Something to say” Art as Commentary till Febrary 9,2018.

This year the Art Shanty Project will be held on Lake Harriet, 1000 feet from the shore on the band shell side of the lake. (4335 W. Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis. ) The first weekend which is January 20th and 21st you can even get free transportation to it through Metro Transit. It runs till February 11th. Some people describe it as a pop-up village. Come and take a peek inside “All are welcome” sit down for a while …Let’s chat…play a game…sing…play bingo..do some body art ! If you’re flying in for the Super Bowl or the MOA then make it a threesome.  Come and check it out. 

No. 237 The Wall…

 

We hide behind walls…

We throw things over them.

People dig under them…

Crows fly over them.

Some people think -it’s a solution…

-I think it’s absurd.

Follow the money…

Follow the herd…

We walk into them.

We swear at them.

We smash fists into them.

They divide families…

They divide friends…

It keeps people out…

While they hide …

the illnesses of societies.

Some people think -it’s a solution…

-I think it’s absurd.

Follow the money…

Follow the herd…

We kick people out…

We shut the door…

We arrest them. …

While they pray, plead, and implore…

We put them behind more walls…

With more wire and rules.

And there they sit…

Both children and adults…

Until another sun sets…

And they expire…

Some people think -it’s a solution…

-I think it’s absurd.

Follow the money…

Follow the herd…

No. 236 Scarcastic Coffee

The exact quote is: ” I’d offer you a coffee but I’m not keen on you staying long enough to drink it. ” This sarcastic quote of the century was found in the detective series called New Tricks. Season 12. Episode 1. 

Being able to respond with sarcasm within seconds of a stupid question is a sign of a healthy brain…

Is it one or two tablespoons of coffee for your french press? It’s actually two for me. I have a new brand…if  you want to try it?  I actually read an article in the New York Times about woman called Alyza Bohbot , whose family owned a coffee business up in Duluth called Alakef Coffee Roasters. I bought two kinds just for fun-City Girl Coffee Co.  Breakfast Blend and Organic Guatemala Cafe Femenino. I was thinking of sharing one with my daughter but somehow I kept forgetting to bring it over…to her place..One of these times…

Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered…who ties their shoe laces? 

Why two? I thought with the new year upon us that even my coffee purchases should have a thought attached to them.  What do you mean? Well, I read she went to a big coffee growers conference and learned about the plight of women that were doing all the work of growing , bringing in the crops of coffee beans and they had no say so on nothing. In fact they usually don’t even get the money for all their work. We as women hate that we aren’t even paid equally here with men for the same jobs… in the US. But to not even get paid ? Because you’re a woman? Just didn’t sit well with me. I liked her spunk. I decided I would buy her coffee because of her and what’s she’s doing…outside our border walls. 

Sarcasm is the body’s natural defense against stupidity. My level of sarcasm has gotten to the point where I don’t even know it I’m kidding or not….

Did you notice anything? Well one of my ongoing resolutions is to quit using cream in my coffee right…Yah…How’s it going? Com se…com sa… Well, one thing I noticed is that the coffee seems smoother and I actually drank it black. Your kidding? I felt like a warrior. I did it for a week. 

You’re the reason why this country has to put directions on the shampoo……

What is that perpetual noise? I think it’s coming from your purse…Ugh…58 messages? What could be so important that they need to interrupt the one time I’ve had today to just sit and chat….with you.

 

 

 

No: 235 Bone Chilling Coffee

The exact quote is: ” I make you the coffee…” This quote was found in the Brokenwood Mysteries. Series 3 episode 2  “Over Her Dead Body.”

