The Thurber Carnival

By: palmettobug53 , 3:25 AM GMT on January 27, 2008

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“James Thurber was born on a night of wild portent and high wind in the year 1894, at 147 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. The house, which is still standing, bears no tablet or plaque of any description, and is never pointed out to visitors. Once Thurber’s mother, walking past the place with an old lady from Fostoria Ohio, said to her, ‘My son James was born in that house,’ to which the old lady, who was extremely deaf, replied, ‘Why, on the Thursday morning train, unless my sister is worse.’ Mrs. Thurber let it go at that.”

Excerpt from the Preface of The Thurber Carnival, by James Thurber



Hubby stared at me in disbelief. I was collapsed in my recliner laughing so hard, I had tears running down my face.

"What in the world is the matter with you?", he asked.

I tried to reply. I really did.

"I....it's.... ah, ah, oh! Buhwaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha!"

And off I went again! Hiccupping, coughing, spluttering and howling.....

Hubby left the room, shaking his head.

What was I doing?

Reading James Thurber's "More Alarms at Night."

It's wasn't like I'd never read the thing before. I have a copy of his collection of stories, The Thurber Carnival. I found it at a used book store some years ago and snatched it up, as I love, absolutely love, Thurber. I've read it and re-read it and each and every time, his imagery has me rolling on the floor. The improbable situations. The weird collection of family and friends. His trials and tribulations with anything mechanical. The Thurber dogs. Thurber didn't have much use for cats.

He illustrated all of his books, as far as I know. Truly strange looking drawings.

James Grover Thurber was born December 8, 1894, in Columbus, Ohio, the setting for many of his stories. He is best known for his contributions to The New Yorker magazine. Even if you haven't read Thurber, you'd probably be familar with some of his stories, particularily The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The movie starring Danny Kaye was loosely based on Thurber's story. Or with the 1969/1970 TV series, My World and Welcome To It, starring William Windom.

Thurber was partially blinded as a child. (He and his brother were playing with bows and arrows) He suffered from alcoholism and depression off and on for most of his adult life. By the time of his death from complications from a stroke on November 2, 1961, he was completely blind.

I don't know why it is, that some of the best writers have rather troubled lives. Maybe it has something to do with genius. If you have never read Thurber, don't wait another minute. And have plenty of tissues handy. You're going to need them, while you're rolling on the floor!

The Thurber House

Interview with James Thurber

The Man Who Liked Dogs


Thurber Quotes

The Night The Ghost Got In This is a detailed summary of the story. Sorry, I could not find the story itself, online.

The Unicorn in the Garden

And one of my personal favorites:

The Night the Bed Fell


Just realized that I had two links to the same place. I meant to put this one up:


The Thurber Connection This was obviously written after his death. It appears to be a series of articles. Rather long, but interesting.

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178. palmettobug53
5:46 PM GMT on February 16, 2008
Home again, home again, jiggedty jog!

Had a nice little visit with my cousin. She is doing much, much better. We had a cup of tea and talked a bit. She's feeling up to going to church tonight, with one of her fellow congregants. She said she normally attends services daily during Lent and has felt guilty about not going but just hasn't been up to it. They have something going on every day, during Lent, whether it be regular Mass, morning and evening prayer services, daily Eucharist, Stations of the Cross or the various services for Mothering Sunday, Maundy Thursday, all of which lead up to Palm Sunday and Easter. She has always found a lot of comfort in her church.

Hubby should be home shortly. Then I'll find out if he wants to eat lunch in or eat out. The skies have cleared off (thank heavens!) and it's another lovely day out there. Just what the doctor ordered for my case of "winter blahs"!
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177. palmettobug53
2:13 PM GMT on February 16, 2008
LOL... I'll be sure to post a link, for those of you that don't get the Post & Courier!

Sad news in the paper today. The death toll for the Dixie Crystals explosion now stands at 8. One of the victims of the blast died at Still Burn Center, in Augusta, GA.
Story

Well, I've pottered about on here long enough this morning. I'd better get moving.

