Today I worked most of the day. I revised.my motion for Aaron and met with Rahim to draw up a Letter of intent for a real estate deal and filled out the paperwork for Like’s loan to purchase a house near Woodstock, NY.
I needed to get the car inspected for emissions, go to the post office, and the bank but could not figure out how to do all that and fetch a No. 21 at 2000 Vietnam, so I decided to eat lunch at home and do a more limited excursion to the bank and post office downtown.
When I looked in the fridge immediately saw the PPI salad from two nights ago dinner and decided to eat that and a cheese sandwich.
I dumped the salad onto a salad bowl and sliced a end piece of French baguette into three slices and toasted two slices and tossed the third that had a spot of mold in it.
I buttered the toasted slices and lay slices of brie on one and Gouda on the other and melted them in the microwave for 35 seconds.
Lunch was surprisingly delicious. The salad lettuce was still crisp as were the pieces of tomato and cucumber and avocado.
Then at 3:30 i drove to the bank, which was closed, and the post office where only one person may now wait in the lobby at a time besides those being helped at the three counter positions.
When I returned home I rested and tried to watch Mad Money but it was not on and Cramer had not been on the morning show, Squawk on the Street. I wonder what happened to him.
Suzette arrived around 5:30 and we sequestered ourselves on the bed opinion the bed in the bedroom with the fan turned up to medium, which is now the coldest place in the house until 6:30 to wait for the heat to subside.
I then made a gin and tonic and declared myself ready to cook.
I had thawed a package of Italian sweet sausages, thinking they were like brats that we could cook in the German style with sauerkraut and cottage style potatoes , but Suzette had a brilliant idea for dinner.
We should sauté the sausages and use that as a layer in a dish of baked penne with the addition of a mornay cream sauce and mozzarella cheese.
It was genius because we had the big bowl of penne Primavera that we both thought was bland and rather dry.
I asked if a bottle of Chianti was acceptable with the dish and a Suzette said, “Lovely.” So I fetched a bottle of Aquino Reserva Chianti ($5.99 at Trader Joe’s) and placed it in the freezer section of the fridge to chill.
Soon she was mixing the mornay sauce into the large ceramic bowl 2/3 full of penne and then she poured half of the penne into a large soufflé dish and then poured the sausage and then the fresh mozzarella cubes and then the rest of the penne and finally she garnished the top with the rest of the grated pecorino cheese. She popped the overflowing soufflé dish into the 350 degree oven and declared it should be ready in 35 minutes or when the Rachel Maddow Show ended at 8:00 in 40 minutes.
I watched the rest of Rachel and sipped my gin and tonic while Suzette worked in her new office that she has made by removing the bed and clutter that had accumulated in Willy’s old bedroom.
At 8:00 I called her and we checked the dish in the oven and the edges were bubbling so we fetched plates and ladled spoonfuls into our plates. I found mine to be a bit cool in the middle so I microwaved mine for a minute and that was long enough to heat it to the point that the first forkful burned my palate.
Suzette opened ate Chianti and fetched glasses and poured glasses of the wine and we relished in the creamy, cheesy soft mound of cheese, pasta and bits of sausage, squash, tomato, olive, and onion.
We were amazed that we had converted a light low calorie pasta dish into a heavy, gooey, rich, highly caloric dish. It was the consistency of a thickly sauced lasagna Alfredo.
We drank a couple of glasses of the cool Chianti to wash it down and tried to take small seconds, but could not eat more as the pasta and cheese hit our stomached.
We rested for a few minutes watching TV but around 9:00 Suzette suggested a dessert of a scoop of ice cream on one of the chocolate chip cookies I baked last night.
I over leavened the cookies and they collapsed into flat thin cookies, sort of like a French wafer or rather flat tuile. So the large flat cookie made a perfect platform for Suzette’s scoop of vanilla ice cream.
She served the open faced ice cream sandwich in a small flattened bowl, which made the dessert seem to float in its own small lake, lovely and delicious.
Suzette sipped a scotch and I sipped a grappa di brunello.
By 9:30 we were tired and fell fast asleep. I even fell asleep while trying to blog. So I finished this description at 3:30 in the morning with a glass of cold water.
After we put the dish in the oven at 7:20 I checked my stocks and found that my portfolio had risen another ½%, mostly due to a rotation away from big tech and biotech and to consumer stocks like P & G and utilities, like AT&T.
I keep wondering when the Market will adjust to the economic reality the world is facing if there is no vaccine for another six months to a year and the pandemic keeps spreading.
The big news of the day was another Friday night bombshell from the WH, Trump commuted Roger Stone’s seven felony convictions for his role in creating the Wikileaks publishing of the Russian theft of the Democratic Party emails before the 2016 election and then lying to Congress to cover up President Trump’s knowledge and role in the scheme.
The implications are chilling; that you can commit crimes to affect an election and lie about it and if your crime is found out and you are prosecuted and found guilty that you can then escape punishment by a Presidential pardon by your co-conspirator who participated in the crimes with you because your illegal actions succeeded in getting your co-conspirator elected President.
I hope most rational people will realize that this not the way a functioning democracy can survive and will elect Democrats this Fall so that laws can be put in place to prevent this abusive use of the Constitution from happening again. Of course, it was allowed to happen by a complicit Republican Senate that would not impeach the President. If the senate swings into democratic control there is a small chance that there could be another impeachment of Trump even after he leaves office that would result in him being barred from holding political office again, a final censure for his actions of bribing women who he had sex with and his collusion with the Russians to help him win the election and then he and his co-conspiratorscovering it up by lying to the FBI and Congress and the American people.