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REVISITING POSSLQ

The word posslq, or, as I misspelled it, adding an extra oh to give its complete acronym. It is pronounced poss-ul-q.

While I became acquainted with the word during the census of the 70’s, I had no idea it had an earlier origin until reader Judilyn posted this:

I have been looking all over the net for a poem by Erma Bombeck about POSSLQ that I thought I had read decades ago, but have struck out. I did, however, find this quote from the 1700′s!

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands and crystal brooks
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
If you would be my POSSLQ.

You live with me, and I with you,
And you will be my POSSLQ.
I’ll be your friend and so much more;
That’s what a POSSLQ is for.

And everything we will confess;
Yes, even to the IRS.
Some day on what we both may earn,
Perhaps we’ll file a joint return.
You’ll share my pad, my taxes, joint;
You’ll share my life – up to a point!
And that you’ll be so glad to do,
Because you’ll be my POSSLQ.
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Come, muse, let us sing of rats!
– From a poem by James Grainger (1721-1767)

She and I both wondered about the IRS, and how that reference came out of the 1700’s?  Well, mystery solved from Wikipedia comes this information:

POSSLQ (/ˈpɒsəlkjuː/ POSS-əl-KYOO) is an abbreviation (or acronym) for “Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters,” a term coined in the late 1970s by the United States Census Bureau as part of an effort to more accurately gauge the prevalence of cohabitation in American households.

After the 1980 Census, the term gained currency in the wider culture for a time.[1] CBS commentator Charles Osgood composed a verse which includes

There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
If you would be my POSSLQ
You live with me and I with you,
And you will be my POSSLQ.
I’ll be your friend and so much more;
That’s what a POSSLQ is for.[2]

Elliot Sperber, the writer of The Hartford Courants weekly cryptogram, invented a cryptogram that (when solved) said:

Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
Won’t you be my POSSLQ?

Anyway, it was a fun excursion into the term posslq and I enjoyed the poem by Charles Osgood and the cryptogram too.

There are two references on-line to humorist Erma Bombeck’s statements about posslq. One from the New York Time’s magazine in March of 1980 but I didn’t follow the lead through. It was tedious to get there.

Now I’m going to introduce Jim as my posslq to people from now on!!  Reason?  Its fun.

Ciao

 

 

 

 

 

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Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 50 miles from Sturbridge to Sudbury, Massachusetts. It is parked at American Legion Post #191. I plan to leave here on Wednesday.

Mary is back at  her home in California tending to some personal business. She has made her plane reservations and will fly to meet me in Boston, Massachusetts on July 30th.

The heat wave is supposed to be over but you cannot prove it by me. Yesterday was 89 degrees in the shade with 50% humidity. It reached 95 degrees inside the motorhome yesterday afternoon.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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This American Legion Post is located on a famous road..the Old Boston Post Road which you can read about by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Post_Road

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About one mile to the west is another famous place…Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. The oldest inn in the United States has been in continuous operation since 1716. It started as a two-room house in the early 1700’s. The pub has been in operation for almost 300 years and a 150 yard stretch of the original old Boston Post Road passes by the front step of the inn.

It was here in 1860 that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a series of poems entitled Tales of a Wayside Inn. Among those poems was…The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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The inscription on this marker reads…

Washington passed this place on his way to Cambridge to take command of the Patriot Army. June 1775 July. Erected by Old Essex Chapter S.A.R. Lynn, Mass.

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And atop that marker…

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I would have liked to have explored the grounds more, but the heat was so intense I just had to quit.

Here are some links associated with this Blog entry for your further information…

Here’s the official Wayside Inn Website link…
http://www.wayside.org/

And the Wikipedia link about the Inn…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayside_Inn

And a Wikipedia link about Longfellow…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Wadsworth_Longfellow

And a Wikipedia link about Tales of a Wayside Inn…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_of_a_Wayside_Inn

And a Wikipedia link about The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Midnight_Ride_of_Paul_Revere

Enjoying historical places is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

After sitting so long at my son’s home and then waiting out the week-long heat wave…I had grown tired of sitting around. It’s nice to be back on the move once again!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Massachusetts. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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LIFE LIVED LONG IS A TREASURE

Margot Schneider is 89 years old. She and her husband Horst came out of Germany after WWII with three kids and 17 cents in his pocket. Margot is nearly deaf and Horst is nearly blind. “Well, between the two of us, we are a whole person.” she jokes. Margot says their philosophy of life is “Do no harm to yourself, to others, or to any living thing.” Margot has a special gift with animals and birds. They seem to recognize immediately she will never hurt them.

