Crackers, horses, and knots.
CheezIts. Who thought up that name, I wonder. No matter tonight. Here is the thing. As little cheesy snack crackers go…. the CheezIt is okay. Quite adequate. But I much prefer the Tidbit. I like the taste exponentially better. And the shape is more interesting by far.
And wouldn’t you know it? People don’t talk about CheezIts in every day conversations. No. No, I tell you. It is the Tidbit. Sure. You’ve ALL heard it before…….. “Oh boy Marge…. do I EVER have a TIDBIT for YOU.”
And in that sense, we are not talking about cheese crackers at all.
So on with the show. Tonight…. some Tidbits for you.
I am a fan of the sports teams from Pittsburgh for some reason. But here is a little deal I didn’t know….. The Pittsburgh Pirates were originally known as the Pittsburgh Alleghenies. As sure as I’m sitting here.
But…. back in 1880…. those Alleghenies apparently stole away second-baseman Louis Bierbauer from the Philadelphia Athletics. So, a local newspaper called the team “a bunch of pirates.” The nickname suited them just fine, and they have been flying the Jolly Roger ever since.
This is doubly good for me. I like pirates too. It is a must… if you live in Charleston, SC.
Okay…. let’s go from one good scandal to the next. And what better for scandals… than U.S. Presidents. Just when you thought there might be a few left withOUT a scandal… think again. The Big Daddy of them all… the Original George.
You see…. as president, George Washington pulled in a salary of $25K a year. Now back then… that was a chunk of change. It is roughly $1 million today.
Who wouldn’t like that kind of green. Especially with your own face on it? So….. Georgie was pretty dang excited by his new found purchasing power. As such, Washington started living it up, reportedly buying leopard-skin robes for all his horses and spending seven percent of his income on alcohol. George, George, George. Booze and leopard skins?
And. Speaking of horses. I love a good horse race. Specifically, I am very fond of The Kentucky Derby. I am also pretty keen on the early North American explorers… that team of Lewis and Clark. So. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that The Kentucky Derby was the brainchild of Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. He was the grandson of William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame).
AND…. he was a pirate. Okay… just jerking around about the pirate thing.
But all of this should go to prove my original point. We weren’t talking CheezIts here. No way. No how. We were definitely sharing a few Tidbits, indeed. Ahhhh. The far superior Tidbit.
They make you smile and say Cheeeeez.
“Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
AND a HUGE PS …. a Tidbit which makes me smile…..
Flower girls traditionally threw flower petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future.
So tonight… I AM Polly the Flower Girl. Wishing two of my favorite brides… Lynda & Barbara…. a sweet and plentiful future. After 25 years of loving one another… I am so joyful you finally are able… to tie the knot. Congratulations.