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Hi. I'm new to this instance. My former account was @SlowRain.

I'm a Canadian expat teaching ESL in . My interests are:

(I also roast coffee at home)

Few things in life are better than a cappuccino & a John le Carré novel.

Our oven has an annoying safety feature: a 1-hour countdown timer that shuts the oven off when the time runs out. If you forget to turn the dial back up with longer-baking items or after preheating, the oven stops in the middle of baking. Still, I was able to salvage it. (The top isn't burnt, just really, really toasty.)

‘He’s a fine boy. Seems to have a great future.’

‘Nobody has.’

- John le Carré, Agent Running in the Field


It has taken me years--YEARS!--to get my wife interested in black coffee. She would drink sweet, flavored lattes whenever she needed an afternoon pick-me-up, & just endure the stomach issues the milk caused. Finally, she tried a few pourovers & Americanos from decent shops & has come to the belated conclusion that black coffee isn't that bad. 😐

I was teaching the phrase "the icing on the cake" this morning. I used the example of playing sports on Saturday afternoon & watching a movie Saturday evening, but the icing on the cake is Saturday morning English class. Their laughter told me they got it. 😁

I started using a different ink at work & no one even noticed. Now I know how women feel when they get a haircut.

It's funny watching Marvel fans go batshit over Scorsese's comments about Marvel movies being theme-park fare & not cinema. I don't think Scorsese is writing off the genre as a whole, just the mediocrity with which Marvel has infused their films so far. Write an intelligent story, have talented actors, hire a talented director & there is potential. Christopher Nolan did it. Others can, too, if they'd only try.

This time I'm 50 minutes early for the clinic, & I'm 3rd. I wonder what it takes to be 1st. 🤔

Once again, it is a Star Wars series streaming behind a subscription service that has the most appeal to me over their widely released feature film:

‘Rogue One’ Writer Tony Gilroy Joins Cassian Andor ‘Star Wars’ Series at Disney Plus

Just tossing this out there to the book people:

Is anyone else ho-hum over the Nobel & Booker winners this year?

The bigger issue is: Does anyone even care anymore?

"It’s Weird That We Don’t Know What ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Is About"

I finally have my wife interested in getting a fountain pen, but she wants a thin one. I know she'll want to buy the cheapest one she finds, but she'd probably be willing to up the price if the pen is pretty. I'd like her first pen to be a nice experience so I can buy her a nicer one later (maybe a Waterman Hemisphere).

What can you suggest for a decent-quality, thin, pretty (girly) pen with a smooth fine nib that uses bottled ink? Sheaffer? Cross? Parker?


Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold, is to Gen Xers what Audrey Hepburn was to Boomers.

Were you aware that Switching Social suddenly disappeared? There's a new guy picking up where the other one left off:


What a silly optometrist. Doesn't he know trifocals are for old people?


I've never been comfortable with the "If you build it, they will come" mantra from Field of Dreams. I think that has led to the consumerist mentality of "If you make it, they will buy it".

Say what you will about the performance, the "Well, actually..." part is damn funny.

Queen + Adam Lambert - Fat Bottomed Girls (Live with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 2019)

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