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Death, Dying, and Resurrection

Written By: cahwyguy - Tue Oct 13, 2015 @ 6:53 pm PDT

userpic=tombstonesRecently, the newsfeeds have brought stories of death, dying, and resurrection. None of this is particularly in the religious sense, but it is all interesting in a secular way:

The Dead

  • The Army Green Service Uniform. Those who have worked with the DOD know how to read uniforms: blue for the Air Force, green for the Army. Those days are numbered: The Army Green Service uniform is going away. Specifically, as of Oct. 1, the “Green Class As” are no longer permitted for wear. From 1902 through World War II soldiers wore an olive and/or khaki/tan combination of some sort. But then the Army wanted a sharp, classic and dignified look to distinguish soldiers in a postwar era. Enter the Army Green Uniform in 1954. The dark green color (“shade 44”) was a throwback to the distinctive color for rifle units back in Revolutionary times, and was recommended to the Army by scientists and fashion experts. What is replacing it? Would you believe “Army Blue”? The new ASU’s blue color represents a nod to the first century-plus of the Army, from the Revolution to the Civil War and Spanish American War. The blues became standard issue in 2010 and from there quickly became the most popular service uniform.
  • The Card Catalog. The last manufacturer of cards for the card catalog drawers has decided to stop making the cards. The library cooperative, which created the world’s first shared, online catalog system back in 1971, allowed libraries to order custom-printed cards that could then be put in their own analog cataloging systems. Now, according to the cooperative, it’s time to lay a “largely symbolic” system that’s well past its prime to rest. Cross off another learned skill from your youth you no longer need.
  • Tap Cards. Specifically, expired TAP cards. TAP (Transit Access Pass) is the system used in Southern California for paying for transit. Stored value is loaded on a card, and used on a bus or train. So far, so good. The problem is: those cards expire, and that expiration date is not printed on the card. You can only discover it when you register the card in the system. Further, there are no easy ways (other than calling customer service) to transfer the stored value off of an expired card. The potential windfall accrues to Metro.  According to LA Weekly, It’s estimated that expired TAP money adds up to a whopping $2.7 million. Metro says that about half of those expired Tap balances will be transferred by customers to new cards, leaving the transit agency with $1.3 million dollars in unclaimed money.
  • Your Pilot. Recently, the news was filled with reports about a flight that had its pilot die mid-flight. Although it sounds scary, it really isn’t a problem. After all, there are multiple qualified pilots on every flight.  But that’s not why the extra pilot is there. Commercial flying has always been a team effort, and the main reason for having two pilots is because the business of flying a plane is difficult and often complicated. Contrary to what everybody seems to think, planes do not “fly themselves,” and even a two-pilot cockpit often becomes a surprisingly busy place.
  • US Airways. On Friday, the last US Airways flight will touch down in Philadelphia. This will mark the end of an airlines that included carriers with such well-known reputations as Alleghany, Piedmont, USAir, America West, and of course, PSA.  In fact, it reunites PSA with the remains of AirCal (which American swallowed) and Reno Air.

The Dying

The Resurrection

  • Reel to Reel Tape. We’ve all heard about the rebirth of vinyl. Next up: Reel to reel tapes. I had a small reel-to-reel when I was young, and made tapes of music before I got into cassettes. But we’re not talking the 3″ reels. We’re taking professional quality tape. Further… the verdict is in: tape sounds better than vinyl. Period. Not the cassette tapes of Walkman era, of course. Not those 8-track bricks from the land of shag carpet supervans either. That crude tech is an insult to tape, the same way Velveeta is an insult to cheddar. The real vinyl killer turns out to be reel-to-reel tape. Played on unwieldy machines that conjure visions of ABSCAM sting operations and Boogie Nights bachelor pads, R2R tape is the latest retro-trend for hi-fi geeks and design fetishists who curate their living rooms like a MoMA exhibit.  (yes, that is pasted from the linked article)
  • Georgia’s Stone Mountain. If you recall, during the recent confederate flag kerfuffle, there were calls to destroy the images of confederate generals carved into Stone Mountain. That didn’t fly, but there is the next best thing: Adding Martin Luther King Jr. to Stone Mountain. Georgia officials decided Sunday to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the site of a Confederate memorial on Stone Mountain, Ga. There was mixed reaction. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association, with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s approval, plans to build a tower with a replica of the Liberty Bell just beyond the carvings of Confederate heroes Gen. Robert E. Lee, President Jefferson Davis, and Gen. Stonewall Jackson to celebrate Mr. King’s reference to the site in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech: “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”
  • Perl. Many of you know that I’m Perl’s Paternal Godparent and the first user of Perl (Larry, Mark, and I all carpooled together to SDC when it was written).  After many years, Larry has just unveiled Perl 6. I guess that means I may need to learn it. I still pretty much just use Perl 4 or Perl 5.



