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Michael Ventura

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  1. I got my taxes done back in April but just mailed my tax payments to the Feds and State, today!
  2. Sounds like Mizbrown is saying that they are hiding Covid deaths, in Central America, in order to reopen the economy sooner. I have not heard that U.S. hospitals are inflating the numbers for any reason. I would be astonished to learn that the hospital where my daughter works is fudging the numbers. There is a lot at stake to keep accurate data so we understand this novel coronavirus the best we can.
  3. USA, AARP Bulletin July/Aug 2020 issue Pg. 6, Neumayer III Station, Antartica, Hans-Christian Woeste/DPA
  4. Well it finally happened. I think a silver lining to the pandemic is that my daughter had to live out of a hotel for three months (that gave her a taste of living on her own) and now she and two women, her age, signed a lease to rent a home just a half mile from me. So she has been moving her things over there as she can! This is so good for her and me! I welcome her visits anytime but nice for her to be more adult now. Of course keeping people alive is way more adult than anything I have done in my life.
  5. I haven't gotten back up on the cliff since last month....still down in the valley. 3 meager sales so far.
  6. USA, The New York Times, July 10th 2020 Article on Carl Reiner https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/movies/steve-martin-carl-reiner.html?searchResultPosition=1 Photo: Ronald Grant Archive
  7. Congrats John. Nice topic. My three 1) Sunset storm clouds reflected in water on pavement 2) I think I got all the elements in this one. Cat jumping in the air thru a firey hoop by the water's edge. Key West, FL 3) A schooner sails into a fire-like sunset, Key West, Florida
  8. I hear you Gen. We have, here in the U.S., all kinds of dishes that we assign ethnic and national names to. With a land of so many immigrants, it becomes difficult to know the precise origins of some recipes. This is what Wikipedia says about the history of what we call French toast. The earliest known reference to French toast is in the Apicius, a collection of Latin recipes dating to the 4th or 5th century, where it is described as simply aliter dulcia ("another sweet dish").[9] The recipe says to "Break [slice] fine white bread, crust removed, into rather large pieces which soak in milk [and beaten eggs] fry in oil, cover with honey and serve.""[10] A fourteenth-century German recipe uses the name Arme Ritter ("poor knights"),[11][12] a name also used in English[4] and the Nordic languages. Also in the fourteenth century, Taillevent presented a recipe for "tostées dorées".[13] Italian 15th-century culinary expert Martino da Como offers a recipe.[14] The usual French name is pain perdu (French: [pɛ̃ pɛʁdy] (listen), "lost bread", reflecting its use of stale or otherwise "lost" bread — which gave birth to the metaphoric term pain perdu for sunk costs.[15] It may also be called pain doré, "golden bread", in Canada.[16] There are fifteenth-century English recipes for pain perdu.[11][17][18] An Austrian and Bavarian term is pafese or pofese, from zuppa pavese, referring to Pavia, Italy.[19] The word "soup" in the dish's name refers to bread soaked in a liquid, a sop. In Hungary, it is commonly called bundáskenyér (lit. "furry bread").[20]
  9. As Betty said, the U.S. version is called French toast (not even sure it is even a French dish at all). And restaurants have all kinds of variations with types of breads to stuffing them with fruit. The middle shot, the French toast is stuffed with strips of caramelized apple. When I make it, I just keep it simple.
  10. I do keep mine but I have some storage space for them. I only keep boxes for the cameras and lenses not the smaller stuff.
  11. USA, Smithsonian magazine, Jul/Aug 2020 issue Pg. 23, painting of Al-Jazari Robots, Alcosund Historic
  12. Congrats on the sale and that is a noble thing to do with the found money. I don't feel guilty about picking up money when I didn't see someone drop it. I figure I have probably dropped more money than I have found, over the years. And if I ever find a wallet, and I have, I will go to whatever lengths possible to get it back to the owner, with all the contents I found in it. I would want the same.
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