11 Apr 2000 jwalther   » (Journeyer)

Whilst coding last night, I made some observations on the art of drinking tea.

  • Heat the tea pot with some boiling water then dump that water before putting in the tea bags and filling it to the brim with scalding H2O. But everyone knew that.
  • Tea was invented to make scones edible. How many people can enjoy scones when not accompanied by tea? (And maybe a little jam on top...) But its a symbiotic relationship; tea is much more boring without scones than with.
  • Saucers were invented for a very valid reason. Tea is often poured in a scalding state. Although this habit has largely fallen into disuse, the intent of the tea saucer is not to "catch spills" so much as it is to pour your scalding tea into, where due to great surface area/volume ratio it cools almost immediately, whence one can sip it without harm to ones cultured taste buds. This is directly related to the next point:
  • Coffee cups WILL NOT do. Try pouring tea into the saucer from a coffee cup. Mess everywhere. Ick. A proper teacup does not have the infernal "defy law of gravity and stick to underside of vessel before dripping off at most inappropriate point" property. This one little bit of advice can save your trousers and jacket from many embarassing moments when having tea with MOTAS

Shopping list for today:

  • Shower curtains. Previous roommate absconded with previous shower curtains when she stormed out. *sigh* Its not good to let water rot the floor, especially in old, cheap housing... If nothing else, the stench is unpleasant.
  • Pipe wrench. Shortly before said roommate stormed out, hot water exhibited peculiar symptoms: after a brief rush of water, it will smoothly trickle down, and quickly come to a full stop, while making an awful chatter somewhere from the direction of the hot water tank. But turn the faucet back off, wait a few minutes, and the same cycle repeats... As long as the handle is on, no water can get through. Will investigate as soon as have bought this essential tool.

<redgreen>And remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.</redgreen>

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