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Merry Christmas! And a very Merry Christmas to the egg nog drinkers … we exist.
On this jubilee celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, we turn to a different J.C. that, quite frankly, is acting like a baby: John Cusack.
The actor, a staple of 80’s cinema, was trending on Twitter related to a story about the COVID-19 booster shot. After enduring pesky side effects, Cusack tweeted out that he’s “triple boosted” and ready to embrace the Christmas Eve festivities.
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What did raise eyebrows was a tweet put out by OutKick founder Clay Travis, including a screenshot that Cusack had blocked Clay … without a clear indication why or when Cusack got triggered.
“Just saw John Cusack was trending and clicked to see why. Still have no idea. Guess he’s not a fan,” Clay said.
He added, “I’ve never interacted with him at all. The idea that he was so furious about something I said or did that he blocked me is phenomenal. Merry Christmas, y’all.”
Twitter did the rest of the heavy lifting, pulling up evidence of Cusack’s ardent opposition to “fascists” and penchant for blocking almost anyone.
(Which I frankly would not want, as a fan of Hot Tub Time Machine.)
The liberal plot points were predictable in Cusack’s carefree use of the “fascist” label, accurately embodying the media’s M.O. to be perpetually pissed.
It’s a constant state of being on guard against unassuming individuals, including neighboring airplane passengers who fall out of line with the Left’s social script.
Seen in a video released by ATL Unleashed, a woman on board a flight was restrained by attendants after attacking a man who refused to wear his mask in between bites of his food.
She angrily pleaded and threatened the man to correctly put on a mask; meanwhile, wearing her’s on her chin.
As tensions escalated, she began to claw and spit on the man. He resorted to name-calling at times — calling her a “Karen” and “b*tch,” which got laughs from the cabin.
The maniacal mask martyrdom was something to behold — an example of “insane virtue signaling,” commented Clay.
The antics ultimately led to a delay in the flight plan, underscoring the urgency of arriving on time during the holidays.
Promising my God-sent parents that I would contribute to the family meal this Christmas Eve gathering, I offered to prepare an exquisite, gourmet mac and cheese plate. Not the crown jewel of the dinner, but a worthy side piece.
Whether it was intended as a showcase of my manhood like the guys fighting rabid animals in 300 or proof that I own a working oven contrary to my mother’s suspicions, I was up for the challenge.
The gathering was scheduled for five in the evening, the same time I started cooking the noodles from my place — an hour-long trek away from my parents’ house.
Six-fifteen rolled around and my garlic parmesan-crusted mac was 10 minutes in the oven away from taking its final form.
Buying the generic brand aluminum pan proved too weak for the weight of my four-cheese meal as I began to transfer materials — causing the tray to cave in on itself while lowering it from the stovetop.
Eighty percent of it was sizzling on the floor of the oven. And the swearing, I’ll admit, was some of my best.
The apparent lesson here is to not be frugal and purchase the fortified Reynolds Wrap brand. Or simply find peace with forgetting a ceramic pan over at the folks’ home … setting myself up to make another hour-long ride to pick it up.
But the difference that better prep — i.e., proper time management — could have made was sobering as I watched the pasta ooze off the kitchen appliance.
There is a value to being on time and ample readiness that pays off. It makes us less anxious, more intentional and better cooks.
Waiting last minute hardly ever presents a good result, and the firm acknowledgment gave me hope of a comeback dish for next year’s dinner — the same way it did last year and the year before that.
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