Dog of Love

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218 responses to “Dog of Love”

  1. Smigz….in answer to your question, Dad started with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad lines, which then ‘merged with the Chesapeake and Ohio, now it’s CXS….Dad calls it Chick$ hit Express 🙂

    It’s all he’s ever known since 1952, he even had to know Morse Code back in the day.

    Have you ever seen Chessie, the sleeping cat on railroad cars? That’s them….I’ll bring up some info for you. Dad has memorabilia with her sleeping….decks of cards, a framed pic, towels. Dad is definitely a cat lover.

    Sorry to have read about you losing your father at an early age….I am treasuring the time I have right now. I try to stir up memories for him.

    love ya

  2. I like Yellowstone after tourists leave the animals and geysers in peace. Have been there after and before “season” and with snowflakes falling in late fall months.

    Have been on road to the sun so early before season that road erosion and avalanches had not been repaired. Of course that’s another national park.

    If you have never visited our national parks start doing so while we still have them. If you are a senior there is a pass so valuable I doubt anything in my wallet equals it.

  3. Jackie…would love to see Yellowstone. Back when I worked at the Hampton, I had the privilege of working with a maintenance man who was in his late 70’s. He was a jewel.

    He and his wife for a few years would travel to Yellowstone and take over the housekeeping and maintenance in the off season. He’d spend about 2 or 3 months each fall. Room and board and meals were on the house and they received minimum pay. But the perks were awesome. He told me he got to see some of the ‘off trail’ views that were off limits to the “touristoes”.

    I have said something to my husband about that a few years back..that .I’d love to do that. Hey, I just may, one never knows.

  4. Today’s TIP BlogSpot.

    Doubt the Yahwist [author of Gen. 2:4b ff., in contrast to the ‘Priestly writer’ of Gen.1:1-2:4a ] knew of snakes that size. Looks more like a big constrictor than a ‘serpent’. Besides, wasn’t it supposed to still have legs before ‘the fall’? Guess that’s Adam off in the L background. Don’t see any tree elegant enough or fruit-bearing to be the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Unusual depiction of the story.


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  6. Debbe, I sure do remember Chessie! On a still summer night, I love to hear the sound of the train whistle and the wheels on the track. My Dad’s not gone; he’s right here in my heart. Please give your Dad a hug for me from a railroad man’s daughter.

  7. Debbe, my Dad had this posted over his workbench at home:

    “I am not allowed to run the train. The whistle I cannot blow.
    I am not allowed to say how far the railroad cars can go.
    I am not allowed to shoot off steam, nor ever clang the bell;
    But let it jump the damn old track…then see who catches hell!”

  8. Dog of love gave me a big laugh today. CSX is big in my area, I love driving next to the trains on the move next to the highway here. Something about that is just inspiring of how far we have come, yet in a way the old remains.

  9. Being from the Mississippi Delta I grew up on the best of the legendary blues like this one.

    Of course, this was during our bad years of Jim Crow when we were not allowed to hear their music on the radio, not allowed to buy their records, not allowed to hire them for dances or in night clubs.

    Of course we did anyway defying being forced to listen to white musicians cover the music.

    How far we have come. Not just on trains.

  10. Smigz, being here in town I hear the whistles blowing and the tracks rumbling as Dad’s place is just three blocks away from a cross section here in small town USA. They are not as frequent as they were many years ago, but the ‘beat’ is still there.

  11. On reflection, I do not believe I have ever lived anywhere in CONUS where I could not hear a train pass. As Debbe said, not as frequent as in the past, but still there, even if just in the distance in the night.

  12. Debbe, that was a great song. This man is about as unattractive as they come but he can certainly sing. I am going to have to Google him ad see if he is touring.

    By the way, Ghost Kitty has two broken bones in his foot and a torn ligament. We think he fell out of a tree or off metal roof onto concrete deck. Or he jumped out of a perfectly good airplane without a parachute.

    Vet says not possible to cast it. He is hanging out in potting shed.

  13. Smigz: Owls don’t generally build nests, though some may add material. GHOs use old nests of, e.g., Red-tailed Hawks, or suitable other sites, natural or man-made. If you go to the Cornell webcam GHO site, you will find a pair of Ospreys about to nest. They are a pair who apparently had a nest failure in ’16, and built a nest on top of a GHO nest well after the owl young had fledged. Have seen no evidence of the owls’ attempting to return. Good site for ospreys, in well-off developent on GA coast nr Savannah

    URL below is part of a wiki site / Bubo virginianus. You can scroll / rest of site. Peace,

  14. Oh, now GR 😉 can we have just a little fun??? And I thought Boze was spelled with a ‘z’….silly me, but it still sounds the same 🙂

  15. Debbe, tempting offer.
    Meeting an Egyptian fighter pilot to talk old times.
    And relive some of our crimes.
    Morning breakfast at the rode side inn.
    The road goes on forever,
    The party never ends.

  16. emb: Just noticed that now has links to the Chesapeake Conservancy falcon osprey, and heron cams. Good news since the CC website was always slow to load, for me anyway.

