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May 23, 2013

The week that was ...

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---- — For a number of years now, we have not been in Cooperstown for the spring season. And we must admit that we had quite forgotten what it is like. But since we decided that travel was not on the docket for this year, we have become reacquainted with the Cooperstown spring. And we must say we rather enjoyed it with the possible exception of occasional uncalled for snow and seemingly frigid temperatures.

But we have most greatly enjoyed, from the comfort of our home no less, the blooming of the magnolia, the forsythia, the crabapple and the lilacs. We have even been taken with the profusion of dandelions and creeping veronica, which have invaded the lawn. All in all, it has been a very pleasant lead in to what we imagine will be a hectic summer season.

And since we were here for the spring, we were also here for Mother’s Day. And although we thought it would be a rather quiet, uneventful day, that did not prove to be the case. Since we had a buy one, get one free coupon for McDonald’s McWraps, we decided we would get two and have one for lunch and one for supper thus relieving ourselves of having to fix two of our three meals of the day.

However, the most exciting part of our Mother’s Day had to be the arrival at our door of a good friend who arrived with a gift of a freshly baked pecan pie that his wife made for us. It went very well with our second McWrap of the day.

Of course, nary a card arrived for Mother’s Day. They did not show up until Monday. But we thought they were most definitely worth the wait. Our granddaughter Abby sent us a card that said on the front, “Happy Mother’s Day to a GRANDMA who’s talented, good looking and highly intelligent!”

When we opened the card up, it continued with: “Isn’t it amazing how those traits have been passed down through the generations?”

Our son Christopher’s card was, we thought, equally amusing. The outside read: “Mom, you carried me inside you for nine months and went through excruciating pain for hours to have me.” Inside the card, it said: “I got you this card. (Kinda makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it?).” We haven’t stopped laughing yet.

We hasten to point out that our Mother’s Day dining on McWraps was just the beginning of a somewhat unusual week of food. We started with McDonald’s on Sunday. Monday we had two dining out experiences, a take out lunch that we shared with friends at Otsego Manor. And for dinner on Monday, we motored with different friends to Pop’s Place where we finally enjoyed our first shrimp basket of the season. Tuesday was supposed to be a dine at home day. And it actually was, although we dined on a take out dinner we had procured, and frozen, the preceding week. But, given its restaurant affiliation, we decided, for the purposes of this column, we could count it.

Wednesday we moved into the big time with the Women’s Club Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Otesaga. We then returned to the Hawkeye Grill at the Otesaga on Thursday for lunch with a friend from Williamsburg and on Friday to celebrate with friends Jane Curtis’ 90th birthday. All in all, it was a heavy-duty food week. And we really think we are not going to try to recreate it any time soon. We hasten to add, it was indeed nice to stay home on Saturday.

In spite of our somewhat outrageous social schedule, we were still able to keep up with the news. In fact we received what we thought to be a fairly interesting email directing us to the May 2 article on Bloomberg Businessweek entitled “Why Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles Are Catching On” by Bradley Olson.

From this article we learned that natural gas can not only be liquefied (LNG), it can also be converted from a gas to a liquid (GTL). According to the article, “The technology essentially breaks down natural gas and converts it into a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide before using chemical reactions to make diesel and jet fuel. No new cars, engines, or filling stations are required.”

We will be most interested to see what effect such a fuel would have on the transportation industry.

When we first read this article, we thought this must be some new technology. However, the article noted: “The technology was developed in the 1920s and commercialized in Nazi Germany, which did not have local sources of oil. About 95 percent of the Luftwaffe’s aviation fuel during the Battle of Britain was produced using the Fischer-Tropsch process, named for the chemists who created it.” The full article can be accessed at: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-02/why-natural-gas-powered-vehicles-are-catching-on#p2.

Unfortunately, we did not greet all the news we have received of late with the same enthusiasm we had for the story on the use of natural gas to power vehicles. For example, even though we knew it was coming, we were still unprepared for the announcement that CCS had accepted money for sports uniforms as a result of their having changed the school’s nickname.

When the proposal of money for new uniforms if the name was changed first came to light back in the winter, we were asked if such a payment would be considered a bribe or a payoff. We had no answer then and we have no answer now. However, we do think it is quite possible that having the school accept the money could change one’s thinking that by changing the name “the school did the right thing for the right reason” to “the school did the right thing for the wrong reason.” And it certainly does give one the opportunity to wonder what else at the school might be “for sale,” something we would really not particularly like to ponder.

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