Author: Trina Machacek

Is This You? – Pictures and People

I don’t have an aversion to people. I rather like talking to people. Learn what makes them tick and what, you know, clicks their clock. For instance: When I turned the corner leaving the produce department and entering the Mexican food isle in the grocery store I saw a woman holding two different cans of some sort of Mexican soup, looking like she was trying to decide which one to buy. Well I of course asked which one she liked best thinking that she must know something that I didn’t know. Some cosmic secret of Mexican soup donning a label that I couldn’t read. There must be something spectacular in that can. Right? Well I still don’t know. She looked at me quizzically and said something like, “No Anglash.” I gave it a second try. You know, pointed at one can then the other and said something like, “Buena y mucho buena?” She gave me a sideway smile, put the cans back on the shelf and then she herself backed away, gathering her three children as she did so. Guess neither soup was good huh? So I grabbed a package of crunchy tortillas shells and went on my way. Now I tell you that little story to remind you, and me that just because there is someone doing something that you want to know about, well that doesn’t open...

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Is This You? – Passport Performance

Recently I had to renew my passport. Well I didn’t have to, but you never know when you will be on the US/Canada border and want to step over the line and pick a flower and will need a passport to do so. Since my passport had expired more than a few years ago I decided I’d get a new one, just in case. If you’ve never gotten a passport you should do it just to have the experience under your belt. It’s quite an adventure. First you need to find out where to go to get the job done. Some places it is a post office and some places it might be a DMV office. In Eureka you go to see the great people in the County Recorder’s office. Very pleasant and helpful. But before you get to that last step of having the clerk send off your application, well there are some things you might want to “know before you go”—as it has been said. The application itself is pretty straight forward. Name, address, birthdate and place. Your gender—uh let’s not go there in today’s gender unspecific atmosphere. Then it goes on to ask about your parents. Full names, (mother’s maiden name too) their birth dates and where they were born. Parents, teach your kids about you and maybe what a maiden name is! I do know...

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Is This You? – Fish Food

Some of you will think from the title this do dah will be all about how, where, why, or when to fish. I of course being duly appraised by LL Bean as a fully functioning fly fisher-person, I have the certificate to prove it, could of course flail the waters and talk of all the ins and outs of fishing, but alas it’s winter and it’s the cooking of and consuming of fish that I wish to discuss today. Past an occasional tuna sandwich, with sweet relish and real mayo on white bread, my fish cooking talent leaves plenty to be desired and I have figured out why. Getting past the high cost, I just don’t like fish. I imagine that if it is cooked correctly fish can be a wonderful entrée. I mean I have been to dinner with people who know fish. They order swordfish with dill, grilled halibut, trout almandine and the like. It must be fairly good because it’s on all the menus. To me ordering fish at a restaurant tells me you have gone out to eat too much and are tired of the best stuff on the menu, that being almost anything cow! I know, I know, fish is heart healthy. Believe me I know. I have read the Readers Digest version of how my heart just cannot pump another quart of sludge...

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Is This You? – The Edge of Teeth

There are a few things that set my teeth on edge. Wait what exactly does that mean? Set your teeth on edge. To me it means something that makes me all squiggly and my mouth contorts because I just can’t hardly take the sight, sound or smell of something. Today I must admit that it is Styrofoam that drives me to that edge. Silly huh? Some people will cringe about fingernails raked across a chalkboard. Just the mere suggestion of running a cupped hand with fingernails pointed downward and all a glow across a flat chalkboard can send shivers up and down and back up a spine or two. EEECCCHHH! Then there are those who just can’t take the sound of chewing. Not really a cow/cud chewing but a human sitting at a table next to you chewing up a bite of salad as salad is a bit more vocal than say a piece of bread. But bread with butter and jam will cause some slurping and that is just as bad as chewing for some. Much-slurp-munch. Add to that scraping your teeth with the tines of your fork? I’m all squiggly now! This isn’t chewing, but if you sit next to someone that has TMJ, that popping of their jaw as they chew? That too for some people is enough to send us hovering in the corner counting...

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Is This You? – A Calendar with Doors

We have an advent calendar. It’s cute and means Christmas is nearing. It has the required 25 little doors. One to open each day from December 1 all the way up to the Big Day, December 25th. Behind each door there is a little surprise and each one has some meaning denoting the coming of the Christian side or the Santa side of Christmas. See our advent calendar and our family are equal opportunity Christmas celebrators. A door may be hiding an angelic angel or a teddy bear holding a gift or maybe a cross with a red ribbon and berries. And isn’t that where the rub comes to the surface so often during this holiday season? Christianity vs. commercialism. It’s like this guy I saw on television the other day. His family really, really wanted to celebrate Christmas but they are Jewish so they celebrate Hanukah. So he made this little stuffed guy with Jewish attire and a beard, holding a Menorah but his family was going to put it up next to their Christmas tree and celebrate everything. Another family I know is Christian and they wouldn’t have anything to do with Santa, no way, no how. But they buy just a few gifts and have a tree. No Santa doesn’t bring the gifts. Their thinking, I think, is that buying a gift for a loved one...

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