He Was Dressed In The Clothes Of A Dandy,
Latently Powerful & Dangerous.
Wednesday is the 4th of July/Independence Day (the U.S.’s birthday) and it had me thinking: What red, white, or blue things around the city will catch my eye? I’m going to aim for a list of 6 things and a photograph of each. You’re welcome to try it too.
He Looked A Man Of Lusty & Unashamed Appetites.
Today, with Mad Hatter, I went to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and went to karaoke night at a bar that I’ve always wanted to be inside of. It’s called Scarlett O’Hara’s and it’s directly adjacent to a piano bar called Rhett’s (they have a Gone with the Wind theme). Since Mad Hatter had the day off, we treated it as an early 4th of July celebration (but we do, of course, have plans to see fireworks on the 4th), which is ironic because Gone with the Wind and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter are set during the Civil War (when the South tried to become a separate country), while the Revolutionary War (that ended on the 4th of July) was about the U.S. separating from England. Mind you, I’m in favor of the latter and not the former, but it’s funny how unexpected plans and combine to form a web of meaning.
He Had An Air Of Utter Assurance, Of Insolence.
The Gone with the Wind movie (I haven’t read the book.) means different things to different people. In the South, people like to look up to it as the ideal South. The president of Archaeology Club at Flagler even had a high school prom that was Gone with the Wind themed. (My high school prom was in 2007, so we had a James Bond Agent 007 theme, specifically the Ice Palace from Die Another Day. Though us women kept saying “007 bitches from heaven!” when we posed for pictures, so I’m not sure if that part was lame or not.)
To me, the Gone with the Wind movie is about the absurdities of the things that the South were fighting for, as summed up with this quote by Rhett:
“All we have is cotton and slaves and arrogance.”
Rhett even says this of being a blockade runner:
“For profit, and profit only… I believe in Rhett Butler. He’s the only cause I know.”
Paintings of Scarlett inside Scarlett O’Hara’s in Saint Augustine, Florida (top right and left); Scarlett O’Hara’s and Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie in Saint Augustine, Florida (bottom right); a bust of Rhett & Scarlett in a shop window in Saint Augustine, Florida (bottom left)
There Was A Twinkle Of Malice In His Bold Eyes.
I love the South the most when it reminds me of the North. Many a 4th of July I have spent watching fireworks on the Seaside Heights shore (where the show Jersey Shore takes place) and eating saltwater taffy (Taffy is gross, but saltwater taffy was invented in New Jersey.). The boardwalk is full of bars, clubs, rides, arcades, boardwalk/carnival/circus games (such as the politically incorrect Shoot the Terrorist), and fried everything (Kool-Aid, Oreos, Butterfingers, Twinkies, Pop-Tarts, etc.). My guidette aunt’s beach house is right down the street, so I got to hang out with a friend lots of times without adult supervision, and with a little cash for pool and air hockey. Between the grill in the front yard, the mug in the kitchen filled with fishing licenses, and the bathroom chock-full of sunscreen, no one ever noticed when we drank all of the orange juice or stayed up all night watching Toonami and the Anime Network or nearly got arrested by a handsome young cop…
His Voice Was Pleasant, The Modulated Voice Of A Gentleman,
Resonant With A Flat, Slow Drawl.
Almond Buttercream Frosting (Crema de Mantequilla de Almendras)
This is a frosting for Puerto Rican pound cake (bizcocho mojadito); but, in the U.S., it’s used for any type of baked goods, especially cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and brownies. It’s white-colored, for your 4th of July sweets.
Butter 1 cup (Since this frosting is so fluffy, I would recommend oil-based butter, such as Butter with Olive Oil by Land O Lakes or Olivio brand butter)
Confectioners’ sugar 2 1/2 cups (Don’t use regular sugar.)
Almond milk 1/4 cup
Almond extract 3 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract 2 tsp
- Mix all ingredients, slowly folding in the confectioners’ sugar. Keep mixing until light and fluffy. If you have an electric mixer, set it to medium.
- Use right away, or cover and refrigerate.