“Well, I let’em talk me into running for this office…

“Well, I let’em talk me into running for this office.  But, I’ll tell you truthfully, I’ve got about as much chance of winning as a paraffin dog chasing an asbestos cat through hell.”  These were the colorful words of George Mansfield, a well-known Southern Oregon attorney in the early 1920s.  Such expressions have long been a part of American history.  I offer the following examples:  1.  “I’d bet a toothpick to a match.”;  2. That’s none of my never mind.”;  3.  “Not on your tintype(tintype was replaced by other words).” ; 4.  He’s a butter and eggs man(meaning someone prosperous, because butter and eggs were quite expensive at the turn of the nineteenth century).”;  5.  “Excuse me for using the wide bow(for being blunt or too direct).”

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

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