It’s funny, when you wake up on a Saturday morning ….stretch out in your nice warm blankets..You start ruminating on all the things you need to accomplish on that very day. Your foot gently touches the floor and then cringes back toward the warmth…The shivers start taking over. You can hear a voice, NO I take it back many voices shouting… BRRR It’s Cold in Here It Must be a Part of the Atmosphere! Then the saxes start-up and the cheer leaders dressed in leprechaun colors that somehow just  appeared in your bedroom start shouting in gleeful unison. While their bodies move in coordinated  body actions saying, Ice-Ice-Ice !  Oh-ree-Oh-ree-Oh ! Haven’t you ever had this happen? Well, if you’ve watched the Bring it On Cheer Book Collection as many times as I have you too might be included in this surreal dimension. One team from the rich school has just found out that all their winning cheers that alas takes them to the National Cheerleading completions each year are based on what Big Red (their original team capitan, now retired..) stole from a certain team in the inner city..The Truth is devastating…in that moment of realization they decide to up the ante  and create new work. Their own cheers. I think that’s what I like about these movies. If you can get beyond the stupid parts, romantic parts,the parts that include wild weird dreams, cheerleading brawling, mean cheerleaders and spirit stick superstitions there is a lot to learn …so check them out. So back to me and my bone chilling cold toe…I came to the realization quickly that something was off kilter with the house. It seemed colder than usual.The house was 51 degrees! I deduced quickly and something was wrong with my heater and I was going to be found frozen in my own house, at my desk with a coffee mug in my hands..Typing out my last words…..Help…….Me…. This is that moment when you really want a warm purring cat on your lap and a big wholly dog laying on your feet… Outside this morning it’s a crisp minus 2…I told one of my students promptly ..”don’t get out of bed the heaters broken…I know he won’t venture out of his room until he’s fully dressed . The horrible part of this story is that I now have to run to the hardware store quick to buy a newer looking filter because I know mine downstairs needs to be changed…so I won’t get a lecture from the tech that’s coming soon …See ya

P.S. Look at the title of the episode 2 of series 3 of Brokenwood.  “Over Her Dead Body” …spooky….

No. 234 Tweet…Tweet…Tweet…

Tweet….

Warble…

Chatter…

Whistling Jabber….

Twitter Blabber…

Cluck..Cluck …Cluck…

Dawn chorus…

Daily Bird Review

proves…

Words do matter.

Words can affect this nation…

Words can draw us near..

Help a friend…Help our neighbors.

We all came together for 9-11…

Chirrup for justice..

Tweet for good.

Dawn Chorus…

Daily Bird Review.

The birds are in an uproar.

Email chatter being read…

Phone calls being collected…

Words can affect this nation..

Make us either weak or strong…

Words can pull us apart…

Decrease our integration…

Wear our beaks thin….

OR…

We can work within…

write poetry….

say our words…

Vote the Sh—y politicians out!

that won’t join the herd.

Sing in unison…All voices heard.

Haitians, El Salvadorians, Chadians,

Libyans, Mexicans…Sireans, Somalians,

North Koreans and Iranians….

His list grows long…

in condemnation.

But there’s a whole lot of us

who want to be heard.

And say “NO MORE!…

All voices …

Hear us roar!

No. 233 Hot enough to burn….

The exact quote is: ” Ahhh…I just burnt my mouth on the coffee! ” The quote was pulled out of the police drama series called Blue Murder. Set 2. 

