Monday, November 2, 2009


Here is a lovely old window from an outbuilding down Onemo very close to the post office. It was all I could do to keep myself from running over and taking a quick peek inside.

Speaking of quick peeks, let's take a gander at two interesting tidbits from last Thursday's Gazette Journal, our local paper.

Headline: Punkin Chunkin planned for November 7

(Yes, that's right, a good ole fashioned punkin chunkin. Now I'll stop interrupting and get on with the article, already in progress.)

"Once Halloween is over, what should you do with your Jack-o'-Lantern? Just chuck it--from a giant catapult that is. Kingston Episcopal Parish, in cooperation with Belmont Pumpkin Farm, will hold its annual Punkin Chunkin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Belmont Pumpkin Farm on North River Road, North.

A trebuchet, a medieval catapult, will be on site at the fall festival...Those who don't have their own pumpkins can pay $1 to fling one of the season's leftover pumpkins into the field. Admission is $4 per person or $12 per family."

On the next page, there is an advertisement for Pet World in Gloucester Point:

1 Dozen Crickets
1 coupon per customer
Expires 11/5/09.

I'm not sure which image is more disturbing and perplexing: forking over money to hurl rotting pumpkins through the air with a medieval catapult, or paying hard-earned money for crickets, which I always thought were (a) free and (b) not something you'd want even if they were free and (c) have I been sitting on a cash crop of insects all along? I could be selling crickets? People pay money for crickets? People clip coupons to avoid paying money for crickets? My house basement is a veritable gold mine.

And where do I get one of these medieval catapults? Does Wal-Mutant carry them? I think I've just come up with a new way to earn money, aside from this cricket gig: charging money for families to catapult fiddler crabs through the air. It will be big fun for the families and may help reduce the herds population of crabs infesting my yard.

What other ways could we capitalize on this notion of peddling insects and/or decomposing vegetables?

And again, I ask you, where does one purchase a medieval catapult?

In summary, then, today's post touches on windows, a desire to trespass and look inside somebody's window, punkins, chunkin some punkins, crickets for free, clipping coupons for free crickets, and a partridge in a pear tree new business proposition involving midieval catapults and fiddler crabs.

Welcome to life in Mathews and Life in Mathews, where anything goes.


Ann Marie said...

Not sure where you would purchase one of those.. but if you find one will you please let me know.. I can think of a few other things I would like to chunk in the creek behind my house...

Anonymous said...

If any one fimds a tuxedo jasket on a phone pole in mathews i left it on top of one in 1973 my senior prom dont remeber were rent is due help a guy out Mark

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

What you really need is a scaled-down device for cricket/moth chunkin', so you can avoid yet anothe foray into YouTube world...

(word of the day: ingunc, as in, when I wade into the cricket population in my basement, I'm knee deep ingunc) ;)

big hair envy said...

I LUV a good punkin'chunkin'!!! Crickets, on the other hand, not so much.

Daryl said...

Oh a pumpkin chucking and crickets for sale .. WONKY!!!!!

Okay .. Word Verif: nonsset .. I am not putting up with any more of this nonsset.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I've chucked a few pumpkins in my day! And some other stuff!

OK this is WONKY...word verification....reeking!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

You can get a kit to build your own here for only $59 plus $12 shipping. That might be a fun project!

I wish I could fling my dead jack o'lanterns via trebuchet. I just flung 'em into the compost heap.

foolery said...

I usually get my trebuchets from All Things Catapult (although Catapults R Us is often cheaper and Catapults, Etc. is closer).

Also, hi to 1973 Mark from one of his Blogfest quiz participants! I think

Mental P Mama said...

I say we sneak down there under cover of darkness and steal--erm--borrow their catapult. I'll be the lookout. 'K?

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Ann Marie - Yes indeed, I agree. The first version of this rambling post ended with me saying that I"d like to chunk my dirty laundry into the creek.

Mark-1973? That tuxedo jacket is so old it probably disintegrated into thin air. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) And would you care to share with us why you were on top of a telephone pole in a tuxedo? Were you trying to place an outgoing call? Or perhaps since those were the days of party lines, you decided to dress for the party?

Baroness-Ha! Yes, anything to avoid another episode of Close Encounters of the Insect Kind. *shudder*

BHE-Have you been to one? Heard of one? Or just talking about heaving stuff into the back yard,which we all do around here. (Why stuff something in a trash bag that the racoons will only drag to town and back?) I'd never heard of a punkin chunkin before this week, though, so I must be living under a rock that's beneath a rock that sits 12 feet below a paved parking lot.

Daryl - The nonsset is so deep we need hipboots to walk through it!

NNG-You must chunk the punkins before they start reeking, that's what the word verification was trying to say.

Meg-Could make a great Christmas gift! (To me, from me.)

Foolery- Yes, it's Mark from Blog Fest talking about 1973-era tuxedos on top of telephone poles but who needs to share the story, the whole story and nothing but the story.

MPM-You'll actually be here during said event, so that's not outside the realm of possibility...

Monday's work day is over. Hallelujah. Thanks to you all for humoring me and commenting. I truly appreciate it.