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I can boil water with the best of 'em, dammit! [Dec. 16th, 2007|08:48 pm]
Zoethe
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I can now report definitively that Pagan spaghetti tastes pretty much like Catholic spaghetti. Well, it was a little better since the spaghetti sauce recipe was someone's homemade writ large.

When I left for the pre-feed preparations, I was a little worried that we were going to have a ton of food and no takers. The weather was abyssmal - a full-blown blizzard howling around us. Fortunately, a lot of people braved the storm and we were cooking just as fast as we could to keep up. In the end, we had about two trays of spaghetti left to make into take-out plates that were being delivered downtown to the homeless.

The first hour of prep time before we opened the doors went by in a flash, and then about the time that I figured we'd been serving for nearly two hours I looked up at the clock and was astonished to see that only 45 minutes had passed. Boil more water!!!! We made pot after pot of pasta, pot after pot of sauce, tray after tray of garlic bread, and just as we started getting nervous that we would actually run out of food it was closing time.

Then there was cleaning up afterward. We did dishes for a long time, and I'm pleased to say left the place cleaner than it was when we arrived. There was a custodian there with us the whole afternoon, and we insisted on sending him home with dinner for himself and his wife. As I handed him the take-out containers, he said to me, "Merry Christmas!" I returned the greeting, but then he looked a bit alarmed. "I hope I didn't offend you. Merry...whatever it is you celebrate."

"You didn't offend me," I said. "We celebrate the turn of the year, the hope of spring. It's really not that different."

He looked around at the people who were there: families and middle-aged women, many with their teen-aged daughters. As we bundled up for the trip home we didn't look any different from anyone else. He looked back at me. "I hope y'all come back another time."

I'm sure we will.
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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2007-12-17 02:14 am (UTC)
What a wonderful night!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-17 02:20 am (UTC)
It was. I really enjoyed it - though I'm a bit sore from hefting giant pots of water!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2007-12-17 02:23 am (UTC)
I am so proud of you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-17 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie.
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[User Picture]From: darlox
2007-12-17 03:52 pm (UTC)
Many apologies that we didn't make it!! I came down with some horrible flu-like plague on Sunday, hot on the heels of my cold-like plague from the week before. I spent most of yesterday shivering in a lump on the bed, which sucked since the body aches were bad enough that even contact with the sheets was painful.

But that's TMI. Anyhow, glad it went well. We'll try to catch the next one! =)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-17 10:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry you were so sick! Nasties seem to be going around hot-and-heavy this year. I'm fighting off yet another cold - seems like I barely get well before I get sick again. Hope you're feeling better!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-17 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, we are definitely not of the "freak the mundanes" mentality - I have no use for that attitude.
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2007-12-17 06:40 pm (UTC)
You be nice to people, maybe feed 'em, they see that you're OK. It's not rocket science, but it's awfully rare! Yay for niceness!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-17 11:09 pm (UTC)
I don't get why people think that being nice will cost them something. It's more than free - you get benefit from it!
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[User Picture]From: losgunna
2007-12-17 08:00 pm (UTC)
Are you familiar with Dar Williams "The Christians and the Pagans"? One of my favourite holiday tunes :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-17 11:10 pm (UTC)
I have heard it, yes. It's great.
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[User Picture]From: losgunna
2007-12-17 11:19 pm (UTC)
Your post reminded me of it. In a very good way :)
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[User Picture]From: tinhuviel
2007-12-17 10:16 pm (UTC)

Question

If there is Catholic spaghetti and Pagan spaghetti, then under what category would the flying spaghetti monster fall? What would His Noodly Appendages be categorised in a book on religion?

Edited at 2007-12-17 10:20 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-17 11:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Question

His would be Spaghetti spaghetti.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2007-12-19 04:47 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it was such a success! Are you pagan/Wiccan? I had not
picked up on that.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-12-19 06:04 am (UTC)
Yes, I am. I haven't written much about it of late.
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