What Does a Fresh Avocado Look Like?

I just ate an avocado that tasted like, well, perhaps I better not say.  Since I’m not a big avocado eater I had no idea what the consistency of an avocado should be, nor did I know what a proper avocado should taste like!  So I have no idea about whether what I ate was good, or bad.   I just know it isn’t my favorite taste in the world, I can tell you that!

Why am I eating fruit that I am unfamiliar with?  Well, remember the other day I was writing about men’s birth control?  We got into discussing styrene maleic anhydrides or something like that…anyhow, I read further on the subject and I got into reading about sodium bicarbonate in the human body.

Let’s make a long story short and let me just say that I didn’t know that sodium bicarbonate was formulated in our bodies!  I thought it was baking soda.  End of story.  Instead, sodium bicarbonate opened up some serious questions for me about American diets.  I started looking at how acidic our diets were.  I wondered about whether diets were always so acidic.  I wondered if diets the world over were as acidic.

It was then that I stumbled onto the material that suggests that everyone who knows nutrition already knows what I was figuring out on my own.  Our diets are too acidic!  The tricky part is creating a balance and that isnt’ as easy as it looks.  Like in women you can use sodium bicarbonate to change blood levels and urine outputs, but in men you have to use potassium bicarbonate to get similar results.  Phew.  This medical stuff is complicated ain’t it?

I said I was going to keep this simple though didn’t I?  Okay, simply put our bodies are either acidic or alkaline, if we go too far in either direction we’ll wind up with potential illnesses.  So I started asking myself if there were simple ways to add bases or alkaline materials to our diets since I made this elementary guess that too much acid isn’t doing me any favors.  I found that a diet that looks remarkably like the Mediterranean diet features the kinds of foods that would potentially increase the base levels in your blood.

Heck, inhaling deeply and regularly will increase the alkaline level of your bloodstream!

Don’t you hate it when you arrive at Eureka moments AFTER someone has already explained all of this stuff and you were too busy paying attention to stupid things to listen?!

I’m going to make it a practice to add more foods that are on the high side of the scale when it comes to ph balance.  Avocados and apples and tomatoes and olives and green tea and yogurt and tomatoes and soy products, cabbage and lots of lettuce are all foods that are more alkaline.  Also garlic, green peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, cantaloupes pears, tangerines watermelons, almonds and chestnuts.

Sugar is an acid.  Milk is an acid.  Anything with citric acid is an acid.  Anything with phosphoric acid like soda is an acid.  Coffee is an acid.  Corn is an acid. Cranberries, Blueberries, Oat bran, crackers, bread,  flour, macaroni, chick peas, green beans, cashews, most meats.  BACON, pork, turkey, tuna, shrimp are all foods on the acidic side of the scale.

Anyhow, that is why I ate the avocado.  And it is why I’m asking if perhaps my avocado was just a little unripe?

Any answers?




Daniel Parmertor and Daniel Parmenter Both Shot in School Shootings

When I was looking up information on the young people who were shot by T.J Lane I misspelled Daniel Parmertor’s name.  Instead of spelling it correctly I spelled it with an e as in Parmenter.  (Update, This post has been changed slightly to reflect the accurate spelling of Daniel Pamertor.  I also want to express my deepest regret to his family and friends for their loss.)

It’s very scary that Daniel Parmenter was shot dead at Northern Illinois University in February of 2008.  He was 20.

I can’t imagine there is any relation, it’s just an eerie coincidence.  But it worries me that we now have to get the spelling just right in order to read about school shooting victims in America.




Which Jesus Does Your Candidate Believe In?

Who is Christian?

No, really!

I am asking a serious question about who qualifies as “Christian” these days?  If you look through the pages of world history you’ll find that there have been quite a few sects, some of which have become mainstream religions, that have fought quite bitterly over who gets to call themselves Christian.

Some folks were upset that the Bible was going to be printed in anything other than the heretofore approved languages.  Other groups vied with each other over who could be baptized at what age?  Some people said Jesus was a man, not a God.  Others have said there is and always has been only one God, so stop talking about other gods.  Some folks have said there wasn’t an historical Jesus anyhow, others have insisted that he comes to speak to them almost bodily, if they are in the right prayerful frame of mind.

