(Uno) 1. Sicilians use their hazards to warn you that there is a traffic back-up. It is really useful because it helps you distinguish between a mere slow-down and a stand still.
(Due) 2. Cream cheese frosting. I don’t know why we limit ourselves to pumpkin based cakes only in the autumn season. Most people are using canned pumpkin anyway – why not have pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting in the summer? Oh, you do? Well, share some with me, then!
(Tre) 3. The Big Lebowski! You will never believe this, but I actually
misplaced LOST my Italian “Il Grande Lebowski” – and I intended to keep looking until I found it, but I caved last night and watched the original version instead.
(Quattro) 4. Temperate Sicilian autumn – I only carry a lightweight raincoat in case of rain, and supplement with a lightweight scarf. My awesome landlord, Signor Messina, claims we won’t need to turn our heat on until the end of December!
(Cinque) 5. Being mistaken for a local national! My approach at work tends to be to LISTEN a lot at first, and then slowly open up. After all, I’m there to get work done first and have a good time with my colleagues a close second. After sitting through two hours of conference calls and remote-powerpoint-presentations with a new group of colleagues, one of them asked if I was a local national! I’m not sure what that says about me – but I like feeling exotic, so there.
Rick Roll’d is stuck in my head, I keep seeing visions of Oregon legislators barely keeping a straight face and Obama unknowingly Rick Rolling McCain. This brings up the mind-body connection; I imagine Obama dancing on a teeny stage in my brain. No, not really; although NOW I am picturing it. I actually imagine the pulse of electricity that zinged its way through my brain when I first experienced a Rick Roll and how that pathway is strengthened when I see another Rick Roll. I could be strengthening anything in my brain! The power of our minds astounds me. Sha-zaam!