Being Rich Never Hurts

It will soon be that time of year. This old A&J from 2008 reminds me of a much older joke. President Harry Truman was lecturing White House reporters on the intricacies of rose gardening and extolling the importance of manure. A squeamish Presidential Press Secretary approached First Lady Bess Truman and suggested, “Perhaps you could suggest to the President that ‘fertilizer’ might be a more delicate word than ‘manure.’” Bess replied, “Do you know how long it took me to get him to say, ‘manure?’” Yeah, you’ve heard that one.

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61 responses to “Being Rich Never Hurts”

  1. Harry didn’t use “manure” that often.

    Flew to Orlando for vacation and my ears hurt. No infection but I saw an Urgent Care anyway.

    Work blew up so I have had to handle a few things. Heavy snow in Michigan, so maybe I can get 3 days of peace. I am staying with our daughter, but getting sticker shock from all of food and entertainment costs!

  2. Steve: I hope you enjoy your stay in my hometown – weather-wise you certainly timed it right. Of course, I’m sure you would enjoy being with your daughter no matter the location. As for food and entertainment costs, the usual advice applies: go where the locals go. For us that means, stay away from the theme park district, avoid the national chains, check out ethnic cuisine (Vietnamese and Cuban/Caribbean are especially good here), and expect to pay more if it’s hip and trendy 🙂

  3. Just received an email from BUMC’s top notch [ELCA] church secretary that the BUMC office would be closed Mon. 12 Feb.

    Wrote back, cc. pastor and other theologs, “Of course it will, to celebrate the joint date of birth, 12 Feb. 1809, of two great liberators of humankind, Abe Lincoln and Chs. Darwin.”


  4. Apropos of absolutely nothing, I just saw that I am “only” 26 relationships (parental or sibling) away from Queen Elizabeth II! That plus $1.40 will get me 20 oz. of overpriced soda….

  5. Janis loves gardening.

    Janis loves Arlo.

    Hm. Must be getting time for gardening thoughts. Lessee, Janis will be at the flowers, wearing her garden hat, wielding a garden tool—maybe some packets ready to plant nearby.

    My favorite cartooning garden scene is from “It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown.” Such a scene of flowers! I don’t know anything else like it.

    Then I still remember the Pottsy Sunday cartoon that so impressed me—Pottsy’s visage surrounded by a sea of holly leaves in one large panel–with Christmas wishes. All those leaves the cartoonist had to draw! My mother was not so impressed.

  6. Let’s see, have I heard the HST joke? Well, yes, when I was about ten years old.

    Without looking it up, does anyone remember what President Truman’s middle name was?

  7. my favorite gardening scene is “there’s something about a peek”. My second favorite is the one where a storm comes along just after Arlo and Janis plant flower seeds, causing Janis to cry over her “lost” plants while the last panel has a rainbow of color spread over the hills. Good ones Jimmy!

  8. Dearest Ghost — Yes, Truman had not been given a middle name. He chose the letter S but with no period after the letter, so no specific name.

  9. I finally got around to seeing The Greatest Showman. My review: If you like musicals, you’ll love this one. If you don’t, don’t bother seeing it. That way we can both be happy, and I won’t have to listen to someone gripe about a masterpiece.

    BTW, the show IS a fantasy, only loosely based on Barnum’s life.

  10. The only G&S operetta I’ve not seen is their first, “Thespis”; its music has been lost. “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer”, their 2nd and 3rd, I’ve seen only on TV. Have seen all the others live, some multiple times, and would happily see most of them again. Can see many of the songs on YouTube.

    Here is a favorite.

    The bicycle built for 2 is not in the script, but then, nothing is, at least in the Modern Library ed. Am trying to find a complete “Ruddigore” done by this group. There are other Ruddigore videos featuring these two leads and others.


  11. Ruth Anne: I have learn to be very patient down here. I did go to it Olive Garden last night because the prices were decent and I knew what to expect. I don’t like most ethnic food so I really don’t mind. My daughter recognizes that there several types of drivers down here the tours who has no idea where they’re driving some of the elderly people who are taking things very slow for the idiots that want to drive 90 in a 40 mile per hour zone.

    I’m sitting here outside of Disney waiting to get in. It was always a dream of mine as a kid and I’ve been here three times before. the last being in 2000. It was always something I wanted to do is hurt you and I’m glad that I can fulfill those dreams.

  12. Mark: Thanks. Don’t know, but it’s one of several videos. URL that closely follows it has the same two in the “Basingstoke” episode. The URL below is from Act I, when the man is still Sir Despard Murgatroyd, not having yet unmasked “Robin Oakapple” as his elder brother Ruthven, the rightful accursed baronet. He does it well.


  13. Ghost Sweetie, Harry’s middle initial was S, which stood for S. He didn’t have a middle name.

    I haven’t been in the Village for the last day or so because I was in Chatsworth with my lovely granddaughter. She’s 8 months old now, and a joy to be with. 🙂

  14. Steve from Royal Oak, MI. Glad you are visiting somewhere you always wanted to go. I think I would have waited a couple of years till they get their new construction finished. At this time both Epcot and Hollywood Studios are kind of bare, especially the studio. By 2019 both the Toy Story land and Star Wars land will be open and new attractions will be completed in Epcot as well.

    Two websites you might like are MousePlanet and Micechat.

