A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.
Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.
"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.
"ooh! a poor person in need of help! i better make sure they get arrested!" to me, that’s the issue that’s most troubling. Apart from that, the statue, and the idea behind it, is one of the parts of Christianity that even a grouchy atheist like me has to admire…
Find a location free from background noise and smell, such as television, music, a crying baby, road traffic noise, talkative friends, etc. Being able to concentrate as intently as possible will facilitate flavor detection. Clear your palate. This means that your mouth should not contain residual flavors from a previous meal. Eat a wedge of apple or piece of bread if necessary. This is crucial in order to taste the subtleties of the track’s complex flavor.
Make sure that the section of track is large enough to accommodate full evolution of the flavor profile. A piece too small may not allow you to detect every subtle nuance as the track slowly melts. The important thing to remember is that flavor notes gradually evolve and unfold on the tongue rather than open up in one large package. So remember, don’t think small here. 10g should be a minimum starting point. Allow the track to rest at room temperature before tasting. Cold temperatures will hinder your ability to detect the flavors. Some even advise that you rub the track briefly between your fingers to coax the flavor. This procedure is optional.
Look at the track. Observe the packaging. Quality tracks will be packaged with quality material. The surface of the track itself should be free of blemishes such as white marks (called bloom). Observe the color and manufacturer’s job at molding and tempering. Does the track appear to have been crafted carefully or slovenly? The surface should have a radiant sheen. EDM comes in a multifarious rainbow with various tints, such as pinks, purples, reds, and oranges. What do you see? Break the section in half. It should resonate with a resounding and satisfying “SNAP!” and exhibit a fine gradient along the broken edge. This is quality stuff!
Smell the track, especially at the break point. The aroma is an important component of flavor. Inhaling will prime the tongue for the incoming beats. It also gives you a chance to pick up the various nuances of the aroma.
Place the track on the tongue, and allow it to arrive at body temperature. Let it melt. Chew it only to break it into small enough pieces that it begins to melt on its own. After all, we’re tasting and not eating! This step is crucial, for it allows the wobs to distribute evenly in the mouth, which mutes any astringencies or bitterness in the track.
Observe the taste and texture. As the track melts, concentrate on the flavors that are enveloping your tongue. Melting will release more volatile compounds for you to smell. Close your eyes, take notes, enjoy this moment of bliss, and bask in contentment. Texture can be the most obvious clue about the quality of a track. Low quality tracks will have a grainy almost cement-like texture.
Now the track is nearing its finish. How has the flavor evolved? Is the track bitter? Heavy? Light? Was the texture smooth or grainy? Do any changes in texture and flavor occur? Take note of how the track leaves the palate.
Is there a strong reminder lingering in your mouth, or does it quickly vanish? Note any metallic or unpleasant flavors in the finish. This is a sign of stale or lower quality tracks.
Repeat the process with a different track. The comparison will highlight the subtle flavor notes in each track. Be sure to cleanse your palate thoroughly before tasting each different track.