Tuesday, March 31, 2009
One of my mother's older brothers was Bertha's hired hand in his teens. He lived on her farm and ate with her family. He was not poisoned.
You can read about Bertha HERE on Wikipedia.
You can read more HERE, including what happened to her. Be sure to read to the last sentence!
Monday, March 30, 2009
I have always felt the same way about cooked carrots and cooked sweet potatoes. They look the same and they taste the same -- and if you melt marshmallows on cooked carrots they're exactly the same.
Ditto for chicken salad and tuna salad.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
If you click on the map, you can see the current time in each time zone from WorldTimeZone.
At the South Poll itself, the U.S. Base (Amundsen-Scott Station) uses New Zealand Daylight Saving Time. Think about that for a second! Remember grade school geography? How long does the son shine this time of year at the South Poll? For time and temperature at the South Poll CLICK HERE.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
In the photo below, you can see the folks looking into his living room from the street. You can also watch him from inside the store. There are also a couple more photos below. Only the shower (and I assume commode) is private. Otherwise he lives, dresses, sleeps, whatever, in public.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Honk and wave to strangers.
At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
Our Wednesday, however, is named for the Roman god Mercury (via Woden, the Germanic equivalent of Mercury -- Wēdnes dæg).
The early church converted the temples and statutes of Mercury to shrines to St. Michael the Archangel. The odd consequence is that, unlike most saints, St. Michael is usually depicted as nude or nearly nude. His feast day, September 28th, was a major church holy day until the Middle Ages when he was downgraded. Probably because of all that nudity.
St. Patrick was not Irish by birth. He was the son of an English aristocrat who was kidnapped and sold in Ireland as a slave. He escaped back to England, but then went back to Ireland after being made a priest.
St. Patrick may have invented the custom that women could propose to men in a Leap Year. (Al Capp created Li'l Abner.)
The Irish area of St. Louis is called Dogtown either because during the 1904 World's Fair dogs were kept there to feed natives brought from Pacific Islands or because the early Irish settlers had guard dogs. Your pick.
St. Patrick was never canonized by a Pope, but he is on the Catholic Church's List of Saints.
St. Patrick did not drive the snakes from Ireland. There never were any.
His favorite color was blue.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This is my favorite case:
Harvey C. Jackson argued in federal court that he had a constitutional right to carry a gun while selling drugs in a dangerous neighborhood in East St. Louis, Ill. That's right, he claimed a constitutional right to bear arms while committing a felony.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Ozzie had to have a tooth pulled so he also has pills to take.
I do not know how the book is doing. I will receive a quarterly report in April.
Momma goose is back. This will be her third year of nesting on top of the seawall. I will post pictures. A pair of ducks have also been hanging around so maybe they will nest too. (Ozzie and Rooty do not chase the geese and ducks, it would be way to far from their food bowls.)
My sister is going to work for the Kansas City Royals. She loves baseball so she is very excited.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
My sister read the galley and asked "How do you know so many ways to kill people?" In the copy that I sent to her, I wrote: "To Judy, who over the years has given me many reasons to consider different ways to commit murder." We're not a very sentimental family!