I don't know why, but Blogger isn't letting me type in a title this morning. Maybe that's all for the best because I'm going to cover a lot of ground, probably.
First, I want to say a word about what has become a conversation with Jaime O'Neill. I've decided not to reprint any of our further e-mail exchanges here, mostly because we went on some really interesting tangents. In particular, we talked a bit about the corporate food culture and how it is that we export our beauty and "health" standards to the rest of the world.
What I'm struck with the most is that I feel that this person is a generally good guy. I know this may upset a few people, so let me say that I am in no way defending what he said. My perspective on this person and others like them is that they are clueless about the realities of people in other shoes. It's a perspective I grew up around having been raised in the overly polite and silently racist Minnesota.
My tack has been to be able to assess who it is that is open to learning about new perspectives, and who is just going to remain clueless. And, my sense, with this one is that he is open to new ideas, even ones that challenge the status quo.
I admit that I have also been more inclined to favorably view his response because in the past I have written similar letters to another columnist here in the Bay Area who style is similarly over the top and who tends to have a pointed anti-fat bias. From said columnist, I have never received a peep. Maybe next time, I'll have to send it simultaneously to his editor, I don't know.
On a related matter, I watched Monster House on Friday night and I'm pondering a blog post about it. In the interest of time, I think I'll leave that to another day.
Now on to the really exciting stuff! What I did this weekend, by spinsterwitch.
Friday was a busy day as Fridays often are, but I did get the chance to take a nap in the afternoon. I went shopping after seeing clients on Saturday, and bought a pair of Mary Jane Crocks. They rock.
I met up with S in the evening. He and I went to a restaurant in Temescal called Tanjia. It's been there forever, it seems, and is really wonderful. It's a 5 course meal in which you choose your main entree. Harira (lentil soup), salad, bastilla (OMG NUMMY!!!!), chicken couscous & lamb w/veggies for entree, then fruit and fried bananas with sweet mint tea. We reclined on couches and had the place to ourselves for most of the meal. I belly danced a bit for S before anyone else was there, then when the belly dancer came out to entertain us all later in the evening, I got up and joined her, inspiring others in the audience to try as well. It was a wonderful evening.
The next day we slept in, then hied ourselves off to John Hinkley Park to see Women's Will perform Romeo & Juliet. Women's Will is a Shakespeare theater group comprised of all women who present one play a year for free in the Bay Area parks. I've seen them before, but I really loved this venue. It was a fun performance.
S and I spent some time wandering the park after the play. We played on the seesaw which can be a little challenging because I do weigh considerably more than S. It was pretty funny the way we worked it all out. But let me just say that gripping a seesaw with one's thighs is a little painful after awhile.
Then I went home, ate some dinner and watched a little television in the evening before going to bed.
A good weekend. How was yours?