Las Madres '80 East


October 18th
Piggy Party
RSVP:  Sue Butler

October 20th
Coffee Field Trip
(San Felipe & Yerba Buena)
Contact:  Sue Ballard

November 2-4
Ladie's Weekend Getaway
RSVP:  Cindy Pitcher

1st        Alene Brown
7th        Kevin Corral
14th      Kindra Claverie (Happy 22nd!)
18th      Tom Gomez
19th      Melinda Gomez (Happy 18th!)
23rd      Marti Kranak

October Meeting
What: Piggy Party
When:  Thursday, October 18, 7:15pm
Where:  Sue Butler's

THINK PINK!  It's Piggy Party Time Again.  Get all your pink items and piggy items out to wear.  Prizes will be awarded.

Bring a snack to share, drinks will be provided.
(Extra points for pig related food items, either pink or pig)

RSVP:  Phone Sue or e-mail her at work -

Ladies Weekend Getaway
Do you need to get away to forget, refresh, or just have a great time? Then plan on coming up to the mountains for a weekend getaway.
When?  Weekend of Friday, November 2nd
Where?  Cindy Pitcher's cabin in Pollock Pines, 10 miles north of Placerville, off of Highway 50
What is there to do besides relaxing, eating, and of course gossiping? Apple Hill is in the height of the season at this time which has great food and craft fairs at the different apple ranches.
Where will I sleep? There are two bedrooms (1 queen sized bed, 2 twins), a pull-out queen sized couch, a loft upstairs with 2 twin sized beds and plenty of floor space
We did just get a new roof put on so if anyone would like to sleep under the stars I guess that is available too.
How much will it cost me? Just enough to pay for utilities and wood for the fireplace (about $20.00)
Just call Cindy at 238-9214 to let her know if you are coming ASAP or for more details.

Music Man

Hi Friends,
    "Seventy-six trombones..."
David and I are in the great American musical, "Music Man,"  over at Pioneer High School.  The performances are on Oct. 17th-20th at 7:30p.m..  The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.  Friday and Saturday night are close to being sold out but Wednesday and Thursday nights have quite a few seats left.  If you would like to go, send me an e-mail and I can purchase them for you (all reserved seats by the way) and you can send me a check later, or you can first mail me a check and then I will get them for you.  This is an exciting show with all the favorite tunes... proceeds go to the Pioneer drama department.  Hope to see you there!
                                                                        Thanks in advance,  Randi and Dave

Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue

Meet your Las Madres friends for some coffee and conversation at the Starbuck's at White and Aborn on Saturday mornings at 9am.  Every third Saturday is a "field trip" - check the Coming Events calendar for the location of this month's excursion.
This month we will be going to the new shopping center at the corner of San Felipe & Yerba Buena to try out the pastries at the Le Boulanger.


English is a Crazy Language
An Excerpt from the Introduction, by Richard Lederer

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 take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

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? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese... One blouse, 2 blice?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through annals of history but not a single annal? 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? If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. 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? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?

How can a "slim chance" and a "fat chance" be the same, while a "wise man" and "wise guy" are opposites? How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while "quite a lot" and "quite a few" are alike? How can the weather be "hot as hell" one day and "cold as hell" another?

Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent? Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Met a sung hero or experienced requited love? Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable? And where are all those people who are spring chickens or who would actually hurt a fly?

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 clock goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?

Now I know why I flunked my English. It's not my fault, the silly language doesn't quite know whether it's coming or going.

Pollock Pines Info & Pics

President - Merrilee Claverie
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Treasurer - Sharon Simmons
Coffee Coordinator - Sue Ballard 1