Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

JAG, Molecular Gastronomy and Dance Spectacular

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A very eclectic group of activities last week.

At the Riley Institute at Furman we heard a presentation from JAG, Judge Advocate General, Dana Chipman, a 3 star general and parent of a Furman Student.   He spoke about the challenges the army faces with the recent decision to allow women in the infantry, sexual assault issues, repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” and the one I didn’t think about, the problems with grooming and dress codes.    In a half hour presentation he clearly explained these topics as well as answered some very interesting questions from students, Furman president and even one from Bob.    Definitely worth an hour of our time.

An OLLI Bonus class was a lecture from a Furman chemistry professor on Molecular Gastronomy.   This is a topic you foodies have to start to learn about.   I had heard of it but now understand more about what the possibilities are for really cool new taste pleasures.   It’s not so much a new food but eating a familiar food in a form it has never been before like a foam, crystal, etc.   Start checking around your town to see if there are any places who are preparing food like this.   They also are doing some interesting things to beverages so check out the high end bars.  I don’t think Greenville is there yet but will keep my eyes open.

Molecular Gastronomy: The Science of Modern Cooking
Molecular gastronomy is a discipline that seeks to predict and explain the chemicaland physical transformations that createa wonderful eating (gastronomical)experience. Practitioners in the fieldcommonly use techniques and equipment borrowed from the science lab to finelycontrol textures and combine flavorsin novel ways. Greg Springsteen, an associate professor of chemistry at Furman, will lead this hands-on seminarand will provide an overview of modern gastronomy techniques. We will also apply some contemporary scientific analyses to classical recipes. The seminar
has been designed to be accessible to anyone with a desire to learn about the
science of food.
Friday night was the annual Furman Dance Spectacular put on by the Furman women’s dance group and some other dance group from the community.  There were 14 numbers.   Beautiful ballet, clogging, east Indian performance, a fantastic young man doing hip hop, salsa couple, and of course lovely modern dance by the Furman women.   An hour that flies by.   I could definitely watch them for another hour.   One of my favorite Furman events.
On Saturday we celebrated our 39th anniversary with an elegant meal at our favorite restaurant, High Cotton.   I had rack of  lamb and Bob had shrimp and grits.   We shared a roasted beat and goat cheese salad and finished the meal with a yummy pecan torte with home made ice cream.  A quite jazz trio played in the background.   It was a perfect evening.

Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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