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Some parents brag about their kids becoming doctors or lawyers.

Me, I couldn't be prouder. My son is a Klingon.

That's him, pictured at right.

He's performing in Chicago in something called "A Klingon Christmas Carol," at the Raven Theater, opening tomorrow night and running through the end of the year.

Here's how Commedia Beauregard, the company putting on the production, describes the play:

Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology.

The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into tlhIngan Hol  (That’s the Klingon Language).
(There are opera-style subtitles providing English translation.)

This is the second year the show has run in Chicago, and last year it apparently was both a critical and commercial success. But this is David's first go, in the role of Scrooge's nephew.

If you live in Chicago, are a Star Trek fan or an MNB fan - or, best yet, all three - I hope you'll try to check out "A Klingon Christmas Carol" .

Just FYI ... I'm going to attend the show next Friday night, December 7 ... and it would be fun if there are some other members of the MNB community in the audience.

And one other thing...

Since I'm going to be in Chicago, I thought it might be nice to have one of our little MNB get-togethers before the show. So I'll be at the bar at Bin 36, located at 339 North Dearborn Street in Chicago, next Friday, December 7, if anyone would like to join me for a glass of wine (not Klingon bloodwine, alas), from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. (I'll have to leave at 6 if I'm going to make the 7:30 pm curtain for "A Klingon Christmas Carol.")

We can raise our glasses and say, "Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam!"

I've just finished reading two very interesting books.

The first is called "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business," by Charles Duhigg (Random House - $28). Essentially, the book looks at how people and companies fall into habits both good and bad, and what they need to do in order to change the negative habits that affect their ability to achieve and excel. "The Power of Habit" is a nice combination of research and anecdote, using examples ranging from the Indianapolis Colts to Alcoholics Anonymous to tell his story. It is very much worth reading.

The second is a terrific Christmas present for foodies - "The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink," edited by Kevin Young, (Bloomsbury USA - $25). I'm not a big poetry guy, but I found this collection utterly delightful, ranging from the serious to the whimsical, featuring works from poets as varied as Robert Frost and Gertrude Stein, and considering subjects as disparate as the harvest and Wendy's. One of my favorites is "Ode to Barbecue Sauce," by Roy Blount Jr:

Hot and sweet and red and greasy,
I could eat a gallon easy:
Barbecue sauce!
Lay it on, hoss.

Brush it on chicken, slosh it on pork,
Eat it with fingers, not with a fork.
I could eat barbecued turtle or squash --
I could eat tar paper cooked and awash
In barbecue sauce.

I’d eat Spanish moss
With barbecue sauce.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Three wines to recommend to you this morning...

2011 Albarino d Fefinanes, which is yet another terrific Albarino, a Spanish white that is wonderful with seafood.

2010 Frescobaldi Remole Toscana, a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that is a terrific Italian red that is great with a thick, rich lasagne.

2009 Banknote Counterfeit Zinfandel, a terrific blend of 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah, that I served the other night with a steak seasoned with a fabulous spicy rub from Dorothy Lane Markets.


That's it for this week. have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

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