Monday, July 18, 2011

Six Million Dollar man

We met Transplant Carl yesterday at a party. He's 74 with the heart of a 32 year old convict (chilled out in prison) beating in his chest. He's had the heart for a year and feels like a million bucks. Or rather 6 million bucks which is the total of his medical bills so far. $1100 worth of drugs a month are necessary to maintain the overhaul. A former competitive bike racer, he's living life with zest and enjoying the new vigor and stamina. The only visible physiological effect of the new ticker on his body is that the hair on his arms and chest is growing faster. Medications?
Transplant Carl

Copper river salmon

The celebration was for my brother-in-law's 76th birthday.

Birthday boy

He baked his own "Flapper Pie"for the occasion - quite a culinary feat for a man who literally couldn't boil water a few years ago.

Carnal urge suppressing Flapper Pie
Flapper pie is a very old-fashioned custard pie in a graham cracker crust topped with meringue. It became popular in Canada in the 20th century and is still a staple of the Canadian prairie culture. We ate the pie with wild abandon growing up, not realizing that we were curbing our unhealthy carnal urges (see below). No wonder there are only 34 million Canadians.

From Wikipedia: The Graham cracker was originally marketed as "Dr. Graham's Honey Biskets" and was conceived of as a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what he considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham. Reverend Graham would often lecture about the adverse effects of masturbation or "self-abuse" as it was commonly called at the time [1] One of his many theories was that one could curb one's sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal.[2]

1 comment:

  1. Your brother-in-law baked a pie?????
    I guess he won't be buying my "no cooking cook book", now. And the pie looks beautiful. How did it taste ? I hope it didn't have any of those adverse effects.