Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 202 – It’s So Fruity on My Tongue

Sabba's Hookah (Photo by Ninja)

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The Hookah is a single or multi-stemmed device for smoking tobacco. The smoke is passed through a water basin before inhalation. And the smoke is inhaled through a long hose, a slender flexible tube that allows the smoke to be drawn for a distance, cooling down before inhalation. In the Arab world, it is used as part of the culture and tradition. Social smoking is done at parties and at cafes. Last week Special K and I visited Sabba and Burt and we were treated to the relaxing ritual of hookah smoking. Sabba bought her hookah on a trip to Egypt years ago and decided to share the experience with us. Shisha is the tobacco smoked in a hookah. It is a very moist and sticky tobacco that has been soaked in honey or molasses. There are a variety of shisha flavors including apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, and strawberry. I’m not sure what kind we had, but it was definitely a fruit flavoured shisha. It was a pinkish red colour that Burt mistook for mashed cranberry when he first saw it. According to tobaccofreeu.org, it doesn’t matter what you smoke in a hookah, it is just as dangerous as cigarette smoke. Hookahs generate smoke in different ways: cigarette smoke is generated by burning tobacco, while hookah smoke is produced by heating tobacco in a bowl using charcoal. The end product is the same—smoke, containing carcinogens. Oh well. It doesn’t matter, we had great fun.   Listen to the soundscape of the wonderful time Special K and I had smoking a hookah for the first time.

(Sources: Wikipedia and tobaccofreeu.org)

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 142 – Balalaika Breakfast

A balalaika

Special K and Ninja meet Charlie at the St. Lawrence Market again.  Ninja waits for the balalaika player to begin and it seems like it will never happen. Special K and Charlie entreat Ninja to spare you another visit but Ninja maintains that every moment can be a podcast moment.  They help Charlie choose hors d’oeurves for an evening soiree. Ninja concludes that the world is full of Eleanor Rigbys.

Eleanor Rigby by Mary Ann Farley