September 03, 2008

Lunch With Pam the Liberal

Fun as usual, and with the added spark of Politics to enliven the conversation. As one of the increasingly small cadre of old-school sane liberals, sheís actually quite entertaining to talk to about politics and despite being an Obiden supporter, was willing to actually give the governor of Alaska her due. And not the sort of grudging respect a few on the Left are willing to dispense along with a pat on the head and an ironic smirk, but actual respect for having convictions and being willing to stand there and be unapologetic about them. Not that she would agree with the Governor on everything, but she does at least see her accomplishments and see that they are more than the result of just being hot. I reckon thereís some empathy there since Pamís had to put up with a lot of that kind of crap herself over the years.

ANYway, it was quite a nice break in the day, and if you get a chance, drop by Solís over on the ground floor of 2 North 20th. Pam had the chicken salad with pita wedges and something that I think was tabouli, and I had the Philly cheesesteak and it was quite good. Even had real Velveeta on there!

So there.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at September 3, 2008 01:58 PM

What is Sol's? I have been working downtown for a long time and I haven't heard of it.

Posted by: megabeth at September 3, 2008 02:43 PM

Oh yeah - does Pam have an unwed pregnant teenage daughter? Has she field-dressed a moose? Does she wear glasses with her hair tied up in the back?

I hope you have the chance someday to get a real Philly cheesesteak, either Pat's or Gino's, while visiting Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love (if you hadn't already). Maybe you can take the family before they get too old and soak up some colonial historical stuff.

Posted by: Marc V at September 3, 2008 02:44 PM


They are sons of the Sol who had the old Sol's. Short blurbs here and here.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 3, 2008 02:49 PM

And 'no' on all those, Marc--yet, P the L STILL manages not to go into a rabid foamy-mouthed hatred at the mere mention of Palin's name. Astonishing...BUT TRUE! She does see the recent Dem ploy to downplay and berate the accomplishments of small town America as a silly ploy, considering these are the folks whom the Dems endlessly champion as the ones they're concerned about.

As for cheesesteaks, yeah, I know, Philly is it. But then again, you can't get a decent glass of sweet tea there.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 3, 2008 02:59 PM

I cannot say I ever expected to see "tabouli' [alt. spel. "tabouleh"] in the same paragraph as Velveeta.

Just one more thing I don't get about you Johnny Reb Redneck Flyover Rube Bible Thumping Gun-Toting Southlanders. (Did I miss any?)

Posted by: skinnydan at September 4, 2008 07:56 AM

Hey SkinnyDan; you forgot clutching his guns with his cold dead hands. And teeth, gotta add in bad green teeth too. Hope this helps. :)

PS: Goux Tigers!

Posted by: Chef Tony at September 4, 2008 10:36 AM

Expectations? Here? Dan, please.

As for our other character traits, let's not forget about being shoeless and ignert and inbred. And bitter. And completely lacking in ironic self-loathing irony. Almost.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 4, 2008 12:36 PM

Utterly, completely ridiculous. Ironic self-loathing irony is an east coast, ivy league kind of thing, not for you gun-racked, hemi pickup, change your own oil types.

Oops - sorry Tony - bad green teeth cold dead hands holding types.

Posted by: skinnydan at September 4, 2008 01:14 PM

Next you'll be telling me I'm not sufficiently nuanced in my understanding of the world.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 4, 2008 01:17 PM

Technically, I think it may be illegal for you to even use the word nuanced.

Posted by: skinnydan at September 4, 2008 03:04 PM

Dang. And here I was, all set to name my fifth child Nuanced.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 4, 2008 03:46 PM