Around Town: New Congressman swears in Apple Valley

By PAT ORR
Apple Valley Review

It was a nice gesture for Congressman Paul Cook to show up and swear in our new council members last week. Later in the meeting the newly reorganized council approved an agreement that allows Cook to rent office space at Town Hall for his district office.

Having your Congressman’s office so close is a great benefit to residents and Town staff who can just wander over to discuss programs and issues with the Congressional staffers. In fact, we were so eager to accommodate Congressman Cook that Town Manager Frank Robinson relocated his own office to allow Cook more conveniently located space. Now if we can just find Robinson’s new office …

Come, Spot

You may have read something about researchers in England who are having success at teaching dogs — yes canines — to drive. The project’s goal is to determine how much a dog can really learn. They recently have achieved a breakthrough in getting the pooches to learn how to accelerate and steer. After listening to me snark and yell at drivers during a down-the-hill trip, my exasperated wife said she would be happy to let our yellow lab drive if I would sit in the back and shut up. She would prefer to sit in the front because — she asserts — the dog is quite an attentive listener and doesn’t bark at other drivers.

What would you call a female dog that cuts you off on the freeway in the future? A lady?

Someday “Dog Park” could be a command, not a place.

Christmas stuff you need to know

What is “Figgie Pudding?” Made famous by the song “We wish you a Merry Christmas,” it is a blob of bread dough and mashed figs boiled or baked that dates back to the Crusades. Um, sounds de-lish.

From “Jingle Bells,” what does it means when the sleigh is “up sot?” From a 19th century poem, the term means “turned over” as in, “Ronald Reagan is now up sotting in his grave.”

Where does egg nog come from? Most agree it comes from England. How it was named is another matter. I like the version where the colonists made it and called it egg’n’grog. After several egg’n’grogs the term was slurred into egg nog. There was also an “Eggnog Riot” at West Point in 1826 when drunken revelers went crazy, resulting in the court martial of 26 cadets. Eggnog was a tad stronger in 1826, apparently.

A short plug for Christmas

It annoys me that folks try to take Christ out of Christmas. Grammatically it is impossible. It would also rip the heart out of Western Civilization as we know it. All of the concepts of right and wrong, freedom, democracy and rule of law trace back to the Judeo/Christian belief system propagated by you-know-who. So when you hear some over-educated, over-medicated dilatants on TV talk about separating church and state, remember that the very concepts that this country — and most others — are based on come from Christ and his belief system.

Equality, fairness, compassion, following laws — these are not organic inbred characteristics of a human. We all needed a teacher.

Pat Orr is a local business owner, a community volunteer and a political junkie.

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