A welcome rain arrives
That sure was a welcome rain we had Sunday night — the grass and flowers needed it. Maybe I won’t have to get out the hose anymore for a while.
But our Maggie didn’t sleep well. Our little Corgie mix doesn’t like storms, all of the noise and lightning scares her, and she trembles all over. But then I suppose a lot of dogs are that way.
Just happened think: does thunder and lightning affects cats like that also?
• • • A RATHER WILD
PARTY-GIVER Queen Anne’s own William Paca, when governor of Maryland, was reported to have given a number of “raucous” parties in the Governor’s Mansion between 1782 and 1785, according to a story in the Sun the other morning. The sotry mentioned that Gov. Hogan was hosting his daughter’s wedding and that it was expected to be a large affair. The Sun claimed that Paca’s events earned their own nickname — governor’s routs — “and inspired poetry, such as this stanza by Charles County lawyer and party guest Gephenial Turner:
The liquor at length getting into their heads,/ They though(t) it high time to go home to their beds,/ Some in coaches were carried, thers … thro the street/ For scarce one of them all could stand on his feet.
The Sun also said, “Paca’s parties were held at the original mansion, which later became part of Naval Academy grounds, said Mimi Calver, a staffer with the Maryland Archives.
“Since 2009, Calver has been helping to compile a history of major events at Government House. Calver sums the historical reseach on Paca’s parties this way: ‘They were pretty crazy.’”
• • • THE ORIENT EXPRESS I was looking through this four-drawer file in the corner the other day for something and ran across a colorful brochure I did not recall. I pulled it out and it was all about the Orient Express, complete with a couple of postcards and writing paper with envelopes.
Now where in the world did that come from? We have never been near the Orient Express and I don’t recall writing about it in my years hammering away at this column.
• • • SEVERAL LEGION
AWARDS I see by the Free State Warrior, the publication by the Smerican Legion in Maryland that Jeff Davis Post 18 and Kent Island Post 278 won a couple awards during the 98th annual convention of the Legion in Ocean City back in July.
For posts with 151 to 300 members, Jeff Davis was presented the Joseph A. O’Grady Memorial Trophy for posts excelling in community service. The local post also received the Past Department Commander D. John Markey Mmorial Trophy for posts reportin the best Memorial program.
Kent Island ‘s post received the George Harman Memorial Boy Scout Trophy, given to a post in each District for having the most help and support of the Boy Scout Program. The Kent Island Post is in the North Eastern Shore District.
•• • HELP KERMIT THE JACK RUSSELL See by the Record Observer that the Animal Resource Foundation is attempting to raise funds to fix Kermit, the 3- or 4-year-old Jack Russell mix that has a dislocated kneecap, which can cause intense pain and limping.
We had one of those hyper Jack Russells, named Penny, a few years ago before we got Maggie. He was a great pet, but do not get one if you don’t like a super-hyper dog.
Anyway, you can help the ARF people by writing a check marked “for Kermit” to their office at P.O. Box 396, Chester, MD 21619. You may also contact them at 410-643-8700.
• • • NOT FOR ME I do not think I will want to stay overnight in the new $200 million Trump International Hotel that just opened up in Washington, D.C. According to the papers, it will be run by Trump’s 34-year-old daughter Ivanka. The price tag for the Ivanka Suite is $1,050 per night!
Sounds like Trump himself, not only over-priced, but something else to boost his over-the-top ego!