Words of wisdom from the seat of a tractor by retired teacher William Beal passed along from his brother, Classmate-Correspondent Richard:
“Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”
“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”
“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”
Beware of Online scammers
Some internet computer help sites are scammers, few readers are surprised. For example, a technician from one toll-free number called himself Shashank and worked his way into Frau’s laptop and A-E’s old wood-fired computer.
He noted 742 viruses in each and offered for $200 per computer to delete them. A-E made the easy decision: “Drop dead, Shashank.” Frau and A-E took the laptop to Ed’s in Hornell where technicians labeled Shashank and his ilk scammers who place viruses in the computers: Ed’s deleted the bugs for $50 and also gently told the digital naïfs to stop letting people with thickly-accented English into personal computers via telephones.
Another bogus site has the name of a popular search engine. The thickly-accented voice manually without permission took over Frau’s computer and said he’d give her access to the search engine for $100. For you computer uninformed, most search engines are freebees.
A-E wanted to list the scammers’ toll-free numbers but deleted that information when Boss Neal correctly said the scammers’ Evil Incarnate lawyers would visit A-E’s hut.
More Congress bashing
Congress limped into a holiday vacation aka recess after enacting one law this year, putting it on pace to become the most unproductive session in history. The only piece of legislation to date: The much maligned $1.3 trillion tax bill (see polls everywhere) apparently takes from the middle class and gives to the rich. Of course another potential legislative gem is attempting to repeal and replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Online registration renewal
Nothin’ could be finah than registering you vehicle on-linah, to borrow an old tune. That’s also a bad rhyme but renewing vehicle registrations on-line is good. Took A-E fewer than five minutes and the new documents arrived via USPS three days later. Kudos to NYSDMV. A-E knows that Hornell civic leaders want everyone between Rochester and Richmond to renew in the big brick building next to the former ice cream parlor “to save jobs.” Noble suggestion but A-E saves enough fuel, time and vehicle wear with a few keystrokes for multiple trips to the County Transfer Station and the village yard-waste dump. Yup, A-E’s tightwad Scot heritage shows.
…Classmate Pat’s long-suffering wife, Susanne. Here’s why from Correspondent Pat: “Susanne recalled how maybe 20 years ago then-Jasper Central (before the merger) received a grant to bring people in important fields and have them talk to kids about their careers and the importance of education. Astronaut Rich Clifford after the presentations went to dinner with some of the teachers, including Susanne, at the Coach Light Restaurant (later Rupert's and now closed). She was very impressed with him.” The astronaut, one of A-E’s all-time heroes, kept his Parkinson’s Disease secret while he completed three shuttle missions and a six-hour space walk.
More literary A-E
When Nobel laureate Seamus Heany died a few years ago, many called him the best Irish poet since William Butler Yeats. Here‘s why: “Digging,” the first poem in his first collection, “The Death of a Naturalist,” described his father digging potatoes and his grandfather digging turf. The last lines seem a personal manifesto:
The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.
But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.
A-E wishes his weakly scribbling in Canisteo had one-millionth the insight and strength of Yeats or Heany.