  17. As it is my bedtime…Dad’s tucked in, chocolate milk in ‘fridge, we had pizza for supper plus a couple of friends…dang they both had the same name too 🙂 I say good night.

    My favorite Eagles tune is ‘They Call it Paradise’….I leave you with this song…and have you ever REALLY listened or read the lyrics….and that was some twenty years ago it was written by Henley and Frey…–AvCsh48bk

    So lucky to have seen them in concert….with Emilylou Haris opening for them/

    Good night my friends, and love to all.

  18. lyrics:

    The Last Resort

    She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
    Where the old world shadows hang heavy in the air
    She packed her hopes and dreams like a refugee,
    Just as her father came across the sea

    She heard about a place people were smilin’,
    They spoke about the red man’s way, how they loved the land
    And they came from everywhere to the Great Divide
    Seeking a place to stand or a place to hide

    Down in the crowded bars out for a good time,
    Can’t wait to tell you all what it’s like up there
    And they called it paradise, I don’t know why
    Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high

    Then the chilly winds blew down across the desert,
    Through the canyons of the coast to the Malibu
    Where the pretty people play hungry for power
    To light their neon way and give them things to do

    Some rich man came and raped the land, nobody caught ’em,
    Put up a bunch of ugly boxes and, Jesus, people bought ’em
    And they called it paradise, the place to be,
    They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea

    You can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina
    Just like the missionaries did so many years ago
    They even brought a neon sign ‘Jesus is Coming’,
    Brought the white man’s burden down, brought the white man’s reign

    Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?
    ‘Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here
    We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds
    In the name of destiny and in the name of God

    And you can see them there on Sunday morning
    Stand up and sing about what it’s like up there
    They called it paradise, I don’t know why
    You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye

    Songwriters: Glenn Frey / Don Henley

  19. It was written while I lived in Hawaii I think? I know we thought it referred to destruction of local Hawaiian culture and people by the Christian missionaries who came to do good and ended up doing well.

    At local small town buffet eating leftovers while my hardworking Chinese friends mop floors around me.

  20. Sorry, I was in Houston by then. Definitely NOT paradise.

    Warfare breaking out in kitchen. Knives will be flying soon. Time to take Dickens his chicken stick.

  21. What G42? Is that my gun? My friends were just yelling in Chinese at each other or else their son?
    I think each other.

    They love me enough to act natural around me, even arguments. They don’t do that in front of regular customers. They don’t cook special food for regular customers either to help them lose weight.

  22. Jackie, it refers to the continual search for someplace better than where you are, and how humanity carries its problems with it. Instead of moving on, it encourages us to improve what we have. Figured out a workaround for my internet problems. New cell service allows me to use phone as wifi connection. Will get my last 8 hours done after all this week. Good night all

  23. Can’t sleep. Probably a common ailment these days. Very happy to see Debbe is back. Hal still hasn’t learned to spell your name. Don’t worry. This is as political as I’m going to get. I had no idea. Not in my wildest imagination. Nuff said.

  24. Jerry, Hope you’re back asleep. I awoke about 0300, couldn’t get back to sleep, got a non-fat yogurt out, and was sitting here looking at the rift valley river in Kenya, about 1230 EAT. 77F [floor of the RV is high enough above sea level for that], hippos in the river, non-IDed birds flitting about, and lo, a large mammal strides across the scene. A man [almost sure male], not carrying anything sizable, no back pack, no hat [at least no prominent brim or peak], fully clothed, sleeves, trousers, shoes, probably black but not sure at this distance, exit stage R. Have never before seen any sign of people here, no vehicles, and the webcam is on this side of the river. Near its edge; only time anything but water visible this side was when the water was 3-4′ lower and bottom was dry. Peace,

  25. Good morning. Going back to sleep. Running on little actual sleep.

    Why do so many of my clothes seem to have Marilyn Monroe’s laundry tags? Well, this nightgown does. They seem to have run out of fabric to finish sewing the top.

  26. Good morning Villagers…..and a crisp morning it is.

    Glad to read that you are posting again Jerry, and don’t worry about the spelling, I am used to it after 63 years….as a matter of fact I’ve been called several names in my life time, some of which I am proud to be 🙂

    Dad’s doctor represcribed Lunesta, a sleep aid. He took the 2mg when he had the catheter, as it was something new and uncomfortable. They only delivered 10 pills. Doctor asked me how he was sleeping, and I told him he doesn’t get a good sound sleep as Dad is up 4 or 5 times a night shuffling to the restroom. I was informed that the prostate excess that was removed was still healing and he will have a few months to go to fully recover. So what does the doctor do….prescribes 3 mg of Lunesta…..I don’t know guys, but I did some reading on it, and for the geriatric in Dad the highest dose recommended is 2 mg. Dad did sleep well though, with less trips, but he has a Lunesta ‘hangover’. Going to call Pharmacist today and have the balance of his 2mg delivered and they can take back the 3mg….I think I will feel better about that.

