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Aug 18, 2004



The critters who visit my friend Hal's assisted living facility get something like fifteen meals per day -- birdseed, bread, and who-knows-what that the residents drop for them to eat. This particular squirrel is far from shy. Last week he ran up Cookie Wilson's pantleg (the outside, thank goodness), looking for a treat.

Completely unrelated: I just now remembered that I owe followup posts for two things: Quaker Sunday School, and the New Car Search. Believe it or not, the NCS is not yet complete -- close, but not yet done. So I don't want to jinx it by posting anything yet. Quaker Sunday School actually lasted two weeks. We had fun. A complete disregard for religion helped make it so. Posts on that soonish. Many thanks to all for your suggestions. Even the dirty ones.

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Did you *really* just make a play on the word "schnorrer?"

Wow. I am amazed.

Posted by: pinky | Aug 18, 2004 9:45:49 AM

Goy that I am, I had to look it up, but now that I know: Brilliant!

Posted by: minty | Aug 18, 2004 11:04:36 AM

UNC squirrels will come up to you and wait rather patiently, usually, for your castoffs. But I've heard that Princeton squirrels will go right into your dorm room and steal your Girl Scout cookies! And the ones at my house are very smart and have figured out how to work the "squirrel-proof" bird feeder. Oy.

Posted by: minty | Aug 18, 2004 11:08:26 AM

Pinky - thanks for noticing!

Minty - I wonder if there are other parallels in comparing the sense of entitlement at Princeton, as opposed to a more egalitarian ideal at UNC?

Posted by: Phil | Aug 18, 2004 12:06:38 PM

"schnorrer" has one context for me:

Hooray for Captain Spaulding, the African explorer! Did someone call me "schnorrer"? Hooray, hooray, hooray!

Posted by: Sarah | Aug 19, 2004 8:22:25 AM

Re: Captain Spaulding -- a funny thing (to me) is that I know that line only from a secondary reference: its tribute performance by a French ensemble toward the end of Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You."

I think I first learned the word while watching "Northern Exposure" in which the doc finds out that someone else in town has referred to him in that way. Which prompts him to host a dinner party.

Posted by: Phil | Aug 19, 2004 8:42:26 AM

This is how much of a dork I am: I have the soundtrack album to "Everyone Says I Love You" :) I couldn't understand the guy singing the line with "schnorrer" but the rest of it is "Vive le capitaine Spaulding, de l'Afrique l'explorateur! La la la la la "schnorrer"? Le Capitaine est la!"

Posted by: Sarah | Aug 19, 2004 8:57:23 PM

oooh! I completely understand about the fascination with differing varieties of long-familiar flora and fauna. I was *fascinated* when I ran into ivy in England (in the Cotswalds) that *turned colors* (mostly red) in the fall!

Posted by: Gina | Feb 17, 2005 9:29:43 AM