BBL
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176. carolinagal
1:10 PM GMT on February 16, 2008
Oh, bug - what a celebrity you are!

Good morning. I was just thinking the same thing about the grey sky.
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175. palmettobug53
1:07 PM GMT on February 16, 2008
Oh, and I almost forgot. I see in this morning's paper that the Home and Garden section tomorrow will do an article on ME!

The Palmettobug Primer, with all you need to know about palmettobugs! LOL
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174. palmettobug53
1:05 PM GMT on February 16, 2008
I cut the computer on and peeped in for a bit last night, but didn't make it back here. I was nodding in front of the TV by 9:00 and just said the heck with it. Locked up, cut off the lights and crawled in beside hubby.

Will be headed over to check on my cousin a little later this a.m. She's feeling a lot better but still somewhat sore.

I'm not planning on staying long. We'll have a cup of tea and visit a little bit but I want to be back home by 12:00 or so. Have some things I want to get done this afternoon.

Looks rather grey out there. What a bummer, too. After all that beautiful, sun-shiny weather this week, the weekend comes along and it's blah... Maybe we'll see a little bit of sun today, as that forecasted rain seems to be getting pushed a little further off. First, it was rain today and Sunday. Now, it's tomorrow and Monday.

I hate rain on the weekends. I have clothes to wash and get on the line to dry!

Anyhoo, wherever you are, I hope the weather is nice!

Gonna ramble around a bit, with my cuppa, and see who's doing what.
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173. palmettobug53
6:22 PM GMT on February 15, 2008
What lovely valentines! Thank you!

LOVE! Long time no see, girl! Hope you're doing well.

Didn't even cut my computer on last night. Since I took Daisy to the vet Wed, I decided to just stop at the store last night, on the way home, rather than driving almost all the way back into town again, after bringing her home. That would have been 3 trips in that direction in one day. A waste of petrol.

Hope everyone is having a great Friday! Did my lunchtime walk and it's gorgeous out there.

I definitely have Spring Fever! LOL

BBL
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172. Lovethetropics
12:18 PM GMT on February 15, 2008
Have a beautiful day dear Palmetto!!


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171. mermaidlaw
1:22 AM GMT on February 15, 2008
{{{{{BUG}}}}}
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170. oneshotww
12:54 AM GMT on February 15, 2008
♥♥♥ Happy Valentine's Day to ya! ♥♥♥
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169. OGal
12:44 AM GMT on February 15, 2008
Such a very busy day for us. Just wanted to stop by and wish you the happiest of Valentine's Days.
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168. moonlightcowboy
12:42 AM GMT on February 15, 2008
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Thanks, and Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!
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167. OSHNBLU
12:42 AM GMT on February 15, 2008

glitter-graphics.com

Take care of that knee I read somewhere was acting up...I am enjoying Thubers books...he is an interestig writer. we sure do have alot of readers and writers on this site. I havent checked, but Grimmdogg is asking for reading material, I sure hope you post some for him.
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166. SBKaren
10:47 PM GMT on February 14, 2008
{{{{{{Bug}}}}}}}}}}

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165. kaiden
6:09 PM GMT on February 14, 2008
Good afternoon PB,
I am glad that your Valentines day has been good. I hope the rest of the day is great.
Take care,
Kai
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164. charlestonlady
5:54 PM GMT on February 14, 2008
happy valentines day!
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163. palmettobug53
5:51 PM GMT on February 14, 2008
HAPPY VALENTINE'S, EVERYONE!

About 8:45 this a.m., a bouquet of roses, eucalyptus and baby's breath arrived with my name on it. Darned if Hubby didn't get all romantic on me. LOL Bless his little ole pea-pickin' heart!

Sometimes he remembers Valentine's Day and other years, it's slipped up on him! I've never let it bother me. Just makes the times he does remember, more memorable! LOL
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162. catfuraplenty
1:54 PM GMT on February 14, 2008


Happy Valentine's Day. All purrs and head rubs to you. :)

The Cat
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161. Raysfan70
1:07 PM GMT on February 14, 2008
{{Bugg}}
HaPpY VaLenTiNe'S DaY!
XOXOXO
Valentines Day Comments
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160. janetlee
12:13 PM GMT on February 14, 2008

Create your own at MyNiceSpace.com
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159. PeaceRiverBP
12:09 PM GMT on February 14, 2008
Good Morning, Bug!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!



