Happy Thanksgiving to my American brothers, sister Jen See, and I hope everyone is looking forward to a fine meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet taters, mashed taters, candied taters, ambrosia salad, string beans con bacon bits, rolls and pun’kin pie with loved ones you are not supposed to be seeing.
Very fun, though, let’s be honest. Thanksgiving food is terrible. Every bit of it. And we must blame the British because I don’t think our Native Americans would have been so cruel as to come up with ambrosia salad.
Thinking about the British, here, where do you put J.R.R. Tolkien on the list of great British authors?
Near the top?
Above or below Evelyn Waugh?
I used to not care for Tolkien but he has grown on me over the years, especially his depictions of evil (Orcs etc.) in the Lord the Rings trilogy.
Even Tolkien, though, could not have come up with a more horrific tableau than was witnessed in Morro Bay, California last week where a typically cute n cuddly sea otter attempted to eat the face off a shark.
Michael Harris, of the California department of fish and wildlife, told the website Win for Outdoors, “To my knowledge … this is the first documented horn shark capture by a sea otter. There are reports of sea otters capturing skates and rays, but this is the first report of a shark. Sea otters will feed on fish, but it’s a very rare observation in California.”
The not-for-profit Sea Otter Savvy added, “Not surprisingly, while some nibbling may have occurred, the prey was not consumed.”
I don’t why “not surprisingly” and I don’t know what’s worse for the shark. Having half its face eaten or all of it eaten.
At the end, would you rather have shark face for Thanksgiving or turkey?
I’m on the fence.