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Foreign Lands

I am a subscriber to https://wordsmith.org
Each day I receive a new word with meaning, uses and the like as well as a thought for the day. Today the thought for the day was:  There is no foreign land; it is the traveller only that is foreign. -Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (13 Nov 1850-1894) 
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Older US Embassy, Moscow

My sometimes segments of “Where’s Waldo like “Where in the World is Jeff Berthiame” came to mind when I read today’s post. As is only fitting in today’s world, the update on our families world traveler, he’s in Moscow doing what it is that he does. Obviously he is not with President Putin, as Mr. Putin is way across the Pacific with President Trump. Does strange bedfellows sound about right?
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I shall forever more think of myself as the strange man in a not so strange land.
From Anu Garg:
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with Anu Garg

Luggage? Check. Passport? Check. Travel guide? Check!
Looks like you’re ready for the trip. But we can leave all this behind, because we are traveling to the land of imagination. The land where places such as El Dorado and Xanadu exist.

We’ll visit places that started out in fiction, and live on in the English language.

This week we’ll see five toponyms (from Greek topos: place), words derived after names of fictional places.

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PRONUNCIATION:
(GRIM-gri-buhr)

 

MEANING:
noun: Jargon of a trade.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From Grimgribber, an imaginary estate, discussed in the play Conscious Lovers (1722) by Richard Steele (1672-1729). Earliest documented use: 1722.

 

USAGE:
“Cracking speech, William: it was a fine specimen of grimgribber.”
Philip Howard; The Lost Words; Robson Press; 2012.

 

Just as a closing note, if I don’t write this stuff down, at my age I’ll forget it. Thanks again for stopping by.                                   What was today’s word again?  Oh yes, grimgribber!

Must be the Russians

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It’s been a crappy past ten days, spotty internet reception is the reason why. This all began about a week ago. I’m thinking it was due to a pretty good summer thunder-storm with lots of lightning last week. Our IT comes off a tower 5-6 miles away in the town of Princess Anne. What will be this Saturday’s task will be to use my computer’s word processor to get the basics for a blog done and then head off to our eldest daughter’s house for dinner and use her real world internet to get this posted.

On Thursday of last week our grandson Kevin, a recent graduate from high school and two buddies, Rob and Justin came through from CT. They got to spend the night in the newly decorated Annex/Guest House. On their way the boys took a side trip into NYC and found themselves in China Town. Their arrival here was at 10:00 PM and Mother Hen/Granny quickly got them tucked away.

Kevin asked what time we arise in the AM. When I said around five – five thirty, he quickly said how about seven for breakfast, fine we said. Shortly after eight the next morning the boys emerged from their quarters, Granny was ready. A Frittata of major proportions accompanied by bowls of fresh fruit, Strawberries and Blue Berries and toast were awaiting them. This venture kind of took Granny back to our Bed & breakfast days feeding travelers as they came through Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Frittata by the way consisted of eggs, potatoes, ham, cheese and tomatoes. I got to eat with the boys, a real treat since I’m not usually spoiled in this way.

We had some nice chit-chat time with the boys over breakfast, learning that Rob was heading to the University of Rhode Island and Justin the University of Connecticut. FYI, Kevin, has decided to put his acceptance to the University of Connecticut on hold for a year.

Not wanting to enter the rigors of life post college deep in debt, Kevin has enlisted in the CT National Guard. He will head off to Basic Training in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, in September. After basic, Kevin will travel west to Arizona’s Ft. Huachuca for Intelligence School. There are some great monetary rewards for those who serve and Kevin has researched them all.

At approximately 9:30 AM the boys were off to Pickens, SC where they would visit Rob’s grandparents.

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L to R – Rob, Kevin and Justin

So we’re moving up in time and it is now Monday, 7 August, 2017. Torrential rains are falling on the Eastern Shore of MD. This morning I took a trip to the offices of BlooSurf, my internet provider to check on the lack of viable service for the past ten days. I spoke with their operations guru and learned the problem had just been solved and service had been restored. His explanation, some rouge electrical interference. Must be the Russians I thought.

Tuesday, 8 August – Awoke, no internet. Has to be the Gremlins from the Kremlin.

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I was up @ 0400 with the mother hen as she was getting ready to go off to her 0530 gym class. God love the little women, such dedication. I do the gym also but do not leave the house until 0810.

I gave a call to my service provider and was told they were aware of the issue and were working on it. I’m guessing they had a long distance call into Moscow and the bare-chested guy. At approximately 1000 hrs a viable signal returned and I was able to get some banking done. Just as I was preparing to send out this blog, SNIP, the signal was gone again.

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Just a fishing expedition, you’ll have your internet back in a few days.

So here I am at the eldest daughter’s home 3.5 miles away to attempt to once again finalize this blog.

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Just a picture or two to capture yesterdays weather is all I wanted to get out. We had 4.3 inches of rain and a Tornado just up the road in Salisbury. The excitement just never ends on the Eastern Shore. We even made the national news.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/07/tornado-hits-salisbury-md-flips-cars-damages-buildings/

Nope, no Russians here.               https://i2.wp.com/www.enterrasolutions.com/media/images/2013/02/6a00d8341c4ebd53ef017d41284e51970c-pi.pngPublish it quick!