    Mark, had never heard of G42 before, googled it and all I could find was info on Glocks….but I do like that philosophy…do the best with what you have. Were you speaking of Jackie’s fortune cookie?


  27. As you probably know, the former Savannah GHO nest is now under new mgt., Ospreys. But the GHO info is still there and this bit reminded me of something once learned but since forgotten: ‘Only the female incubates the eggs. She has a featherless area on her abdomen called a “brood patch” which is designed to keep the eggs warm. This patch has lots of blood vessels just beneath the skin that transfer heat to the eggs. The male does not have a brood patch.’ Brood patches are common in birds, often both sexes. Wonder if only phalarope males have them?

    The designer, BTW, is natural selection. As far as birds are concerned, eggs are designed to cool and relieve itching. Don’t know what birds call them. Itchers?


  28. Just had breakfast, English muffin and Diet Coke. Last DC so I have to get dressed! Marilyn and I are still at breakfast table. Dickens seems to have gone back to bed.

  29. Ian signed me up for a one month’s trial of Spotify……oh, my cat, even the quality of sound is better…..and that is without using his Bose headphones.

    Anyone else on Spotify? You are, aren’t you Mark?

    When Ian was explaining to me the start up, he asked me to name a group…and no it wasn’t Chrissie, GR 🙂 . Bowie, I said. Ian rolled his eyes…said, give me something more obsure that U-tube wouldn’t have, I just glared at him… Bowie it was. Every song he ever recorded is there…just listened to his song “Seven”.

    later……have a universe of music to rediscover.

    Smigz, I always like weather underground. I’m mad at, as many times as I found that stinking umbrella, I never received one, so they don’t get my business any more. Oh, and I like the National weather service…the link below lists five of the best, who decided which five were the best I have no idea…oh, and look out for the 4th one 🙂

  30. What the world has come to.
    Need a faucet repair part. Neither the local hardware or big box stores carry any. Log in to Amazon, find five plus pages of options. Ordered the $14.99 part, a screw on replacement spray nozzle, Amazon offers professional installation for $104.49. So much for buy local, and has everyone become so lazy / incompetent that they are unable to make a simple repair.

  31. Ghost, NOAA Weather Unofficial by Granite Apps and My-Cast Weather by Garmin International. The latter is the late and lamented.

    Debbe, thanks for the suggestions. Heading over to check them out, with special attention to #4.

  32. Smgyz where are you in Arkansas? I was driving in Arkansas a couple of times recently and thought about you. Visiting Llee in Missouri recently reminded me of my personal goal to get to be “real time” friends with as many of Village as possible.

  33. Sandcastler….if you watch the ‘boob’ tube, I know you have seen the Home Adviser commercials….you know the one with the blonde, with her long blonde hair twisted and draped over her shoulder, tight fitting jeans….complete with a tool belt….anyhoo, here’s the link….

  34. Jackie, I’m in Michigan’s lower peninsula, southeast corner, about 20 miles north of Detroit. You might be thinking of when I mentioned my niece in Missouri. 🙂

  35. Brain just kicked in! It is Laura who lives in Arkansas.

    I do love Michigan. I am trying to do a map of America with Villagers marked so if I am near one I can try to go visit if they will not set the dogs on me, as we say in South.

  36. Cool Laura. Talking about a trip to Memphis to Peabody and ducks but they don’t accept dogs so far as I know. So working on that idea too.

    I got a bound journal tonight to start putting everyone in for future travels. It has a Katherine Hepburn quote I love. “If you follow all the rules you miss all the fun.”

  37. Debbe, yep. I’ve been on Spotify for several years now. And Pandora too. And since I got Silver (which came with XM radio installed), I’ve been on a free trial of XM/Sirius and enjoying that too!

    Quick explanation of my earlier comment on using phone for Wifi. Last two weeks my internet service has been going from bad to worse. Friday it stopped dead. Every time it has issues, I lose work time, which I am then expected to make up when service comes back. Louses up nights, weekends and plans for what to do when off work. So I was thinking I would not be able to get my last 8 hours in this week and lose a day’s pay. Then I remembered that my Fi cell service lets me use the phone as a Wifi hub without extra charge, just the cost of whatever data I use. So I worked my time out today using my phone as my internet connection. And I’m now visiting here the same way.

  38. Just home from a concert of (mostly) Andrew Lloyd Webber music done by a very fine countertenor (ex-Chanticleer–that’s all the recommendation I need). Lovely show, good time. Lovely old re-furbished art deco theater downtown, also. (Speelczech didn’t like “theatre,” so I gave in and changed it.)

  39. 2017 the year America was supposed to become great, again. Awake this morning to daylight savings time. So much for greatness.

  40. Good Daylight Savings Time Day to all Villagers 🙂

    Been busy changing times on Dad’s clock, especially the one that sounds like a train coming upon a crossing. He’s confused about when lunch is…I said when you are hungry.

