Following last week's column, we received an e-mail from one of our readers who shared the information that both the Hartwick Public Library and the SPCA thrift shop will accept donations of VCR tapes. So now it would seem we have a choice of where our selection of tapes might find a home. But now, since we have continued with our cleaning and sorting we wonder what one does with old cameras? Thus far we have unearthed a Polaroid SX-70 Land camera, complete with instruction booklet, and a Kodak Instamatic 800 camera, made in the U.S.A. no less.
We also discovered, much to our amazement, that a recently repotted Christmas cactus was suddenly joined by a bevy of small mushrooms. And while we know we have had a lot of rain, we find it hard to believe that the mushrooms sprouted as result of our somewhat wet weather of late. Thus we must assume there was something in the potting soil which was used that produced the mushrooms which were unfortunately, not morel mushrooms. We well remember that as a child each spring our father would take to the woods, coming home with freshly picked morel mushrooms which we quite liked once they were sautéed in butter. And we cannot imagine what his response would be to the fact that we just read in a recent edition of Cooking Light that morel mushrooms can be purchased at the seemingly hefty price of $30 a pound. We suspect, given that price, that for us at least morel mushrooms will remain a childhood memory.
We have come to the conclusion, from comments we have heard, that any number of people find the slogan "America's Most Perfect Village" to be puzzling. We have often heard that perfect is perfect and there cannot be degrees of being perfect. And while perfect is defined as "... greatest in amount or degree," it also can be used to describe something as being "... to the greatest extent." Thus we think it is possible to maintain that by referring to Cooperstown as "America's Most Perfect Village" an admission is being made that there are other "Most Perfect Villages" in the country, but that it is Cooperstown that outshines them all by being the most perfect. We have offered this explanation for what it is worth which we suspect, in some people's opinion, will not be much.