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I had to host a really bitchy Zoom meeting tonight and I didn’t get to hit the ‘mute all’ button even once. I’m bummed. I really wanted to exercise raw power and stuff.

Back on the subject of the harvest, I went to two fruiterers today (I love that word) trying to by some plums for Uncle B and was told there weren’t any anywhere. The season was scarcely two weeks long. So there’s another fruit failure for 2021.

The second purveyor of fruits was really exercised about it. He put it down to a lack of pruners last year and pickers this year. He may have a point.

Who knew you couldn’t run a society that pays line workers to stay home.


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 16, 2021, 9:05 pm

Plums aplenty hereabouts. $0.99/lb (on sale, regular price $1.49).

Comment from BJM
Time: September 16, 2021, 9:41 pm

A plethora of plums here too…Pluots of many stripes as well.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 16, 2021, 9:42 pm

OT, but Awe-some.

Stoaty wielding the ban hammer would be even more awesome.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 16, 2021, 10:33 pm

Who knew you couldn’t run a society that pays line workers to stay home.

*raises, waves hand*
*looks around*
*sees bazillion waving hands*

Comment from Mitch
Time: September 16, 2021, 10:49 pm

Fruiterers, Pruners & Pickers – sounds like a law firm.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 16, 2021, 11:08 pm

Obviously ‘fruiterer’ wasn’t a trade name, like wagoner, smith, carter, cooper because there don’t appear to be any sur names as such.

so it’s a new affectation, like, uh, vaccinated.

And who knew that if you got “vaccinated” you could come down with the disease anyway, that’s not the way it was when we wuz kids.

SCIENCE get off my lawn!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 17, 2021, 12:05 am

So let me get this straight – even if they can get a plum job people would rather take free money from the government?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 17, 2021, 2:57 pm

Well, duh Some Veg – FREE! FREE!

The government will just sell some more, uh, whatever product it is they sell, or provide more billable service for whatever billable services they sell.

It’s easy if you REALLY understand economics!
Plus, printing presses and official special “paper” to print whatever cash they need.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 17, 2021, 3:40 pm

@Mitch…I think we engaged them back in the 80’s.

Welp, we failed and now His Governorship is turning the screws another notch. I’m sure he has something really nasty up his sleeve for the Northern red counties who fomented the rebellion. You can bet the farm that he will run for the Oval Office.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 17, 2021, 4:07 pm

@Durned…interesting etymology. While Fruiterer isn’t a surname, Coster is. I assume y’all have read Simon Winchester’s “The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words” (aka The Professor and the Madman)?

BTW-Winchester’s “The Map that Changed the World” is a good read for a cold afternoon in front of the fire too.

I sure hope we still have people, like William Smith, who are looking for answers outside the prevailing wisdom box, not approbation of the woke mob..

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 17, 2021, 9:14 pm

I have not read The Professor And The Madman, nor The Map That Changed The World, but thanks to you , Annonymous, I am about to! I just purchased both!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 18, 2021, 1:51 am

I see that the word has been around quite a while, and can be found in the very best places!

The same Sir John, the very same. I see him break Skogan’s head at the court-gate, when a’ was a crack not thus high: and the very same day did I fight with one Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer, behind Gray’s Inn. Jesu, Jesu, the mad days that I have spent! and to see how many of my old acquaintance are dead!

— Wm. Shakespeare, Henry IV, Act III, Scene II (1597)

Comment from BJM
Time: September 18, 2021, 5:02 pm

Uncle Al said “Sampson Stockfish, a fruiterer,


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