Saturday, June 14, 2008

William Faulkner said it

How is the high price of oil reshaping our national habits? Signs of change are cropping up in funny places. At one Lowe’s store, they sold out of clothesline last week. Sales of vegetable seeds run 25 percent higher than last year. Remember the Victory Gardens from WWII – they’re back.



In the South, the past is not dead; it isn’t even past – William Faulkner



One precinct in the Bronx has no swimming pool where people can cool off in this heat wave. And the Bronx River is not very clean. The solution? Float a swimming pool atop a barge and anchor the rig at a public park. But the notion is not new. In the last century, NYC operated 15 “floating baths.” Yankee ingenuity.



Even Republicans are getting concerned about the shrinking value of the U.S. dollar overseas. French champagne, like non-vintage Moet, is edging above $35 a bottle. The horrors.



Brain freeze? It’s the nerves in the back of your palate sending urgent signals to the brain that your head is freezing. Lasts only about a minute but it’s painful. Best defense? Press your tongue against your palate or blow into your hands. Heat. We need more heat. And go slower on that daiquiri.

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You hear the expression "to vet" or "vetting" a lot these days. Originally, it was a medical term having something to do with examining large animals. Hmmm. Conjures up quite an image, doesn't it. When the expression crossed over into politics, it must be about determining what kind of asshole the person has been previously.

4 comments:

Jeff Hebert said...

Laughed out loud at that last one, George, well done.

Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT...loved the vetting explanation...Mike

The South Plainsman said...

I enjoyed Faulkner, most of the time, when I read him years ago. The one I enjoyed most was "The Reivers," which even made a pretty entertatining movie.

Unfortunately, my bride was born in and grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and they all hate Faulkner there. Perhaps a few non-native profs at Ole Miss don't. They think that Faulkner seriously mischaracterized Southerners. For obvious reasons, I am not going to touch on that. LOL

I grow beans and tomatoes along the alley wall at my house. Not many.

Used to have a 1/2 acre garden when we owned a little ranch. We put up huge amounts of canned veggies every year. We may wish we had that place back someday.

I quit gardening when I got bitten by a rattlesnake while harvesting one day. That takes a lot of the fun out of it. I survived relatively uninjured. The rattlesnake did not.

The South Plainsman said...

Wish I could type as well as I can spell. LOL

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