I'm a Stranger Here Myself
A few years ago, I read and enjoyed
A Walk in the Woods,
Bill Bryson's funny account of his adventures
on the Appalachian Trail.
I mentioned it in my
list of "long-walks" books.
A few months ago, I found a used-bookstore copy of Bryson's
I'm a Stranger Here Myself....
Here, he relays a waiter's description
of "today's specials":
Tonight we have a crepe galette of sea chortle and kelp
in a rich mal de mer sauce, seasoned with disheveled
herbs grown in our own herbarium. This is baked in an inverted
Prussian helmet for seventeen minutes and four seconds precisely,
then layered with steamed wattle and woozle leaves.
Very delicious, very audacious. We are also offering this
evening a double rack of Rio Ròcho cutlets,
tenderized at your table by our own flamenco dancers,
then baked in a clay dong for twenty-seven minutes
under a lattice of guava peel and sun-ripened stucco.
For vegetarians this evening we have a medley of forest floor
sweetmeats gathered from our very own woodland dell....
While searching the web to see who else liked that passage
enough to put it online (key phrase: "sea chortle and kelp"),
I happened upon
Michael Rawdon's site. I used to work with Michael,
briefly, shortly before I left Apple.
Michael has been keeping a
journal much longer than I have; and his review of
Bryson's book includes the same passage I found so