It appears the annual Memorial Day ceremonies in Buffalo, along with the DeSmet Fishing Derby, will get the typical cool weather with a chance of showers again this weekend.  

There have been a few times when those days turned out to be filled with sunshine, but not likely for 2019.

Not golf weather so far this week, but the country is turning to a shade of beautiful green. 

Creeks and streams are on the rise as a result of this welcome spring moisture. Lawns are growing faster than most of us can mow, and it has been too cool for garden enthusiasts to get a lot done.

County officials are warning of a lower assessed valuation this year, so many departments and boards are scratching their heads to make those budgets work.

The Bench Sitters were talking about the good times and the less-than-good-times. One pointed out that when the methane gas boom was at its peak, there was five times as much money available through county tax sources. 

Now leaner times have returned.  

Meanwhile if you happened to be walking past the north end of the Occidental Hotel Building downtown last Saturday morning, you may have caught the aroma of fresh baked cinnamon rolls coming from the new bakery holding a grand opening.  

Wow, they were good!

The Bench Sitters are asking why the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t fix the pool and sculpture of the cowboy drinking from his hat at their information station at the east edge of town. If they have a problem, ask for some volunteer help and we’ll bet they’ll get the help they need to get it done.

Not sure why, but there is always a little political talk at most of the morning coffee groups after they get done teasing each other on every other subject.

We often hear the complaint that everyone who lives in this country should be able to speak English.

But have you ever thought about how hard it might be to learn English the way it is used by most of us?

Here are a few thoughts…

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The landfill was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. 

We know quicksand can work slowly and boxing rings are square. 

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? 

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? 

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? 

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? 

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

It’s easy to understand up, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake up?

At a meeting, why does a topic come up?

Why do we speak up and why are the officers up for election and why is it up to the secretary to write up a report?

We call up our friends.

People stir up trouble, line up for tickets, work up an appetite and think up excuses.

The Bench Sitters apologize for coming up with this whole column. We’ll write again next week. 

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