paris is grey and rainy. AZERTY keyboards suck. food is good. staying with arabs; friendlier than native parisians, it seems.
instructions for cooking avocado scrambled eggs
Delicious and easy breakfast: slice a soft avocado in half and remove the peel from the seedless half. (Put the other half in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator.) Put some olive oil in a frying pan and set the avocado-half, empty side up, in the pan. Crack an egg and pour the egg onto the avocado, containing as much egg as possible, particularly the yolk, in the avocado’s seed cavity. Turn the burner on. As the frying pan heats up, mash the avocado (and the egg in/on/around it) into a paste with a fork. Treat the resulting egg-avocado paste as you would regular scrambled eggs, sliding it around and so forth with a spatula.
When the avocado scrambled eggs have a delicate golden brown crust, turn the burner off. Lightly salt the avocado scrambled eggs. Sample a forkful; they should be crispy on the outside but soft, rich, and creamy within. It is best to eat them directly from the pan, while they are still hot.
This might seem an incongruous thing for me to say, having written a book in which a predatory high school teacher plays a prominent role, but I feel quite bad for the guys who get trapped on To Catch a Predator (which I’ve been watching online for the last fifteen minutes, prompting this post). As Judith Levine wrote in Harmful to Minors, the notion that all sex between someone above the age of 16 (or 17, or 18, depending on state law) and someone below that age is criminal, abusive, exploitative, or traumatic is totally irrational. Some of the guys on the MSNBC show clearly are predators, but others are probably just sad, lonely people. They are lonely and online and someone pretending to be interested in them sends a message (it is legal for the decoys to approach the “predators” rather than wait for an approach, I believe; if I am wrong about this, someone correct me). Also, the notion that they are all pedophiles seems wrong to me. A pedophile is someone who is aroused by preadolescents. At 13, 14, 15, and up, most people are biologically mature. It is certainly socially and cultural innapropriate to feel sexual desire for them, but not biologically “unnatural.” Was Edgar Allan Poe a pedophile? I feel like there are many other examples–extraordinary people in history whose carnal lives I could have used in that sentence rather than Edgar Allan Poe. I think the show ruins lives unnecessarily, although I don’t deny that it may have prevented some future crimes as well.