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Salad days can mean younger years

What are your "salad days"?

— Chris M., Talent.

In the Since You Asked Cafeteria, Chris, they're Thursdays and Fridays. That's after burgers on Monday, meat loaf Tuesday and Hamburger Helper Wednesday.

No, but seriously.

In Act One, scene five, of Shakespeare's "Cleopatra," the queen has this to say:

" ... My salad days,

When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,

To say as I said then!"

You might think she was once on a diet for a long time. But no. She's not talking about having to eat salad. She's saying she was like a salad.

The Queen, who had an affair with Caesar when she was younger, now is saying she was "green" in the sense of inexperience. She might have said "my callow days ... ."

Her attendant, Charmian, has been teasing her in comparing her tributes to her current squeeze, Antony, to those she used to heap on Caesar. Cleopatra is arguing that these days she has better judgment, by which she means superior taste.

That's her story, and she's sticking to it.

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