2010-04-22 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
During a recent visit to my hairstylist at the Cathryn Jamieson Salon, I noted the absence of the vibrant Laura Smith, a stylist whose presence always brightens up the room. We learned that she had been in a car accident and had to undergo surgery that will leave her unable to work for three months. She has no medical insurance and significant medical bills.

Now, we have an opportunity to relieve Laura of some of her financial stress by attending a benefit in her honor on Monday, May 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trattoria Simpatico. All of the proceeds will go toward her expenses.

All you Hawkeye and Radar fans take note, for the theme of the event will be the 1970s television show, M*A*S*H, and although costumes are optional, there will be a prize for the best M*A*S*H costume.

Some items have already been donated for a raffle and live auction, but more would be appreciated. If you or your business would like to give antiques, new items or services to the raffle and auction, contact Mary Wright at 423-1586 or at ms.wright@cox.net as soon as possible.

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With the May 1 and 2 Jamestown Community Chorus concerts about to take flight, Director B.J. Whitehouse wants to be assured that the audience will be knowledgeable about the subject of the program, “This One’s for the Birds.”

He says that the term a “flock” of birds is rather bland.

“As a matter of fact, ‘flock’ can be used only with parrots, pigeons and swifts. Most bird species have their own peculiar collective name. For example, you may see a host of sparrows or murmuration of starlings. A cover of Coots or a kettle of nighthawks. Can you identify the following collective name with the appropriate species?
1. Murder
2. Covey
3. Parliament
4. Exaltation

5. Tidings
6. Walk
7. Ostentation

Answers are at the bottom of the column.

TWEET!

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Three Labs wear the first three dog tags on the island. Lily has number 1; Steamer, number 2; and Jake, number 3. Our vallhund, Joshua, is proudly wearing number 302.

The deadline for dog registration is April 30.

We were told that our new town clerk Cheryl Fernstrom’s Lab, Max, is the number 1 dog in Exeter.

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Sunny Hocutt wonders how many readers know Tiger Woods’ given name?

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C’mon guys, Janet LaMantia tells us she received no response to her request to borrow acoustic guitars for the Lawn Avenue School’s annual Island Treasures Day on May 20. The guitars will be used just for the day and will be handled very gently. Help the students out by calling Janet at 423-3988 or by emailing jglam@cox.net or contact Lisa Carlisle at 423-3353 or at lcarlisle@cox.net.

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In addition to the coyotes, we’ve heard that we may have another pest species living with us on the island. It’s possible that the fisher cat has made its way over the bridge and is now a part of our animal population. A fisher cat was photographed in North Kingstown some time ago and a friend of ours who lives in the Bonnet told us the animal is often seen along the shoreline from Saunderstown to Narragansett.

Google tells us that years ago, the fisher cat was heavily hunted for its fur. Then, the government stepped in and restricted hunting and trapping the animal. It is a medium sized mammal related to, but larger than, the American marten. It is agile in trees and has a slender body that enables it to pursue prey in hollow trees or to burrow into the ground. In spite of its name, it seldom eats fish.

It is most active during the day, though an island resident told us he heard its awful screech in the middle of the night. The fisher is a solitary generalist predator and will feed on any animal it can catch. It will also eat carrion. Attacks on humans are very rare, but it will prey on pets like cats and dogs.

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Peter Pemantell writes in response to Sam Bari’s question about the flip side of “Blue Suede Shoes.”

“It was ‘Tutti Frutti.’ I am not sure who wrote ‘Tutti Frutti,’ but I know that Carl Perkins wrote ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ when I was 10 or 11 years old and that would put us at about 1955 or 1956.”

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For all you hard-core environmentalists out there, the volcano in Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier is showing everyone who’s really boss!

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Nancy O’Brien recalls that she did her student teaching at the Lawn Avenue School in the third grade, under Ida Richards. “Mrs. Brazil was the second-grade teacher and Mrs. Grace Smith was the first-grade teacher for sure!”

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Kudos to islander Jessica Rudman, a member of the ProJo’s All-State girls swimming 400- yard freestyle relay team at North Kingstown High School. The quartet won the 400-yard freestyle relay at the state meet with a fivesecond margin of victory and finished second in the 200-yard medley relay.

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Caption in last Friday’s ProJo sports section: “PC head coach Keno Davis may be forced to recruit basketball players of questionable character to improve his record in the Big East.”

Hold on and we’ll see if we can come up with a mugger or two, maybe a drug dealer, over the weekend. What the heck, winning is everything.

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There was a time in this country’s recent history when families felt it was their responsibility to take care of their spouses and children and were ashamed and embarrassed to take handouts from the government.

Where have our values gone?

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Peter Pemantell asks, “Who were the owners of O&C Rubbish Removal?”

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From John A. Murphy: When you mention the singer Gene Chandler, most trivia mavens think only of his biggest hit, “Duke of Earl.” But ask them the song performed in his wild stage show, a song that triggered an audience response equal to that of James Brown for pure energy.

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Larry Lewis, a fellow Toyota owner, weighs in. “I, too, am a happy Toyota owner and am tired of the negative rhetoric from the misinformed. Bought my first Corolla new in ‘89 and it gave me 274K miles. I’m still driving my ‘97 Corolla, currently at 289K and counting! Car magazines routinely describe this vehicle as ‘bullet proof’ and they’re right; it just keeps going.

“Toyota has five major assembly plants in the U.S. and, ironically, had a joint-venture relationship with GM from 1984-2009. I’ll remain loyal because the automaker has acknowledged its mistakes and is correcting them. By all reports, head management is taking personal responsibility. Gee, what an outdated concept today.”

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A Snapple cap moment: The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

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Next Wednesday’s full moon is the Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Pink Moon.

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Quiz answers: 1. Crows 2. Quail, Ptarmigans or Grouse 3. Owls 4. Larks, 5. Magpies 6. Snipe 7. Peacocks

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Call in your stuff to 423-0383 or 829-2760, or email us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com.

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