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Glad to hear Lucius is still with us. Too many of my family and
friends have lost pets recently. Not to mention human friends and
family who have passed away or been seriously ill; there was a
spate of that last spring.
Later today will be the funeral of my brother-in-law's mother; she
was 95. Not exactly overclocked, but she always complained thatt
the "assisted living" home she lived in the last few years was full
of old people. She never thought of herself as one. Rest in peace,
The link Heather K. meant to post is
here -- I Googled it, though that was partly because I was
curious about where Manayunk is. A newscast I was watching a while
ago had the caption "Manayunk County, PA" and I knew that was wrong
(I had to memorize the names of all the counties in Pennsylvania
once in school) -- I thought it might be a township or something,
but being from the Pittsburgh area I don't know the eastern part of
Pa. well. Turns out it's a neighborhood of Philadelphia. So it's in
Philadelphia County. (The city and the county, though technically
two entities, are coterminous.)
I think the cops may have overreacted though. The guys weren't
actually charged with anything. Apparently "lack of common sense"
isn't an actual crime in Pennsylvania, for which I'm glad.
I used to have a website about the -gry puzzle. It was on GeoCities
and I don't think it exists anymore. (A couple of years ago Yahoo,
which had bought GeoCities, decided it no longer wanted to host
free websites.) A lot of my favorite sources and explanations on
the topic seem to now be quoted or paraphrased on Wikipedia so I
doubt that I want or need to resurrect the thing now, but I still
feel a bit of a proprietary interest in the topic. It was amazing,
though, how many odd "solutions" or suggestions I'd get. For
example, "orgy" and "energy" were popular "answers". Because,
apparently, "-rgy" and "-gry" are the same thing to some
On the old Stumpers List (now Project Wombat) we had a running joke
that whenever this question would pop up, it was time to change the
oil in your car. (Come to think of it, my car does probably need
Several years ago, in the April (as in April Fools) issue, Games
Magazine had an article in which they printed the third word.
Unfortunately :-) there was an ink blot over the (alleged) word,
making it illegible.
There was once a site (top level domain indicating the Netherlands)
with a very long list of -gry words -- all obscure, of course,
except "angry" and "hungry" -- citing sources in literature and
dictionaries. And then one time I went to check all my links and
that URL turned up as a porn site. I had to remove it from my page,
but it was a sad day for me because it had been such a great
Xopher: prayers *and* good wishes for you!
I was just looking at an article from one of our region's major
newspapers*, and could not help but think that the headline was
mispunctuated. Surely it should have read
"Region spared ... this time". We have been fairly lucky
so far here (southwesternmost Pennsylvania** and nearby parts of
West Virginia and Ohio), despite the fact that this morning I saw
grass in my front yard*** for the first time in weeks. Maybe in
2011. It's been covered with snow, but only a few inches. The big
storm this week arched north of us; it hit Youngstown but left the
Burgh largely unscathed.
*Amazingly, they still have room for stories not having to do with
the Super Bowl. (Obligatory patriotic statement for all citizens of
our area to add in this time of trial: Go, Steelers! [waves
** For this particular purpose, the region does not include areas
north of, say, Butler, or much south of Waynesburg. Or east of, um,
maybe Irwin (the latter being near where I grew up)s.
*** Said yard being in Weirton, WV, on an east-facing slope which
got lots of sunshine this morning before we got another inch or two
Amazon informs me that my copy is on it's way; with luck it should
be here tomorrow (Wednesday -- I'm writing late at night), or at
least the next day.
Lee at #10: food and drink, while not essential, are
important -- this is the giveaway that they're thinking about
Cheers (or at least, bars/pubs in general)
Is this possibly the reason so many of my online hangouts spend a
lot of time *talking about* food and drink? And music, another
thing often found in bars/pubs?
David Harmon @ 57: The second person singular denotes intimacy or
familiarity in many Indo-European languages. (Not familiar with
languages from other families.) In French there's a verb, "tutoyer"
which refers to this quality, especially whether two acquaintances
are close enough friends to call each other "tu" (the French
cognate of "thou") instead of "vous" (you). Thus the relationship
between God and the individual, or vice versa, used "thou" in
English versions of Scripture and liturgies until quite recently.
By the time I was growing up in the 1950s it had taken on a sense
not only of antiquity but -- ironically -- of formality.
And as for "y'all", other dialects of American English have other
forms of the second person plural. Here in the Pittsburgh area, for
example, the stereotypical native says "yinz", sometimes spelled
"yuns" or (more formally, displaying it's original form) "youns" or
"you ones". Yours truly has been known to "yinz" people and even to
refer to myself as a "yinzer". Even my car wears a sticker that
says "YNZ". "Youns" or other variants are known, I'm told,
elsewhere, mostly downriver (the Ohio River, that is) in the
midwest or upper Mid-South, but we Pittsburghers tend to think of
this form as ours.
No, Serge #52, this -- oops, maybe I should say dis -- is New
Jersey we're talkin' about. So
I've got a bad desyre
Ooooh, I'm on fyre
Congratulations to Patrick! And to the other winners, too, of
The earthquake near Ottawa was apparently felt as far away as
Wheeling, West Virginia, some 500 miles southwest. The local news
media here (Weirton, WV) all mentioned buildings that were
evacuated in Wheeling, Steubenville (Ohio), and Pittsburgh -- one
of which was where my sister works! I didn't feel it, myself,
though, and am feeling somewhat left out as a result. Most people
seemed to be more affected by the string of thunderstorms that also
moved through this afternoon, with another one coming in overnight.
