I think we technically qualified as a horde tonight, such were our numbers. We were: Adrian, John T., Cathy, Dean, John L., Jeff, Cindy, Lindsay, Don, Ferne, and myself — Tomek. At my end of the table — the cool end, of course — we discussed the glories of yard work, fat woodchucks, some deer, literary allusion (which evoked for me my favorite Fry & Laurie skit on language), Cops, the militarization of police, racism, the irrationality of nationalism and identity-based pride, ethnic food festivals, phallus flutes, the evolution of “coming out of the closet,” and Frost Farm. As always, a good time was had by all.