2005-09-29 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Hazel Turley sent along what she calls a Tick Tip.

“Please advise those who live in or visit tick-infested areas that once they go inside, to remove outer clothing, socks, etc. and place them in the dryer. Run at highest heat for at least 15 or 20 minutes. Then wash the clothes.

“Ticks are known to survive in the washing machine but not in the heat of a dryer. Also, ‘tick checks’ should be done as soon as coming inside, especially for children and pets. Ticks can drop off and crawl upon furniture or other people.

“I found a tick on my shoulder one morning, and I had not been outside all day, but my husband had and he doesn’t do tick checks. We guessed it had crawled off him and discovered I had better tasting blood.”

Thanks Hazel. Everyone should talk to someone who has Lyme disease and learn how debilitating it can be.

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Kudos to the council for refusing to send $25,000 of our tax money to an upstate politician running for re-election. The LNG tankers are coming or not and there’s nothing we can do about it.

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Concerned by questions asking if the Jamestown Community Theatre’s next production, “Honk!”, is a children’s play, Artistic Director Mary S. Wright replies it is for all ages. “Some of the humor, although not R rated, was definitely written for mature audiences. Yes, it is a play suitable for children, but in addition, anyone’s favorite Uncle Albert, who tells the jokes at the Thanksgiving table, will enjoy it as well.”

“Honk!” will be staged Nov. 11 through 13 and 17 through 19. HONK!

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It’s a whole different scene at the dump Sunday mornings. People no longer say “good morning” or talk to each other any more.

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Bob and Betty Kinder had it right again. “Give me 5 minutes more only 5 minutes more let me stay let me stay in your arms.”

Dot Norton called in with an answer, but she was 4 minutes off.

Betty also had the second lyric, “If this isn’t love, then the whole world is crazy.”

Andy Dolan wrote, “My mother taught me many of the old songs. The answers this week are:

“1. Five minutes more

“2. Love and crazy

“Thanks for making me remember some oldies but goodies.”

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Looks as if the ospreys in the creek have headed south. This year they competed for attention with a whole batch of beautiful egrets.

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Do kids these days still read “Dick Wiggington’s Cat”?

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Have you noticed people avoiding your pet lately? Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic may have the answer to this problem in his Pet Tip of the Week.

“Is Fluffy smellier than you remember? There are a number of reasons why a pet may acquire an unpleasant odor. If the teeth are discolored or there is an odor more than the usual doggie breath, a dental checkup and regular cleaning of your pet’s teeth may be the answer.

“Ear infections also have a very distinct odor. If your pet’s ears are red or sore, if there is a bad odor, or if Fluffy reacts in pain when you examine his ears then a doctor’s visit is in order. If the teeth and ears are fine, then check the skin for any hot spots, flaky dandruff, or an oily or waxy feel to the coat. These skin conditions may require medicated shampoos or other medicines that your veterinarian can recommend. Some pets benefit from supplements for the skin or even thyroid supplements if your pet tests low on blood work.” WOOF!!

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Speaking of pets, Bill and Marlene Murphy were relaxing at home one night last week and decided to leave the back door partially open to accommodate the goings and comings of their cat.

Alerted by noise coming from the kitchen, Bill went to investigate what the cat was doing and stopping in his tracks relayed to Marlene that there was a stranger in the house. A skunk.

Marlene said they were able to shoo the intruder into the back yard without it leaving its dreaded calling card. Not to be deterred, the skunk returned later and hung out checking for any food morsels in the recycling bin.

Of course, he completely ignored a skunk trap set on the other side of the yard by Bill earlier in the week. Some smart skunk!

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Bob Umbenhauer of East Ferry Deli fame reports that his son Jason, a rescue/firefighter with the Warwick Fire Department has been deployed to Mississippi as a member of the Rhode Island Emergency Response Team.

The team’s BLOG is: http//www.riusar.blogspot.com/. Kudos, Jason!

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Congratulations to islander Amy Gallagher who has joined the Cornerstone Group as senior consultant. She was most recently a sales executive with United Healthcare.

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Edna Schultz of Pemberton Avenue says it’s time for an “older than dirt” quiz. She said to count only the items you really remember — not the ones you were told about. The scoring is: 05, you’re still young; 6-12, you’re getting older; 13-20, don’t tell your age; and 21-32, you’re older than dirt.

1. Blackjack chewing gum.

2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

3. Candy cigarettes.

4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.

5. Diners with table-side jukeboxes.

6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

7. Party lines. 8. Newsreels before the movie. 9. P.F. flyers.

10. Butch wax.

11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Forest 6993).

12. Pea shooters. 13. Howdy Doody. 14. 78 rpm records. 15. S&H green stamps. 16. Metal ice trays with liners. 17. Mimeograph paper. 18. Blue flashbulbs. 19. Packards. 20. Roller skate keys. 21. Cork popguns. 22. Drive-ins. 23. Studebakers.

24. Wash tub ringers.

25. Headlight dimmer switches on the floor.

26. Ignition switches on the dashboard.

27. Heaters mounted on the inside of the firewall.

28. Real ice boxes.

29. Pant leg clips for bikes with no chain guards and skirt guards on the rear wheel of girls’ bikes.

30. Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

31. Lydia Pinkham’s Pink Pills for Pale People.

32. Marchand’s Golden Hair Wash.

Thanks Edna, that was fun. Older than dirt am I!

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Last call for the golf fund-raiser to purchase a beach wheelchair for Jamestown School eighthgrader Alex Brynes who has muscular dystrophy. It will be held Sunday with tee-off beginning at 8 a.m. at the Jamestown Golf Course. The entry fee is $50. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, and a raffle. Hit’em for Alex!

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