This will also be the first book signing for my history of
the department, Smoky Days and Sleepless
Nights. I haven’t decided yet whether to do a separate events page for the
signing, but if you plan to buy a copy let me know, so I know how many to
Here’s the text of the flyer Emily created:
Albion Fire Department
Join us and other local _ re departments as we celebrate the
125th anniversary of our founding on
Activities and games for kids • Fire trucks on display •
Extrication demonstration • Fair-style foods and drinks •
Activities • Fire truck cruise-in from area departments •
Dedication Ceremony 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the auditorium
history book premiere and book signing with Mark R. Hunter
Two cancer survivors will share
their stories of hope at the Noble County Relay For Life, coming up this
weekend at the West Noble High School track and field.
Bev Fitzpatrick, who’s lived in
Noble County for 29 years, will be speaker at the Survivor Ceremony at 5 p.m.
Saturday. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, 2011; just a year
earlier, Bev retired from her job as elementary physical education teacher at
East Noble Community Schools. Her husband, John, is a retired principal and
elementary teacher for Central Noble Schools, and they have a son, daughter,
and three grandchildren.
Bev Goss will talk about her battle
with cancer during the Fight Back Ceremony, at 9 p.m. This Bev is owner of Goss
Grocery in Big Lake and a member of the Big Lake Church of God, and has lived
in Noble County for 42 years. After being a nurse for Parkview Hospital for 41
years, she retired in 2012 to enjoy her 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandkids.
Please join us to hear from these
inspiration ladies and fight back against the scourge of cancer. The Noble
County Relay For Life is still looking for donations and help, and everyone is
welcome to attend the event, which lasts from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18th,
to 10 a.m. the following morning.
when I first got started in the emergency services, an old medic told me, “Son,
if you plan to stay in this business, you’d better learn to love coffee.”
I never did (although I certainly
did grow to love caffeine). The following story may be one of the reasons why.
I first heard it years ago, but it took me this long to get enough guts to write
like a nice cup of Kopi Luwak?
drinker wouldn’t? It’s a rare gourmet coffee, very expensive, that comes from
the exotic land of Indonesia. You may not have heard of it because it was
mostly popular in Japan, where people just went bananas for it.
Back in the
late 2000’s, it became one of the most expensive and most sought-after coffees
in the world. Just 500 pounds of it is harvested annually, and it has only
limited availability in Japan and the US – the western US, I’m guessing.
harvested by monkeys.
it’s harvested by the palm civet, a tree dwelling animal that’s described as
more of a cat than a monkey. Its scientific name is paradoxurus hermaphrodites.
you digest that for a moment.
I’ll let the monkey, or whatever it is, digest on that too. Why? Because the
animal, also called a Palm Toddy Cat, doesn’t harvest it in the traditional
way. Oh, no.
It eats the
eats the coffee berries, only picking the perfect ones. The rest of its diet
consists of alcoholic tree sap, and I suppose a diet of caffeine and booze says
a lot about its behavior. It says nothing, however, about the thinking behind
the people who flock to this coffee, which I will refer to as crappuccino.
digested coffee beans.
best coffee I’ve ever tasted,” says coffee shop owner Richard Karno. “It smells
musty, but it roasts up real nice.”
experts also describe a unique “earthy” taste.
This is the
very definition of “you can’t make this stuff up”.
... hm. Okay, let me just jump right into it: The monk-cat, or whatever it is,
excretes the beans whole, unscratched, and fortunately for those who harvest it
without dung. The Toddy Cats pick the ripest, reddest coffee beans, eat the
outer covering, and … process the rest.
crappuccino was first discovered hundreds of years ago, when explorers sampled
it on Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi. Those must have been some desperate
I’m so thirsty: Suppose we make coffee from those strange monkey droppings?”
not? I’m getting tired of this lemonade we get from wringing out the ship’s
a lot of rum back then.
food and drink critic Chris Rubin explained it. Read this very carefully:
it’s because the intestinal juices give some special flavor or because it eats
only perfectly ripe berries, the Toddy Cat’s droppings produce what many say is
the world’s finest coffee.”
I know I’ve
already explained that, but go back and read the quote again. He’s serious. Not
a hint of irony.
thinking of when my wife plays World of Warcraft: When she wins special gear
for her character, she says it “drops”. Would WoW have gotten so popular if
players had to scoop their stuff out of their horse droppings?
know … is it any more weird than a lot of the other foods we eat? Who first
came up with the idea of drinking milk?
this from where?”
works for babies.”
this came from a cow!”
just dropped out of that hen.”
think we can eat it?”
you see where it just came from?”
Or caviar. Or
escargot. Rich people love that stuff. It’s fish eggs and snails, people.
The one I’ve never understood is yogurt.
Whoever came up with the idea of trying that must have really, really hated
wasting food. I mean, most foods get thrown out when they look and smell like
least it didn’t come from a palm civit toddy cat’s paradoxurus hermaphroditus digestive
in the end, it’s just a case of rich people being eccentric, just for the fun
of it. So what the heck: If you want to pay big bucks for Kopi Luwak (which
probably translates to “stupid tourist”), go ahead. I assume you’ll be having
it with escargot.
Smoky Days and
Sleepless Nights has been formatted, and a proof copy is on the way! If all
goes well, by this time next week we’ll be ready to order a print run. Then:
time to get everyone to come to our first book signing, at the Albion Fire
Department’s 125th anniversary celebration July 20th.