    He has several clocks from when he and my stepmother (RIP) owned a liqueur store. There’s the miniature grandfather’s clock with Jack Daniels’ name on it, a 5 ft long band wrist watch with the face advertising Miller Light, another with Joe Camel on it, and a turtle shell with Roman Numerals on it. A very nice wall clock (about a foot in diameter) with Chessie wrote on the face complete with a small pic of Chessie….there are more around here, but I ran out of batteries 🙂

    Ian takes the night time watch, and Dad made his usual ‘trek’ to the kitchen for a cup of chocolate milk….I am so thankful Ian was up at that time (3ish), as Dad was headed for a bad fall and Ian caught him….Amen…….no more Lunesta!

    Miss Charlotte, how are you doing? Has it been snowing up there?

    Indy Mindy…how is your new job coming along…..I loves me some bacon. They have the precooked now, and all I do is zap it in microwave for 20 seconds….very good.


    GM Old Bear 🙂

  41. Mark, do you have a playlist on Spotify? Been listening to some who have posted some great songs….currently listening to a Bob Seger playlist by someone else.

  42. TR…cute, not seen the latest episode though of Star Wars. As a matter of fact I think the last time I was in a theater was to see the movie “Walk the Line”, which of course was excellent….still can’t believe Joaquin lost to Seymore ( Truman Capote) that year for best actor.

  43. Jackie:


    I used to teach the Bard’s works, and I love all things British.

    My ancestry is English, and a village in North Yorkshire has my surname.

  44. When I was in school most of my English and speech teachers tried to get rid of my Southern accent and replace it with a “universal accent.” That is the one where you “talk like the man on the six o’clock news.”

    I don’t and a friend is trying to restore the Southern one. We should be proud of our region all accents I think. We are losing them too fast.

  45. Opening some of my “midnight shopper” boxes sitting in living room. They are always surprises when I do. I never remember pushing the send button.

    Power of suggestion? Whose?

  46. A while ago, I wrote that the 2 Decorah nests had 3 eggs each. Someone wondered about that. Since I just thought of it again, I just now went back to the site. Indeed, therein are data for each nest, including dates and approximate times of delivery of 3 eggs for each pair.
    Hope they all hatch successfully.

  47. Well yes, those boxes were indeed surprising, if not shocking. Planning a great convalescence from knee surgery.

    May not be able to wear at hospital? Like those damn hospital gowns are discreet?

  48. (Jackie: My first efforts at posting were rejected, evidently because they were a tad too long. I will post my response in stages.)


    I apologize for this long post. You touched something within me about which I have strong emotions and thoughts.

    I could not agree with you more. The ubiquity of television and radio either tragically reducing or eliminating the US’s accents and dialects grieves me deeply.

    However, when I was in the classroom, I spoke solely in the standard dialect with no accent (TV news anchors’ speech, as you said) unless I was reading a part aloud for the kids. In thirty years of teaching, none of my high school or university students could guess my original dialect and accent. I always had to tell them and then give a sample.

  49. I was actually born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and my parents moved to Columbus in 1955 when my dad wanted to find more lucrative employment after the war. He eventually accepted a position with IBM.

    Thankfully, neither my mom nor my dad ever lost their original speech patterns, although some bigots and closed-minded, “educated,” and “enlightened” persons looked down their noses at us.

    The most egregious was my fifth-grade teacher. She wrote “greasy” on the board and asked us its pronunciation. Being a teacher pleaser, I shot up my hand, she called on me, and I said what I had learned at home: gree-ze.

  50. She stated, “No, Ricky. Up here, we say ‘gree-ce.’ ‘Gree-ze’ is used by people who don’t know how to speak properly, usually from the South.”

    As you might assume, I was humiliated, and, frankly, I still bear a loathing for her to this day. One of my failings is that I cannot forgive and forget a deliberate insult.

    In the long run, though, she performed a great service for me because, at that very moment, I decided to rid myself of any trace of any accent whatsoever, and I began studying and mimicking the network news anchors of 1963. As the years progressed, my standard speech opened many doors for me.

  51. In the classroom, I told my students that they should never lose their native accent and dialect. Instead, they should prize it because it is part of their heritage and who they are. Even now at my age, when I return home to Bowling Green, I slip back into the Western Kentucky accent so easily that it’s as if my parents and I had never left.

    However, I stressed to all of my students that, in certain areas of life, they should not use their native speech except at home and with their close friends. I told them that society is unfair and that some judge others harshly if they hear African-American speech, Caucasian speech, Appalachian speech, Hispanic speech, Asian speech, Southern speech, and on and on.

  52. I told them that my job was to teach them to “speak green.” Green as in standard speech. Green as in money.

    My final points that I gave to them were that standard speech and grammar are the Keys to the Kingdom and that, if they have goals of rising high in business or certain areas of science and of making a fair amount of amount of money, the Keys will help to open the door so that they can then prove their value.

    So, here’s both to Green Speak and Native Speak. They both have their place, and I hope that Native Speak never dies.

