It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...

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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...

A Not Too Scary Story

Of Two Very Different Blog Post Ideas

 

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...  Not exactly.  As good an opening that may make for  a story but that isn't the case this time:  in fact, it was not dark nor stormy.  The first days of Fall were beginning to make their presence known with somewhat cooler Southern California temperatures(you know in the low 70 degree Fahrenheit range)but my mind started to wander last Sunday afternoon.  No surprise.  I wondered too.  How can I put together two diverse subjects that were floating around my mind into one post? 

 

Recently on a visit to the theater I saw the film  The Irishman(please note: Spoiler Alert).  It is about a subject I had some knowledge.  Maybe you have as well.  Jimmy Hoffa and The Teamsters. There's more than that covered in the film but gives a clue of the "mess" that can happen.  Crime and union bosses.  Shenanigans of all kinds.  Yeah, I was interested.  But wait....it's a long movie...three hours plus.  This is a real commitment.  I might digress if time permitted.  The film kept my interest so any extra pondering was definitely limited.

 

Although this is not a review per se, I will say I  did enjoy the film.  But as my movie-going companion and I headed away from the theater we talked about the film, crime, unions and more.  I can't say there was any great mystery solved but I did wonder about the appeal of such a subject so many decades removed(no pun intended).    I went to sleep that night and the next day arrived.  No nightmares with "rat-a-tat" disruptions but I do understand how that could happen.  

 

There was nothing unusual about that next day.  It's amazing how ordinary life can be. And the film shows a certain ordinariness in the life of a union boss and the inner-workings of organizations.

 

This brings me to the second topic.  Pomegranates.  Not well-known or widely available.  For the uninitiated here is a definition of a pomegranate if you are unfamiliar and curious.  Merriam Webster defines it as an orange-size fruit with a tough skin and sweet flesh containing many seeds.  The tree is native to North Africa and western Asia.  It hasn't been a longtime favorite but it is one that has become quite likable.   Okay...now finding a comparison between the two.   

 

But missing links of all kinds can be found in the most mysterious of places.  As far as eating pomegranates, it is not an easy task or is it clean.  I guess you can say the same when it comes to the elimination of certain people in the days of Jimmy Hoffa.  Eating a pomegranate is messy business some might say. 

 

I ate a half of a pomegranate for dessert the day after seeing the movie.  After the meal, my shirt looked like it could have been used in one of the scenes of the movie as my formerly crisp white shirt looked somewhat blood-stained after the incident(I am not a particularly messy eater mind you).  Some things make miraculous appearances after a spin in the washing machine or a trip to the cleaners.  Some other things are better blood-soaked in appearance I imagine.  For "proof" they actually occurred.    

 

Anyway, as for the movie The Irishman and pomegranates - I like them both.  But be warned.  We're talking some rather messy stuff.  Just a warning. And that's as much as I will "give away" about the film or pomegranates.  

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com

 

 

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...

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Michael Jacobs

 

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Kathy Streib
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Michael- My goodness, where do I begin? My grandmother had a pomegranate tree and she ate them all of the time. I'm sure that I must have eaten them as well but I don't remember them. 

As for the movie...my behind can sit for just so long so I'll catch it on Netflix. 

Nov 08, 2019 09:47 AM #14
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Hi Michael  Great tie in with both.  Your mind is a magnificent creation.  It would be too long sitting for me.  I have had pomegranate juice but never the fruit. I always manage to spill stuff on the front of me. I usually use a piece of paper towel if I eat something messy. My cheap version of a cloth napkin. 

Nov 08, 2019 09:48 AM #15
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Michael,

We both love pomegranates, and I get them at Trader Joe's all done, not need to get messy.  As for the movie , three hours is a commitment, and like Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I would watch it from the comfort of our couch.

Thank you for the review and the wonderful pondering. A

Nov 08, 2019 10:06 AM #16
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Kathy Streib - if I have encountered a pomengranate tree in real life I was not aware of it.  

Sharon Lee - you understand how to get around the messy details. 

Alexandra Ron and Alexandra Seigel - another thing to add to my Trader Joe's shopping list.  

Nov 08, 2019 10:43 AM #17
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I will go to my grave wondering what ever happened to Jimmy Hoffa.  However, I have mastered the art of dealing with pomegranates.  The secret is to score the peel in four sections.  Then in a large mixing bowl filled with water, gently break the pomegranate apart.  As you pick away at the seeds, they fall to the bottom.  No fuss no mess.

