Politics, self-censorship, and awesome sauce

So, I’ve been writing a highly political post over the past couple of months. Because it was political, I wanted to get it right. Just right. Perfect. Short enough that it would be read, but enough detail so that no one could misinterpret what I meant. So reasonable that everyone who read it would be overwhelmed by my logic, and immediately change their views to agree with mine. More likely, it would have just pissed a lot of people off.

Clearly, this is not that post.

Ultimately, you have to decide whether or not you’re going to wear your politics on your sleeve. In college, everyone argues about the “big issues.” I used to discuss issues I cared deeply about with colleagues, but there’s no way this can end well. No one’s going to change their minds, and all that’s going to happen is that you’ll have a non-work-related reason for feeling negatively about someone else. Sometimes strongly negatively. This isn’t healthy.

So, when I reflected on my reasons for writing the post, I decided not to publish it. In its place, below you will find a recipe I invented tonight for an amazing hot sauce. Be careful. It’s yummy, but hot.

Awesome Sauce

3 jalapeños

8 cloves of garlic

4 cipollini onions

1.5 tsp olive oil

1 small/medium tomato

0.5 hass avocado


Pre-heat oven to 400˚.

Cut the tops off the jalapeños, cut lengthwise and remove the seeds. Put into an oven-safe bowl and immediately wash your hands with soap – otherwise, your hands are going to start burning. Do not touch your eyes.

Remove the skin from garlic and crush, add to bowl.

Get rid of the outer peel on the onions, add to bowl.

Add the olive oil, and mix.

Put the bowl in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop up the tomato and avocado roughly, and put into a blender. When you remove the bowl from the oven, put the jalapeño/onion/garlic mixture into the blender, and blend until smooth. Salt to taste.


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