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Gastrodestination Portland

To the left is a meal I had in Portland, Oregon this weekend. It was not the best meal I had. But it was the gayest. (Read more at NaPP…)   Burt Likko is the pseudonym of an attorney in Southern California. His interests include Constitutional law with a special interest in law relating to the…

Briefly, On The Rational Consumption Of Coffee

Rose Woodhouse’s excellent post about voting and economic rationality once again rekindled my own interest in the idea that we as human beings are capable of deciding upon the rationality of another person’s decisions. Perhaps that’s phrased wrong: we’re obviously capable of judging the apparently irrational decisions of third-parties. The question that interests me is…

Instant Pleasure (on Rufus Wainwright, Coffee, and Running Shoes)

Rufus Wainwright got married, and although all of the “No gay marriages for ANYBODY!” crowd called immediately for their fainting couches, the world continued to spin on its axis. Wainwright’s a (ridiculously) good singer, as evidenced by his cover of “Hallelujah” but what I like him for most is “Instant Pleasure.” You can find it…

A Cosmic Question for Saturday Evening: why is the elderly gentleman at table 57’s coffee not hot enough?

So I’ve been working part-time in a restaurant since August. I started as a humble bus boy and have since worked my way up to waiting tables and performing several other miscellaneous functions as time and circumstances demand. One thing I’ve noticed as a server is that only customers older than seventy ever send their…

Words To Live By

[F]or about thirty years I have been showing my respect for the established orthodoxy by skipping breakfast. Two cups of very strong French roast coffee will do nicely until the evening meal, and anyone who tells you otherwise either works for some multinational that stands to benefit from your inability to govern your appetite—Post, Quaker,…