Tolkien read is Hobbit-formingPublished 10:27am Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting:
“I bought a book on feng shui.”
“Are you making use of it?”
“Not really. I haven’t figured out where to put the book.”
Driving by the Bruces
I have two wonderful neighbors — both named Bruces — who live across the road from each other. Whenever I pass their driveways, thoughts occur to me, such as: when and why did we start having derechos?
Reading Tolkien is Hobbit-forming.
No candle burns longer than another. They all burn shorter.
Parents bare infants and bore teenagers.
The news from Hartland
Anderson’s Awnings is a shady business.
Man who had not eaten meat in 20 years hit by Veggie’s Meats truck.
Vandals rearrange lawn ornaments during night.
The Third Base Bar & Grill, “Your last stop before home,” offers the Heroic Lunch. No sitting allowed. You stand up and take it.
Man wanders aimlessly across the US to call attention to his ADHD.
Have you ever wondered?
How are NASCAR drivers never caught for speeding?
If a man thinks he’s being followed, is he suffering from paranoia or egomania?
Why so many cartoon characters wear shirts, but no pants?
Dave Clausen of Amery, Wis., wrote about my remarks as to the ineffectiveness of deer whistles on vehicles, “I must differ with your view on deer whistles. Years ago I had a run of bad luck and hit four deer in less that six months. My insurance agent gave me a set of deer whistles. Being rather busy that day, I just threw them behind the seat of my vet truck. When I traded trucks I didn’t have time to install them on the new truck so I put them behind the seat of that truck. That process was repeated each time I traded for maybe five or six trucks. In all that time I never hit another deer. I don’t know how well they perform when placed on the bumper but tossed behind the seat, they are 100 percent effective.”
Rick McArthur of Morpeth, Ontario, wrote, “If you have a difficult task, give it to a lazy man. He will find an easier way to do it.”
Andy Johansen of Old Hickory, Tenn., told me the person coming into a restroom always has the right-of-way over a person leaving the facility.
Stephen Ingraham of Kennebunk, Maine, responded to my comments on the multi-colored plastic sheets some folks used to stick to the TV screens of old black-and-whites to give the impression of color, “My father bought one of those and wouldn’t let anyone remove it from the TV screen for a year.”
Dave Reinhard of Stow, Ohio said that a UCC Church not far from his home has a sign in front of it reading, “We are open between Easter and Christmas.”
Mike Cotter of Albert Lea, a lifelong farmer and a storyteller par excellence, said that he knew he was getting older when he sat down in a tractor seat, ready to go to work, and his son told him not to touch any of the controls.
Bill Thompson III of Whipple, Ohio, has a dog named Chet Baker, after the late jazz trumpeter. This year, his family has taken to calling the canine a “tick taxi.” Chet picks the ticks up and delivers them indoors.
“A flicker is hammering on the chimney cap of our house. Why is it doing that and how can I make it stop?” The flicker is using the cap as a sounding board to attract a female and to proclaim territory. If you could dull the sound by covering the cap with duct tape or cardboard, the flicker will stop. Flickers have a sticky tongue that extends 2 inches beyond their bill that helps them feed on ants. Nestling flickers produce a unique buzzing sound, an ability that lasts until they are nearly full-feathered. The nestlings make the sound whenever something approaches the nest cavity. Researchers speculate the noise, which resembles a disturbed swarm of bees, might discourage squirrels and other nest predators.
William Wordsworth wrote, “The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.”