Gallimaufry Means About the Same as Salmagundi
1 There’s a convention by which many people punch up their Chinese cookie fortunes by adding the words “in bed” at the end. To bow to the aim of The Middletown Eye to focus on the things of
will add references to Middletown
whenever possible. Go, Forest City!
2 On a t-shirt seen in
Middletown: “I love the sound you make when you
shut up.” On Yoda’s t-shirt: “With Stupid I Am.”
3 Though Winston Churchill earned his living as a writer, he wasn’t a fussbudget. Concerning the “rule” against ending a sentence with a preposition, he wrote, “This is the sort of pedantry up with which I will not put.” He never visited
Middletown, not even to
see his biographer, William Manchester.
4 The Latin word for “wave” is “undum” (plural “unda”), from which we get “inundate” and “undulate.” Once (1984?) the
River inundated Washington Street so you could canoe to
Victor’s Auto Body from the world-class Connecticut River.
5 Speaking of canoes: The Colonel ate at the Canoe Club at
and liked the food and the live Irish music.
6 The Colonel reseeded his lawn with “tall fescue” last fall and is enjoying the results this summer. The fescue grass grows slowly and looks like long hair or sea waves. It seems to crowd out or otherwise inhibit dandelions and other weeds. The rare (4x/yr) mowings require the mower’s highest (3”) setting, because to cut it short would defeat the purpose of shading out weeds.
Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown
was The Cenacle longer than it was the Wadsworth
family home. If that sounds like picking a fight, it’s not. The Colonel loves
the Mansion and the walking trails in the woods around it.
8 Although titanium is commoner in the earth’s crust than chromium, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, tin, and zinc combined, titanium cookware costs the earth. Titanium cookware is so nonstick, however, that you can burn your oatmeal with impunity.