~ Beth & Lorne
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158. hurigo
12:08 PM GMT on February 14, 2008
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157. Redhead
11:37 AM GMT on February 14, 2008
Valentine's Day

Have a great day, {{{Bug}}}!
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156. sandiquiz
8:48 AM GMT on February 14, 2008
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Wishing you both a wonderful day :))
Sandi
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155. carolinagal
5:03 AM GMT on February 14, 2008
We talked about rings before and this website for found rings. Of course, your ring isn't there - but it is an interesting idea.

lost/found school rings


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154. palmettobug53
2:30 AM GMT on February 14, 2008
OH! Good gosh! I almost forgot tomorrow is a special day!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

valentine
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153. palmettobug53
2:28 AM GMT on February 14, 2008
Got an automated response from Jostens. A "real" answer will be sent withing 2-4 working days. We'll see.....
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152. palmettobug53
2:22 AM GMT on February 14, 2008
Well, Daisy has picked up a respiratory virus. Just hope Thor doesn't catch it. Having both of them sick would be a real pain.

I never did get to the grocery store for my usual Wed. night shopping. By the time I got home with Daisy, I didn't feel like driving back towards town for a third time today. I'll just stop on the way home tomorrow.

Haven't checked my omail, to see if there was a response from Jostens. I figure it will be several days before I get a reply.

Have been watching a little TV and will probably head to bed shortly. Going to take a quick peek around the blogs first.

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!
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151. SBKaren
11:08 PM GMT on February 13, 2008
Hi Bug-

I watched that band of colors scan across the radar yesterday...it sure looked like someone somewhere got rain at some time!

I never did purchase a class ring. I just wasn't into that. I did go to my grad nite - which was held at Disneyland - 11PM - 5AM. Guess who was my date? Randy! current hubby....guess we go way, way back! Matter of fact, we used the picture we got from Grad Nite for our wedding invite 2 years later!

Have a great night at the grocery store!
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150. palmettobug53
5:33 PM GMT on February 13, 2008
ROTFL, Crab! Great minds think alike! The other meaning was lurking over my shoulder, as I was typing that!

And good for you! Got yourself some Thurber! I know you well enough to know that you'll join me in hysterical laughter, while reading it. You'll love the Day the Dam Broke! And that bit about the Get Ready Man. The cars. The servants. The dogs..... You're gonna love the whole thing!


Hope everyone is having a great Wed. I'll be leaving work a little early today. Got home yesterday and one of the kitties is sneezing and looking a mite puny and sorry for herself. So, it will be off to the vet's office this afternoon.
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149. Lovethetropics
2:50 PM GMT on February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day dear Palmetto!!!




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148. hurricanecrab
12:23 PM GMT on February 13, 2008
Morning Bug!

yep, we're back, and a semi-harrowing trip it was. As I mentioned in another blog, sometimes the SAFEST route on the roadways is OVER a roundabout. I don't understand four-foot roundabouts anyway -- poor substitute for a 4-way stop.

Went to the bookstore there, and wouldn't you know it -- a single copy of the Thurber Carnival, kinda tattered, looking like many had thumbed through it and I almost wanted to leave it there, as if it were something that would be enjoyed in the bookstore.... but no, home it came ;o)

I was reading about your H.S. ring and had a great guffaw, reading about "the mold" and thinking, "wow, she really wants an authentic ring, complete with mold from the time and everything" haha! See? This is why I should not blog until AFTER coffee!
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147. sandiquiz
8:25 AM GMT on February 13, 2008
Good morning from a very cold and frosty UK
We have "frog and fost"!! (Fog and Frost).
It took C at least 10 minutes to get the ice off the car, it was almost like a second sheet of glass, not the usual ice that scrapes!!!

