by Tom Seymour
In case readers wonder why I have only written only one column in the past three weeks, the answer is that I didn’t write one, but rather three columns. Two of these never made it to print because of a glitch in the office. Hopefully, that won’t happen again.
Motorists in our area may have noticed that the construction on the power lines, the same construction that precipitated occasional traffic stops at all road crossings, has wound down. Crews are stacking the huge timbers that were used as temporary roadbeds and trucks are hauling away. It’ll be good to see things return to normal along our town and state roads.
Groups of wild turkeys are evident in numbers along roadsides. Last week, while driving along on a narrow road, I came upon a bunch of birds in the middle of the road and it looked for sure as at least one of them would become roadkill. But providence must have smiled upon not only me but also the turkeys, because I managed to maneuver through the middle of the flock without hitting a single one. The event was like something a scene from an action movie, or so it would have appeared to an onlooker.
While the season for hunting ruffed grouse lasts through December, deer hunting take precedence now. Orange-clad hunters have taken to the woods. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says that deer populations are up and this season should see substantially more deer taken than during the previous few years. It looks like venison for Thanksgiving for many Waldo families.
Also, if any Waldo resident scores on deer this season, please send me the details and I’ll post it in this column. Good luck to all.
A Better Shoelace
My piece on footwear on this week’s editorial page didn’t include one of my pet peeves; shoelaces that don’t stay tied. It seems that no matter how good the quality of new shoes, the same doesn’t translate to laces. I find myself re-tying my laces every hour or so. Rubbing the laces with beeswax helps a little, but the effect doesn’t last. And double-knotting hasn’t helped either. Any advice from readers on how to make shoelaces stay tied, or where to find stay-tied laces, will be much appreciated.
“The Bible tells us God created the universe; science tells us how He did it; and through my telescope I marvel at His handiwork.” - Anon