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Saturday, August 22, 2020


I looked out the corner of my eye this morning, yep, it was still there.

How long has the shopping cart sat there upended in the creek in front of the Cultural Village or Fallbrook Old Town or whatever they are calling it these days, two months, three months?

I guess one would hope that the property owner would get it out of there but it doesn't look like that is going to happen anytime soon.

Maybe I will bring my better camera down and create a new Fallbrook post card, pitch it to the Chamber?

I see a small egret down there from time to time in the rainy season.

Hope he doesn't get tetanus from that rusty old thing.

Who is responsible for maintaining our riparian areas?

Ross Douthat has a well written opinion about what happens to Republicanism after Trump at the NYT today.

But his conclusions are not what stuck with me after reading the piece, it was his use of the word perfervid.

I looked at it with wonder. Was it a typo? Editing has gotten so ghastly even at the hallowed Times. What's a perfervid, a fervid pervert? Is it even a word? I looked it up. It is a word allright, means intense and impassioned.

Well, that's a new one on me. Frankly, I wouldn't have the guts to use a word like that, even me. Why not say intense and impassioned unless the point of course, is showing off your fancy new twenty dollar word? How sesquipedalian of old Ross...


Anonymous said...

If you blow the photo up it appears to be two shopping carts. What homeless people call a "duplex".

Julie Hardesty said...

There is actually a company that comes to Fallbrook once a week to pick up shopping carts that have been stolen and abandoned around the Friendly Village. If you call Major Market or Albertson's or whomever the cart belongs to and let them know the whereabouts of the cart they will happily take down the information and the cart will be picked up and returned to the grocery store it belongs to.

Blue Heron said...

I will crawl down and do a forensic investigation and see where it is from. Thanks, Julie!

Julie Hardesty said...


Anonymous said...

Julie is right. Those shopping carts are very expensive. Stores always collect them if they are notified.