Saturday, September 15, 2007

3 Minutes with Alan Alda

Alan Alda recently posted on the Huffington Post. Yes, that Alan Alda. Hawkeye. He was also in ER, The West Wing (which I really miss), and countless movies.

What's he up to? He's giving quick and cheap recipes for oatmeal. It's actually a clever idea. He prefers the steel-cut Irish oatmeal (found at Trader Joe's and various other food stores), which happens to take 40 minutes to make. However, he makes a big batch once a week and heats up a daily serving every morning in about 3 microwave minutes. Ahh...brilliant, Hawkeye! He goes on to argue the point that oatmeal, and he by association, are not boring, but quite the opposite. This oatmeal is "the kind that pops in your mouth when you bite into it in little glorious bursts like a sort of gummy champagne." Hmm...I don't know about that, but I'll let it slide.

Besides oatmeal, he also gets into a debate with himself about the existential meaning of life, which is indeed interesting, if potentially depressing. There's a reason people don't smile when you say "Camus." That said, he's funny, and funny is as funny does. It seems he's also written a few books. Prolific.

Either way, enjoy his oatmeal. It's good for you.