Monthly Archives: February 2009

Team mascots – with an agricultural bent

000902-N-9848G-002Team mascots have always intrigued me. My high school (George Washington  High in Cedar Rapids, IA) was called the Warriors. The logo was, and still is, that of a Roman-type gladiator. I never could figure that out. Maybe that explains my misspent high school days. Some say I could have been an astronaut since all I did in high school was take up space.

Anyway, moving right along. Shortly after moving to Colorado, I thought I heard the sports news incorrectly when they gave a score for a game involving the Wheatridge Farmers. This struck me as odd but now I know that two towns in Utah also have Farmers as mascots, and Louisiana and Texas high schools are known as the Fighting Farmers. (Are there any other kind?)

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Pancakes—homemade or not


by Bob McDonnell

My granddaughter loves her pancakes but when she was 22 months old, she called them “panpakes.” I thought of her as I heard a commercial for a restaurant in Denver that served “home-made” pancakes.

The dictionary says homemade means made by a person at home; not professionally made. I know this has morphed into meaning made on site, in places such as a restaurant. So, I assume this restaurant makes their own pancakes.

Don’t most places make their own? Is there a truck full of already-made pancakes that delivers bunches (bales, stacks,) of the flapjacks to stores? If that’s the case, I’ll eat my homemade pancakes at home.

Thank you or no problem?

 The book, “The Road to Optimism  Change Your Language, Change your Life” (Perry and Griggs) covers the topic of speaking in a positive manner. I read this book as part of Rick Grigg’s Mastery Academy.

Flickr-ralph and jenny

Flickr-ralph and jenny

It seems people now say, “No problem” instead of thank you.  I know this has been a thorn in many people’s side, and I saw someone write into Dear Abbey about it. 

When you thank someone (usually younger), they reply “No problem” instead of you’re welcome.  Why do people not  say “You’re welcome” any more?  Their response has a negative connotation to it, and seems to dampen the whole conversation.

 Anyone else notice this trend? Comments?

Anagrams – Famous people

 Isn’t it funny how things work out in anagrams.  Take these famous people for example:

 Elvis  = lives

 Clint Eastwood  = Old West Action
Madam Curie  = Radium came
Jim Morrison  = Mr. Mojo risin’
(from the Doors song, “L.A. Woman”)

David Letterman  = Nerd amid late TV

Howard Stern  = Retard shown

Princess Diana  = end is a car spin
Do you have a favorite famous person anagram to share?

Conditional names



Hi  My name is …





 I finally discovered a label applied to something I have heard for years.  It is the “conditional” name.  I know you have heard it. You go to a restaurant, and the server says, “If you need anything, my name is Carol.”

One has to wonder what  her name would be if I do not need anything.

Many television newscasters do the same thing.  “Until tomorrow, this is John Doe.”  I guess he will be someone else after that.

Until my next post, I am Bob.  (and even after it!)

What is an anagramist?

A person who composes anagrams.

flickr-matt mattila

flickr-matti mattila

What is the definition of an anagramist?


When asked for the four points of the compass an anagramist is likely to reply:


    thorn – shout –  seat –  and stew



Sometimes you have to hear a new word or phrase a few times before you become aware of it. This is what happened to me while watching some television shows about remodeling or redecorating a room.

The term that comes to mind is “re-purposing.” It the home shows on television it is most commonly used when discussion a piece of furniture. An old dresser or night stand is found, repainted or re-stained and “repurposed” as piece of furniture in a home office. I am not sure why recycling or reusing would not suffice, but maybe it gives the furniture higher regard if it is repurposed.

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