Elim­i­nate the Chicago Cubs curse!

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

A one-time Chicago Cubs fan, now a Yan­kees rooter, showed me the copy of a let­ter he had writ­ten to the Cubs front of­fice a year ago telling them how they could elim­i­nate the curse and win the World Se­ries. That curse had sup­pos­edly been put on them by a fel­low with a goat years ago, say­ing the Cubs would never win the World Se­ries; they haven’t.

But now he has writ­ten an­other let­ter as the Cubs lead their di­vi­sion and are look­ing for their chance at the World Se­ries again. Don­nie (he said don’t give my last name) wrote the fans, the play­ers and the Cubs or­ga­ni­za­tion must chant: “The Cubs will win! The Cubs will win!” and this pos­i­tive at­ti­tude will elim­i­nate the so-called Chicago Cubs Curse!

Don­nie ended his let­ter to the Cubs by ask­ing for one of their base­ball caps, so he could wear it and chant: “The Cubs will win” loud and clear!

No, the Cubs never an­swered his let­ter — but if they keep play­ing ball like they are to­day, they just might get into the Se­ries and win it! ••• ADOPT A NEW PET The Animal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County at­tracted peo­ple in front of the Acme last Satur­day, ex­plain­ing to those who stopped how they take in dogs and cats and look for “for­ever homes” for them.

We dropped off a bag of dog food in the do­na­tion cart as many other peo­ple had al­ready done, as our lit­tle Mag­gie is a res­cue dog, although not from here. You can vol­un­teer to help out if your bud­get would not al­low for a mon­e­tar y do­na­tion. They are lo­cated at 201 Clay Drive, Queen­stown, and call them at 410-827-5064. Go down and look over their res­cues; while closed Mon­days, they are open Tues­day through Sun­day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ••• FROM DOGS TO BIRDS It is a joy to sit on the back screened-in pa­tio and watch the birds as they gather around the feed­ers and the bird bath. We do have a third feeder, but it has lost its at­trac­tion for the finch that used to flock it. I don’t know why, as I have emp­tied it and filled it with fresh finch food, but still it no longer at­tracts any of the smaller birds. But I have to fill up my new squir­rel-proof one that sits out­side the break­fast nook win­dows ev­ery other day. It tick­les me to see the squir­rels make their way up the pole, look down on the new feeder and fail to get into the food as the perches where the birds sit to feed will not hold the squir­rel’s weight and close down the bot­tom where the food is lo­cated.

Frankly, it is more fun to watch the birds get on the bird bath and splash in it for a few min­utes at a time. We even have a squir­rel or two that will jump up on the edge and take a drink once in a while.

Do any of my reader-friends have that prob­lem with the finch feeder? ••• AN “OFFICIAL DOC­U­MENT” Re­ceived a let­ter in the mail the other day ad­dressed to me with the big words on the front say­ing “OFFICIAL DOC­U­MENT — DO NOT DE­STROY.”

I hur­ried up to open it since I did not want to miss an “official doc­u­ment” — but guess what? It said in­side that I had been se­lected to rep­re­sent vot­ers in Mar yland’s First Con­gres­sional District. What a crock! The Repub­li­can Party must have sent one to ev­ery reg­is­tered GOP voter in the district. Any­way, I was to fill out a mighty long sur­vey and then send them some money. It also said that it was mailed to me “exclusively.”

Only one other ques­tion — WE are both reg­is­tered Republicans, why did they not send Ruth an “official doc­u­ment?” ••• A SEAFOOD FES­TI­VAL On to more pleas­ant and fun events — there will be a big seafood fes­ti­val on Aug. 27 at the Tuck­a­hoe Steam and Gas Show grounds on Route 50, just north of Eas­ton.

It will ben­e­fit our Mid-Shore Ma­sonic Lodges and the high school schol­ar­ships they award. Only 500 tick­ets will be sold at $45 for adults and $12 for ages 6 to 12.

All un­der age 6 are free, but you must buy in ad­vance, no tick­ets at the gate. You can call 410-527-0600, 410-886-2276 or 410-829-2383. Should be a good one, don’t miss out!

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