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Brokeness (n.): A state in which one must scrape money together for the barest of necessities and anything decadent seems a cruel joke. – My definition, anyway

Early Illustration of Old Mother Hubbard / Recent View into My Apartment

Early Illustration of Old Mother Hubbard / Recent View into My Apartment

It happens to most of us at some time or another – we’re fortunate if it’s fleeting – and there is no shame in honest poverty. So why should a litte penny-pinching cramp anyone’s style? While eating is technically a necessity, it easily becomes a thoughtless extravagance even when budgeting is more appropriate. Feeling tired? Order in. Deserve a treat? Go out to eat. Stomach surly? Pamper it with delicate foods. $12/lb. cheese smells really, really good? Well it could probably make a meal.

So when there comes a time that belts must be tightened, it is often easy to resort to eating badly as eating well is too often correlated with spending copious amounts of coin. But noone among us is a god or an emperor; we are not entitled to a service of food from far flung lands, prepared to suit our exacting palates when, let’s face it, we (okay, I) have lapsed on student loans.

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If you haven’t added yet added crêpes to your repertoire, carpe diem already. Crêpes have been around for hundreds of years. Originating in the Brittany region of France, the word crêpe derives from the Latin “crispus” meaning crisp. These days, crêpes are considered a national food in France and their popularity has spread via worldwide crêperies.
Full of nothing but possibility

Full of nothing but possibility

Mostly eaten indiscriminitely throughout the year, especially by teenagers and others in need of immediate snackage, crêpes have a special role to play on Candlemas in France. While we Americans are in the throes of the traditional Groundhog Day bacchanalia (or is that just me?), the French flip crêpes with the hope of earning fortune and happiness. Crêpe pan in the left hand, gold coin in the right, a successfully flipped Candlemas crêpe promises wealth in the coming year.

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Polish Wisdom

Polish jokes were big for a few months in grade school. Take any ‘dumb blonde’ joke, substitute ‘Pole’ for ‘blonde’ and there’s your joke. Har. Why a playground of children in California would adopt this fad remains a mystery as I can’t recall even one Polish youth amongst our peers. 

Since then, some of my favorite people have been Poles and they have – unsurprisingly – proven playground wit wrong. I would like to take this opportunity to offer a blanket apology for potentially offending an entire nation of people before I had any basis for judgment (or secondary sex characteristics, for that matter), and before I’d ever read this:

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter and in wine. —–Polish proverb

See now, these people are not dumb by a long shot.

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