by Ryan Fu •
If we must die,
let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die,
O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain;
then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! O kinsmen!
We must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
1/2 of recipe (about 16 oz.): 138 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 0.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 5*
Watermelon makes for a light and versatile flavor for your cocktails. Not only is it sweet and refreshing, its vivid pink color also makes it as pretty as it is tasty. For a perfect mid-afternoon cocktail, combine watermelon and prosecco to make a watermelon Bellini. The original Bellini uses white peaches, but watermelon lightens the drink and gives it a bolder appearance. Puree chunks of seeded watermelon in your blender with a splash of lemon juice to brighten the flavors and a modest quantity of sugar or other sweetener to balance the lemon and bring out the melon’s flavor. Divide the puree into champagne flutes or other tall glasses and fill them up with the rest of your prosecco. For a kid-friendly version, substitute sparkling lemonade or a lemon-lime soda for the wine.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups cubed seedless or seeded watermelon 3 oz. tequila 1 tbsp. lime juice 3 no-calorie sweetener packets (like Splenda or Truvia) 2 cups crushed ice or 10 – 16 ice cubes
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour, sip, and enjoy!
But if I go to the east, he is not there;
if I go to the west, I do not find him.
When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.
But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
My feet have closely followed his steps;
I have kept to his way without turning aside.
I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
He does whatever he pleases.
He carries out his decree against me,
and many such plans he still has in store.
That is why I am terrified before him;
when I think of all this, I fear him.
God has made my heart faint;
the Almighty has terrified me.
Yet I am not silenced by the darkness,
by the thick darkness that covers my face.
Cable Car Cocktail
The Cable Car is an excellent rum drink which was created by Tony Abou-Ganim, the “Modern Mixologist.” It involves Captain Morgan spiced rum and orange curacao, of which the original recipe calls for Marie Bizard.
Also, in Abou-Ganim’s recipe is a fresh lemon sour which is made by mixing 1 part simple syrup with 2 parts fresh lemon juice. A prepared sour mix will work, but his suggestion is strongly preferred.
The name Cable Car was inspired by the tracks near the Starlight Room in San Fransisco where he first created with cocktail.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces Captain Morgan Spice Rum
- 3/4 ounce orange curacao
- 1 1/2 ounces sour mix
- Orange peel spiral for garnish
- Super-fine sugar for rimming
- Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into the prepared glass.
- Garnish with an orange peel spiral.
Filet Mignon with Mushrooms
- 6 ea. 6 oz. Filet Mignons, thawed
- 3/4 lb. firm, fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 9 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
- 2 tsp. flour
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream, heated
- 6 slices French bread
- 6 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2 cup scotch
- Remove filets from package and set aside.
- Heat 3 Tbsp. butter in large saute pan, over medium heat. Sauté the mushrooms for about 8-10 minutes.
- Add flour, blend well.
- Stir in warmed cream, reduce heat to keep warm. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- In a separate pan, heat 2 Tbsp. of oil on medium high heat.
- Sauté the filets for 2-1/2 minutes per side for rare, 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Meanwhile in a separate pan, heat 6 Tbsp. butter over medium high heat. Add the bread slices, turning often until golden brown.
- Place one bread slice on each serving plate.
- Top each bread slice with a cooked filet.
- Add the scotch to filet pan juices and boil 1-2 minutes.
- Add mushroom sauce to pan with scotch and bring to a boil. Spoon sauce over filets and serve.
Fast Relief for Pepper Spray
- Don’t touch the affected area
Since pepper spray is an oil-based product, touching your face will only cause it to spread to other areas making the burning sensation worse
- Remove any contact lenses
If you are sprayed while wearing contact lenses its crucial to remove them right away. You can ask for assistance from another person since your own hands will most likely be covered with residue.
- Apply milk to reduce the burning sensation
While milk does not remove the oily and inflammatory particles found in pepper spray, it will reduce the sting. Milk contains dairy fat which eliminates the capsaicin’s ability to produce heat. To apply this method, take a large bowl and fill it with cold whole milk and then soak the affected area for relief.
You can also use a spray or water bottle to make it easier to rinse the eyes especially if you don’t have access to a bowl. If you don’t have whole milk around you can use any cold dairy product.
- Blink fast to tear up the eyes
Blinking will cause an influx in tears and help in flushing out the capsaicinoids which in turn will reduce dryness.
- Rinse with dish detergent and water
Using a mild dish detergent and water makes for a great pepper spray antidote. Take ¼ of a mild dish detergent and mix it with ¾ of cool water. You’re going to need to wash your eyes up to 10 times so it’s suggested you make around 3-4 liters worth of the mixture.
After you have created the mixture you want pour it into a large bowl and dip your face into it for about 20 seconds at a time. Be sure to change the water after each rinse otherwise you’ll just be reusing the same old pepper spray water on your face. You can also use a wet towel containing the mixture and pat it on the affected area to decontaminate the face.
You may also use a mild soap as an alternative to dish detergent.
- Avoid using any lotions or creams
Lotions or for that matter any product that contains oil should be avoided because it will only cause the situation to worsen and the pain to increase.
- Use saline solution
Saline will help flush out any extra pepper spray substance in the eye after the burning sensation has subsided. Be sure to continually blink your eyes after applying the solution to help get rid of any remaining oil in your eyes.
- Use Liquid Antacid and Water
Liquid antacid (L.A.W.) is a solution comprised of 50 percent liquid antacid and 50 percent water. This mixture is usually what emergency medics use to treat pepper spray. This only applies to aluminum or magnesium hydroxide based antacids such as Maalox and not simethicone based antacids. Even though medics primarily use this mixture as a pepper spray neutralizer it’s not recommended for those without experience.
Lastly, remember the effects of pepper spray can last from 15 minutes all the way up to several hours. During the pepper spray treatment phase it’s important to not touch or rub the affected areas since it will only cause the pain longer to subside.
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