Did you guys go to Google.com today yet?
And no, the "Topeka" business isn't the best part. Click on
Gmail. They've disemvoweled the Gmail homepage! Google's
official blog "explains" the situation.
TNH for the win!
Yes, Making Light is neat.
Happy anniversary, Patrick and Teresa!
Plus thanks to all the conspirators who created this very enjoyable
video. (Even more enjoyable since I've caught more in-jokes and
references due to the comment thread.)
What happens when you play a country and Western song
--His wife comes back, his job comes back, his truck comes back,
and his dog comes back.
And from my late and much-missed Uncle Ray:
Why does beer go through you so fast?
--It doesn't need to change color on the way.
I got lucky and found my old Methodist hymnal (not as old as PJ
Evans' @ 290 but like the ones I grew up with in the 1960s) on a
booksale shelf at our library. Also an old pre-Vatican II (i.e., in
Latin) missal and a 1929 Book of Common Prayer. (My Union Prayer
Book, which is Jewish, I found at another booksale. It sits next to
the BCP without complaint.)
As someone who grew up Methodist, converted to Catholicism (in the
seventies, when the English liturgy now being revised was new to
everyone, not just me!), has attended Lutheran and Episcopalian
liturgies, but is currently not attending any church, I am
throughly relating to much of this conversation. Cringing like
everyone else at new translations of liturgy and
politically-correct meddling with beloved hymns even if I'm no
longer quite at home with any of the theology.
Mycroft W at #193 writes:Jesus watching over you .... You could
put Him in the kitchen maybei
I have in my kitchen a Paint-by-Number version of Leonardo da
Vinci's "The Last Supper", which my sister did for my aunt
(mumble)ty years ago and which eventually came into my keeping. Not
great art (at least in the P-by-N version) but a bit of a family
heirloom nonetheless. My aunt had it in her dining room but I don't
have a dining room.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opposite problem -- the latch on
my car door (driver's side) wouldn't latch shut! I drove to the
garage (about 3/4 miles) holding the door shut with one hand and
steering with the other. The service manager poked the latch area
on the side of the door with a screwdriver and when that didn't
loosen it, he found another guy who knew where the penetrating oil
-- like WD40 but another brand -- was and sprayed a lot of that
onto the latch mechanism inside the door while poking some more,
until finally between the two of them,they got the latch to work
Here in western Pennsylvania/the Northern Panhandle of West
Virginia area, we've gotten off lucky compared to many.
In my own driveway, I had a total of about two feet of snow. But
elsewhere in the region people have had three or more, especially
rural, hilly and mountainous ones. I personally have spent over
four hours shoveling snow, just in my driveway and front sidewalk
and steps, and two bags of salt trying to keep them clear, or at
least from icing up under the new layers of snow. The Wheeling TV
station just said the total snowfall so far this season is over 41
It wasn't even a good consistency snow for making snowpeople or
snowballs -- I thought about doing that, but it was too powdery. It
would have been good for skiing, for people into that, but some
local skiing places did not have power for their ski lifts!
Our library has had, over the last six days (Friday through
Wednesday), just one full day open (Monday), two part days (closed
early Friday and Tuesday), two days that we were closed altogether
due to snow( Saturday and Wednesday, i.e. today), and one Sunday
when we're closed anyway*.
Last weekend nearly everyone on our staff, and many other people in
the area, had at least some power outage at home; one of our staff
had no electricity from Friday night through Monday afternoon.
(Again, I got off lucky; the electricity in my neighborhood was off
only six hours, and overnight at that, when I was asleep anyway.)
There are still some people in the area who have not had power
since Friday. There are "warming centers" at fire halls and such
for people who have no heat at home. My sister and her family had
to depend on the gas fireplace insert at their house for heat for
over 24 hours while their electricity was out; she was especially
worried about her mother-in-law (age 94), who lives with them.
The snow of Friday and Saturday was the fourth largest snowfall in
the recorded area of our region. The largest was the Thanksgiving
storm of 1950, when I was less than a week old. (Mom and I were
snowed in at the hospital**, and my dad at the railroad yard where
he worked.) The third largest was the March 1993 blizzard, known in
my family as "Daddy's birthday blizzard," it having happened on
March 13, my dad's 76th birthday.***
*We used to be open Sunday afternoons but that had to be dropped
due to lack of funding.
**Once the streets started to clear, we were able to get to my
aunt's apartment, which was not far away, thanks to some kind
policemen who drove us there. Yes, my first automobile ride was in
a police wagon!
***His antepenultimate birthday, as it turned out; he died in
Becca @ 15 and 18: Try your library anyway. It's possible, even in
an area like you describe -- which does not sound unlike the one
where I live and work (in a public library) -- that one of the
libraries in the area may have the book. At least it will let the
librarians know that someone is interested in that sort of thing.
Sometimes that's one of the major reasons that "the library doesn't
have books I like". Squeaky wheel gets the oil and all that.
You might also want to find out who in your library is in charge of
ordering books, and then talk directly to that person. (Squeaky
wheel is more likely to get the oil when the person who hears it
has the oil can.) Except in very, very small libraries it's
probably not the person who checks your books in and out.
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