MacGyver is still ahead, though there have been some more kind words for Bond. The physical-world responses are mirroring the virtual ones.

We were watching James Bond last night chez fibermom. (There is always a James Bond movie on cable TV somewhere.) I was home from choir practice, getting in a couple of rows on Erin. #2 son was weaving necklaces. My husband was doing woodwork. Nadia was chasing #2 son’s threads and eating his beads. “She wants to work with you,” said my husband. It was very cozy.

Bond is kind of violent, but quite efficient. MacGyver, whom we watched the other evening, is more innocent-seeming and kind. However, I think it is clear that neither of them sings.

I heard on NPR the story of a couple of women who were stuck for 16 hours awaiting rescue in the middle of the ocean. They did not make themselves a helicopter from a passing albatross and underwires pulled from their bras. They did not punch anyone or detonate anything. They clung to their wreckage and sang to keep their spirits up. This may be more useful in real life.

Just something to think about.

It is clear that MacGyver is more likely to cook than James Bond, too. Rosalyne01 and I are both expecting house guests, and many of us are getting ready for Super Bowl parties, so I want to offer you this recipe.

Mediterranean Dip

1/2 cucumber, coarsely chopped
1/2 c chopped red onion
1 plum tomato, also chopped
1 small can chopped black olives
1 garlic clove, pressed
oregano, basil, and thyme to taste
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Mix all these things together. Divide pita bread rounds into two circles each, slice them into 8 wedges each, and bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Now you set these things out (alongside Rotel Dip and 8-Layer Dip and Doritos and cake, if you have boys coming) and sit back and let your guests marvel at the elegance of your arrangements without telling them how easy it was. James Bond, who breakfasts on green figs and yoghurt, would enjoy this. MacGyver, who prefers his mama’s chili, might want the Doritos.

If you have leftovers, mix in some tuna the next day and you will have an awesome sandwich.