Town Column : West Tisbury
I can't believe that Mike and I spent from 3 pm till almost 11 o'clock watching football. We were at West Tisbury's "Football Central," otherwise known as Howard and Diane Wall's house with a group of like-minded friends/fans: Ben and Florence Paul, Rich and Jan Rooney, assorted dogs, cats, and new bunny, Poppy. We had a great time, watching the Patriots win their 18th straight game and eating Howard's pizza.
For those who don't know, Howard Wall makes the best pizza in the world. He and Diane served five different kinds tonight, each better than the last. Sausage and pepperoni came first, followed by spinach and goat cheese, mushroom and caramelized onion, eggplant and garlic, and fresh tomato with feta and walnuts.
Hilary Wall is home from her first semester at UMass Amherst. It was great to see her and hear about her classes, especially the art history she is considering majoring in. Her cousin, Janaye Rooney, arrived later in the evening after an outing in Oak Bluffs with some friends. Tessa Wall, Hilary's sister, was in Boston where she spent the long holiday weekend with friends.
This has been like watching a pitcher throw a perfect game, only spread out through a whole season. I can hardly wait two weeks for the Super Bowl where, hopefully, we will see football history made with a perfect season for the Patriots.
During tonight's game, Jan got a phone call from Jonathan and Kim Klaren, who just returned from Disney World. While there, Jonathan ran a 26.1-mile marathon, Kim walked a half-marathon, and with their daughter Kelly, all three ran a 3.1-mile Family Fun Run. Congratulations to them all.
Beth Kramer, Nelia Decker, Dan Waters, and I attended a meeting last Friday of the Martha's Vineyard Library Association at the Chilmark Library. It was held in the library's meeting room, also the scene of an exhibition of watercolors by West Tisbury artist Muriel Bye. I am mentioning this to remind everyone to go see her show before it comes down at the end of this month. There are lots of familiar views, beautifully painted and displayed.
Another piece of art news is that an article about Allen Whiting is in the January issue of American Artist Magazine. My friend and fellow painter Bill Ternes called from Sherborn to ask if I had seen the article, knowing I am a big fan of Allen's work. When I saw Lynne Whiting at the MVLA meeting, I asked her about it and she very kindly delivered a copy to our library that afternoon.
While you are at the library, look through last week's and this week's New Yorker. Paul Karasik has two of his cartoons published in the magazines. Paul's recent book, "I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks," has been included in Best of 2007 lists by Entertainment Weekly and Salon.com. He will also be interviewed and featured on the cover of the upcoming Best of the Year issue of The Comics Journal.
Rose Treat called with another sure-fire squirrel thwarting strategy. She hangs string bags of mothballs near her bird feeders to keep the squirrels away.
Alison and Peter Clark returned from Florida to their home on Cardinal Way with Tallulah, "a three-pound ball of fluff." This story was reported by my field correspondent and partner, my husband Mike, who is coincidentally the Clarks' carpenter. Mike hadn't met Tallulah before, but he was immediately enchanted. Tallulah is a Coton de Tulear, a breed we had never heard of. We looked it up on the Internet and learned that the breed is from southern Madagascar, a cross between a French Bichon and an Italian Bolognese. The Clarks' Tallulah was actually born on the Island. "There she is," Mike said when the picture came up. She will be about 12 pounds when mature, and I'm guessing still pretty cute. She certainly has a nice name.
I was very sad to read that Lloyd Mayhew died earlier in January. I always think of him as "Uncle Lloyd" because that is what he was to my friends Blue Cullen and Candy daRosa. When I first met him he was one of the handsomest men I had ever seen, with a joyful laugh and very flirtatious. He must have been about 60 then, which seems very young now. Thinking of him makes me smile.
If you have ever wondered if you could make a catapult out of a coffee spoon and land a wad of paper in your coffee cup, it can be done. It took quite a bit of practice and persistence, but that was the experiment in basic physics that occupied our breakfast table at the airport this morning. Our guest scientist was Henry Bassett, who is usually at breakfast with his grandfather, Bob Wasserman. Bob was out of town this weekend, so Henry came to breakfast with us. We set up all of our cups after carefully observing the trajectories of the wad of paper, varying the direction of the spoon, and how hard to hit it to make the paper go different distances. After several disappointing hits off the rim, Henry got the paper into the cup twice. Everyone was watching by then and we all cheered. It was a blast.