[CH] Armadillos and such

Gary Allen (gary.allen@usa.net)
Wed, 6 May 1998 09:13:40 +0100

These so-called "possums-on-the-half-shell" are, of course, the official
state decoration of highways in Texas. While I've seen thousands of 'em, I
confess that they never did much for my appetite -- 'though I did get a
little thirsty the time I saw one, near Cisco, lying on his back, an empty
long-necked Lonestar propped in his hairy claws.

As a token nod to list relevance, the ornamental pepper in my office
flowered all winter -- but in spite (or because) of my clumsy efforts to
pollinate those flowers, nothing happened. Now, suddenly, it's setting
fruit. Do you think that light levels might have something to do with that
-- or have some unnoticed insects found their way in to do the job?

Gary ("The grotesque prudishness and archness with which garlic is treated
in [England] has led to the superstition that rubbing the bowl with it
before putting the salad in gives sufficient flavor. It rather depends
whether you are going to eat the bowl or the salad." Elizabeth David)