Nov 08, 2019 01:02 PM #18
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Myrl Jeffcoat - I am familiar with the "quartering method" but the water immersion technique is new to me.  Thanks for the tip.  

Nov 08, 2019 02:32 PM #19
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Hi Michael,
It's quite interesting how we can compare two seemingly diverse things, isn't it. I think I came across a challenge (not AR) like that once, where we were to determine what two totally different things have in common.  I'll have to ponder on that some more. 

As for pomegranates: I like mine after they've been cooked into something. Not messy at all.  
As for the Irishman: A 3-hour movie might be longer than my attention span. 

Nov 08, 2019 02:33 PM #20
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Carol Williams - simplifying things is something I find fascinating at times.  Obviously it is not always possible or even feasible but certain comparisons can be made even when there might not be any logical explanation.    I think that may sum up my thinking when the comparisons between pomegranates and the movie came to mind.  

Nov 08, 2019 03:40 PM #21
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Michael you tied the two subject so well together and now that I had your quasi review I can save a few hours and not go see it.... just tell me who did it? Was it RFK??Endre

Nov 08, 2019 10:48 PM #22
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Thanks for the  review Michael Jacobs and the analogy. Sometimes we don't know what will end up "messy."  And even if we do, the mess may be more than we expected.

Nov 09, 2019 06:09 AM #23
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Endre Barath, Jr. - although many theaters have wine as part of their offerings at the concession stand, I am sure your selection and the comfort of your home make a better choice for overall enjoyment.  

Leanne Smith - "sticky fingers"are  indeed a possibility.  

Nov 09, 2019 06:27 AM #24
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for telling us about The Irishman and your pomegranates experience.

We have the coldest morning of the season in Maryland. Have a very special weekend.

Nov 09, 2019 09:00 AM #25
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Roy Kelley - I hope you stay as warm as possible as cooler temperatures become part of the season. 

Nov 09, 2019 02:39 PM #26
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Michael Jacobs,   I find it interesting how you connected the Hoffa storyline to pomegranates  - yes, quite interesting. 

I have always wondered what happened to Jimmy Hoffa and finally accepted a criminologist scenario that he was murdered in the home of a mafia member, his body transported to a Chicago funeral home and his body cremated.  I felt I could live with this rather then his body was thrown into cement and in the foundation of Detroit's Renaissance Center...or equally bad, buried beneath a section of the New York Giants' stadium in New Jersey. 

Now I can connect Pomegranates to the story in my head?!?  Hahaha... Michael, can you please do something for me?  Connect the Pomegranates to the Crematorium scene.   Have a wonderful day, my friend. 

Nov 10, 2019 08:16 AM #27
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott - purely circumstantial evidence.    The connection between Mr. Hoffa and pomegranates would likely(and justifiably) thrown out by any sane judge.  

Nov 10, 2019 08:22 AM #28
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Michael, another movie, you are on quite the roll!   Speaking of pomegrantes, saw them in the store last week, and thought I should pick some up for some martinis!  YUM!

Nov 11, 2019 06:16 AM #29
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Michael - very interesting blog post! The analogy is very powerful. I searched for the Trailer for this film and found a documentary. It was powerful and interesting too!

Keep pondering - you're making great reporting! Perhaps there's another career in your blood. 

Nov 11, 2019 06:54 AM #30
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Joan Cox - I do recall when there seemed to be an abundance of many different martini concoctions - I doubt any pomegranate-infused variety isn't quite as healthy or as good for you as the real thing.    I mean real pomegranates, of course.  Not real martinis.   

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - the film trailer for The Irishman is linked in the post near the spoiler alert warning.  There is likely seemingly endless stories  of  the Jimmy Hoffa mystery.

Nov 11, 2019 07:18 AM #31
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I have never cared for pomegranates,  Michael Jacobs. Too many seeds! I also prefer seedless grapes rather than the grapes that make me take care not to bite down on the bitter seeds.

Nov 11, 2019 03:10 PM #32
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John Juarez - you'll need to check the comment by Myrl Jeffcoat to make eating pomegranates a bit easier.  As for grapes, I agree with you - seedless all the way.

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