[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Wotsit

My mind is doing delightful imaginings re. a multi-course meal made entirely
from mushrooms .... please... toss a frustrated chef a bone...

Re. slugs -- they are such a thoroughly revolting ..... thing .... that I
have no qualms about pouring salt on them and watching them wither their
slimey little (or big) bodies down to nothing.

Julie Krueger




On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 2:45 AM, David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

>
> How normal can any week be which contains armistice/veteran's day?  I drove
> to Seattle and back, cleaned the fish tanks, ate a multi-course meal made
> entirely from mushrooms, coped with absent students who wanted reprieves
> from deadlines and a reprise of what they missed, was firm but kind to those
> who turned up but hadn't done the work, suggested to others how they might
> abstract shape from a written draft, invented a new term--sacrificial
> words--to explain the prose that comes then goes, dies or is killed, before
> the prose you keep can sizzle or live, flew the flag.
>
> I read that there is a memorial in France to the last American killed in
> W.W.1., caught by machine gun fire at 10.59 a.m. on November 11, 1918.
>
> In the wet weather our dog's bowl becomes a kind of holiday camp for slugs,
> which invites mayhem on the part of me, something of which I am not proud,
> but which in dark moments seems defensible.  On Tuesday, walking away from
> work I did not think the night "dreich" --which is that great Scottish word
> for how November expresses itself, with wind coming off the North Sea and
> rain near horizontal and cold-- that night was only lightly wet.  As I
> rounded a corner, coming from the other end of the block was a couple in
> their early twenties.  I noticed little about him simply because she was
> tall and thin and skipping; she took my whole attention.  Back when I first
> knew my wife, her parents once skipped across a green behind the colleges in
> Cambridge. They were headed towards the b and b, where they then took a bath
> together. I remember asking who got the tap end, but alas I cannot now
> recall the answer.
>
> Like Jeeves, my mind cleared its throat and suggested I might possibly look
> into skipping more often.
>
> On Thursday the sun re-emerged.  In that day's paper I saw an ad, headlined
> "Warrior Bride Awaken; a Woman's Conference to Spark her Destiny."  It will
> be led by Joanne Meckstroth of "Women of Impact Ministries," which can be
> found in Soldontna, Arkansas.  The graphic in the ad is a photo showing in
> silhouette a long-haired woman in a mini-kilt, with a fantasy sword cocked
> on her shoulder.  The meeting will be held at GodSong church, 1025
> Industrial Parkway, somewhere.  The same paper says a group of Russians has
> been in our county.  On an exchange to encourage peace,  they've been shown
> fish ladders in Washington County and Mexican chip dishes.  Beaverton
> traffic court judge Les Rink received a pay raise.  At fifty you are thirty
> times less likely to die, my reading of Lloyd's of London's pricing says,
> than our college is to suffer a sexual harassment lawsuit.  There has never
> been a complaint, but last week's Orwellian form, was an attempt to comply
> with requirements of the secondary insurance market.  Making no promises,
> lawyers and managers are currently looking into re-wording the document.  A
> former student e mailed baby photos,  "Mommy and Daddy are doing well
> after an exciting and efficient water birth."
>
> It's all normal.
>
> David Ritchie,
> Portland, Oregon
>

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