Poorly-priced plantains

This was the deal at the House of Meats near our place:

  • Yellow plantains for 59¢ each, or:
  • 3 for $1.99

I got a better deal by buying 4.

America Editorial The Current Situation

The U.S. Supreme Court is the ultimate “distracted boyfriend”

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Happy flag day!

With a special note for Martha-Ann Alito, who needs a reminder which way is up — in every sense of that phrase.

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Happy Pride Month!

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Tampa Bay’s Bruhat Soma won the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee!

It took a tiebreaking round against the other remaining competitor, but at the end of the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee, St. Pete-based Bruhat Soma correctly spelled 29 out of 30 words correctly, trouncing Faizan Zaki from Texas, who managed to get nine of them right.

He won with the word “abseil” (pronounced “ab-SAIL”), a term used in rock and mountain climbing to descend a vertical surface by using a rope tied around your body and secured to a point above. It’s used more in the UK than in North America, and it’s a synonym for rappel.

In his honor, these billboards have been popping up alkl over the area:

Congrats, Bruhat, and thanks for representing all of us Asian overachievers in Tampa Bay!

Bruhat Soma in the news

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Magazine cover of the moment

Cover of the June 10, 2024 edition of "The New Yorker" magazine featuring a watercolor painting of a police officer trying to put handcuff on Donald Trump’s tiny, tiny hands.
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Anitra and me at “Grown-Up Night” at the Glazer Children’s Museum

Once a year, the Glazer Children’s Museum holds what I like to call “Grown-Up Night,” an adults-only event where we grown-ups can explore the museum and play with the exhibits as if we were kids.

Anitra’s been a member of the museum’s board for a couple of years now, so we’ve gotten to know the board members and staff of the Museum and of course we were there!

We got a couple of photos of us and Little John, the smaller costume version of Big John, the triceratops skeleton on display on the Museum’s third floor. They’re album covers waiting to happen!