Lordy, we are confused!

Now in this Presidential race we have a couple of protestants, a couple of Catholics and a couple of Mormons.  ( I didn’t capitalize protestant  because I am not referring to a particular branch of protestantism, if I had said Baptist, or Methodist, or Presbyterian I would have capitalized them.)  The point is that they all have very different views of faith.  We are no longer at the same table when we discuss Christianity and perhaps no one ever was.

That reminds me of one story that all Christians should be familiar with, the story of the Last Supper when even at that table there was some disagreement over the divinity of Jesus.

Since I’ve tried to be a good practicing Christian I had a hard time trying to figure out who gets to wear the mantle of Christian!  Some hardline fundamentalists would deny a man or woman giving what they felt was simple mouth service to the faith.  They’d say a Christian has to act like a Christian!  Then there are the Catholics who say you are born a Catholic and there is only one wholly Roman and Apostolic Church.  I’m sure you can guess which Church they affirm.  Mormons think Jesus came back to the America’s and ordained their Church the true church.

The Jesus I read about in the New Testament said things like love one another.  And love those that persecute you.  And love your neighbor as yourself.

Honestly, I’ve got a lot of problems following those simple prompts.  I think of myself way too much, and it isn’t always positive!  For example, my own worries about who I think I am often keep me from reaching out to others even when I’m feeling led to do just that.

I don’t think the Jesus of the New Testament asked that anyone promote themselves as his followers.  As a matter of fact, I remember that some of his nearest and dearest were afraid to even say they knew him.

I’m not proud of it, but I think I’m that kind of Christian.




Birth Control Isn’t Gendered!

I must admit I thought it was rather odd that the panel addressing birth control for Representative Issa was all male.  It seemed terribly out of touch to have a bunch of men sitting around discussing women’s bodies.

That was then, this is now!

Today I’m rethinking my position.  I read a couple of articles online about male birth control.  Now in case any of you are ready to head out and grab some let me warn you that currently the technology consists of a injection to your Vas Deferens, which in case you don’t know where that is…it isn’t a spot you’d naturally want to get an injection into.

It seems that there has been a lot of work over the past 30 years or so searching for the perfect male form of birth control.  The injections with a material that consists of something referred to as SMA, ( no kidding) are part of a system that allows an injection of something called RISUG, or a gel that is injected and then teased out of the area either with another injection of sodium bicarbonate, or with some very careful manipulation of the area.  ( HOW WEIRD IS THIS?)

So I look up what this material is and I find my mind absolutely blown.  Did you know that these materials are coming to us from the plastics industry?  Remember I was talking to you about nanoparticles?  Well, it’s the same industry that is creating these plastic gels.  Remember Jon Huntsman? Remember his father was a big guy because he came up with the idea for a styrofoam clamshell for Big Macs?  Guess which company is investing heavily in these manmade nanoplastics?

At first I thought to myself that it wasn’t at all possible that this material was hazardous.  Then I figured I might as well find a health and safety sheet on it and guess what?  It is hazardous!  It causes burns to skin and some people develop asthma that becomes more serious the more they are exposed to the material.  Wow.

So that is the stuff that they are thinking about injecting into men to make them less fertile.

It sort of makes me sad!  That is the kind of thing that makes me throw up a little!  When I looked for cancer cause concerns for this material it says that there aren’t any, but then there isn’t any of this material in nature either!  So I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out eh?




Take Me To Your Lizard!

People are buzzing about Douglas Adams who was the insane mind behind the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series.  He was very good at making fun of a lot of things and it shouldn’t be any surprise that politics was one of those things.  Here is a funny segment where we have the protagonist Arthur Dent talking to Ford Prefect after a robot has landed on earth and is swaying back and forth in front of them after just having exited the spaceship-

“I come in peace,” it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, “take me to your Lizard.”

Ford Prefect, of course, had an explanation for this, as he sat with Arthur and watched the nonstop frenetic news reports on television, none of which had anything to say other than to record that the thing had done this amount of damage which was valued at that amount of billions of pounds and had killed this totally other number of people, and then say it again, because the robot was doing nothing more than standing there, swaying very slightly, and emitting short incomprehensible error messages.

