Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Atheister!

I'm sure some people are interested in how atheists can celebrate what has come to be known as a religious holiday. Well, contrary to popular belief, some of us have a deep sense of morality and are extremely caring. For us, this is what today is all about:


6 comments:

C. August said...

I know this post doesn't relate to your blog name change, but I'm curious what "problems" you had with the old name? Did people just not get it? Too random?

LB said...

The problems were all in my head.

The name suited my desire to be sassy but not my need to be serious at times. For me, the rationalization of salami is a somewhat amusing encapsulation of what is a constant struggle between eating right and living right. 3 Ring Binder tells more about what I want to accomplish via blogging, which is to learn and share more in the world of ideas as well as be sassy, fun, and hopefully amusing. That, and I have an actual penchant for storing, collecting, and organizing things via 3 ring binders. It's a good system and, I think, essentially a better name.

Thanks for asking!

C. August said...

So in this scenario, you're saying salami is bad? Or bad for you, but delicious and tempting?

I'm teasing a bit, but I must admit to wondering how salami could have enough import in someone's life to require any sort of rationalization to allow for eating it. :-) I don't even know what goes into salami, and I'm not aware of the health risks. I also don't love it. I mean, it's OK, and I don't actively avoid it, but certainly don't seek it out.

So in the eating right vs. living right spectrum, I'm guessing you hold that salami is yummy, but potentially bad for you, and the rationalization part is figuring out the balance while still getting to enjoy it sometimes?

C'mon, we need a treatise on this!

LB said...

Yes, you've discovered another problem. In claiming need for the rationalization of salami, I could be referring to the practices of producing, transporting, buying, or selling of it. I think that salami, as other goods, should be manufactured, transported, bought, and sold at the will of the manufacturers, transporters, buyers, and sellers. It is only in the eating of it that it poses a serious threat (to those with high blood pressure and high cholesterol). But damn, it's tasty!

The ultimate question is, of course, what exactly is salami?

from Wikipedia: Salami is cured sausage, fermented and air-dried. Salami may refer specifically to a class of salumi (the Italian tradition of cured meats), where an individual sausage or style of sausage (e.g. Genoa) would be referred to with the singular Italian form salame. Alternatively, in general English usage, salami may be singular or plural and refer to a generic style or to various specific regional styles from Italy or elsewhere, such as France, Germany, or Hungary. The name comes from the Latin/Italian root sal-, meaning 'salt'.

Also from wikipedia: Historically, salami has been popular amongst Italian peasants due to being a meat product able to be stored at room temperature for periods of up to a year, supplementing a possibly meager or inconstant supply of fresh meat.

More fuel for my rationalization process - it has an important history!!!

I'm putting that in my 3 Ring Binder.

Rational Jenn said...

Hi LB! My kids have requested to see that picture of the slightly-eaten Easter bunnies about 12 times a day. It just cracks them up!

And I found your conversation with Mr. August very entertaining!

LB said...

Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who found that supremely amusing. They obviously have very good taste.