Horst, at 92, has magnifying glasses all over the house. He uses a computer program called Dragon made by Nuance. It recognizes his voice and types for him. Then it has a reader to read it back to him to make sure he didn’t get misunderstood and typed in loose for juice, or some such. Horst is currently writing a book, and has approximately 200 poems and small short stories on his web site. (He used to build websites for companies at one time.)
He got his start in America by working as a mail-sorter for an insurance company. Before a year had passed, he was working in their accounting department.

He is a self taught computer programmer and built a program for Margot’s knitting business. They had five knitting machines that he programmed for specific garments that she sold. Now, she knits beautiful sweaters, vests and scarves for her grand kids and great grand kids by hand.  Horst has met and worked with some of the famous programmers from Apple and Microsoft. He has technical articles published that are now out of date because technology changes so quickly.

Last year, Margot fell and broke her neck. So, at 92, he learned to cook. Not hamburgers or hot dogs. He likes gourmet food and prepares boef bourgignon, French onion soup and chicken stroganoff plus German specialties they like. Now that her neck is healed, she says, “Let him cook. Its his turn.” Nothing daunts them.

When he was in his eighties, he and Margot volunteered at a State Park. Their finances took a hit and he was looking for work and had applied at Hotels and places where his ability to speak five languages would be of help. “But, they hired young blondes,” he jokes. He was about to take a job as a dishwasher at $5.15 per hour, when the Park Rangers came to him and said they wanted him to take on a ranger’s position.
“A Ranger,” he protested, “I’m too old for that.”  But, it worked for everyone. He translated all of their literature and brochures into Russian and German versions. He taught rocketry to young kids and park biology to others.
Jim wanted to visit one more time with them before they move to Louisiana. (Their house in on the market.) They inspire everyone who meets them. They are the treasure, because they inspire and challenge us to live fully with verve and dignity.

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The End Of A Very Pleasant Annual Event For Me!

Jim says:

Yesterday I got to visit with my good friends Horst and Margo Schneider who live here in Yuma, Arizona year-round.

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Horst & Margo’s 2010 Christmas photo.

Horst is 90 and Margo is 89 and they are still full of life!

I first met them in 2006 when the Yuma Sun Newspaper did a full-page article about my 2004, 343 day,16,000+ mile RV trip through Mexico and Central America. Horst saw the article and asked the newspaper to have me contact him. He explained that he also was an author. They invited me to their home and we’ve been great friends ever since. The have led most interesting lives! The met as teenagers in pre-World War II Germany and have been together ever since.

Horst has written a book about their early years in pre-World War II Germany and how they came to arrive in the United States.

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You can see all about it, in addition to his numerous poems and short stories, on his website at http://bookandpoems.com

You can listen to Horst read one of his 500 word short stories entitled “Sweet Cherries” by clicking this link…(It will only take a couple of minutes and you will enjoy it!)
http://five.bookandpoems.com/SWEET%20CHERRIES-A.HTML

Margo is also a very talented painter. Here’s just one sample…

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Just one of Margo’s paintings in their home.

Last December I wrote a separate and more complete Blog entry about Horst’s book. Click this link to view that Blog entry…
http://blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/archives/189267.asp

During the last year life has started to change for them. Margo never did drive and for the first time Horst failed to pass his driver’s license examination. Not later than April 15th of next year they will be moving to their oldest daughter’s home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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A genuine sexy senior citizen!

Margo has an identical electric scooter except that it is red. What else?

Without a visit with Horst and Margo, my future visits to Yuma will just not be the same. I’ve promised them that Mary and I will visit them in Baton Rouge in 2013 on our next scheduled trip back to the east coast.

I sure hope I have that sparkle in my eye when I get to be their age! They rank at the very near top of the list of the finest people I’ve ever known in my life!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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Jaime’s #1!

Jim says:

Jaime is my nine-year-old grand-daughter and she’s also a real firecracker! She’s a fourth-grader at the Essex Elementary School in Centerbrook, Connecticut.

The fourth, fifth and sixth-graders…a total of 250+ students…recently all submitted What Memorial Day Means To Me poems in competition. And guess who was #1???? That’s right…our own Jaime!

She did a professional job of reading her poem to the large crowd.

Here’s some photos…

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Jaime really liked the Mardi Gras beads we brought her.
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Jaime while waiting for the school bus yesterday.
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The Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony Program.
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These students were part of the 500+ people in attendance.
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The Essex Elementary School Band has 100+ members.
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Jaime reading her poem to the 500+people crowd.

A very proud day for her, her parents and her Grandpa…That’s me!

Later it was time for a late afternoon baseball game…

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Play Ball!
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Jaime at bat.
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Jaime playing third base.
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Jaime catching.

What a girl!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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