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”

“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”

“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like to straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”

“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”

“I did,” said ford. “It is.”

“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”

“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”

“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”

“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”

“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”

“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”


“I said,” said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, “have you got any gin?”

“I’ll look. Tell me about the lizards.”

Ford shrugged again.

“Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them,” he said. “They’re completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone’s got to say it.”

Pretty silly eh?




I Rowed!

Today was the row-a-thon for the OJR Crew team and it was a lot of fun.  For those of you who thought you might like to go, but you didn’t, you missed a great afternoon.

My daughter had to raise funds for her 18 slots!  The good news is we had some hearty rowers show up to make it easier on my munchkin, but for all  their hard work they all got some pretty cool prizes.  I think we walked out of there with puzzles, notepaper, drawing books, an electric car, some candles and a John Deere hat.  Oh I forgot there was also certificates for local restaurants that offered ten dollars of food!  Whoever did the gathering for the prize table for the rowers deserves a big  round of applause.

It was great that Final Results welcomed the party, cause that was what it was.  There was a DJ and lots of food.  I thought I was going to be killing myself rowing all afternoon and instead I had a couple of slices of pizza and rowed while laughing at all the other activity in the place.

I think I rowed for about 7 minutes.   But munchkin cheered me on and she said I didn’t suck! 🙂

Next time I invite you folks- Come!





Vincenzo’s In Douglasville

This afternoon my husband and I went to Vincenzo’s for lunch.  It’s in Douglasville past Michael’s on 662?

When we drove by the first time at about 11 am the lot was empty.  An hour later it was jammed.  That made us decide to try it out.

We ordered a couple of cheese steak wraps, some fries and a couple of sodas, really healthy huh?  While it may not have been health food, it was tasty.  The atmosphere was nice and the waitstaff was friendly.

Anyone want to go back?





Silly French Puppets Explain World News!

I don’t mean to be crass, but I found this video sort of silly.  The show is Les Guignols and it’s a show on French television  featuring puppets that is soooo not for children!

I wish I could translate accurately, but  roughly the skit starts with   a french leader telling his troops that they are going to work with the Americans.  By the way, the Americans always look like Rocky Balboa in all the skits at least most of the men do, women and world leaders actually look a little more unique.  In the next scene you are looking at the American line and you see the rebels shooting at the Americans.  Suddenly the Americans are looking for the help they are supposed to get and they see the help coming in the form of the French troops.

I couldn’t help but giggle when the french crab walk which must help them to save on the cost of protective gear.  One of the American soldiers mentions that there is something wrong with their helmets!

Just watch!


Udacity and Me!

I’m going to learn how to create a search engine.  At least that is what I’m hoping will happen at the end of 7 weeks.  It’s what Dave from Udacity  says will happen if I pay attention.  I just have to pay attention.

It was through signing up with Udacity that I found out about Duck Duck Go which I personally think is pretty cool.  Oh, what is Udacity? It’s a free learning experience which so far is really fascinating.  I signed up and then got a sign in password and once I sign in I get to see the class material, tests, homework- almost everything but any of the other students in the class. It’s all to spread the news that computers aren’t as scary as most of us think.

So far today I learned about the reiterative language of computers.     I learned about expressions and terminals.  I learned about concatenation and also a little bit about the language I’ll be using to create my search engine.  The language is Python.

I also learned what hash tags are good for and I learned that equal doesn’t mean equal in computer language- instead it means ‘assignment’.  Which is a fancy way of saying this whole parcel on this side of the equal sign is identifiable with the information on the other side of the equal sign.

I’m still scared by computers.  I’m hoping that with a little more gentle teaching I’ll be a little less overwhelmed by things like computer languages.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to learn and what else do I have to do?  ( Don’t really ask me that question because I’m afraid there are actually millions of things I have to do!)

Oh, I learned one thing that I thought was pretty cool.  I found out about a young woman named Augusta Ada King, or the Countess of Lovelace.  According to legend, she was one of the first programmers of computers!  Her friend  Charles Babbage had created a machine that was quick at factoring numbers, Ada had the idea that if you carefully defined your outcomes then you could use numbers to represent anything- for example you could create music with computers.

Pretty sharp!

Wish me luck with my new class!