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  1. #1
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default George Shirley is a mensch

    I got a box in the mail today inside was one of those old hard-to-find
    Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the
    principal of gravity and I have lusted after one ever since I saw
    Jorge's when I visited him and The Sainted Miz Anne about 4-5 years ago.

    Old-timers in this group may remember that there was a spell about 5
    years back when the old goat was having a crapload of health problems,
    one after the other and the other. He and I have been acquainted online
    since about 1995 and I have gotten good help and questionable advice
    sometimes from him. In light of his health issues, once he got all
    better, I took him up on a long standing offer to pay them a visit.
    Very self-serving on my part I would not have forgiven myself for not
    meeting him face to face if he were to croak before we'd met. And so I
    flew down for 3-4 nights and enjoyed the hospitality and the good eats
    at Chateau Shirley. I got a pressure canning lesson that I've never
    put to use. I bought one of Miz Anne's beautiful watercolor paintings,
    too she is a talented artist.

    I've been on the receiving end of more than one box of homemade goods
    from George -- dried herbs, pickled strange vegetables, the best damned
    hot sauce I've ever had, and now, the rare and very clever Grip-Tite jar
    lifter.

    If you can count the old goat and his fine, fine lady among your
    friends, you are lucky indeed. I can, I do, and I am.

    You're a mensch, George. I love you both (probably Miz Anne more than
    you just because she's not as o'nery), and again, I thank you for your
    generosity to me and I'm real glad I won't have to wrestle one of your
    descendants for your Grip-Tite when you croak.

    I sure hope you get your house sold so you can get back 'home' closer to
    family. You deserve to spend your reclining years being adored by
    family.
    --
    Barb,
    http://www.barbschaller.com, as of August 20, 2012

  2. #2
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I got a box in the mail today inside was one of those old hard-to-find
    > Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the
    > principal of gravity and I have lusted after one ever since I saw
    > Jorge's when I visited him and The Sainted Miz Anne about 4-5 years ago.
    >
    > Old-timers in this group may remember that there was a spell about 5
    > years back when the old goat was having a crapload of health problems,
    > one after the other and the other. He and I have been acquainted online
    > since about 1995 and I have gotten good help and questionable advice
    > sometimes from him. In light of his health issues, once he got all
    > better, I took him up on a long standing offer to pay them a visit.
    > Very self-serving on my part I would not have forgiven myself for not
    > meeting him face to face if he were to croak before we'd met. And so I
    > flew down for 3-4 nights and enjoyed the hospitality and the good eats
    > at Chateau Shirley. I got a pressure canning lesson that I've never
    > put to use. I bought one of Miz Anne's beautiful watercolor paintings,
    > too she is a talented artist.
    >
    > I've been on the receiving end of more than one box of homemade goods
    > from George -- dried herbs, pickled strange vegetables, the best damned
    > hot sauce I've ever had, and now, the rare and very clever Grip-Tite jar
    > lifter.
    >
    > If you can count the old goat and his fine, fine lady among your
    > friends, you are lucky indeed. I can, I do, and I am.
    >
    > You're a mensch, George. I love you both (probably Miz Anne more than
    > you just because she's not as o'nery), and again, I thank you for your
    > generosity to me and I'm real glad I won't have to wrestle one of your
    > descendants for your Grip-Tite when you croak.
    >
    > I sure hope you get your house sold so you can get back 'home' closer to
    > family. You deserve to spend your reclining years being adored by
    > family.
    >

    You just made my heart go pitty pat. The finest left-hand compliment
    I've ever had. Of course the compliments work both ways, just being
    associated with the Minnehaha "Jam Lady" pays dividends. I can always
    tell people down here I know a woman who actually sold her recipes for
    jam and, in turn, gets a pittance for it.

    Not to mention that you're the Mother Superior of the Hospitable Sisters
    of Saint Jella of Pectina, HOSSPOJ, the Holy Saint of jams and jellies.

    I'm still trying to find out if the patent on that lifter has expired,
    which I expect has since none have been sold since the seventies. Maybe
    I will make my fortune, finally, reproducing the things. Of course I
    would make them in the U.S. of A, probably using the slave labor of my
    grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Enjoy your lifter, it sure beats any of the modern ones that are sold,
    you only need one hand to do the job.

