Hello, everyone! It’s Wednesday, July 7, 2021, and that means it’s time for more Quick Hits. If you’d like to visit the full Quick Hits archive, click here. Full disclosure, this is the first thing I’ve written in about six days and while the time off was nice, I might be a little rusty. Either way, I’m giving my best effort, and here are this week’s Quick Hits:
In addition to being the publication date of Quick Hits, Vol. 24, July 7 is also Ringo Starr’s birthday, and he has one again asked for peace and love. While this is very noble, I was planning on getting him a gift card from Buffalo Wild Wings and now I’m worries he’s going to think I’m purposely dodging the peace and love thing. What we can for sure rule out as gift ideas are marijuana, a ten-pound bag of cocaine, and moonshine whiskey:
Do you think that Hobby Lobby and other arts and crafts stores absolutely clean up whenever a protest happens? Do you think Protestors go to Hobby Lobby to buy poster board, markers, blank t-shirts, fabric pens, and all the other minutia of protesting? I’d like to think so.
With a few exceptions, generally speaking the more run-down the exterior of a Mexican restaurant is, the better the food will be. That’s a helpful Texan Tip for you. Pictured is Juan in a Million in Austin, which is not really that run-down but is exceptionally good.
One of my favorite things about being a lawyer is using legal pads for legal stuff.
A bottle of wine is not a lot of wine. On movies and TV shows they always have someone who drinks one bottle of wine and is, like, sloshed. One bottle of wine isn’t enough to get most adults hammered. That’s always bugged me.
Being able to eat a lot of spicy food isn’t a personality. Impressive, surely, but not a personality.
No one really knows how long it took the dinosaurs to go extinct. Scientific estimates range from a couple thousand years to a couple million years. Let’s say for the sake of argument it is on the low end of that scale and it took about 2,000 years for the dinosaurs to finally die out. That means that’s roughly the same amount of time since the death of Jesus Christ to today. In that time, we’ve gone from sporadic historical record to the Internet to putting a robot on Mars, and the lesson here is that 2,000 years isn’t really a very long time. Hell, modern humans have only been around for about 300,000 years, so if it took the dinosaurs a million years to go extinct, that’d still be three times as long as modern humans have even been a thing. Insane.
When my parents were in their 40s, sometimes my sister and I would absolutely BEG them to take us out to eat on a weeknight. Sometimes they did, but they always said they were tired and I didn’t really understand why. Now I’m in my early thirties and if someone suggests doing something after about 6:30 on a weeknight I’m ready to snap. Life comes at you fast, huh?
Why did they choose the octagon for stop signs? Why not something even more unusual like a trapezoid or parallelogram? Or maybe even diamond? Or a pentagon or hexagon or dodecagon? So many shapes out there and they chose the octagon. I’m not necessarily complaining, I just want to know their rationale.
Foodstuffs that you can easily and cheaply make at home that almost always taste better than store bought: salsa, chimichurri (pictured), whipped cream, meringue, herb butter, ghee, vinaigrette, almost any sort of pasta sauce, and mayonnaise. Seriously, try the mayo recipe. It’s unbelievably good and you can use canola oil instead of something more expensive. Pro tip: use limes instead of lemons for a little twist. Yum.