May 18th, 2007

Party Guy

Happy Birthday, dduane!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk)!

fetchin' a shingle
A woodcutter came into a village restaurant, ordered a cup of coffee, and produced a big sidemeat sandwich from his pocket. The outraged waitress stared at him. "Well," she said, "that's what I call fetchin' a shingle off'n the side of the house!" Ozarks.
--Vance Randolph and George Wilson's Down in the Holler, 1953

Feast Day of St. Theodotus,
a patron of innkeepers. Jane Mesick's The English Traveller in America: 1785-1835 (1922) described meals in a Southern eatery in 1819, beginning with breakfast: "You sit down with sixty or eight persons to tea and coffee, and every variety of flesh, fowl, and fish, wheat bread, Indian-corn bread, buckwheat-cakes, etc. Everyone rises as soon as he has finished his meal and the busy scene is over in ten minutes. At two or three o'clock the bell rings and the door unlocks for dinner. The stream rushes in and dribbles out as at breakfast, and the room is clear is less than a quarter of an hour. ... The picture I have given you of meals at taverns is not an inviting one; they more resemble a schoolboy's scramble than a social repast."

On a totally unrelated note, I noticed at B&N yesterday that your "Rihannsu" books were re-released in a single volume. Congrats! Hope you're still getting some kind of residuals from those, they were good!

-The Gneech
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Six Million Dollar Man

Generally Perplexed Snoozer

As many of you may know, tomorrow laurie_robey and I are going up to New Jersey for the Cape May Furmeet. It is traditional, on these occasions, for Laurie and I to get hopelessly lost on the malignant NJ highway system, and then have Don tell us when we get there that we shoulda just come up the ### to ### and turned onto the ###, 'cause he can easily get to California in just fourteen days, or some such.

However, as neither she nor I have the patience for that this time around (I'm sick, and she's the one doing the driving after ministrating to both our starving orphan kitty and her asthmatic hubby), we went over to Best Buy and bought a Garmin nüvi 200 GPS receiver. I have now programmed it with our house, our hotel in Cape May, the Cape May Zoo, and the restaurant where we're supposed to have dinner tomorrow. As time goes on, I imagine we'll stuff it full of all the other places we go that are more than 15 minutes away. This is one of those things that we've been thinking about and thinking about for way too long. I think it was seeing our real estate agent's GPS in action that made me finally decide it was a "gotta have" item.

Hope it works! See you in Cape May.

-The Gneech
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    nerdy Go, Go, Gadget Gneech!