BUT on the bright side the the sun is due to come up and warm up the day!! lol

Have a great Wednesday:))
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146. palmettobug53
3:16 AM GMT on February 13, 2008
Have just emailed Jostens and, hopefully, I'll have an answer. I can imagine how much a replacement might cost. And it depends on whether or not they still have the mold for that year. I am not interested in designing one of my own.

We're starting to get some rain. Nothing heavy, though it looks like there's some heavier stuff south of us, moving this way. Poor hubby... he'll probably get soaked at work. If I'm lucky, it will ease off, by the time I'm ready to do my morning commute. At least hubby doesn't have that to deal with at 2 a.m.
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145. janetlee
12:45 AM GMT on February 13, 2008
I so understand the H.S. ring thing. Mine was stolen while we were living in Italy. My isn't made any longer as the H.S. has now changed names. I got mine a few years before you. 1962. good luck!
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144. palmettobug53
6:27 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
The Josten's rep was very nice but couldn't tell me much, other than to either go back to my old school and have them check it out or for me to contact the Customer Service Dept at the home office. They may or may not have that mold; the only way to find out, is to do one of the above. And the price? Have no idea. She agreed that it would not be what I paid! LOL

I was wearing my mother's HS ring today and the rep was very intrigued with it. It's a 1944 vintage, from Calhoun-Clemson HS.

Well... back to work! I'll get on Josten's website tonight and see if I can email them.
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143. palmettobug53
5:57 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Am just about to leave. I really did like my ring. Very understated and dignified looking. I was SO ticked off that my girlfriend/ex-roommate lost the thing. I admit I did leave it at her apt, when I returned to town for a visit. But her boyfriend told me later, that he kept finding it lying around. She would not put it up someplace safer OR mail it back to me. And then, when she lost it... I never got an apology, offer to replace it, nothing. Let's just say our "friendship" did not last much longer after that.

It's been 34 or 35 years now and I've often wondered about replacing it. This might be my chance.

Toodles!
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142. sandiquiz
5:47 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
High School rings is a tradition that never actually took off here in the UK. One or two of the Private schools do badges and pins, but no rings. I do hope there is some joy for you today.

Enjoy this afternoon - Chris just about to arrive home for dinner:))
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141. palmettobug53
5:40 PM GMT on February 12, 2008
Finally getting my lunch break. The tum has been growling for 45 minutes. Am going to walk over to the Administration Building and talk to the Josten's rep. My ex-roommate lost my high school ring, years ago, and I've often wondered if it could be replace. Do they still have that mold? And, here's the rub...., how much would it cost? My ring cost $35.00, I think, in 1969. I can imagine how much it would run me now. Well, I'm going to find out. The rep is over there today, to take orders for MUSC class rings but I'm sure he/she could answer my question.

Hope everyone's having a good day.
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140. palmettobug53
1:43 AM GMT on February 12, 2008
Just doing a quick peek in tonight. Am not going to hang around long. I've gotten a bite of supper, watched a little TV. Hubby is long in bed, now. Need to check my omail and then I'm logging off. Have some coupons to clip, with the Wednesday shopping coming up. And then it will be off to bed.

Hope everyone is having a nice evening and will check in tomorrow at lunch!
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139. palmettobug53
6:12 PM GMT on February 11, 2008
OW! OW! Ooooh, that smarts, Kaiden! I've had plenty of those dumb moments, myself.. So far, I haven't done too much damage.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday. I won't say, "Great!".. after all, it is a Monday. Barring you lucky retired folks! LOL

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138. kaiden
2:22 PM GMT on February 11, 2008
Good Morning Palmetto Bug,
Thanks for the concern. I was cleaning the patio of the apartment, and had a dumb moment, I leaned a small ice chest on a saw horse. I was on my hands and knees leveling my rubbermaid cabinet, bumped the saw horse, the ice chest fell forward and rapped my knuckles.
They were swollen most of yesterday, I could not even us the mouse. The swelling is gone today, just a little soreness.
Take care and have a great day,
Kai
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137. ScarlettOHara
1:19 PM GMT on February 11, 2008
Hi ya Bug!
Thanks for stopping by my blog .. will try to put up something new soon ...

