Yep ... it seems that somehow my daughters have the idea that they must give
me flowers on Veteran's Day now. Where on earth that came from ... never
mind, I can guess.
Wasn't/isn't Valentines Day a religious celebration, besides being the
epitome of a "marketing gimmick"?
... Madison Ave loves it when they can kill multiple birds with one guilt
Yeah, but I think the major observation that we have today is all marketing.
Same with Halloween. When I was a wee bit younger, Halloween was an evening
when you wore burnt cork on your face and old sheets on your body, with ribs
drawn with cork. Made a helluva fine ghost. Now, costumes cost the earth, and
every parent fears razor blades in apples and worse in candies.
"In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence
is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of
office." Ambrose Bierce
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Which way did the stripes go ? Along the grain, or across it ?
"Across" is your classic ray figure on white oak, maybe accentuated by
finishing. Nice effect, but far from unusual. Most common around 1900.
"Along" sounds like it's poor quality brown oak. Brown oak is a fungal
discolouration of white oaks, where the whole log picks up a deep
brown colour. If it's consistent, the timber fetches a premium price.
Half-browned though (which is pretty common, especially around the
edges) is a stripey timber that few people want. I wouldn't be
surprised to see someone start using it because it was cheap, then
trying to push it as something special.
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