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I just watched a video of Gordon Ramsay demonstrating how to chop an onion. Nice to know I have been doing it right all these years. I was taught how, not by my mom ("Get out of my kitchen...") or my grandmother, (who I remember making cookies and martinis, though she must have consumed more than that,) But by a 16 year old boy, who was my friend, when I was 16 too. He was a fellow worker at my first summer job. He consoled me when I failed my drivers test,  and he taught me how to cut up onions. There is a trick to it, which saves a lot of time, he said. And he was right.

He was my friend. He did not want to get in my pants-- he had a boyfriend. The next year and the years after, I did not come home for the summer. I never saw him again. I have no idea where he is now.  have no idea where he learned how to wrassle onions. But sits in my mind whenever I hold an onion in one hand and a knife in the other. I think about how he was kind, when he could have been otherwise.

Thank you Jeff.


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Feb. 4th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
That sounds nice! I had several nice experiences like that. I had a friend Marty who LOVED to dance. He and I always danced together when they played a Cha-cha (that was big in the early 50's) and we won a contest doing it. I remember he spent time in Boston and evedently had an experience with another boy. He asked me "Do you think I'm a homosexual??". I asked "Do you like girls?" His face lit up and he smiled and said YES! I said "I think Homosexuality is something you ARE, not something you DO. One experience, even if there was pleasure in it, doesn't make you homosexual."
Feb. 4th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
What a lovely, lovely memory. You made me smile :)

You've also made me intensely curious though. How do you chop an onion?! I bet I've been doing it wrong all these years!
Feb. 5th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Here is Mr R himself, he explains it better than I can. He also is faster and more elegant than I am at it. (I am sure he can do it in his sleep.)


Feb. 5th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
Oh, this is really a nice story! You really have had nice friends! And thank you for the link to the video, I'm quite relieved to know I've done the right chopping though I do it very clumsily XD My mother told me how to do it when I was a kid.

Edited at 2014-02-05 12:00 pm (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm not allowed to chop fennel because of knife related incidents.
Feb. 5th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Around here it is usually bagels. People think they can cut frozen ones in half, and they use a dull knife, (always more treacherous than a sharp one,) they end up bleeding sheepishly in the ER, and they never even get the bagel.
Feb. 5th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Google his name. That's how I got back in touch with a friend. The search's few minutes were time well spent.
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