And Then There Was One

Written By: cahwyguy - Mon Oct 12, 2015 @ 11:47 am PDT

Tom Faigin (Undated)userpic=father-and-sonSunday, I learned that my uncle, Tom Faigin, passed away at 4:30 AM. It wasn’t unexpected; but it is still a loss. As I did with my father when he died, I’d like to share a few remembrances.

When I think about Tom, first and foremost, I think about folk music. He was a musician at heart. He loved music. He taught music. He was at home playing a guitar, banjo, or mandolin. We shared that love (well, not playing, but of music — I can only play the cassette recorder). He introduced me to so many artists (especially when I digitized his record collection). I introduced him to a few. Although I could never play an instrument, I enjoyed listening to him play (and I’ll enjoy the one CD I have of him). We went to McCabes together a few times (I think he was the one that originally introduced me to Shep Cooke). We also had a lot of folk friends in common, for there are a large intersection between the folk communities and the cybersecurity communities.

He was also the political firebrand of the family. By that I mean that we had wonderful political discussion (especially as we were of a similar political bent). He was connected to the older labor-style Judaism that you don’t see these days. A Judaism more of action — and social action — than anything else. This also came through in the folk music.

In his later years, he was part of a musical group called the Geritones. His daughter is working on a documentary of the group. My memory of the Geritones is when they came to play for a membership recruiting day for Temple Beth Torah. They played a variety of old folk, Yiddish, and other Eastern European music.

I remember that he was an uncle my daughter loved as well. She loved to go over and visit, and as she got older and into Yiddish, they had another shared love. I also felt that her love of Yiddish was genetic, coming from my father and his father before him. Luckily, she was able to share her excitement of her trip to Eastern Europe with him. Alas, she wasn’t able to share her pictures after the trip.

His family suffered a loss a few years ago with the passing of his son, my cousin Nick. Nick, too, was an artist, and I think they shared that passion. Their musical tastes were different (and I’m not sure all understood), but art was in the blood.

He is survived by his wife, Ann, and his daughter Cece, and of course all of us cousins. Of the original four brothers (my father, Adrian; Herbert; Ron, and Tom), only my Uncle Ron remains. May he stay strong and healthy.

You Out of Luck Today. Banks Closed.

Written By: cahwyguy - Mon Oct 12, 2015 @ 7:40 am PDT

[Today is Columbus Day, and, FYI, the banks are closed. Thus, it is all together fitting and appropriate to remind people why we do this… to give bankers 3-day weekends :-)]

In 1961, the humorist Stan Freberg issued Volume 1 of The United States of America, a musical telling of the founding of America through the Battle of Yorktown (Volume 2 goes through the end of World War I (“They’ll never be another war…”)). The first scene on Volume 1 relates the story of how the Indians discovered Columbus. As today is Columbus Day, I present a transcription of the scene:


NARR: 1492, Madrid. The Queen of Spain grants an audience to an obscure Italian sailor. There, in her chambers, plans are made destined to change the course of history.
COLUMBUS (CC): Alright, we’ll go over it once again. First you hock the jewels, you give me the money and I buy the ships. Then I discover the new world, you dump the king, and I’ll send for you.
QUEEN ISABELLA (QI): You say you’ll send for me, dahling, but will you?
CC: Look, we’ve been all through this before.
QI: I know, but really, you’re such a dreamer. You’ll go out there and sail right off the end of the world.
CC: I will not!
QI: You’re such a charming boy, dahling. Why don’t you forget all this? I’ll set you up with a nice little Fiat agency over in West Barcelona.
CC: I don’t want a Fiat agency!
QI: Then why don’t you go to art school like your friend, Da Vinci? I’ll put you through.
CC: If Lenny wants to starve to death, that’s up to Lenny. Me, I want to discover the new world, carry out my dream. (trumpet fanfare)

ANNOUNCE: His Majesty, King Ferdinand.

