2012-02-02 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says


BY JIM MUNRO BY JIM MUNRO I t could have been us! John A. Murphy forwarded an item on Captain Francesco Schettino from Der Spiegel (German magazine) in its Jan. 18 edition with a photo showing him on the bridge of the Costa Atlantica as she entered New York Harbor in April 2011. A fellow officer described the skipper as a “daredevil…who would drive a bus like a Ferrari.”

The ship did not visit here last year, but in 2010, with Captain Schettino at the helm, it anchored six times off Newport avoiding the outstretched rock walls lining the entrance to the East Passage. The captain later assumed command of the Costa Concorde that ran aground in the Mediterranean.

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Kudos to the new Troop 1 Boy Scout Executive Committee. The members and their assignments are: Bob Cassidy, chair; Jack Christie, outdoor activities; Bill Pratt, treasurer; Shelly Johnson, secretary; Mary Waddington, fund raising/expo; Jack Hawkins, equipment; Kevin Masterson, training; and Alyce Dwyer and Elena Mc- Carthy, advancement.

Former members Cindy Waterman, John Keavy, Diane Archibald and Willie Maclean have left the committee after many years of hard work and dedication. *** Members of Troop 1 are building their sleds and will participate in the Klondike Derby at Yawgoo this weekend.

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A belated birthday wish for Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, who turned 253 on Jan. 25.

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There was no response to the poser in the Jan. 19 column. It is “(You Got Me in Between) The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”

I should hate you

But I guess I love you

You’ve got me in between

The devil and the deep blue sea

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Tired of the Super Bowl yet? It’s the super bowl of commercials with a football game thrown in.

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It’s time for the Potter League for Animals’ 39th annual Have a Heart Cocktail Party & Auction. It takes place at the Hotel Viking Friday, Feb. 10, with a preview party beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening begins with Opulent vodka “pawtinis,” wine and beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres, Tuscan charcuterie table, auction preview and entertainment. Tickets are $85 with a reservation and $100 at the door.

The second half of the evening, the main event, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction at 7:15 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, Break-A-Heart bags, 50- 50 cash raffle, cash bar, carving station, soup and harvest breads, and a veggie station. The price for all that is just $60 with reservation and $75 at the door.

If that’s not enough to draw you in, there will be over 200 silent auction items including a scenic plane ride in a 1946 J-3 Piper Cub, dinner for six by a Keen-wah chef in your home, Hinkley picnic boat excursion on Narragansett Bay, Lily Pulizer beach cruiser and mystery shopping tour, private charter on the 100-foot schooner Aurora for up to 70 guests, spa and wellness treatments, luxurious Arianna cosmetics collection, glamour girl shopping spree at Newport’s finest boutiques, a jewelry ensemble from Badgley Mischka & Sequin, and a board of directors wine collection.

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It annoys and embarrasses me every time I see a Wounded Warrior Project commercial begging for $19 a month to help our returning crippled veterans. Congress sends billions of our dollars to countries throughout the globe – many of who are causing havoc and maiming our soldiers – yet we can’t take care of our own. Sad.

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I’m surprised there was no response to our trivia question in the Jan. 19 column. What sad, newly divorced guy did Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeaon fail to cheer up? Answer: Felix Ungar in “The Odd Couple,” starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

Want to try an easier one? In “Now, Voyager,” how does Paul Henreid give a cigarette to Bette Davis? Call in or email your answer. The winners will be lauded about in next week’s column.

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Saturday is World Cancer Day.

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The full moon on Tuesday, Feb. 7, is the Snow Moon, Hunger Moon and Wolf Moon.

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Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or email me at jtnwal rus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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