    (End of post)

  53. Rick: Excellent description and a valuable lesson for your students! We’ve noticed that going “home” may not be necessary to bring out native accents. Ask people about where they’re from and the accent will get stronger the longer they talk.

  54. Debbe, yes, I have a playlist. 1.956 songs. According to Spotify’s breakdown, 156 hours playing time. I didn’t make individual playlists, I just keep adding new stuff to the one I’ve got.

  55. Speaking of accents reminds me of my high school French teacher, who claimed that experienced customs agents were often such experts in linguistics that they could tell from a person’s accent if they were honest about where they were born or grew up.

  56. Rick that is of course true and I agree. My friend says the longer I am around him the more Southern I sound.

    I remember vividly in high school in South an exasperated English teacher snapping at one of our local plantation heirs, a very rich young man, “Jim Wilkinson, you talk just like a #$@&#$”

    He replied, “Well, why shouldn’t I? That’s all I will be talking to my entire life.”

    That was 1960 and Jim is dead and times have changed. In 1982 I met a charming and educated black man who spoke with the most perfect English, heavily influenced by a British accent. So I asked how?

    He was born in a slave quarter two room shack on the plantation two miles down road from ours. We had never met nor would we have.

    But he went into military, got an education, a good one, ended up an Oxford scholar. Headed a federal agency division. And had learned to speak excellent English.

    Jim never did. Times can change. Please forgive me, I seem to have touched more than one nerve.

  57. But I am going to try to regain my southern accent and my southern roots because I want to for the very reason you gave Rick. I am proud of who I am and who I come from.

    And because I care very much about that southern friend who asked me to do so.

  58. Ruth Anne:

    Thanks for the compliment, and I agree with your points.

    In regard to the custom agents, George Bernard Shaw touched upon that idea in “Pygmalion.” Higgins commented that he could identify the street on which a person lived by speech alone.

  59. Jackie:

    Good for you! Don’t ever lose that blessed Southern accent.

    I must now admit to some confusion. You asked me to forgive you. For what? I don’t know of a nerve that you touched.

    If I gave that impression, I am sorry. That was not my intention.

  60. I was afraid I might have hurt your feelings. I just hate doing that.

    I do hate that language divides us. I find with my British or UK friends we have more than an accent that divides our speech.

  61. ‘I used to teach the Bard’s works, and I love all things British. My ancestry is English, and a village in North Yorkshire has my surname.’ ‘Oh my. Tell me you have an English accent too and I may swoon.’ [Etc.] Thought I’d just comment on those, and will, for now. Rich discussion above.

    Used to teach expository writing for biologists, and am bit of an anglophile. Ancestry = French, English, Irish, Portuguese, probably Welsh, and an extinct village in SE England was the source of my surname, circa 1100 CE. Grew up in NYC, acquired a moderate NY accent, which greatly disturbed Mom.

    In Ithaca, George Healey, my Cornell U. Freshman Eng. teacher, was surprised that I was from NYC. Mom would have been so pleased; don’t remember if I thought to tell her. Healey’s problem was there were so many thicker NY accents at Cornell, and I’d picked up much of the ‘received tongue’ at home. Mom was from Bay St. Louis, MS and Dad from Webster Groves, MO, and both spoke what presumably they’d been taught in school. They met in NYC or nearby in around 1920. Have mentioned at least some of this before.

    After retiring, Mom moved to Bemidji in ’62[?] to try to spoil our [then] only child. Most people here could not spot my region of origin. Somehow, in the late ’60s, I was listening to Mom and others converse and realized, ‘Mom has a NY accent.’ It was not thick, but 40 yr. exposure had done it. Of course, I never told her.


  62. One of those odd connections emb but I was chosen to participate in a Cornell leadership symposium for those in super market, produce and floral industry. You had to be nominated by someone (s) in your industry.

    I was proud of that, even though I know I was there to comply with diversity and meet need for females. Got to associate with some real powers in industry. Good manners and articulation do sometimes open doors.

  63. Jackie:

    Honestly, I see nothing that could have possibly hurt my feelings, but I definitely appreciate your concern. You are one of the very few I know these days who takes such things into account.

    Also, I don’t think that you could ever hurt anyone even if you had to.

  64. emb:

    Speaking personally, I hope that you can still bring back your NYC speech as you desire. NYC has many accents and dialects, each of which I love.

  65. Thank you Rick. I laughed at what a friend said about me this week. My van is banned from car wash because trailer hitch doesn’t come off. I went in and apologized for breaking their car wash and explained I wouldn’t be able to use it but would keep buying gas and sodas.

    He said, “That is SO you.” I was afraid they’d think I had gotten mad at being banned.

  66. To all Anglophiles and music lovers:

    Friday evening, I attended a Lunasa concert at the Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio.

    Phenomenal Celtic music.

    I think that they are performing in Ashville, North Carolina, as I type this post.

