October 4, 1938

Still very hot in the middle of the day. Huge lumps of camel-fat (presumably from the hump), very white, like pork fat, on sale in the bazaar. Said to be only eaten by “people from the mountains.”

Wooden spoons here are cut out with a small adze, which is used with great skill until the spoon is almost entirely hollowed out, after which a gouge-like tool (but with the edge at the side) is used, & then sand paper. Some of these spoons are 2’ or 3’ feet long & the head as large as a breakfast cup. This work done mainly by children, ditto the work of making wooden ploughs (very primitive, & solid in such numbers as to suggest they have to be renewed every year.)

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12 Responses to October 4, 1938

  1. Masses of camel fat. Gargantuan spoons. Homer Simpson.

  2. Ewww, camel fat sounds terrible. This is the first time I’ve ever even heard mention of it. I wonder if anyone still eats it today?

  3. hagsrus says:

    solid in such numbers

    Was this in the orignal, or a transcription error?

  4. Shane says:

    “solid in such numbers”? I think “sold” would be the more correct interpretation of the manuscript.

  5. “They say he carved it himself… out of a bigger spoon.”

  6. Kevin Hobbs says:

    After a week of terse telegraphed notes, suddenly the most surreal and amusing entry so far. More like this please, George. Er, Eric.

  7. Spoony g says:

    I wonder if they had a “bring your parents to work day?” Doh!

  8. D. Rubel says:

    Mmmmm….camel fat…..

  9. L. says:

    It must be “sold,” not “solid.”

  10. Within many of the exciting episodes of The Mod Squad (1968-1973), a stoic Clarence Williams III commanded authority when he demonstrated his sage wisdom and said, “Solid.”

  11. Dominic says:

    How do you like your hump?
    With one lump or two?

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