I wondered  how hot his coffee was that day in the sketch above?  In reading about coffee, I found on average that most folks would agree that coffee is best served at 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Coffee Association stated that 195 to 205 degrees was sufficient for extracting the flavor from the coffee beans but when serving it the temperature needed to be lowered drastically. Most people really don’t know that when coffee is 180 degrees or higher you can easily get burns to your mouth and throat in seconds. Boiling water is usually 212 degrees. McDonalds was known for having their coffee at 180 to 190 degrees. Whenever you read up on coffee being too hot, a woman’s name always pops up. Her name was Stella Liebeck, she was 79 years old when she stopped at McDonald’s in Albuquerque in 1994. She was with her grandson and they had just made a breakfast run. In the parking lot she was holding the cup of coffee between her knees to stabilize it to add sugar and cream. Somehow the coffee cup tipped over and 8 ounces of scalding coffee fell on her lap. Leaving her in a lot of pain and third degree burns in seconds. She was in the hospital for eight days and had to get skin grafts to help heal the burns which were extensive. 16 %  of her body was burned.6% of those burns were third degree burns.  Later she contacted McDonalds to see if they would help with the $20.000 dollars in hospital bills and also promise to lower the temperature of the coffee. She was offered $800 dollars. So they went to trial. Turns out McDonalds had 700 complaints of coffee burns over a ten-year period and chose not to change the temperatures for their coffee. I also read an article that  talked about a problem they were having with their lids not fitting correctly. In that article they said the lids were more flimsy but cost-effective for the company but when the case was going through the courts this wasn’t mentioned. Which I thought was interesting.  That’s when the rumor mills started to churn ugly untruths about the whole story. In the end McDonalds got pictured as the victim and Stella a scheming  money driven scam artist trying to glean large amounts of money out of “Big business.” Reminds me of the story David and Goliath. Where David has to takes on the giant. Media took over spreading more untruths…talk show hosts and comedians changed the basic facts for example Stella was now driving and drinking hot coffee at the same time…If you can ever see the movie “Hot Coffee ” watch it! In the background McDonalds was running a well oiled marketing program that pictured Stella as the villain  and they the hapless victims. They even hired people to visually talk up the falsehoods. Republican politicians even jumped in to pass laws for frivolous lawsuits. This is when all the Torte Reforms went through. If you hear the politicians talk about it, you clearly get the feeling they have not a clue what they are talking about . Stella was supposed to receive  2.3 million dollars but then the judge reduced the judgement 80% . There ended up being a much smaller settlement to help cover her hospital bills. Stella Liebeck lived through two more years after this fiasco and died at 91.  Her daughter talked about the pain her mom had to live through both psychologically from the public and physically from the burns. I did read McDonalds did lower the temperature of their coffee 10 degrees…so be warned…it’s still too hot!

No.232 Coffee Break…

The exact quote is : ” I intend to have coffee with her…” This quote was lovingly gleaned from the movie series Weeds.

I know who he wants to have coffee with… his  new secretly married wife who deals weed to the suburban crowd to support her family. He’s a local DEA agent who’s fallen in love with the wrong person. I’m going to leave both their names unmentioned for this entry so neither of them gets in any extra trouble…O.K?  It’s a dog eat dog biscuit world out there related to cannibis so if you are interested in the movie…check it out. At times I thought it was interesting, a bit funny and other moments that  I just shook my head that people like this even existed. So I wondered if I just wanted to have a coffee break with any female in the world who it might be…It wasn’t hard to come up with names. What about Oprah Winfrey? She was at the top of the list for 100 most important females in the world… She’s been getting so much undeserved grief after giving that amazing  speech at the Golden Globes. But I’ve decided that at this very moment she’s too stressed out with her home being affected by the mudslides in California. And being who she is…she’s also stressed out with how it’s affected her neighbors homes and community …so I’ll wait on that interview. Then I thought about Erna Solberg…she’s the Norwegian Prime Minister that just met with out esteemed president in the White House. Being a strong woman I would have loved to ask her how she really felt about being in the same room with President Trump. I guess she urged him to NOT to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord as did ( the whole world except maybe the Philippines…)  She also bravely reverberated that “Science is proof…”Bravo for her inner strength and audacity to say the words again.  She also pointed out the importance of women in public life…that about half her cabinet members are women…and the highest profile ministers as well. Yes, I would have liked to have a coffee chat with her! I know I would have a coffee chat with my mom. I’d ask if they have fast, consistent  internet access up in heaven? I’d wonder if  she had been reading my blog…I’d of course, ask what she thinks about it.  Ummm… a few authors maybe… Agatha Christie, Claudia Lackberg, Jane Austen, Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling,  Donna Leon. Mind you, for the latter one, the chat would have to be in Venice… probably standing up because everyone knows the  price of the coffee triples if we cluelessly sit down for a leisurely coffee break.

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