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“It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue. “ -Stephen Fry
hen it rains, it pours. But if it hasn’t rained for a while in July in Colorado, the sidewalk is hot enough to fry an egg on. The weatherman had egg on his face the other day when he predicted a sunny weekend; instead, it rained cats and dogs. The cliché: We use them incessantly. Clichés are all over the map.
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Clichés began as playful expressions that evolved from the use and misuse of the English language. Some might be surprised that the tried and true clichés have different twists and turns to their meanings – varying from what you might think. There are thousands of clichés; thus, the following roots and meanings of some are just the tip of the iceberg. Take a back seat: Nope, this isn’t about cars. This cliché means little involvement in something and was originally derived from the low influence of persons who sat on the back benches of the House of Commons. The leaders of government sat on the front benches. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Bury the hatchet: stop arguing or feuding. This cliché is from the Native American Indian custom where they buried all of their weapons while smoking the peace pipe. It was a requirement from their spirit gods. The saying began in America and was picked up in Britain in the 1700s. Go figure.
It’s a piece of cake; a cakewalk: easy. In 1870, the slaves would walk in a procession in pairs around a cake at the social gatherings. The most graceful pair was awarded the cake. It was thought of as an easy achievement – an ace in the hole win. Let the cat out of the bag: give away a secret. Here’s proof that humans are sometimes a few cans short of a six-pack. In the old days, storekeepers thought it was a fun trick to put a cat, instead of the usual suckling pig, in the shopper’s bag; thus, the phrase. Holy mackerel: element of surprise. Holy mackerel began as a blasphemous reference to the Catholic tradition of eating meat on Fridays. It’s not clear why they coined the “mackerel” fish for the phrase, but it does have a better ring to it than “Holy cod” or “Holy bluegill.” Kick the bucket: to die. Slaughtered pigs or oxen were hung by their feet by a “bucket,” which meant beam or pulley in early English. This one’s about as clear as mud. In a nutshell: summarized. In the early 19th century, there were many debates about long literary works like “Homer’s Iliad” and the “Koran” having been written on such a small piece of parchment paper that each would fit into the shell of a common nut. One man, George Marsh, claimed to have seen the entire Koran written on a parchment roll 4 inches by half an inch. Well, by George!
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A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR “That’s cliché” gives a whole other meaning to the word. Cliché also refers to actions – actions that are overused and abused.
Pipe dream: unrealistic hope or plan. In the 18th and 19th centuries, hedonists and many of the rich smoked opium in a pipe. Some of the smokers came up with imaginative writings, songs, whatever. Anyone under the influence of opium was referenced as “on the pipe.”
• Ever notice in a horror ﬁlm that the person running from someone or something always trips and the fall is always complete and dramatic – never a stumble and run type situation. The predator is right behind them and the victim never gets up, just sorts of scoots backward with an expression of the kiss of death.
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• In horror ﬁlms and thrillers, someone always walks into a situation alone – setting the scene for a scary encounter. Then, all of sudden a friend walks up and puts a hand on the person’s shoulder. The person jumps and turns around and says, “Oh, it’s only you.” Never does the friend say “hello” before he or she taps a shoulder. • When someone is trying to secretly talk to someone on the phone while there is someone else in the room, both parties are always in earshot of each other. No one walks into another room – the person on the phone just lowers his or her voice, but anyone can hear the conversation.
• In movies featuring a scene in a bar, one real bartender noticed this cliché. “In the eight years I’ve been a bartender, I have never seen anyone drink a shot by jerking back their head as if they were taking an aspirin.”
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Is it not cliché for a candidate to pick a cute, little baby out of the crowd and coo and smile and hold the baby in the air? There are a slew of clichés in politics but some can’t be discussed in print.
