Sichuan Wings ~ Sad Satan’s Toolshed

Let’s face it: 2020 is determined to turn Sister Madly into a couch potato.*

* Albeit, an adorable one.

In addition to the Great Sickness and Neighborhood Protests, Sister Madly woke up one morning to find herself on Mars- and clearly she was, as the atmosphere was not only unsuitable for human consumption, but the color of iced tea. Iced Tea Atmosphere, like the Great Sickness, forces one to spend days on end in complete isolation- minus a few rabid dust bunnies.

Didn’t think the whole ‘colonizing Mars’ thing through did we, Elon-Baby?*

* The local news claimed this Iced Tea Atmosphere was a result of nearby wildfires, but Sister Madly knows propaganda when she hears it. She was on Mars.

Facing another week indoors, Sister Madly engaged in what no-doubt will become the Great Martian Pastime: reminiscing about the last time she encountered another human being. In this case, it was Chipper- an enthusiastic Phlebotomist with only a vague concept of personal boundaries- who had been working from home.

And just how does a Phlebotomist work from home, you might ask? And you should ask- Sister Madly should not be the only creature to endure many a Couch Potato Contemplation Session picturing this hippie mosquito setting up practice in his potting shed just for kicks.

Which is why Sister Madly will be moving to another dimension, Elon-Baby.*

* A safer, saner dimension. A Lovecraftian Dimension.

Now, the Ghost-of-Jobs-Yet-to-Come first visited the Madly Siblings upon reaching the tender age of 7, with careers that were also homegrown. Take Tallulah who, on her own initiative, went door-to-door collecting money for the ‘orphans;’ or Sister Madly, who had a lemonade stand at the end of her dead end street. She made a whole quarter that day.*

* Thanks, Me-Ma!

With two-bits to her name, Sister Madly retired from the Lemonade Stand determined to become an astronomer- a misfit who sits and stares at all things outer-space, possibly befriending an alien or two. This lasted until the moment she discovered that astronomy is not just looking at planets and colorful nebulae. Apparently, there’s a whole bunch of science behind it, science that goes beyond staying up past her bedtime just to catch a glimpse of a passing comet. She didn’t sign up for the science.

Abandoning the stars, Sister Madly decided that treasures were more her style, and set out that very afternoon to dig up the driveway with a plastic shovel in search of diamonds- which her parents tolerated for about 15 minutes or so.

As it turns out, archaeologists do more than just dig in the dirt; they have to know things, things that require years of schooling as an older Moppet. And it’s not diamonds they dig up, but bones, bits of pottery, and ancient weaponry- none of which she can keep! What nonsense is that? Finders-Keepers is a universal law, and Sister Madly obeys the law- as evidenced by her luxuriant treasure trove:

~ decorative lamp finial
~ orange golf ball
~ faux diamond ring, squashed by a car
~ petoskey stone, found nowhere near a Great Lake
~ unused Remington cartridge, which the Pater Madly made into a necklace
~ etc

But the one career Sister Madly never pursued as a child was the absolute dream of her 9 year-old self: a Professional Backmasking Decoder.

For those not in the know- she’s looking at you, Elon-Baby- backmasking is the fine art of concealing messages in songs that can only be heard when played in reverse. This conspiracy was often preached about in churches during her childhood, and was but one reason why rock music should be avoided at all costs.* And since Sister Madly was forbidden to listen to rock music at that age, she never received the proper training.

* Churches spoke of the Devil as well, but that job is taken.
As is Death. So unfair.

Now, genuine backmasking is a deliberate process, with a clear message:

Satanic Backmasking, however, is much more deviant- that is, less coherent, and difficult to understand without an imagination and the aid of written lyrics:

Because when you’re told what to listen for, you will hear it.

However, after another Couch Potato Contemplation Session, it became obvious that the Decoders of yesteryear got it all wrong. Clearly, this ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is a metaphor for Elon’s Starship to Mars, and ‘Sad Satan’s Toolshed’ is a reference to the Happy Phlebotomist working from home. Because sadness in reverse is happiness, and Sister Madly obviously is on Mars…

And Heaven in reverse is nothing more than Hell… isn’t it, Elon-Baby?

…it seems Sister Madly has missed her calling…


  • 3lbs chicken wings
  • 1/3 cup hoison sauce
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos ~ OR ~ low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP ginger, minced
  • 1+ tsp Sichuan pepper, toasted and ground, to taste
  • 1+ TBSP honey, to taste
  • sriracha, to taste (opt)

Preheat oven to 400*
Place wings on greased baking rack in tray
Bake wings for 30 min
Add remaining ingredients to a saucepan; bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer until thickened
Remove wings from oven, brush with sauce
Return to oven; bake 10-15 min, or until cooked through
Brush with remaining sauce straight from oven

THEME SONG: Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin (in reverse, of course)

13 responses

  1. Awesome

    Liked by 1 person

    October 16, 2020 at 6:27 AM

  2. I may have fallen under the influence of backmasking methinks, by listening to Wham’s , “Wake me up before you go, go” song too many times as a teen.

    I am not sure what was buried in it, but it may have morphed me into the demented creature I am today…. I do have a devil may care attitude at most times

    Liked by 1 person

    October 21, 2020 at 5:49 AM

    • That song is known to turn an individual into a morning person… which, as you’ve indicated, is quite demented.

      … and how can you have a ‘devil’ may care attitude? The job of Devil is taken- I’ve checked!

      Liked by 2 people

      October 22, 2020 at 10:11 AM

      • I only take over when he is on vacation, he gets burned out at times… I pick up the slack for him..

        Liked by 1 person

        October 22, 2020 at 10:17 AM

        • How do you know when the Devil’s burned out?

          Does he start singing hymns, or…?

          Liked by 1 person

          October 22, 2020 at 1:50 PM

  3. It’s juicy too


    October 29, 2020 at 8:15 AM

  4. locksley2010

    How did I miss this? And what was the cause of the Iced-Tea atmosphere?

    Liked by 1 person

    November 20, 2020 at 5:22 AM

    • Not sure how you could have missed this… what could possibly occupy the time of a newlywed? ;~D

      Nearby wildfires caused the iced-tea, Martian-esque atmosphere. Twas fitting for 2020, actually.

      Liked by 1 person

      November 20, 2020 at 10:48 AM

      • locksley2010

        Indeed! 🤣

        Of course! In fact, after I went back to work after sending that, I already realised what it was. Thank you for confirming. How are you doing?

        Liked by 1 person

        November 21, 2020 at 6:31 AM

        • Doing alright- no wildfires, on a new 4 week lockdown, not inspired to write- typical 2020 fare.

          How are you and yours?

          Liked by 1 person

          November 21, 2020 at 6:01 PM

  5. locksley2010

    Not the best of situations to be in, but I’m glad you aren’t hurt. I can see New Year’s throwing 2020 out and making sure the gate hits it on the way.

    Not too bad thank you, I think we’re on week 3 of our second lockdown, both our jobs mean we have to stay working, but mine had just increased its restrictions further.

    Mentally, that gin is looking more appealing every night…..

    Liked by 1 person

    November 22, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    • …as long as 2020 doesn’t get cheesed off and charge back through the gate like an entitled, spoiled brat!

      So glad that you are able to keep working during this time, and hope you all are able to keep safe…

      Let’s face it: this is a weird time in which to be living- have that gin (or whiskey, or cider, or whatnot…) Just let us all not come to depend on it.

      Liked by 1 person

      November 22, 2020 at 3:46 PM

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