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28 June 2008


Now that I'm just about caught up after the ISP meltdown, I can finally get to SwampAngel's tag. (Check out her sharks' teeth, of which I am extremely jealous!) Here's the deal:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the next three sentences
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

I had to do a little eeny-meeny, coz I always have LOTS of books close at hand. Close zee eyes, twirl zee hand, pick zee book...

Page 123 has an illustration, so I fudged a bit. So, from Florida Cowman, A History of Florida Cattle Raising by Joe A. Akerman, Jr...

We looked like we had been cow-hunting for three weeks, and we smelled like the cowpens we had just left. I have forgotten the hotel's name, but it was very large and had nice marble floors. As we walked in, the bell boys came skating up to us and one tried to take Rudy's grip, a little handbag that would only hold a quart of whiskey and a forty-four pistol.

Now, if they're not too fast for me, I'll try and catch 5 people to tag... let's see how I do chasing after:
1 - Steve
2 - Meems
3 - Rob
4 - Brenda
5 - FC (OK, I tried to not tag you, but enquiring minds WANT to know) 8-}

And just in case there are any purists reading this... seeing as how I actually grabbed 2 books at once, here's a bonus excerpt from page 123 of the one that got away.

From The Florida Cookbook by Jeanne Voltz and Caroline Stuart:

Colonel Bradley insisted on decorous behavior by his patrons, but tolerated the high jinks that accompanied the introduction of green turtle soup to the menu. His Swiss chef, Conrad Schmitt, had live turtles on chains paraded through the clubhouse before they went to the soup pot.

C. W. Barron, founder of
Barron's Weekly
, esteemed the cuisine at Bradley's so highly that he arrived prepared, with tuxedos in five sizes.


SwampAngel65 said...

That Florida Cowman book sounds interesting! I may have to look for that one. Is it fiction or a true tale? I love any book about Florida and it's history. I kind of collect them, too :)

SophieMae said...

SwampAngel, it's non-fiction. Most isn't in the story form I quoted, but it is interesting. It was published by the Florida Cattlemen's Association. The author retired in 2003 from NFCC, where he taught history.