as always, I love your blog! :P
ttys
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136. OGal
12:38 PM GMT on February 11, 2008
Mornin Bug, looks like Tues night is our chance for bad weather. Hope we slip by untouched. Have a great Monday!!
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135. Raysfan70
12:30 PM GMT on February 11, 2008
Good Morning {{Bugg}}!
Have a Marvelous Monday. :-)
good morning
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134. bigtrucker
10:00 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
hi {{{Bug}}}
Hope you have a great Monday!!
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133. sandiquiz
9:54 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Morning Bug - hope you have a good week ahead.
It is a frosty morning here, but the sun is out and the sky is blue, so out with the camera again!!

From my blog:-
I was so surprised, it was the first time for almost a year that he had been in such a good mood, so probably not in pain. My sister is fantastic will him though, she told me afterwards she had spent the hour previous, letting him pretend to talk on the phone, to get used to it and understand what it was - he had probably not seen one like it, and maybe even had forgotten what a phone was - anyway it worked, and I was able to hear his voice and have a couple of sentences that made sense!!
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132. palmettobug53
3:20 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Still more heartbreaking news out of Savannah:

5th body recovered

Scroll down to the 3rd, 4th and 5th story listings:

Local coverage from Savannah Now

Savannah Red, a local blog.
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131. kaiden
1:53 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Evening,
I banged mt hand, not bad, hard to type, tell you later.
take care,
Kai
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130. palmettobug53
11:10 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Blu, now THAT is my kind of bookstore! You'll never know what treasures you'll unearth, someplace like that. We used to have one downtown called Atlantic Books. It was a long, narrow building, piled high with books. And it smelled like old books! LOL I found quite a few goodies in that place. I found out about a year ago, that they were closing and moving to Charlotte, I think it was. I hadn't been in quite some time but I kinda liked having the security of knowing it was there and available. Now, I'm stuck with just the few odds and ends in the thrift stores or over at the Book Exchange. They don't seem to have the wonderful things that Atlantic Books did, though. Old books, not just used.

And congratulations on your finds!

Sandi, what a wonderful gift that was! Keep it close to your heart, as you never know when (or if) another one will come along.

Rob, nice of you to stop by. It was very nice today but extremely windy. My clothes dried on the line in no time flat!

Karen, your mom sounds so much like my cousin. They both still live alone and are very independent. As they age, ways have to be found to provide reassurance and care, for them, and peace of mind, for us. You may want to start checking into various options available, to help her do what is now called "aging in place". Not that she may need it just yet but you can get someone to come in, survey the house and make suggestions as to any changes that can be done to improve things. Such as rearranging furniture, making the bathroom and kitchen safer, making sure that the front door/back doors and steps are safe, etc. Do some Googling and see what may be available in your area. There are even some stores, that provide items that can be used or installed. I can't remember the name of the one that used to be here. They relocated to Columbia, SC.
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129. SBKaren
9:05 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Hiya Bug - just wanted to stop by and say thanks for stopping by my blog.

I'm trying to create a new habit of calling my mom every morning. After her scare of vertigo last weekend, she would like me to give her a call just to make sure she's ok. She lives alone, and is extremely independent. She drives everywhere and is quite active, but if something should happen to her in her house, it might be a couple of days before it was figured out.

I know she's always home in the morning, the afternoon - who knows! So I try to call her while Randy and I are stretching in the morning. It's not quite a habit yet, but I'm still working on it!

Hope you had a great Sunday - I'm heading out to continue to enjoy mine. Still have company so I'm planning a nice stay-at-home dinner tonight.

Catch up soon!

P.S. Your cousin is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo lucky to have you so close!
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128. GRANDMANAN
9:01 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Afternoon Bugs, it is a wet Sunday here in the Bay. Drizzle nearly freezing with more of the same in the offing. At least no plowing is required to keep the yard clear. No fire worries in the woods for sure.

Brothers enjoying, as they alway do, your part of the world, the hospitality and weather remain to thier liking.

We will catch up weather wise in another three months or so, something to look forward to.

Have a good week.

ROB
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