    George
    Father Confessor, HOSSPOJ

  3. #3
    Kathi Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    On Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:05:43 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
    > On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    >
    > > I got a box in the mail today � inside was one of those old hard-to-find

    >
    > > Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the

    >
    > > principal of gravity and I have lusted after one ever since I saw

    >
    > > Jorge's when I visited him and The Sainted Miz Anne� about 4-5 years ago.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > Old-timers in this group may remember that there was a spell about 5

    >
    > > years back when the old goat was having a crapload of health problems,

    >
    > > one after the other and the other. He and I have been acquainted online

    >
    > > since about 1995 and I have gotten good help and questionable advice

    >
    > > sometimes from him. In light of his health issues, once he got all

    >
    > > better, I took him up on a long standing offer to pay them a visit.

    >
    > > Very self-serving on my part � I would not have forgiven myselffor not

    >
    > > meeting him face to face if he were to croak before we'd met. And so I

    >
    > > flew down for 3-4 nights and enjoyed the hospitality and the good eats

    >
    > > at Chateau Shirley. I got a pressure canning lesson that I've never

    >
    > > put to use. I bought one of Miz Anne's beautiful watercolor paintings,

    >
    > > too � she is a talented artist.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > I've been on the receiving end of more than one box of homemade goods

    >
    > > from George -- dried herbs, pickled strange vegetables, the best damned

    >
    > > hot sauce I've ever had, and now, the rare and very clever Grip-Tite jar

    >
    > > lifter.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > If you can count the old goat and his fine, fine lady among your

    >
    > > friends, you are lucky indeed. I can, I do, and I am.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > You're a mensch, George. I love you both (probably Miz Anne more than

    >
    > > you just because she's not as o'nery), and again, I thank you for your

    >
    > > generosity to me � and I'm real glad I won't have to wrestle one of your

    >
    > > descendants for your Grip-Tite when you croak.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > I sure hope you get your house sold so you can get back 'home' closer to

    >
    > > family. You deserve to spend your reclining years being adored by

    >
    > > family.

    >
    > >

    >
    > You just made my heart go pitty pat. The finest left-hand compliment
    >
    > I've ever had. Of course the compliments work both ways, just being
    >
    > associated with the Minnehaha "Jam Lady" pays dividends. I can always
    >
    > tell people down here I know a woman who actually sold her recipes for
    >
    > jam and, in turn, gets a pittance for it.
    >
    >
    >
    > Not to mention that you're the Mother Superior of the Hospitable Sisters
    >
    > of Saint Jella of Pectina, HOSSPOJ, the Holy Saint of jams and jellies.
    >
    >
    >
    > I'm still trying to find out if the patent on that lifter has expired,
    >
    > which I expect has since none have been sold since the seventies. Maybe
    >
    > I will make my fortune, finally, reproducing the things. Of course I
    >
    > would make them in the U.S. of A, probably using the slave labor of my
    >
    > grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    >
    >
    >
    > Enjoy your lifter, it sure beats any of the modern ones that are sold,
    >
    > you only need one hand to do the job.
    >
    >
    >
    > George
    >
    > Father Confessor, HOSSPOJ


    I have to say, checking in to the group as rarely as I do now, I am so happy to see you 2 still here, and I still enjoy what you share! Barb, your posts are always amusing if not helpful, and George......you share hot sauce???