  15. Steve from Royal Oak Mi: After some of the bloopers I’v had when my fingers get confused, I can’t imagine things being necessarily better with voice recognition. The few times I’ve tried it other family members have barged in, concerned that I’ve had a psychotic break and am shouting at myself, not at the computer.

  16. Only 37 songs! Half the people I’d like to share this with are dead. They, of course, may have access, or have long known everything herein. If you find someone who isn’t dead, feel free to share. Will send blind-cc. to some email colleagues. Tom didn’t care for G&S, but then, nobody’s perfect. At the end, he seems like a most reasonable guy. Why should he care?


  17. Sweet Charlotte and Jean dear: Good calls on the Truman question.

    I noted in my diary today (Do I really have a diary? No; what am I, a teenage girl? No offense to any of you who actually keep a diary. I’ve tried, but my life seems to rush past faster than I can write down anything about.) that I drove Jackie and Misti on a 60-mile round-trip to shop for the boutique in icing conditions in which I would not fly a light plane. AND HELPED THEM SHOP WHEN I GOT THERE.

    Actually, Jackie says I shop for clothing for the younger set pretty well. My secret, of course, is that I try to visualize the young lady that would buy such an item and what she would look like wearing it. (Makes the shopping a lot more interesting.) In fact, I was unloading Jackie’s basket and pulled out what I thought was a small white dish towel…and exclaimed “Whoa!” when I realized it was a white denim miniskirt. We measured it when we got to the shop and it was eight-and-a-half inches from top of waistband to hem. Misti promised me that if I am not there when it sells, she will make a photo of the buyer.

    As I told Jackie, our motto should be “Doing Our Part to Keep Eufaula Beautiful.”

  18. I keep a diary. So did Anne Frank and Nicholas II—but not together. No worry, not a drop of offense taken.

    But apropos of my comment above:

    So I found this “Hogan’s Alley” article on Jay Irving, the cartoonist who proudly drew “Pottsy.” I knew virtually nothing about him before, I admit. For anyone interested, here is the URL:

    I cannot ever recall seeing anyone from the police force in A&J. What an orderly cartoon!

  19. OK, another tack: We’ll try President Truman (mentioned above by Jimmy et al.) for 200:

    Harry, now retired in Independence, Mo., asked wife Bess what papers she was stuffing into the fireplace. “I’m burning your letters to me,” she explained. “Bess,” he protested, “you oughn’t do that. Think of history!” “I have,” replied his wife.

  20. Oh this is exciting! My police officer friend and ex-tenant is considering moving back!
    He and Ghost are down changing locks on the new retail shop in town.

    Nothing stops crooks like a cop truck in the driveway and two large armed men living in each end of house is a good security system.

  21. emb’s about as good as can be expected. Looks like he may end up having to buy a DVD. Really would like to have that full performance.

    Process of elimination suggests “political crap” refers to mentioning the coincidence of Lincoln’s and Darwin’s birthdays. Lincoln was perhaps our greatest POTUS, and a Republican. I am not one.
    Have no info / Darwin’s politics, but understand he was anti-slavery. “Whig or Tory / I don’t know / But into Parliament . . .” Sorry, sidetracked to perhaps the best of G&S, “Iolanthe”, which ridicules both Whigs and Tories. Perhaps ref. Lincoln offended some Village Confederates? That Abe was a liberator of humankind [though his effectiveness was blunted by one J.W. Booth] seems beyond political controversy, unless there are Village Confederates who would disagree.
    As to Darwin’s role as liberator, he provided theologs with the chance to get back to their basic role as Trucker [I think] suggested it, but too few saw the opportunity. Actually, C.D. was, sadly trapped in a theological mainstream issue, the theodicy problem, “How can a good God allow bad things to happen?” when his innocent daughter died of a fever or whatever. So he became less religious.
    Anyway, some can be so sensitive that almost anything one posts here can be misread. So, I’m “all right” but discouraged.


    Thanks & peace,

  22. Typos: “Perhaps ref. to Lincoln …” and “Actually, C.D. was, sadly, trapped in … .”

    Early on, church got mired in doctrinal disputes, and eventually became obsessed with them, and with worldly power. As Marion’s BUMC banner says, “Doctrine divides, service unites.”

    Peace, I think.

  23. 1st day jury duty done. Didn’t get picked, didn’t get rejected. Just sat in the assembly room from 830 to 430, and back tomorrow. Had a painful experience after arriving in the parking lot. As I was walking to the courthouse I failed to see a low curb and fell straight forward onto a flat concrete drive. Ruined a brand new pair of pants, skinned both knees, and my left shoulder is quite sore. Good thing is i’m still walking and talking, and was wearing a very heavy army-type field coat which helped my chest area.

  24. Mark in TTown: I pulled the same stunt at night in a Flying J’s parking lot while carrying my dirty laundry in. The laundry bag cushioned my arms and chest, but I also tore the knees on my work pants.

    emb: I may have upset someone by accusing presidents of both parties of using boringly common cuss words. I’m sure Mark Twain would have considered them uninspired.

  25. Getting up for work after a later than usual evening “telescoping” is harder than I thought it’d be. 🙁

    But the views were worth it! 🙂

    And this afternoon, if it’s not too cloudy, I’ll go for some photos of the current sunspot.

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