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My tummy is upset, but it's worth it. Posted on 09/14/2001.

Last night, I joined Molly and Betty for dinner at Emmy's Spaghetti Shack. Emmy's was a great place for a restorative evening--an inexpensive Italian restaurant (all entrees between $5-10) with a full bar. My stomach is still recovering from the gin martini, half a bottle of red, belgian endive salad, salt cod, porcini mushroom risotto, squid, and spaghetti marinara (we ate family style). But it was worth it. Emmy's might offer the best quality to price ratio in town, at least for a sit-down restaurant. On top of which, the delightfully funky decor (colorful aprons hanging from a clothesline, a corrugated tin metal ceiling, chalkboard beverage menus that have listed out these "40oz"s: Budweiser, Mickey's, Chimay), makes it comfortingly homey.

The food and company was a much needed salve on what has been a very trying week. And, clearly, not just for us. Emmy's featured a live musician on guitar, playing 60s classics. Among the songs was "What's Going On?" by Marvin Gaye. As he was playing it, our waitress came to take our order, and we called her attention to the music. About 5 minutes later she came back to tell us that she had broken down in the kitchen, hit by a wave of sadness, triggered by the song.

It can be hard keeping it together. Friends, food, and lots of talking help.

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Fundamentalism means Truth. The Fundamentalist believes that his Truth is the only Truth and your Truth is a lie. The Fundamentalist believes that his god is the only true god and your god is a false god. The fundamentalist believes that if you do not believe in his god, you (your soul) is already dead and there is little reason your body should not quickly follow. The Fundamentalist has no patience with science, art, society, diversity or facts. The Fundamentalist is too busy protecting and projecting the Truth.
Posted by BJMe @ 09/15/2001 02:42 PM PST [link to this comment]

Re-write of above opening sentence: Fundamentalism is Truthism.
Posted by BJMe @ 09/15/2001 04:44 PM PST [link to this comment]

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