Flour, lard (suggest shortening). Pour on table. Glob cold lard in chunks in flour piles. Chop madly at it with a cleaver until little balls form. Have coughing fit from inhaled flour, call 911 and ask them to pick up a pie crust on the way over.

Flour, lard (suggest shortening). Pour on table. Glob cold lard in chunks in flour piles. Chop madly at it with a cleaver until little balls form. Have coughing fit from inhaled flour, call 911 and ask them to pick up a pie crust on the way over.

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I’m an average American. I like Walmart. I eat at McDonald’s. I like the Dollar Stores. Took me a long time to be ok with this.

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My mother had the opportunity to go to Egypt in ’84. [she was married to an Egyptian for a couple of years here in the US]. One thing she was keenly aware of, when she went to the tourist areas, was the difference between Americans and ugly Americans. Most of the time she was in ‘real Egypt’ as Ahmad’s brothers and cousins were poor and lived just outside of Cairo.

She had a few encounters with ugly Americans and understood where the stereotype comes from. She also learned not to wear her sneakers because they socially looked like nurse’s shoes there.

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