The Walrus Says
By Jim Munro While most of us were seeking shade, cold drinks and air-conditioning during the heat and humidity last week, Jamestowner Ed Silvia was spending the dog days with "Underdog." On July 12 through 17, Ed was in Providence working 12and 13-hour days as a background artist in Walt Disney's "Underdog," which began its five-month shoot back in March. Along with some 300 other background artists, he "sucked it in, roughed it out and did the best I could." Playing the part of a spectator in a crowd gathered at the state capital, Ed was dressed in a gray suit with a long-sleeved shirt buttoned way up to the collar and a bow tie "a little on the tight side," he said. "All this ensured I was at all times wringing wet and totally miserable. To add gasoline to the fire, a beard I'm growing for a movie set to begin shooting next year wasn't providing any relief whatsoever." Was it worth all the heat and suffering? "Yes, Ed said, "I sucessfully completed the five days I had pledged to work for LDI casting. Making good on a promise and honoring my word was deeply satisfying to me. Second, I received my fair share of on-camera time, including a few close ups. Thirdly, and most unbelievably was the fact that the assistant director as well as a crew member made it a point to tell me they really liked my reaction shots and considered me a good actor. Hearing those words totally blew me away. "I feel very differently now about everything. Just being referred to as an actor is always going to be a very, very big deal for me." Living next door to an actor is a big deal for us, too. Even though he wouldn't let us in on the "Underdog" plot. *** Bob Umbenhauer was host to two childhood friends at his house last week. He said Charlie Mullin arrived Tuesday from Harrisburg, Pa., and on Wednesday, Joe Stichter and his wife Sharon came in from Cambridge, Mass. "Charlie, Joe, and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Pottsville, Pa., and went from grade school to middle school to high shool to college at Penn State together. We were in Boy Scouts and band together. So, what did you guys do while they were here? "Tuesday we quahogged, and, of course, for lunch, we ate them. Went to the Oakhill Tavern Tuesday night for baby-back ribs. Wednesday we toured the island and went to Giro's for twin lobsters in the evening. The rest of the time we spent catching up on a lot of years. We had not been together since 1963!
Must have been some great stories exchanged.
Josh, our 9-year-old Vallhund, always feels better after he has his nails clipped, but it takes Dr. Hatch and an assistant to hold him down while it's being done. As the good doctor says this week, we'd better start spending more time with his feet.
"One of the most common questions we get is 'can you cut my pet's nails?' Many pets are not used to pedicures and owners may be afraid of trimming the nails too short and hitting the quick or vascular part of the nail.
"Many animal clinics and groomers will trim your pet's nails, but you can make the process easier and may even be able to do it yourself with a little patience and learning. Start at home by getting your animal used to having it's feet touched. Many pets only have their feet touched when they are getting a pedicure or if they injure their feet, so they may be protective of them. If you start to regularly play with their feet and reward them with treats, playtime, and praise when you do, then they will get accustomed to it, just like getting their head rubbed or chin scratched.
"Next time you are getting your pet's nails trimmed ask for a demonstration from the staff, and next week, we'll go into more detail with part two of the nail saga." Thanks, Doctor. WOOF!
Wonderful seeing Laura Brown Sunday morning. She looks great. When you see her, give her a big hug.
Barbara-Ann MacIntosh has it right.
"Moonlight and roses bring wonderful memories of you,
My heart reposes in beautiful thought so true!
That's a nice old tune," she wrote.
Rose Fraley called in with the right line and said, "It popped right out of my head."
And, Bob Kinder e-mailed, "Moonlight and roses bring wonderful memories of you. My heart reposes and so on. Made popular, I believe by Lanny Ross."
We thought it was someone's theme song, but perhaps not. Perhaps it's just a beautiful love song.
With just a few deft strokes of the pen, cartoonist Don Bousquet has solved the island's deer problem. See how on the front page of Sunday's ProJo comics section.
It's like getting a "Dear John" letter, but a bit more serious. After all those years of togetherness, dependability, and always being just a phone call away, comes that dreaded phrase . . . "I'm going to leave you."
The correspondence came in the mail, a form letter with three grammatical errors - Quincy never was good at writing.
It was sent by our island agent of more than 20 years who wrote, "Your insurance company has decided to no longer provide continued coverage for your home as of the renewal date." We had switched to this company a couple of years ago at the urging of our agent. Now he tells us in the letter that he will attempt to find us another company from within his inventory. But first, we must fill out a questionnaire and "immediately complete and return this to our office."
You can imagine the reaction of two older people when we got the letter. No warning, just some cold paper.
Later, we were told by another island insurance representative that ours was not the only company cancelling policies. In our case the company cancelled all of the homes it has with our zip code regardless of how far from the coast. Some homes within a mile of water cannot get insurance from some other companies.
We understand that the cancellations were precipitated by billions in insurance costs rung up during Katrina, millions of lines of copy by the northeastern media this summer preparing everyone for the "big one," and the forecasts of the weather bureau's computer generated hurricanes.
Whatever "new" insurance you are offered, you can bet it'll cost you plenty, four to five times what you're paying now.
What can you do about it?
Try calling the Insurance Division of Rhode Island Business Regulations at 2222223, and ask if it can recommend an insurance company and tell them why. In the past, the division has said it hasn't reacted to the cancellations because it hasn't had any complaints.
Send a few their way. Let us know what happens.
Sherri Deacon sends a "big thank-you" to those who have donated so far to the PTO Golf Tournament set for Sept. 9 at the Jamestown Golf Course.
Tarbox Hyundai has donated a car for a hole-in-one on the seventh hole.
Tee sponsors are Conanicut Cleaning, Jamestown Animal Clinic, Murphy's Law, Jamestown Rotary Club, Joseph J. Oliveira Masonry, Haskell & Trocki, Integrated Management Solutions, Inc., Dr. C. Matthew Forster, DMD, Paul Mumford & Son, Inc., the East Ferry Deli, and Eric Archer, attorney.
In a live auction, players can bid on two Red Sox tickets donated by the Deacon family for a Sept. 27 game, two Patriots tickets from Conanicut Cleaning, a half-day sailing cruise with lunch given by Pat and Debbie Henschell, Keen shoes for a family of four donated by the Keen family, an April vacation in Cancun (two bedrooms sleep eight) from the Deacon family, a ski weekend in New Hampshire donated by the Lawless family, 100 scratch-off tickets courtesy of the R.I. lottery, and 50 gallons of oil from Island Energy.
Putting green sponsors are the Maguire family; Arthur S. Clarke III Excavating, the Deacon family, Bill and Anne Moffet, Jitter's Cafe, and Fred and Paula Schick. Mary Murphy and the Roosa family are patrons.
Donating to the raffle are R & R Gallery, Gatherings, Lynette's Complete Hair Care, Harken, and Mohegan Sun.
On this day in 1953 the Korean War ended. Today is the National Korean War Veterans' Armistice Day. Fly flags at halfstaff until sunset.
Tuesday is Air Force Day. Flags full-staff all day.
*** Be True!
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