Morning Free Association: Colby Cave

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Some unfortunate news regarding former Bruins forward Colby Cave broke yesterday afternoon. Word came from the Edmonton Oilers early in the afternoon that Cave was placed in a medically-induced coma in a hospital in Toronto after a brain bleed. He was in emergency surgery when his wife wrote this on Instagram.

A colloid cyst is a benign, fluid filled tumor that grows in the ventricles, the open structures, of the brain. Those who suffer from this will experience sudden, acute and strong headaches that sometimes involve nausea and vomiting. Unlike migraines, which some symptoms seem to resemble, the pain of the headache is experienced in the frontal area of the skull and can be alleviated by laying down. If a cyst is present, it’s rapid growth is such that it causes great intracranial pressure by blocking the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and can result in herniation of the brain. Cysts that burst can cause death.

Luckily, Cave was able to have surgery once a brain bleed was noted. It is unknown whether or not therapy growth of the cyst caused the bleeding or if the cyst burst. But he is not out of the woods yet.

Keep the Caveman in your thoughts and well wishes.

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Your Richard E. Grant Fact of the Day:

Grant is a Barbra Streisand superfan.

He had been a fan since he was a lad, having seen Funny Girl, and wrote her a fan letter at the age of 14. In it he offered up his home as a vacation spot.

“Dear Barbra Streisand,” Grant’s letter begins. “You don’t know me yet, but I am writing to offer you an idea you might like to consider.” He then goes on to explain that he lives in a “small African Kingdom called Swaziland,” and that he and his family have been very big fans of hers since seeing “Funny Girl.”

“I read in the paper that you were feeling very tired and pressurized by your fame and failed romance with Mr. Ryan O’Neal,” he writes with the sensitivity only a 14-year-old boy could muster. “I would like to offer a two-week holiday, or longer, at our house, which is very beautiful and with a magnificent view of the Ezulwini Valley.”

“Here you can rest. No one will trouble you,” he explains, adding that “not that many people will know who you are” as her films only play for three days in one cinema. He signs off: “Please consider this respite seriously. You will always be welcome. Your sincerely, and in anticipation of a hasty reply.” He closes his letter with a P.S., twice quoting William Shakespeare.

The letter was not immediately answered, but upon posting (on Twitter) a selfie taken in front of Streisand’s ranch property, in 2019, he got a response (a mere 47 years late)

Dear Richard What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14 ! and look at u now!
You’re terrific in your latest movie with Melissa
congratulations and love Barbra

He met his idol at the following Academy Awards ceremony (he had been nominated for his role in Can You Ever Forgive Me).
“Meeting with Barbra Streisand and having a proper conversation was an absolute astonishment, She was EVERYTHING I’d hoped, expected and dreamt she’d be.” gushed the performer.

If you thought that this validation of his life-long fan-girling would tone down his exuberance, you would be mistaken. In a December interview, when asked what he would do with his life if he weren’t an actor, he revealed this:

Richard E. Grant: I’ve already done it! I’ve commissioned a three-foot sculpture of Barbra Streisand’s face……and I’m getting it on January 14.

Domhnall Gleeson: Are you fucking… [speechless]… a three-foot statue of Barbra Streisand? THREE-FOOT?

UNILAD: Don’t mock Dohmnall, where’s the statue going?

Richard E. Grant: [Super proudly] In my garden, and I have a smaller one for inside my house.

This has been your Richard E. Grant Fact of the Day

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Barbara Streisand, such a femme fatale!!! Double Indemnity is my favorite!!

Quaider4ever
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Hi Pals!
Long day in the north woods yesterday!

Been doing some foraging! Spring onions, red clover, garlic mustard, and dandelion greens make an awesome salad. Rhubarb is just breaking through the garden soil. No ramps or pokeweed, yet. I’d like to learn more about mushrooms…. It’s morel season here.
Thoughts and prayers for Colby Cave.

The London Bear
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Sounds great. Why queue at the supermarket?!

Quaider4everwash
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Between foraging and all the venison my pals give me, we’re eating like kings!
Wild foods have so much more to offer in nutrition, vitamins, and minerals! Commercial fertilizers are largely potassium and nitrogen. So many key minerals are missing!!

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Garlic mustard is delicious! In a salad or in a soup or stew, you can’t miss that garlic flavor. It’s an invasive here. You can’t walk twenty feet in my yard without finding some. It loves to be under a hedge or bush. Will grow in any untended space.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I think garlic mustard can be found around here. My town has a bunch of invasive species that choke out native plants.
We have garlic chives that got away from me one year and took over my vegetable garden. The thing is, it never occurs to me to use them. I eventually gave up on them and started pulling them up to allow my other plants some space. I think I cleared the garden but probably still have a colony out where I used to dump my garden trimmings.

I tried growing actual garlic a couple of times and have had limited success.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

I plant garlic in the fall. It needs to be frozen. Why, i don’t know.

You have garlic mustard… Lots of it.

Jack by the hedge, in British folklore.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I’m not familiar with it but it grows here apparently. Will look out for it!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Foraging! Neat!
But pokeweed? Isn’t that poisonous?

Also – I didn’t know ramps grew that far south. Have you found them in the past?

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Ramps grow all the way down the Appalachian Mountains into Georgia!
Pokeweed is only edible as a shoot. Pick it when it’s about the size of asparahus bought in a store. Cook it the same way. Just ask the king!!!!

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But when you eat poke salad, you’re pee won’t stink!

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Texted with a friend I haven’t seen in a while last night so that was nice.

All the good thoughts to Colby Cave and his wife. So scary.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

Well that sounds pretty terrible. I was wondering what the difference was between a brain bleed and a stroke. They’re pretty similar as far as I can find out.

Staying at home again today! Not many people can have followed the government’s instruction to stay at home more strictly than me! Got to do a big shop tomorrow though.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Getting close to needing to do a big shop as well. One good thing about all this is I feel like I’ve been eating better and not relying on “Oh long day don’t feel like cooking so I’ll get a pizza or something.” That said, I do have frozen french fries I plan on eating this weekend. lol

The London Bear
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One of our local farms has been selling boxes of unspecified veg online (since there’s no markets at the moment) so we got one of those which arrived today.
It included a huge celeriac and a load of rhubarb – no idea what to do with them! We’ll think of something!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Strawberry rhubarb pie! And my dad makes a great rhubarb chutney.

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That seems like a difficult set of ingredients to exploit. I have to imagine that this is why it wasn’t clear what was in the box – these are components which must have a fairly limited target audience.
Rhubarb – I only know to make a pie out of it, I only vaguely know how, and am not super fond of it.
Celeriac – thought it was a type of fennel root (which I’ve barely worked with). Thought wrong. Have never worked with it.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I’ve used celeriac before. Goes well in soups and mixes with potato in mash or whatever. But this is a huge one!