02 November 2005

Pearls of wisdom, dots for flavor

Rock and roll and blues music threads throughout my life so it will thread within this blog. Some of my all time favorite lines are from Janis Joplin's Cry Baby on Pearl, released in 1971. I was only 21 then but they still speak to me with the same profundity. I guess I'll call this my Great Lyrics series, just as my Teaching Company teacher talked of great books. (A great book has three qualities: it is concerned with themes of enduring importance, it has noble language that elevates the soul and ennobles the mind, and it shows universality in that it speaks across the ages.)

"You can go all around the world
Trying to find something to do with your life, baby,
When you only gotta do one thing well,
You only gotta do one thing well to make it in this world, babe.
You got a woman waiting for you there,
All you ever gotta do is be a good man one time to one woman
And that'll be the end of the road, babe"

"All you ever gotta do is be a good man one time to one woman" is the line that keeps coming to me throughout the years, although I change it to a 'good woman to one man'. Sometimes years go by and I forget the song and have to dig through Janis' lyrics and find the exact phrasing again. But the concept feels like a knowledge I was born with, innate to my human-ness.

Another human characteristic is curiousity. I am still wondering about the health of the bugs in my office if they eat only candy. Would they reel away from the candy bowl in a sugar stupor? Should they instead go down and find the apple I left in the bottom drawer? Would they, could they?

Or better yet, maybe they should wait until I get to work and go for my healthy fruits and veggies and calcium chews.

Just what is the nutritive value of the candy? Well - here is a picture of the label

Seems that 40 grams has 140 calories. But it doesn't state how many grams are in each little packet, so I'll have to weigh some. Here we go, some Dots on the scale. You can see, six Dots in a package weigh 20.372 grams. So that's about 70 calories. That's not a lot if you just eat a few (and if you are bigger than an insect). And Dots pack a lot of flavor.


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