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ar too often, the enjoyable parts of life come with fruitless consequences. Buying a brand new stereo could put you behind on your water bill. Riding down a mountain on your bike could put you in the hospital. Even something as simple as going out to a baseball game could get you knocked in the head with a foul ball. Fear not, I have for you, a solution. It’s called the ‘Bikini Bike Wash’ at Rodz Bar & Grill. The brain child of local firefighter “B” Moberg, the ‘Bikini Bike Wash’ will feature a plethora of swim wear models (also known as - local woman we convinced into helping us out), with all proceeds going to Tri-Lakes Cares. The bike wash is open to all motor bikes and will be donation driven. Simply put, the larger the donation, the more likely you are to be named ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ by Peoples Magazine. There’s plenty of fun for the kids as well. Pinz Bowling Center will be giving half of bowling proceeds to the local organization. You can grab 2 games and shoes for $5. The bikini wash runs from 12-3pm, while the bowling fundraiser takes place from 12-6pm. Tri-Lakes Cares is a local organization that for years has offered Emergency assistance, self-sufficiency programs, and other social services to our community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to mix good times with a good cause. On top of that, you may dethrone Shakira (Who may, or may not, be one of our Bikini models) as People Magazine’s favorite humanitarian. It’s a rare chance, so don’t let it pass you buy. Be sure your Sunday is filled with wild and wet times at Rodz Bar & Grill. For more information on the “Bikini Bike Wash” call Pinz Bowling Center at (719) 487-7469. Rodz, and Pinz located at 855 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, CO 80133.
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here’s something new going on in these parts. If you’ve been by the corner of Baptist Road and Roller Coaster Road (where Baptist changes to Hodgen right near Fox Run Park), you’ve seen a sign for Southwinds Fine Art Gallery. Well worth a visit, you’ll get an education, not only about art, but about life itself. Walk in and you’ll meet the owner, Jim Wider, a friendly man with a ready smile and always a story to tell.
He is also a businessman; however, his business evolves from his art. As a painter and gallery owner he publicizes and markets his won work, and his work is represented in many private collections. Collectors of original paintings and limited edition prints include Kenya’s Ambassador to the United States, show host and actress Oprah Winfrey, actress Esther Rolle, actress Maria Gibbs, General Colin Powell, basketball super start Grant Hill, activist Dick Gregory, football Hall-of-Famer “Mean” Joe Green, actor Hal Williams, and many other art lovers. Jim Wider’s realism in the marketplace complements his own personal view of art. Whether or not you walk out of the gallery with a piece of Mr. Wider’s art, there’s no doubt you’ll walk out with a memory, with your life enriched by the experience. Keep watching future editions of Snippetz for more of this interesting man’s story. In the meantime, there are some other exciting things going on at Southwinds you need to know about.
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Mr. Wider has opened up the Southwinds gallery to other local artists. Having been blessed in his work, he now wants to help others get started. His vision is to pass on some of the elements of his success to aspiring artists and to have Southwinds become a local art hangout on the north end of the Springs. The vision is exciting and promises great things for the future, both for these artists, as well as for the Tri Lakes community. Also stay tuned to Snippetz for future articles featuring some of these local artists, including Anker Bergin, Michael Couillard, Kevin Johnson and Mariya Zvonkovich.
Mr. Wider is a seasoned artist who creates from his childhood memories of the south, a genre of art that is unique to the Colorado Springs and Tri Lakes area. His art captures the heart and is both visually and emotionally provocative. Somehow avoiding the enormous pressures of the changing trends and influences all artists face, he follows his own course, pulling images from his memories and from folklore. His interest in art began as a young boy, scratching drawings in the dirt with a stick in Columbia, South Carolina. As he grew, so did his talent and the selection of art as his life’s work. Concluding his
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• It is important to pick corn and process it within two to three hours. The sugar in corn is quickly lost, so for optimum quality process it as soon after picking as possible. If you can’t cook fresh corn immediately, store it in the refrigerator. This recipe for Corn and Cabbage Slaw showcases the flavor of freshly picked corn to perfection.
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1. When Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle set a record in 2009 for retiring 45 consecutive batters, whose mark did he break? 2. Twice Bob Lemon took over as manager of the New York Yankees during a season and led the club to a World Series. Whom did he replace? 3. How many consecutive bowl games has the University of Utah won entering the 2010 college football season? 4. When was the last time the same two teams met in the NBA Finals two consecutive years? 5. How many times have the Atlanta Thrashers made the NHL playoffs in their 10-year existence? 6. Who was the last NASCAR driver before Denny Hamlin in 2010 to sweep the weekend races at Darlington Raceway? 7. Before the 2010 Serbia Open, when was the last time two American male tennis players met in an ATP claycourt final in Europe?
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1. What was The Stroll? 2. Which Rolling Stones band member was in a film with Johnny Depp? 3. Which ‘60s singer had hits with “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” “Downtown” and “Colour My World”? 4. