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Monday, August 1, 2011

A Euphemism for What?

A Day in the Life: August 1st


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. AUG. 1, 1896               Ther. 

Fred Slater + I cut wood all day put up 2 1/2 cords.  Pa, MA + Rollie went to see Aunt Em took Grandma Mason home.


(Aged 16)
Wea. rainy                                  TUE. AUG. 1, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. AUG. 1, 1899               Ther.

Rollie + I got Mell Bragg’s boat + went hunting + fishing up the creek.  I killed a crow on the wing, the first one I ever killed, a muskrat, a shike poke + a red squirrel.  Got home about 12.30. 

In P.M. Mearle Cowan + I went hunting bees found one tree up on Irwin Cowan’s. 

In eve went up to Mattie Cowan’s then came home + went to school meeting.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 1, 1900                 Ther.

Worked haying in the A.M.  In P.M. Alice and I took a drive through Gerry and Sinclairville with Jackson’s Beastly looking horse.  Alice bought her dress.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. AUG. 1, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Frankie finished cutting pa’s oats.  Will cut brush.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               SAT.  AUG. 1, 1902             Ther.

Ditched from the spring.  J. Howard worked 2 hrs.  Big Jersey cow came in.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              SUN.  AUG. 1, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note: On online dictionary defines Shike poke simply as a euphemism without mentioning for what.  But you know I can't leave it at that so I dug deeper and found a shike poke is also known as a shite poke which is also known as a shy poke or simply a heron that shits when startled and taken to flight.  Wonderful new term for me.  But how about the shooting of the crow on the wing? Not surprised it was his first time given his hunting track record.

WHAT DRESS DID ALICE BUY?  I mean has Allen proposed?  Do they have an understanding?  Has she already been banished to her Uncle's in Chicago by Anders to try and dampen their young ardor?  I asked Diana but she says she wasn't there so she can't help.  Of course, we both wish we knew what that dress looked like.


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