QI: (gasp) The King.
CC: Oh, sure, he’ll be at the inquisition all afternoon.
QI: Time just slipped away. Quickly, take the jewels and go, over the balcony. (door opens)
CC: Too late.

QI: Good afternoon dear. How was the inquisition? Amusing?
KING FERDINAND (KF): Dullsville. Same old… say, who’s that?
QI: You remember Christopher Columbus.
KF: You mean old “round, round world”. (laughs). You and your Bohemian friends.
QI: He’s not Bohemian, he’s Italian.
KF: Italian, Bohemian. Look at him in that hat. Is that a crazy sailor?

QI: Crazy? I’ll tell you how crazy. He’s a man with a dream, a vision. A vision of a new world, whose alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears. With purple mountains magestied above the 2 cents plain
CC & KF: (fruited)
QI: Fruited. He holds these griefs to be self-evident, this “round, round world” with Indians and justice for all. Let us then go forward together toward Miami Beach, so that the dream of this crazy Italian boy, indivisible, should not perish from the map. (cheers from crowd)

CC: Is that moving? Was that a great bit?
KF: I always said this girl had a lot of…Wait a minute! I ask a simple question, I get a pageant. Why should Spain sponsor you? Why don’t you go to Portugal?

CC: I did—they bought “The Price is Right”
KF: Oh.

CC: Then I have your permission to sail?
KF: Have you had your shots?
CC: I have.
KF: Permission granted.
CC: Gracias. Areva Derchi
KF: Hasta La Vista
QI: Adios (Mariachi band: Adios Muchachos, Compañareros)

KF: Would you get out of here? (footsteps) Strange, he left by the balcony.
QI: Force of habit I guess.
KF: Yeah, yeah, how’s that again.
QI: Nothing.
KF: Isabella? When are you going to quit fooling around with these nuts?


The Real Battle

Written By: cahwyguy - Sun Oct 11, 2015 @ 2:26 pm PDT

The Best of Enemies (Colony Theatre)userpic=colonyMany people go to the theatre simply to be entertained. They want some brainless musical, lots of leggy girls and guys kicking and dancing. The same phenomenon occurs at the movies — the popcorn flick, the meaningless comedy or action adventure film.  These are, to use the expression from [title of show], donuts for breakfast. They are filling at the time, but leave you hungry an hour later.

But at other times … at other times … theatre soars. It takes you to some other place, some other time, and leaves you talking and questioning. You leave not only entertained, but educated. You’ve thought critically. You’ve learned about an issue. You engaged your brain. Shows such as these are memorable, from 1955’s Inherit the Wind to 2004’s Doubt to the recent Gospel according to Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy: all demonstrate the power of theatre to engage and make you think.

Last night at the The Colony Theatre (FB), we saw another play to add to that list: The Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain. The Best of Enemies tells the true story of C.P. Ellis and Ann Atwater. C.P.  Ellis, at the time of the start of the play, was the Exaulted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in Durham NC. Atwater was a prominent black civil rights leader in the same community. As 1971 started, Bill Riddick was sent by the Federal Government* to handle the long-delayed desegregation of Durham schools. To do this, he organized a series of charettes to bring the entire community together to solve the problem.
(* The play said “Department of Education”, but ED didn’t start until 1979; it had to have been Health, Education, and Welfare)

Riddick realized that the charettes could not succeed if the entire community was not behind them — meaning not only the black community or those in favor of civil rights, but those — such as the KKK and its factions — that opposed segregation. He therefore worked to get Ellis and Atwater to chair the Durham Charette — called Save Our Schools. He had no idea of whether it would succeed or fail.

This play is the story of that effort. In the opening scenes we get to know both Ellis and Atwater, and see Riddick wooing them to get them to co-chair the group. Eventually they agree, and the middle of the play is that effort: the early days of the charette, the fights, and how they slowly learned to work together. The end of the play is perhaps the most unlikely: it shows how Atwater and Ellis became strong friends, there for each other.

