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  • He read me the article aloud. About the potato industry that's trying to make some instant mashed potatoes in a carton by pairing up with the nations finest scientists to create a product with the look and vague taste of mashed potatoes and cheesy vegetables but without the vegetables, cheese, nutrients, texture or authentic taste. The only good thing going for it is that you could squirt it into the microwave and eat it hot and steaming in ten seconds time.

    Not a new story. He just knows I hate articles like that. He does too. He says, "I don't like articles that point out stupid advances without pointing out how backwards stupid they are."

    That's not enough for me. I say, "I don't like science for science sake. That's what this is."


    He raises his eyebrows and reminds me we send rockets to Mars to answer our boundless science curiosity.

    I say, "That's escapist. We've got to solve our problems here on Earth first not run away."

    I'm thinking 'what's the point?' while knowing full well that I am a full-blown hypocrite having majored in Dada in college.


    After dinner he points out the moths. "Boy, there sure are a lot of moths coming at the window. I think they are attracted to the light coming from the lamp on the piano."

    I look at the lamp and I look at the moths.

    Then I get it.

    You can't kill curiosity of any kind. It is our moth nature.
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