We are halfway through the HBO “John Adams” series. It’s so good that it makes me want to cover myself completely in American flags. Or better yet, submerge myself in egg whites and roll around in apple pie crumbs. America, hooray! My favorite part is Stephen Dillane’s portrayal of the cool loner Thomas Jefferson.

Speaking of which, my associate and I are back from Nags Head, and all of my fun facts are related to the one episode of “Good Eats” that we watched about macaroni and cheese, which was apparently first made in the kitchens of Monticello. America, hooray, forever.

Also we treated each of our days there like an eating competition. And we won! I now want to go to Puerto Rico and eat a huge chunk out of it. Mashed plantains sound like the best thing ever.