  67. Speaking of anglophilia, the GSVLOC is doing G&S’s ‘The Gondoliers’ F, S, Sun. 10 Mar.-2 Apr. at the Conn Aud., next to Plymouth Congregational Ch. in Mpls. Details at:

    We [Elaine and I, and later family or friend and I] have seen several productions and have been more than satisfied. Costume and sets are well done, though the costumes of Bunthorne [a fleshly poet] and Archibald [an idyllic poet] in ‘Patience’ a couple of yr. back were ill-chosen. Director didn’t do his homework.

    Hidden orchestra is fine [under the stage, w/ a TV screen at rear of aud. where actors can see conductor]. The Conn seats only 300 or so, not really a bad seat in the house. Tickets are reasonable, and I also do a contribution, which is entirely optional. I suspect some evenings or Sunday matinees are already sold out. Expect to be there last weekend in Mar. Had them mail tickets to my younger son in Mpls.


  68. Interesting discussion of spoken language. I too grew up saying ‘greazy’. I also call my uncle’s wife my ‘ant’. I find that I frequently take on more of my childhood accents when I’m back in those areas, or other areas of the South. For me, it seems to be an unconscious effort to blend my speech into the rhythms and tones of the speakers around me. I had no trouble with professional speech while in the military, nor during the years I worked in various geographies in the technology business. I haven’t spent much time in the northeast, so I don’t know of those accents. I can, however, fit well in ‘most any area south of the Mason-Dixon as well as the Midwest. One of the things that I use to do with my daughters was to read excerpts from “Tom Sawyer” or “Huckleberry Finn” as written in regional dialect. Heaven forbid– I even read them stories from “Uncle Remus.”

  69. Dad grew up in the Old Country and worked hard at losing his accent –
    not to be picked on as a kid. He was young enough so he was successful.
    Mom also worked on us so we did not get a NY accent.
    There are some words that betray me but I spoke like a Minnesotan
    before I moved to MN.
    Once saw a map of the retreat of Yankee Speech from NY area. Now with TV
    we are sounding the same – Not just News but all shows contribute.
    (Heard Norwegians talk Texan because that is where they learned English)

    It is not just how we pronounce words it is the words we use for things:
    bucket – pail
    bag – poke – satchel
    pie – pizza
    hero – grinder – sub – poorboy – gyro
    soda – pop – tonic – coke(meaning all carbonated drinks)

    to quote emb “Peace”

  70. Debbe GM
    (From a few days back)
    Talking about giving parents what taste good –
    Grand MIL was in nursing home after having appendix out
    at 98, they wanted to restrict her sugar on her oatmeal,
    MIL sad let her have it. GMIL lived to 104, mind still sharp –
    rest of body not so much – but she was sharp.

    Chessie is still hanging on bedroom wall from when wife was a kid.

  71. One of my most favorite dialects is Appalachian, a dialect that is unfortunately rapidly disappearing.

    For years, Appalachians were pretty much ignored unless they were being ridiculed, but, then, some linguists discovered them. What they found was interesting.

    They focused on words such as “vittles.” After doing a bit of word sleuthing, the linguists stated that the old mountain people were speaking a dialect that was highly related to the speech patterns of Elizabethan England.

    Some linguists concluded by stating that mountain people were actually speaking a “purer” form of English.

  72. I did note that Jimmy got the spelling of DST correct. Some people get bent out of shape at that. In Detroit, we had a grocery store named Farmer Jack and their jingle was that it was Farmer Jack SavingS time. So Detroiters add the “s”. Of course they add the “s: to Fords, Chryslers and even mark the Men’s Room as Mens, instead of Men. That sign did kind of bug me.

  73. Pneumatic and Pulchritudinous Hair Stylist, a life-long resident of my part of the Deep South, sounds like a Valley Girl…to me, at least. Actually, I noticed teenage girls in this area had developed that same accent over 30 years ago. I blame television shows for that.

  74. I’m seriously thinking of revising my Last Will and Testament to this: “Being of sound mind, I spent all my money.”

    The trick, of course, is to make it come out even at the end.

  75. Good morning Villagers…….

    I love the British and Australian accents, despite that sometimes I have a hard time understanding what they are saying because of the accent. Yup, I could listen to Sean Connerty all day and night….but is his British or Scottish? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Mark, almost 2000 songs on your play list, wow…..and I thought I was bad. Have not yet set up playlist…still exploring Spotify and self-navigating.

    GM Old Bear….love your doctor’s list, will copy and put on refrigerator with magnet. I like little ‘pick me ups’ on the fridge.

    As for my accent, it took a while to loose my ‘Hoosier’ one when I moved to Corpus Christi, and not long for me to pick it back up when I moved back. I have somewhat of a light weight Southern drawl. You should hear me go ‘Dutchy” with my German ancestry. Dubois County is heavy in their Dutch accent. Mom could speak the local dialect of German. The Amish around here speak their own German too, not a textbook German.

    Dad slept in until 8:30, had breakfast and now back to sleep in his recliner. No incidents through the night.


  76. GR 😉 that is exactly what I would love for my Dad to do….my baby sister is POA (sometimes I feel she is DOA), and is tight with the money….I can’t even get her to sign back up for trash pick up…says they are too expensive…so I have to have someone help me load it up, take it to the recycling center and then pay them….it’s about the same amount of money, but with less hassle.

