This time of year is difficult for people that are alone. Never mind the fact that I often wish during the holidays that I were alone, for some, it is quite painful. In particular for Josh who wrote me this letter:
This past year really stunk for me. At this time in '08 I was making s**tloads of cash, and now I'm totally unemployed for pretty much the rest of my life and all because my former assistant was a total stoolie! And now my MBA from Wharton is useless! Nobody is coming over this Hanukkah, and it really sucks to be me. Can you help? And it has to be on the cheap.
Of course I can help you, Josh, and maybe earn you some good behavior points to boot. Happy Hannukkah!
House Arrest Hanukkah
You will need:
4 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated
1 large onion, grated
Two handfuls herbs
1 Tbs. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Invite over the last remaining friend you have, your probation officer, to help celebrate. If he balks, tell him the Ghostbusters box set just arrived via Netflix.
Rub Aquaphor Lotion under your ankle monitor to relieve chaffing. Soak potatoes in water the way you soaked all the clients at your former hedge fund. Drain and mix with grated onion. If the onion should make you cry, leverage your tears and cry over your lost wealth at the same time. Press between two paper towels to wring out any moisture left in them, then blow your nose.
Tie a rope around your waist (not your neck!), anchor it to the bed and reach out the window to the herb garden. Grab a handful of chives and a handful of parsley. Hoist yourself back in. If you get stuck, don't ask for help! You're not supposed to be out here! Crack the eggs into a bowl and combine with chopped herbs and potato mix. Season with salt and pepper. Note that your hair now contains far more salt than pepper due to lack of access to Frederic Fekkai.
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet and pour some over ankle - that chaffing! Drop heaping spoonfuls of the mix into the pan. Smoosh it down with a spatula the way your face would be smooshed down into your pillow every night had you gone to prison like you deserved. Turn over and fry other side until golden brown the way you would be turned over in the prison shower. Repeat with remaining mix. Eat with sour cream. Give thanks for Ghostbusters.