2011-01-06 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

I t looks as if we all survived what one TV newsreader pontificated as the storm that will be remembered for decades. On the island it didn’t reach blizzard proportions, but rather settled in as a good old-fashioned winter nor’easter.

Kudos to the island’s highway department for a fast and effi- cient clean up.

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On Dec. 26, as Anna Templeton Cotill was celebrating her 85th birthday at a party at her son’s house on Columbia Avenue, a man in a black car stopped in front of the house and shoveled out the walk from the street to the front door.

“I don’t know who it was, but I want to thank the mystery man,” Anna said.

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Kudos to our island postal service. On the Monday after the storm, when we had barely been dug out, we checked our mailbox and somehow our letter carrier, Peter Mullen, had gotten the mail through. Neither rain nor snow…

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Jim Pemantell writes: “No one asked me, but my New Year’s resolution is to stay on this side of the grass.”

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What has happened to my beloved NFL? It’s bad enough that players are fined for good, solid hits and coddled because of concussions, but to cancel a game because of snow is going too far.

It’s football, for crying out loud.

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We hear that the island’s fisher cat population is increasing. One, spotted at Newport Overlook, is said to have been the size of a bobcat. Don’t let your pets loose, the fisher cat is not to be messed with.

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Thanks to Betty Purdum for the decorative little walrus. He settled right in with the rest of the herd. ***

Mary Frances Byerly turned 91 on Dec. 27. Lots of hugs please!

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We can only hope that some of this year’s TV commercials will be better quality and not produced for a 2-year-old’s mentality. The agency execs who OK’d the Tums spot or the one with the two guys riding in a car and being showered with coins should be institutionalized.

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What is the movie most hated by keepers of Land Evidence Records? John A. Murphy says it’s “Chinatown.”

John wrote: “Unless you have an appreciation of what goes into maintaining accurate records of land transfers, you may not recall the scene in ‘Chinatown’ in which Jack Nicholson deftly tears out and takes away an entire page of handwritten entries in volume kept for title searching purposes in Los Angeles County Land Evidence Records. He camoufl ages the sound of his tearing by a well-timed cough.

“For those of us in the business: painful to watch.”

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Elizabeth Mancini has last week’s poser pegged as “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” It was written by Frank Loesser and sung by Ella Fitzgerald in 1960.

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Poser:

I’ve been searching for the daughter

Of the devil himself

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We can expect an influx of men visiting the island this year. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that in the state, Jamestown has the highest ratio of women to men. The data showed that on the island, for every 100 women there were 67.3 men.

The numbers also showed that we might be a bit smarter than the rest of the state with 97 percent of us with high school diplomas.

I wonder if one has anything to do with the other?

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A Snapple cap moment: A group of jellyfish is called a smack.

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Be true!

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