  77. Rick, thanks for mentioning Lunasa! I looked them up and have been been listening to some of their music and they are wonderful.

    emb, that’s an interesting way for actors to see conductor.

    Old Bear, I like your doctor list.

    Debbe, glad to hear your Dad had a good night. Connery is Scots.

  78. Annual DST kerfluffle [ignorant speelczech]. It’s precisely that it shifts daylight from many people’s sleeping hours into most people’s waking hours that it’s good. Some can be out on the lake or golf course an hour longer. Specifically, as I’ve mentioned before, I can drive comfortably [and more safely] an hour later. Also, of course, that’s the time of year I’m more likely to be driving, there being less ice on the roads.

    Ghost: 30 YA, a lot of effort went into cultivating Valley Girl speech, both accent and vocab.

    As to ‘the trick’, if you have any extra, one trick is using some of it where it will do good in perpetuity. A scholarship here, exam rooms and a cancer fund there, plaques at a couple of museums. Of course, since they are named, I am letting my left hand [and the world] know what my right hand is doing, but they do serve as examples.

    One of my examples was a man I’ve praised here before, my BSU boss, who died at ’99 and a half’ [which I think he dictated into his obit]. There are at least 4 Harold T. Peters scholarships in math and the sciences at BSU. It’s a win-win hobby, and there w/b enough for my 3 ‘kids’.

    Also, I don’t have an all-female staff, but there are hugs, and occasional photos that could be titled, ‘Old goat sure can pick ’em.’


  79. Smigz: It may be more common than we realize. How often do we turn around to see what’s visible from the stage? I learned what a teleprompter [that big square thing off to my right] was at a dreadful F**t L****r show in the Second City. The suits on stage were so obviously reading it, to accompany the style images being shown on the center stage screen. Audience was mostly female store mgrs. and such.

    Daughter choreographed the show [she’s now making an honest living as a psych counselor] and warned Elaine and me beforehand, ‘These girls cheer for SHOES!’ Strange the routes money takes to make the world go ’round. One such experience is enough, which of course, relates also to my previous post. I’ve not seen Everest, but have Kilimanjaro. Time, one hopes, for the rest later.


  80. emb, and others. The problem with the twice-yearly shifts from DST to CST (or whatever you have) is not the clock change. Clocks are for the mind, the conscious part of us that knows the difference. But the body is like a computer that gets programmed. And when the time changes, the body must reprogram itself to adapt. That process is harder for some of us than others, and I personally think the change is unnecessary.

  81. I dated a New Hampshire woman for a while. Both of us noticed our regional accents were strongest when talking to our moms on the phone.

  82. About that Appalachian study. In 1790-1805 a large group, about 25 families and assorted kith and kin left the Carolinas together and ended up in Winn Parish, Louisiana, a remote piney woods hill country. Deep in Louisiana toward north of state they preserved their Appalachian customs and their speech.

    In college I was embarrassed but not surprised to hear they had been studied and recorded as preserving the language purely that our English colonial forefathers spoke in 1700s.

  83. Which possibly makes Louisiana, north to south, the most linguistically diverse state in the Union.

    My accent self-adjusts according to my audience, as does my vocabulary. When necessary (as when I had to rescue my AF buddy’s wife), I can sound like I was reared in a redneck beer bar. Conversely, I’ve been asked by physicians if I am a physician myself, which I am not.

    I suspect that is true to some extent for many people.

  84. Having just experience a couple of drastic time changes over 3 weeks ago. If my body was a computer, it either crashed or got re-booted…or both! Having had sleep issues and using a CPAP machine, I was very conscious of my reaction to the sleep deprivation. I went to bed early for the first two nights and by the 3rd or 4th night, I was asleep by 10:00 and up by 6:00 AM. Once I got home on Friday, I went to bed at 10:00 on Friday and Saturday and woke up at 10:00 both days. I was fine for the rest of the week.

    Now there were other items in my regular routine that did become irregular…if you get my drift. I suppose that might get affected by a one hour change in time. However I went to Mass Saturday night and went to bed at 10:00, getting up at 9:00 (8 really). So no issues this morning.

  85. Ghost: A lot of states get a big difference in speech patterns. Indiana and Illinois come to mind. I lived in the northeast part and speak pretty Midwestern. Those who live in the Northwest near Chicago, might pick up a Chicago accent. Those who live south of the 40 (US 40 or now I-70) start to have a more pronounced twang to their voices. Going to Purdue we got the full gamut, not including all of the students from all parts of the world.

  86. Ghost is right about Louisiana extremes. South of New Orleans there are still Spanish speaking residents who speak 18th century Spanish mixed with Portuguese. The Acadiana speak French as far north as mid state. The western state speaks Texan and the Delta speaks soft Mississippi mixed with a lot of African American. The hills in middle are Appalachian.

    I think the isolation preserved much that is now being lost.

