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Trickle - short form - Sept. 29

September 29, 2008 - Brian Ferry
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At a recent breakfast event, a county commissioner tested the microphone by asking if the crowd could hear him. Those in attendance answered overwhelmingly in the negative. (Which begs the question, how did they all know he was asking if they could hear them?) One of his fellow commissioners had a helpful, if common sense suggestion. “Move the microphone closer to your mouth.” The man at the podium said, “I’d put it in my mouth if I thought if would help.” In the interest of the electronic equipment, we’re confident the hosts would prefer the microphone stay outside of the body. (Thanks, Dean)

Trampled by Turtles

I heard it at a recent gathering. I liked it.

Native species

The leader of a recent outing designed to give folks a look at native grasses asked, “If they’re called native grasses in Pennsylvania, why are they so hard to grow?” That phenomenon is limited to neither grasses nor even plants. Not everything that’s born here is a hands-off growth experience. I can think of some humans that are native to Warren County that are frequently disagreeable. Most of them are fully grown, but...

The dangers of descriptive names

Hearing the explanation for a local place name brought to mind some alternatives. It could have been Bustedstem. Or Snapgrass. Bustedgrass is pretty questionable. Halfhay is a reach. How about Shatteredstalk? Some are worse Rupturedtuffet? Fracturedgreensward? I think my favorite alternative would be Snapsedge. But, Brokenstraw will do. It’s already on the signs and maps and stuff.


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