Sifting thorough the archives, this feels appropriate given the winter weather we've been having. Originally published on February 16th, 1988. Please enjoy.
University Microfilms International lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on North Zeeb Road. Do you suppose there is an Oreb Drive somewhere handy there?
Speaking of roads, I've been thinking about all these spiffy new traffic lights that are going to make driving in Sussex so much more exciting than it has been. They should help the congestion that occurs during the rush-minute just after Barbours lets out at five o'clock.
Apropos of none of that, in The Old Farmer's Almanac “Farmer’s Calendar” for January, Castle Freeman, Jr., tells about his problems in getting to and from his woodpile.
We stumbled across this column originally published on Valentine's day in 1989. No, it isn't about Valentine's day; however, we hope you chuckle at it much like we did. Enjoy!
I am currently having a problem with the coefficient of friction around this place.
Now I know that most of you out there know a lot more about the coefficient of friction than you are inclined to let on, but for those not quite up on the subject just let me remind you that the constant ratio of the friction to the force pressing the two surfaces together is called the coefficient of friction. Press two stones together hard and there is a lot of friction.
That’s a good thing, too, because my cellar walls – and yours too, probably – have no cement to bind the stones together. All that’s holding them is a high coefficient of friction, although I doubt that the settlers who laid those stones up, stood around admiring their handiwork and saying:
Typically we post on Thursdays, but we couldn't resist an early release given that "forty-five" will be delivering his State of the Union this evening. Fittingly, this column was originally published in the Kings County Record on the 5th of February 1991. Also of note... the artwork for this week's missive was painted by our "staff artist" circa 1991 as a response to the conflict alluded to at the beginning of the column. As always, we have edited slightly for content and clarity; and we sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Seeing that the President of the US of A delivered a State of the Union address the other day, I might as well have a look about me here and do the same.
A month and about a week into the year I have to say that the war is going – more or less – according to plan, and our side is predicting victory within a couple of months at the latest. The expected invasion from the northwest has been stopped in its tracks, except for the occasional sortie at the upper end of the line beyond the barricades. Except for the staff car no personnel carriers or heavy equipment has been lost. While we acknowledge that the staff car was halted and disabled in a skirmish, we must also state that it was recovered undamaged by allied forces the next day with no loss of life. Due to the extreme conditions, our chief offensive weaponry has been tied up, but the engineers assure me they are working on the problem and will soon have the ground offensive back on schedule.
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We moved to our farm in Sussex, New Brunswick from Toronto in 1977, only moving away in 2014.