Benjamin Maurice Melançon the First, A.D.H.D. variously known as BMM Inc., the Maurice Institute Library, and the godfather of CATSUP, is quite possibly a figment of his own imagination.
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My third nephew was just born

7 pound 7 ounces or somesuch. He and Eva are doing well.

John Douglas Melançon

Tent town in Providence!?!

There is a full-out squatter community in Providence, just off Dyer Street, under an onramp for I-95!

A half-dozen fairly good sized, decent condition tents, but pretty clear with all that's accumulating around them, stuff, that people are living there.

Act like you are what you want to be

You could spend your time wondering if what you say you are is really you. Or you could just act like that all the time.

— Seth Godin

Time defining you

Dear Lord, please do not allow how I spend my time to define me.

— Benjamin Melançon

Smoking Ending Program for Andrew

Andrew's committed to quitting smoking in return for the following bribes:

10 days - $100
6 months - $300
1 year - $600

This comes after Dan's ceremony and, before that, my taking a cigarette and smoking some to prevent him from (my first ever, and last).

Expectation setting fail

L.L. Bean does not offer a lifetime warranty.

At some point I must have misunderstood their marketing ploy, "Guaranteed. You Have Our Word."

Our products are guaranteed to give you 100% satisfaction in every way. Return anything purchased from us at any time if it proves otherwise. We do not want you to have anything from L.L.Bean that is not completely satisfactory.

At the very least, it sounds like it's up to me, right? They should have kept the original promise, , which sets expectations much better:

And it has peas

Jasmine white rice

Tofu
3 onions

Cook in sesame oil.
Big scoop of minced garlic.

Frozen vegetables:

  • Bag
    • Corn
    • carrots
    • green beans
    • lima beans
  • Trader Joe's bean mix
  • And peas.

Cayenne pepper

Sauce:
Rice vinegar
Bragg liquid aminos
Sugar

Served with vegan gluten free cupcakes

Shoot and tell

Don't shoot me in the head and tell me it's raining.

— Uric Lanbe
(To be prefaced with "As my uncle Uric always said...")

Dinner party with wonderful friends and excellent eggplant chili and masala dosa

Vafa, Lexi, Dan, Shannon, Andrea, and I, at the somewhat clean and recently vacuumed "Agaric HQ North" as Dan calls it.

When Vafa and Lexi arrived, around 8:40, naturally I had no food prepared at all. Well, I had started the masala dosa Thursday night and the batter food processed into a thick paste was waiting for us, and had cut up the eggplant for the, uh, Indian eggplant chili

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Follow the links to those recipes! That's where the fun is!

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