Potpourri

Last night, Jody and took in the buffet at the Mandarin Restaurant in London.  It was an oriental, occidental and every other -ental feast you could imagine.  I’ve long been known as a culninary conservative and yesterday was no exception.  Discretion is my middle name.  Actually, it’s Archer.  Anyway, here’s the short list of items consumed by yours truly:

Smoked salmon sushi, California roll, avocado sushi, salmon egg sushi, tuna sashimi, potato salad, broccoli salad, fruit salad, mixed vegetables, chicken wings, mushroom chow mein, Shanghai noodles, hot pepper beef, teriyaki shrimp, garlic chicken, caramel mini-cupcake, cheesecake, cheesecake ice cream, chocolate cookie, and … a fortune cookie.  (The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all undimmed).  I don’t know about enlightenment … the evening seemed to be about enheaviment.

Happily, I didn’t have to undo the button at the top of my fly after the meal.  Being discreet has its privileges.  Since I wasn’t being bothered by bodily pains, there was time to ruminate on the vast variety of foods that were now sitting inside of me.  So many flavours.  So many colours.  So many textures.  And I started to think about people, all seven billion of us: all shapes, sizes, ages, personalities, appearances and strengths.  How would I describe that buffet?  My friend Google came to the rescue, painting a multifaceted picture of us human beings:

Aable
abnormal
absent-minded
above average
adventurous
affectionate
agile
agreeable
alert
amazing
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angelic
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apprehensive
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attentive
average
awesome
awful
Bbalanced
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beneficent
blue
blunt
boisterous
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bright
brilliant
buff
Ccallous
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childlike
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civil
clean
clever
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cold
competent
composed
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condescending
confident
confused
conscientious
considerate
content
cool
cool-headed
cooperative
cordial
courageous
cowardly
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crafty
cranky
crass
critical
cruel
curious
cynical
Ddainty
decisive
deep
deferential
deft
delicate
demonic
dependent
delightful
demure
depressed
devoted
dextrous
diligent
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dirty
disagreeable
discerning
discreet
disruptive
distant
distraught
distrustful
dowdy
dramatic
dreary
drowsy
drugged
drunk
dull
dutiful
Eeager
earnest
easy-going
efficient
egotistical
elfin
emotional
energetic
enterprising
enthusiastic
evasive
even-tempered
exacting
excellent
excitable
experienced
Ffabulous
fastidious
ferocious
fervent
fiery
flabby
flaky
flashy
frank
friendly
funny
fussy
Ggenerous
gentle
gloomy
glutinous
good
grave
great
groggy
grouchy
guarded
Hhateful
hearty
helpful
hesitant
hot-headed
hypercritical
hysterical
Iidiotic
idle
illogical
imaginative
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immodest
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impractical
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impulsive
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incisive
incompetent
inconsiderate
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indiscreet
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indefatigable
industrious
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insensitive
inspiring
intelligent
interesting
intolerant
inventive
irascible
irritable
irritating
Jjocular
jovial
joyous
judgmental
Kkeen
kind
Llame
lazy
lean
leery
lethargic
level-headed
listless
lithe
lively
local
logical
long-winded
lovable
love-lorn
lovely
Mmaternal
mature
mean
meddlesome
mercurial
methodical
meticulous
mild
miserable
modest
moronic
morose
motivated
musical
Nnaive
nasty
natural
naughty
negative
nervous
noisy
normal
nosy
numb
Oobliging
obnoxious
old-fashioned
one-sided
orderly
ostentatious
outgoing
outspoken
Ppassionate
passive
paternal
paternalistic
patient
peaceful
peevish
pensive
persevering
persnickety
petulant
picky
plain
plain-speaking
playful
pleasant
plucky
polite
popular
positive
powerful
practical
prejudiced
pretty
proficient
proud
provocative
prudent
punctual
Qquarrelsome
querulous
quick
quick-tempered
quiet
Rrealistic
reassuring
reclusive
reliable
reluctant
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reserved
resigned
resourceful
respected
respectful
responsible
restless
revered
ridiculous
Ssad
sassy
saucy
sedate
self-assured
selfish
sensible
sensitive
sentimental
serene
serious
sharp
short-tempered
shrewd
shy
silly
sincere
sleepy
slight
sloppy
slothful
slovenly
slow
smart
snazzy
sneering
snobby
somber
sober
sophisticated
soulful
soulless
sour
spirited
spiteful
stable
staid
steady
stern
stoic
striking
strong
stupid
sturdy
subtle
sullen
sulky
supercilious
superficial
surly
suspicious
sweet
Ttactful
tactless
talented
testy
thinking
thoughtful
thoughtless
timid
tired
tolerant
touchy
tranquil
Uugly
unaffected
unbalanced
uncertain
uncooperative
undependable
unemotional
unfriendly
unguarded
unhelpful
unimaginative
unmotivated
unpleasant
unpopular
unreliable
unsophisticated
unstable
unsure
unthinking
unwilling
Vvenal
versatile
vigilant
Wwarm
warmhearted
wary
watchful
weak
well-behaved
well-developed
well-intentioned
well-respected
well-rounded
willing
wonderful
Yvolcanic
vulnerable
Zzealous

Quite the smorgasbord, wouldn’t you say?  Beyond good and bad, tasty and bland, filling and light.  Just us.

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