Notes From Nan: Hoola Hoop Update
Notes from Nan
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parat
On Saturday I went to the Heath Fair and the girl with all the hoola hoops was there. I had seen her at the Green River Festival, as well, but my hooping failure back in New Orleans (when I tried every day to hoop) made me a little uncomfortable about trying it in front of that many people. Also, I work at the Green River Festival and I didn’t want to try it while wearing a “staff” shirt. Just too many people there to look at me and say, “Oh yes—you can make signs but you can’t hoop. Not so important now, are you?”
But at the Heath Fair I was just a regular person, free to fail as easily as anyone else.
So I hooped. And I did it! For a respectable amount of time!
I now know that my hooping failure was indeed because (as Tracy suggested) I was trying to hoop with a four year-old’s hoop. I’m fifty one! I can’t hoop with a four year-old’s hoop! I need a fifty-one year old’s hoop and then, I’m a hooping success!
For a moment I have to talk about last Friday’s dinner.
Jim made this fish dish and, my good ness was it good! People (nearly everyone who had it) asked for spoons to eat the sauce Normandie as if it were soup. He made these little puff pastry things to go on top of the fish and they were so light and crispy and good . . .
Why am I talking about last Friday’s dinner? Because every week Jim makes something we’ve never had before and I don’t know what it’s going to be like. And every week it’s the best thing I ever had in my life! So I can only look out the back window away from last week’s meal and tell you how good that was. And with last week’s meal as a sign post, I can tell you that, even though I’ve never tried what we’re about to have this week, it’s going to be the new best thing I ever had in my life.
Friday night diners usually rate the dishes: “This is the best ever.”
“No, I would say this is excellent, but I would say that the gumbo was better.”
“You would? I would say that this is better than the gumbo, but that that Asian Chicken thing was the best thing ever.”
I overhear discussions like that every Friday night as I clear the tables.
So THIS week he’s making something else I’ve never heard of:
- Bulgogi: Korean Style Grilled Shaved Beef Over Thai Noodle Salad
- With a Field Greens Salad
And for vegetarians:
- Thai noodle salad with Tofu.
- And a field greens salad.
As they say in French: It risks to be good!
Rob’s Grocery Talk with Rob
Just a few new products on our shelves that I’d like you to know about.
Whoa whoa whoa! What happened to the funny Rob report???
Excuse me a moment.
Rob? What happened?
I don’t know, I just was—it was funny wasn’t it?
Well, sorta, but not Rob-funny. What’s wrong?
Nothing! I just didn’t feel funny! And you were all over me to get this to you early this week and—and look! Look how late you are getting it out!
I know—but you didn’t know I was going to be late when you wrote your report . . . was it something I said last week?
Forget it. Just forget it.
It was, wasn’t it.
Just leave it alone, all right? I’ll . . . be funny next week. Okay, some people were saying I wasn’t putting enough grocery in the Grocery Report, so I thought I should make up for that. Are you happy now?
Yes—but don’t sacrifice funny for grocery—why do you think people even read this e-mail?
I don’t know, why?
Because it’s funny! It’s ROB funny!
Okay. Well, that’s good to know. And I’ll be Rob funny next week.
Thank you. Buck up little Buckeroo—the people love you.
Yeah, they do.
Oh. Okay. That makes me feel better.
Let’s see how Little Donna Elwell is feeling?
And that’s all. I hope you get this in time for dinner tomorrow night! Come before you go to see the Double Edge play about Don Quixote! It’s so much fun! (The play is. And the dinner will be, too.)