Day 1 in Polis

IMG_0448So, today was our first day working at the apotheke in Polis. We got off to a late start, and that might have been my fault. I woke up at 5:00 am, and was thinking about checking my email, and then it was suddenly 8:00 am – not quite sure what happened – I am blaming jet lag. Anyways, we went out to the museum to pick up the keys and had a nice chat with the museum staff. They are always so friendly and helpful, just super nice people. When we got to the apotheke, since we were the first ones there this summer, we had to uncover some things, turn on lights, find the pottery, etc. So by the time we started, the morning was quite advanced. The first setback of the day – Bill forgot his music and left his ipod at the hotel. Needless to say, I had to hear about that for a while – not to mention he also complained several times about my music being too loud since I did not forgot my music. Pottery flunkies should be seen, not heard.

IMG_0445As most ceramicists know, you can’t read (analyze and identify) pottery without listening to music (see earlier post). The other aspect of this, is that you need to listen to proper ceramics reading music, mainly music from the 80s and 90s – groups like Journey, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, etc. Brandon, who will be here next week, is becoming a very good ceramicist, but his taste in music is still holding him back. Usually, I start the season with Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin‘ – which I think we can all agree is the greatest song ever. This year, I decided to shake it up a bit and went with……..drumroll please…..Thunderstruck by AC/DC.

I wanted to thank everyone for the thousands of cards and emails they have sent me very concerned that my potato chip research has stalled. Don’t worry, I have decided to continue on with my research and eventually publish my work – The Potato Chips of Cyprus: An Exhaustive Study. To recap my earlier research, listed below are the chips I have tried over the last few years in Cyprus and their ratings (out of a possible 10):

  • Argentinean Steak — ***** (5)
  • Baked Lays with Mediterranean Herbs — *****(5)
  • Barbecue — ******** (8)
  • Brazilian Mango and Chile — **** (4)
  • Caramelized Onion and Balsamic Vinegar — ******* (7)
  • Cheese and Onion — *** (3)
  • English Cheese on Toast — ***** (6)
  • Goldies Bacon Extreme. Bacon – *(1)
  • Goldies Extreme – *****(5)
  • Greek Salsa — **** (4)
  • Handy Snacks Cyprus Potato Chips Vinegar and Oregano – *** (3)
  • Lay’s Baked Barbecue potato chips – ***** (5)
  • Lay’s Cream Cheese and Bacon – ******(6)
  • Lays Greek Salad Flavor – ****(4)
  • Lay’s Heinz Ketchup flavored – **(2)
  • Lays Cider Vinegar – **** (4)
  • Lays Mushrooms in Cream – ***(3)
  • Lays Sensations – Japanese Teriyaki – *****(5)
  • Lays Smokey Bacon – ****(4)
  • Lays Sour Cream and Black Pepper – ****(4)
  • Mama’s sundried tomato and basil chips -***(3)
  • Mediterranean Herb — ****** (6)
  • Mexican Peppers and Cream — ******** (8)
  • Oregano — ******** (8)
  • Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme — **** (4)
  • Prawn Cocktail — ********** (10)
  • Quavers with Cheese — ******* (7)
  • Salt and Vinegar — ******* (7)
  • Thai Sweet Chile — ** (2)
  • Tzatziki — * (1)

First potato chip review – tomorrow.



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