August 1st, 2008

monkey pirate

Impromptu Dinner Party

Pyrate Queen came to Venice last night, and we planned to gather some food and other essentials for her study session with a law school friend (hereafter referred to as Loni-Tamer - not a typo). Plans got changed at the last second, originally we were going to Loni-Tamer's house for dinner and for them to study together. But instead we had dinner at Tortuga-on-Venice.

It was actually our first trip to a supermarket together, and I found myself asking rhetorical questions that I already knew the answer to, a habit I loathe and will break. "Should I get some plain mugs, or wait for a cool mug?" I knew the answer. Why did I ask the question? Aargh.

I made teriyaki chicken on a cedar plank on the grill. The night of the masquerade ball, we made an accidental discovery at The Galley , where we had dinner. We'd ordered a side of spinach, and with our salmon entree came soy-sauce with wasabi. On an impulse I dumped the soy-wasabi into the spinach, and it was amazing! So last night I cooked some spinach with a little garlic, and then served it with soy-wasabi. I also steamed some artichokes (which are really just for Pyrate Queen, who hovers over artichoke like buzzards hover over dead cowboys) and made some bake-at-home whole wheat baguette. We had a nice "Giant Rooster" sauvignon blanc, too.

Alas, I left the cover on the grill down too long, and the skin of the chicken blackened quite dramatically. Everything else turned out quite well, I think. My neighbor was sitting on the stoop doin' biz on his cellphone (signal inside the building is terrible) and was singing along with some of the music I had playing - Jeffrey Gaines, who is a good but definitely local East Coast singer. We started chatting about Gaines and other music, and I invited him in for dinner.

So there we were, with my One True Love studying the law, and then a good dinner on the table with an impromptu dinner party. There was political smack-talk, ribald stories, and just that air of well-fed good humor that comes with a good night with good company.

And maybe the best part, the lion of contentment pressing its heavy paw on my chest - is that there's many more to come, and then many more again.
  • Current Mood
    accomplished accomplished
monkey pirate

Put another way

Let's say I've got a friend (I do!) and this particular friend wants to have sex with a mentally unstable (but not dangerous) woman in a committed relationship. He persuades her to do so, and she betrays her boyfriend to have sex with this friend. This friend has no intention of an ongoing relationship with the woman - he just wants sex, and tells her so all along.

Obviously she's morally (or ethically, if you prefer) culpable for betraying a trust. Is the friend who had sex with her morally or ethically culpable for a wrong act, and if so - what?
  • Current Mood
    accomplished accomplished