Monday, February 20, 2006

happiness comes in 32 flavors

c'mon. she came from France. of course it's ice cream.

thomas jefferson was a man of many accomplishments. he was a true polymath: political philosopher, architect, musician, book collector, scientist, horticulturist, diplomat, and inventor. then there was that other gig. President of the United States.

he left us a number of memorable quotations. a few that i particularly admire:

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. (i said i admire it, people, as it's clear i do not follow this advice in either speaking or writing.)

I cannot live without books.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

it is in the spirit of "pursuit of happiness" that he must have discovered the joys of ice cream. after all, it is TJ whom we can thank for making ice cream a staple in America's culinary lexicon.

a moment of silence, please.

ice cream was served frequently at dinners hosted by him, and "while George Washington's papers contain a prior reference to an ice cream maker, the first American recipe for the dish is in Jefferson's hand." and in the other, no doubt, a spoon.

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