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Jim Munro

Jim Munro- is the founder of the National Association of Singles. After being single for many years, he started to focus on the distinct differences between Singles and the rest of American society, for his forthcoming book, SinglesRising. From the book came the idea for a National Association of Singles, to provide Singles with affordable medical insurance, plus an array of other benefits and savings.

Follow Jim as he chronicles his life and experiences, which begins in the kitchen in the article below.

A Funny Moment

I was 38 and I had just completed a cooking course. So, I decided it was time to host my first dinner party, as a newly divorced single.

I invited a date and two more couples. My guests arrived, and we hung out in the kitchen with some very nice California dry wines. Then I sent everyone to the living room so I could prepare dinner.

During my cooking course, my favorite entrée was a ham, baked with a bread wrap and bow. It had come out of the oven as a glistening brown, decorated bundle. And that is what I was preparing.

Earlier in the day I had wrapped the ham in bread dough. When I took it out of the fridge, the bread looked too thin, almost transparent. So, I quickly wrapped it a second time, fluffed up the bread bow, and popped it in the oven. I set the timer for 45 minutes, and went off to join my guests.

In about a half hour I went to check on dinner. I opened the oven, gasped, and quietly returned to my guests. After about 10 minutes, I announced that I had a surprise, and asked that we all return to the kitchen. I stood in front of the oven and gave a toast: “Here’s to a ham that is very well insulated.” I slowly opened the oven and there before us was a wall of white pulsating bread. The extra wrap had expanded and filled every cubic inch of my oven!

My guests had a variety of reactions. My date turned and went directly to the powder room. The other women just laughed and laughed hysterically. The guys were more practical. One said, “we need tools.” The other asked if I had a hack saw.

It took about a half-hour to get the cube, with ham inside, out of the oven. We moved it to a kitchen table, and then discussed how I was going to slice it. The cube was very large, with a rugged outer surface, that sort of resembled a meteor.

Using an electric carving knife I began cutting large slabs of bread and ham. I finally served dinner on serving dishes, amidst great hilarity from my guests. One of the guys offered to make a toast. He clinked his glass several times and said with a silly smirk, “Here’s to our host and chef, and here’s to having a little ham with our bread.”