2012-03-01 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

The new restaurant Fish is located in the building that has been the home of eateries feeding islanders and tourists for many years. I spent many happy evenings eating downstairs and imbibing in the cocktail lounge upstairs when it was Ken’s East Landing. But, for what was the building originally erected? Does anyone know the name of the first restaurant on the site?

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Get in the mood for spring by sharpening your putting skills at the recreation center Saturday, March 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The teen center is setting up a nine-hole indoor miniature golf course for your playing pleasure. The cost is $10 per family for unlimited play. Questions? Call Debbie Tungett at 423-7261.

*** I am deeply saddened by the actions last week of the president, state department officials and military brass apologizing to murdering mobs of Afghan thugs who kill each other and recently assassinated four American soldiers. Each year Congress sends billions of taxpayer money to those people whose goal is to kill Americans. We look weak and leaderless. What is happening to our country?

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No takers on last week’s poser. It is “Leap Year” by Maria Taylor.

Save my money,

For that plane ride,

Horn of plenty,

Heavy sunlight,

Autumn’s bounty,

Bread and red wine,

In a hurry,

But there’s so much time.

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Former islander Wally Mattingly is in California training Belgian Malinois dogs for our armed services. Cairo, the combat dog that cornered Osama bin Laden is a Belgian Malinos. The breed is similar to a German shepherd but smaller and more compact. The dogs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions for the military teams to which they are attached. With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosives and hostile or hiding humans. They are twice as fast as a fit human. There are some 2,800 active-duty dogs like Cairo deployed around the world.

Woof!

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Presidents’ Day is plural possessive because it refers to all presidents. Some copywriters are evidently poor grammarians.

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Poser:

Two and two are four,

Four and four are eight,

Eight and eight are sixteen,

Sixteen and sixteen are thirtytwo.

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Well, we made it to March. It is my favorite month. It has the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, daffodils and four Munro birthdays, mine, my mother, my brother and one of my sons. The word “March” comes from the Roman “Martius.” It was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war. It was changed to the New Style or Gregorian calendar in 1752 and the year began on Jan. 1. The Anglo-Saxons called the month hlyd monath, which means stormy month, or hraed monath, which means rugged month. The feisty nature of March is borne out in the old weather-lore saying, “When March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb.”

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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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