Yes, this is a true story.

There were a number of points made in the play — all of which are quite important. First, there is the personal transformation of Ellis and Atwater. Let me give an analogue. On the way to the theatre, we were listening to a recent Gastropod on Cilantro Hatred. As you know, some people love cilatro. Others hate it. There is a theory that with enough exposure, you can learn to tolerate it. One thing this played showed is how — with exposure to each other from the committee — Ellis and Atwater got to know each other as people, to see their circumstances and their family, so see how they had quite a bit in common. I believe it was this unconscious effort of moving past the hate — eating the Cilantro Pesto, so to speak — that enabled them to become friends.

The second point in the play — which is relevant today — was the revelation that the problem in the schools really wasn’t black vs. white. The problem was that the poorer kids — black or white — got a significantly worse education than the wealthy kids — black or white. Both Ellis and Atwater came from poor upbringings, and this revelation showed how the wealthy were exploiting the race hatred to distract from the class distinction. This was 1971 folks. It could never happen today. People exploiting race hatred to distract from class abuse. C’mon.

I think this is why the play resonated in the way that it did: this historical true story of people coming together demonstrated that the problems are still there to be fought, and we have learn how to do with Ellis and Atwater did: move past the hatred (which is now based on political divisions) and work together to address problems.

In short, this is a play that everyone should see. But be quick. It only has a few performances left.

And speaking of performances (how’s that for a segue): the performances at this show were uniformly excellent. Under the direction of David Rose (FB), the performances were sharp and believable. In fact, they were so good I found myself being absorbed into the characters, and not mentally taking notes about what I particularly liked about the performance.

In the lead positions were Larry Cedar (FB) as C.P. Ellis and Tiffany Rebecca Royale (FB) as Ann Atwater. As I said, both were uniformly excellent and believable in their characters. In fact, my only quibble is a very small one: in Cedar’s bio, he lists “Discord: The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy” (FB) and talks about it’s world premiere at the Geffen. However, we saw him in it in the production before the Geffen: back in 2014 when it was at the NoHo Arts Center — which was the real world premiere. LA’s intimate theatre strikes again!  But performance-wise, there are none. From the first time you see Cedar in his red KKK robes to the first time you see Royale taking off her shoes, to the last time at the funeral — these actors embody these characters with a strong spark and life.

Rounding out the leads was Shon Fuller (FB) as Bill Riddick. This was a different level of lead. He was the catalyst of the story, although it is unclear to what extent he was a true catalyst (which are unchanged by the reactions). His was the voice of reason that introduced, tampered the reaction when necessary, managed the distance, and enabled the result to come across. We had the chance to talk to Mr. Fuller after the show, and you could just get the sense that this was a role he loved — that the message and story that came across in this play was one he wanted to get out there.

In a smaller, but still critical, role was Holly Hawkins (FB) as Mary Ellis. Hawkin’s performance as C.P.’s wife humanized him — it got to show the family side and the family problems, and it also demonstrated how there could often be caring from that community as well. A small performance, but a critical one.

At times, there were voices in crowd scenes and voice-overs. Crowd and choir sounds were from: Ben Hawkins, John Favreau, Taylor M. Hartsfield, Elyssa Alexander, Madeline Ellingson, Matthew G Wicks, Dylan David Farrs, Katie Lee, Connie J Kim, Jesus Manuael R., Lacey Beegun, and Joshua Johnson. Voice-overs were by Wyn Mareno and Sarah Ripper. I’m not going to link them as I usually do.

The technical side of the staging was simple. The scenic design by David Potts was simple: an area for projects against a wooden structure providing a central area and two side entrances, with simple tables and chairs that could be moved around. These were augmented by properties by Colony regular John McElveney (FB) which established the sense of place and time. Sense of place was also established by the excellent projection designs of Dave Mickey (FB) and the scenic art of Colony regular Orlando de la Paz.  The sound, also by Dave Mickey (FB), provided the necessary effects (including the necessary reverb from the podium microphones, when they were used). The lighting design by Jared A. Sayeg (FB) conveyed the mood well. Much of the lighting was stark, but I did notice the mood lighting behind the projection, and the heavy use of red lighting in some of the KKK scenes to create the appropriate sense of horror and foreboding. The costume design by Dianne K. Graebner (FB) combined with the wigs and hair of Rhonda O’Neal to support the place and time well. Remaining technical credits: Leesa Freed (FB) was the production stage manager. Casting by Patricia Cullen. David Elzer/Demand PR (Public Relations). The Colony is under the artistic direction of Barbara Beckley.