  87. There’s still much variation in accent in a small area, the UK. As mentioned here before, This is sometimes brought out among the readers of the 9 Lessons in the annual 24 Dec. celebration of 9 Lessons and Carols [more than 9] at Kings College Chapel, Univ. of C., C., UK. If you haven’t heard them, don’t blame me. I remind you most years.

    ‘Enry ‘Iggins rages about this diversity in ‘Why can’t the English …’ in ‘My Fair Lady’ [which is right up there w/ G&S in my book]. His ‘Hymn to Him’ is another gem, and profound.


  88. Ghostly Observation: Sometimes I impress myself with the smart things I say or do. Then there are the times when I try to get out of Bullet with my seatbelt buckled.

  89. Ghost,

    You hit the nail on the head about the diverse language in Louisiana. There is a big difference between North LA and South LA and a bunch of different points in between and also East and West. One problem, everybody has discovered crawfish and, of course, the price has gone up. When I was a youngster, we had to go catch them on the side of the highway. I’ve only had boiled crawfish once this season. Looking forward to many more meals of the little “ditch bugs”! My wife, whose family emigrated from Italy like mine, makes the best ettouffe around(spell check wanted to make it “pouffe”!) We’ve had it twice this year. Good eating, feeds many with rice!

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  90. Yes, dom, as I’ve stated before, I love me some mud bugs. (Mostly boiled and in étouffée, but I recently had some fried and liked them.) And yes, they were once relatively unknown and therefore available and affordable. Someone must have told the yuppies and hipsters about them.

  91. GR 😉 if I did, I didn’t know it at the time 🙂

    I wonder where some of these ladies are today….some 47 years later….hmmmm!!!!! Some convalescent home somewhere asking if it is time for their ‘meds’ yet.

    There’s a bridge of sighs there somewhere……

  92. DST doesn’t bother my body much. As an OTR trucker, I learned to slip in naps as needed to make the deadlines work without cooking my logbook too much. Such as dealing with delivering in Los Angeles at 05:00 PST and picking up my next load that evening at 22:00 for a delivery in Las Vegas at 07:00 with more drops in the Mesquite/St George area later that afternoon.

    What bothers me most is that the outdoor recreation companies and enthusiasts benefit while school kids are getting clobbered by drivers who need a week or two to make the adjustment. They may as well be driving drunk.

  93. All this crawfish talk has me thinking I need to use that $10 off coupon I have for our local purveyor of Louisiana cooking ( Now do I want my crawfish in etouffee or with fried green tomatoes and remoulade?

  94. TR, there may be some reason for this other than the driver being an Alpha Hotel, but the last time I pulled up to a turnpike toll booth behind an 18-wheeler, I waited…and waited…and waited. Finally the truck pulled off, and I pulled up to booth, where the toll taker grinned at me and asked, “You’re not paying in pennies, are you?”

    “Ma’am?” I inquired.

    “That’s what the guy in front of you just did. Nineteen dollars and fifty cents.”

    And apparently one at a time, from the amount of time it took.

  95. I wasn’t fond of tolls (going through Chicago on a run was a major pain because of multiple booths to pay at), but I always had exact change ready with nothing smaller than a quarter if possible. Local drivers had some sort of electronic fast pass, so they did the bulk of the smaller loads. Some jurisdictions have tripled the fares since I last drove a rig through them in 2008. The company reimburses the drivers, but you have to take a moment to get the receipt.

  96. Hey Debbe I’m older than those ladies and I am not in a nursing home 🙂

    “Way back when” I knew many farmers that did not reset their clocks to DST.
    “The cows don’t reset their clocks” or milking times.

    Now I have to drive to work in the dark again.

  97. Trucker Ron, that is my old joke. I tell people that I sleep on my long drives while I am driving. Sometimes it gets a rise out of them. The automakers have made major investment in autonomous vehicles and here you and I have been using them for years! lol

    One of the off shoots is the lane detection sensors on vehicles. I rented a car with one and I love it. At night or when it is raining (or both) it is very hard to see someone in the other lane and the sensor would light up your mirror to warn you.

  98. Good morning Villagers……

    …..and a happy Pi back at you, cxp 🙂

    I’m liking the education I am getting from Mr. Johnson’s real time strips. So, what do you all think about the new planet system they’ve discovered in the Aquarius star system. I think it’s exciting. What was it, some 41 million light years away…must google.

    Oh, Jackie is getting that “itch” again. I agree with Mark…go see Nancy. I don’t suggest seeing Miss Charlotte has she is probably getting buried in snow now.

    Miss Charlotte, if you read this, please let us know how you doing.

    Good morning Old Bear….am glad too that you’re not in a nursing home….and still working. It does keep us young.

    Emb, I don’t think I’ve heard that song before…but thanks for the grin 🙂


  99. YES, YES, YES!! Go through New Mexico and come see Nancy in Arizona!! It’s really nice here now, we have comfortable guest quarters, and we can talk about knee replacements—or not! I just checked with Jim, and he says absolutely. Open invitation to any of the Villagers.

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