    xo
    Kathi


  4. #4
    marierogen Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch


    'Kathi[_2_ Wrote:
    > ;1777214']On Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:05:43 PM UTC-4, George Shirley
    > wrote:-
    > On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > -
    > I got a box in the mail today � inside was one of those old
    > hard-to-find-
    > -
    > Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the-
    > -
    > principal of gravity and I have lusted after one ever since I saw-
    > -
    > Jorge's when I visited him and The Sainted Miz Anne� about 4-5 years
    > ago.-
    > -
    > -
    > -
    > Old-timers in this group may remember that there was a spell about
    > 5-
    > -
    > years back when the old goat was having a crapload of health
    > problems,-
    > -
    > one after the other and the other. He and I have been acquainted
    > online-
    > -
    > since about 1995 and I have gotten good help and questionable advice-
    > -
    > sometimes from him. In light of his health issues, once he got all-
    > -
    > better, I took him up on a long standing offer to pay them a visit.-
    > -
    > Very self-serving on my part � I would not have forgiven myself for
    > not-
    > -
    > meeting him face to face if he were to croak before we'd met. And so
    > I-
    > -
    > flew down for 3-4 nights and enjoyed the hospitality and the good
    > eats-
    > -
    > at Chateau Shirley. I got a pressure canning lesson that I've
    > never-
    > -
    > put to use. I bought one of Miz Anne's beautiful watercolor
    > paintings,-
    > -
    > too � she is a talented artist.-
    > -
    > -
    > -
    > I've been on the receiving end of more than one box of homemade
    > goods-
    > -
    > from George -- dried herbs, pickled strange vegetables, the best
    > damned-
    > -
    > hot sauce I've ever had, and now, the rare and very clever Grip-Tite
    > jar-
    > -
    > lifter.-
    > -
    > -
    > -
    > If you can count the old goat and his fine, fine lady among your-
    > -
    > friends, you are lucky indeed. I can, I do, and I am.-
    > -
    > -
    > -
    > You're a mensch, George. I love you both (probably Miz Anne more
    > than-
    > -
    > you just because she's not as o'nery), and again, I thank you for
    > your-
    > -
    > generosity to me � and I'm real glad I won't have to wrestle one of
    > your-
    > -
    > descendants for your Grip-Tite when you croak.-
    > -
    > -
    > -
    > I sure hope you get your house sold so you can get back 'home' closer
    > to-
    > -
    > family. You deserve to spend your reclining years being adored by-
    > -
    > family.-
    > -
    > -
    >
    > You just made my heart go pitty pat. The finest left-hand compliment
    >
    > I've ever had. Of course the compliments work both ways, just being
    >
    > associated with the Minnehaha "Jam Lady" pays dividends. I can always
    >
    > tell people down here I know a woman who actually sold her recipes for
    >
    >
    > jam and, in turn, gets a pittance for it.
    >
    >
    >
    > Not to mention that you're the Mother Superior of the Hospitable
    > Sisters
    >
    > of Saint Jella of Pectina, HOSSPOJ, the Holy Saint of jams and
    > jellies.
    >
    >
    >
    > I'm still trying to find out if the patent on that lifter has expired,
    >
    >
    > which I expect has since none have been sold since the seventies. Maybe
    >
    >
    > I will make my fortune, finally, reproducing the things. Of course I
    >
    > would make them in the U.S. of A, probably using the slave labor of my
    >
    >
    > grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    >
    >
    >
    > Enjoy your lifter, it sure beats any of the modern ones that are sold,
    >
    >
    > you only need one hand to do the job.
    >
    >
    >
    > George
    >
    > Father Confessor, HOSSPOJ-
    >
    > I have to say, checking in to the group as rarely as I do now, I am so
    > happy to see you 2 still here, and I still enjoy what you share! Barb,
    > your posts are always amusing if not helpful, and George......you share
    > hot sauce???
    >
    > xo
    > Kathi


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    marierogen

  5. #5
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    In article <2aaf10e6-1531-41aa-b3bc-c4fa8b6d17ee@goo[email protected]>,
    Kathi <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:05:43 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
    > > On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > >
    > > > I got a box in the mail today � inside was one of those old
    > > > hard-to-find

    > >
    > > > Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the

    >
    >
    > I have to say, checking in to the group as rarely as I do now, I am so happy
    > to see you 2 still here, and I still enjoy what you share! Barb, your posts
    > are always amusing if not helpful, and George......you share hot sauce???
    >
    > xo
    > Kathi


    Whaddaymean "not helpful"? 'Splain yourself, Lucy!
    --
    Barb,
    http://www.barbschaller.com, as of August 20, 2012

  6. #6
    Ross@home Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    On Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:49:19 -0500, Melba's Jammin'
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    > Kathi <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:05:43 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
    >> > On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    >> >
    >> > > I got a box in the mail today � inside was one of those old
    >> > > hard-to-find
    >> >
    >> > > Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the

    >>
    >>
    >> I have to say, checking in to the group as rarely as I do now, I am so happy
    >> to see you 2 still here, and I still enjoy what you share! Barb, your posts
    >> are always amusing if not helpful, and George......you share hot sauce???
    >>
    >> xo
    >> Kathi

    >
    >Whaddaymean "not helpful"? 'Splain yourself, Lucy!


    You posted that on my birthday Barb, so I have an excuse for taking so
    long to give my explanation.
    It's a Canadianism, means the same as "always amusing as well as
    helpful".