The Best of Enemies continues at The Colony Theatre (FB) through October 18. Tickets are available through the Colony website. It does not appear that the Colony has listed discount tickets through Goldstar for this show. Similarly, although they are listed on LAStageTix, discount tickets are not available.

Ob. Disclaimer: I am not a trained theatre critic; I am, however, a regular theatre audience member. I’ve been attending live theatre in Los Angeles since 1972; I’ve been writing up my thoughts on theatre (and the shows I see) since 2004. I do not have theatre training (I’m a computer security specialist), but have learned a lot about theatre over my many years of attending theatre and talking to talented professionals. I pay for all my tickets unless otherwise noted. I am not compensated by anyone for doing these writeups in any way, shape, or form. I subscribe at three theatres:  REP East (FB), The Colony Theatre (FB), and Cabrillo Music Theatre (FB). Through my theatre attendance I have made friends with cast, crew, and producers, but I do strive to not let those relationships color my writing (with one exception: when writing up children’s production, I focus on the positive — one gains nothing except bad karma by raking a child over the coals).  I believe in telling you about the shows I see to help you form your opinion; it is up to you to determine the weight you give my writeups.

Upcoming Shows: October was being held for the NoHo Fringe Festival (FB); they’ve finally announced some shows but nothing yet is of interest. Given their delays, I started booking weekends with non-fringe shows. Next weekend takes us to Thousand Oaks for “Damn Yankees” at Cabrillo Music Theatre (FB). The fourth weekend of October brings “Uncle Vanya” at Antaeus Theatre Company (FB) in North Hollywood. Halloween weekend sees me at CSUN for Urinetown, and then both of us out in Simi Valley for “The Addams Family” at the Simi Cultural Arts Center (Simi Actors Rep Theatre (FB)). The following weekend sees us back in Simi for the Nottingham Festival (FB) on November 7. We then go out to Perris for “A Day Out with Thomas” at Orange Empire Railway Museum (FB) on November 11 (I can’t skip seeing my buddy Thomas and his friend Percy). The bookings for November conclude with Deathtrap at REP East (FB) on November 14; the rest of the month is currently open. December brings “Humble Boy” at The Colony Theatre (FB) the first weekend, followed by a mid-week stint as a producer, when we present The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam as the dinner entertainment at the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). December also has dates held for “The Bridges of Madison County” at the Ahmanson Theatre (FB) and “If/Then” at the Pantages (FB). There are also a few other interesting productions I’m keeping my eyes open for. The first is the Fall show at The Blank Theatre (FB), “Something Truly Monstrous”, sounds wonderful — however, it runs through November 8, so squeezing it in would mean a double weekend. The show at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (FB) also sounds like an interesting exploration of clutter —  but “The Object Lesson” only runs through October 4, and I’m not sure we can squeeze it in. As always, I’m keeping my eyes open for interesting productions mentioned on sites such as Bitter-Lemons, and Musicals in LA, as well as productions I see on Goldstar, LA Stage Tix, Plays411.

Two Lessons Learned at a Street Fair

Written By: cahwyguy - Sat Oct 10, 2015 @ 11:02 pm PDT

userpic=sheepToday, I worked at a booth at the Granada Hills Street Fair for our congregation. In discussions with the patrons there, I heard two very important messages that have stuck with me:

  • I had a couple of people mention a one-time bad experience they had — one time where they weren’t quite as welcomed as they could have been. Now, I know having gotten to know the congregation that this isn’t typical, and that given the chance, people are warm and welcoming. The lesson: Treat every encounter as if this is your only chance to make someone feel welcome. It might be. If you don’t, that one off greeting you give, that one time you talk to your friends instead of welcoming the newcomer — it might be the one thing that makes a great person walk away instead of becoming a member. It may also destroy the one chance you’ve got of meeting and learning about someone really neat.
  • We had someone in their early twenties come up to us and ask: What do you have for us? Someone who is single, young, and with no kids. We didn’t have a good answer. If we want Jewish continuity, if we want young people to continue participating in congregation life, we need a good answer. We can’t wait until they join with their kids — for that is too late (especially as people wait longer to have kids). We need to provide that authentic connection to the young singles. Hint: The answer is not in being a matchmaker service. Not all young adults are looking to find their mate, or their mate in a synagogue. Matchmaking happens best when it comes through other interests. We need activities that bring college and graduate level youths in because of their interests, because of their learning, because of their spirituality. Something that is authentic and challenging and is something they can’t get elsewhere. Something, by the way, that is very hard to figure out. What did they do in the past? Matchmaking. That solution isn’t the answer today.

Why post this here? After all, isn’t it the dirty laundry from my congregation. The answer is: it isn’t. I would bet that these two areas are problems for almost every congregation — for every congregation has that guest they’ve turned off, that newly-minted post-grad who doesn’t see something for them as a single with no kids. They are something we all need to find the answer for.

Food News: Pastrami, Mexican Kosher Ice Cream, and Green Poop

Written By: cahwyguy - Sat Oct 10, 2015 @ 7:29 am PDT

userpic=levysThis is a busy weekend, including the Granada Hills Street Fair (which I’m leaving for shortly). But first, a number of news chum articles about food:


My First Time

Written By: cahwyguy - Sat Oct 10, 2015 @ 7:13 am PDT

userpic=blushingSome recent articles that have come across my RSS feeds have gotten me thinking about my first time.

Yes, my first time.

I really mean it. Of course, I’m talking about my first live theatre. What did you think I was talking about?

Seriously, my first time was going to see “The Rothschilds” at the LA Civic Light Opera in 1972. This was when we still got the Broadway stars, so we actually had Hal Linden in the cast (who I later thanked when I saw him a few years ago at On Golden Pond at the Colony). What brought back this memory was an article on the rich score of The Rothschilds, which was prompted by the new production of Rothschilds & Sons at York Theatre Company. The new production is a one-act version of the show that hopefully addresses the book problems that plagued the show the first time around (even though I loved the score, and often walked around UCLA whistling the overture). Even better was the news that they are recording the new score. Hopefully, I’ll have space on the iPod.

The Secret to Happiness Is…

Written By: cahwyguy - Tue Oct 06, 2015 @ 12:29 pm PDT

userpic=mood-swingsA late lunch post: It is rare that I get a threesome-themed news chum early in the week like this, but I just lucked out:

  • The Value of Face to Face. A recent study has shown that if you’re feeling depressed, hanging out with friends or loved ones face-to-face is better for your emotional health than a phone call or sending an email. Specifically, people who get together regularly with family and friends are about half as likely to report symptoms of depression as those who have little face-to-face contact. In the study, volunteers who met with family and friends at least three times a week had the lowest risk of developing symptoms of depression, 6.5 percent, compared to an 11.3 percent risk among those who got together once every few months or less when surveyed at the two-year mark. In contrast, the frequency of phone calls and emails had no clear impact on the risk of depression.
  • The Importance of Encouragement. Another study has shown that praise from friends and family not only makes us feel good, it actually improves our problem-solving skills. According to the researchers, the study illustrates the positive impact of “best-self activation” on problem-solving abilities: When people are reminded of a time in the past when they were at their best, they’re more likely to rise to the occasion once again. And while thinking back on proud moments can be helpful, the researchers found that best-self activations were most effective when they came from participants’ social networks. Positive memories from friends, family, and colleagues have a real impact on our ability to successfully perform tasks under pressure.
  • Cheap, Large Weddings Bode Well. Here’s one more interesting research finding: according to a new study, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 on an engagement ring is significantly associated with an increase in the risk of divorce. On the other hand, to minimize your chances of divorce: You should date for three years before popping the question. Be wealthy, but don’t be a gold-digger. Have a huge wedding, but make sure it’s cheap. And whatever you do, don’t skip the honeymoon. Here’s a great article from the Atlantic that visualizes the results of the study.

[Edited to fix the first sentence: The original (“it is rare that I get a threesome early in the week like this, but I just lucked out”), on first blush and a second reading, made me second blush.]