    Ross.
    Southern Ontario, Canada

  7. #7
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    On 10/21/2012 3:45 PM, Ross@home wrote:
    > On Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:49:19 -0500, Melba's Jammin'
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> In article <[email protected]>,
    >> Kathi <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:05:43 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
    >>>> On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> I got a box in the mail today � inside was one of those old
    >>>>> hard-to-find
    >>>>
    >>>>> Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> I have to say, checking in to the group as rarely as I do now, I am so happy
    >>> to see you 2 still here, and I still enjoy what you share! Barb, your posts
    >>> are always amusing if not helpful, and George......you share hot sauce???
    >>>
    >>> xo
    >>> Kathi

    >>
    >> Whaddaymean "not helpful"? 'Splain yourself, Lucy!

    >
    > You posted that on my birthday Barb, so I have an excuse for taking so
    > long to give my explanation.
    > It's a Canadianism, means the same as "always amusing as well as
    > helpful".
    >
    > Ross.
    > Southern Ontario, Canada
    >

    39 again are you? I think I might turn 40 again next year. <G>

  8. #8
    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    On 10/21/2012 5:24 PM, George Shirley wrote:
    > On 10/21/2012 3:45 PM, Ross@home wrote:


    >>
    >> You posted that on my birthday Barb, so I have an excuse for taking so
    >> long to give my explanation.
    >> It's a Canadianism, means the same as "always amusing as well as
    >> helpful".
    >>
    >> Ross.
    >> Southern Ontario, Canada
    >>

    > 39 again are you? I think I might turn 40 again next year. <G>



    Don't do it unless you are really sure, George.

    When I was in my early 30s I had a dentist who used to say "After 40
    it's all downhill."

    I didn't believe him then, and all these years later, I still don't
    believe him. I just wish I still had the energy I had then, but you
    can't have everything, I guess.

    gloria p

  9. #9
    Ross@home Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:24:10 -0500, George Shirley
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 10/21/2012 3:45 PM, Ross@home wrote:
    >> On Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:49:19 -0500, Melba's Jammin'
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> In article <[email protected]>,
    >>> Kathi <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> On Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:05:43 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
    >>>>> On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> I got a box in the mail today � inside was one of those old
    >>>>>> hard-to-find
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> I have to say, checking in to the group as rarely as I do now, I am so happy
    >>>> to see you 2 still here, and I still enjoy what you share! Barb, your posts
    >>>> are always amusing if not helpful, and George......you share hot sauce???
    >>>>
    >>>> xo
    >>>> Kathi
    >>>
    >>> Whaddaymean "not helpful"? 'Splain yourself, Lucy!

    >>
    >> You posted that on my birthday Barb, so I have an excuse for taking so
    >> long to give my explanation.
    >> It's a Canadianism, means the same as "always amusing as well as
    >> helpful".
    >>
    >> Ross.
    >> Southern Ontario, Canada
    >>

    >39 again are you? I think I might turn 40 again next year. <G>


    I was told by one of my kids that it was more of an anniversary. The
    39th anniversary of my 39th birthday to be exact. So, you're right
    George, next year will be my 40th ;-).

    Ross.

  10. #10
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: George Shirley is a mensch

    In article <[email protected]>, Ross@home
    wrote:

    > On Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:49:19 -0500, Melba's Jammin'
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >In article <[email protected]>,
    > > Kathi <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> On Saturday, October 6, 2012 4:05:43 PM UTC-4, George Shirley wrote:
    > >> > On 10/5/2012 9:40 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> > > I got a box in the mail today � inside was one of those old
    > >> > > hard-to-find
    > >> >
    > >> > > Grip-Tite jar lifters. It's in great condition!! It works on the
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> I have to say, checking in to the group as rarely as I do now, I am so
    > >> happy
    > >> to see you 2 still here, and I still enjoy what you share! Barb, your
    > >> posts
    > >> are always amusing if not helpful, and George......you share hot sauce???
    > >>
    > >> xo
    > >> Kathi

    > >
    > >Whaddaymean "not helpful"? 'Splain yourself, Lucy!

    >
    > You posted that on my birthday Barb, so I have an excuse for taking so
    > long to give my explanation.
    > It's a Canadianism, means the same as "always amusing as well as
    > helpful".
    >
    > Ross.
    > Southern Ontario, Canada


    ROTFL!! Thanks for the translation, Ross. LOL!

    --
    Barb,
    http://www.barbschaller.com, as of August 20, 2012

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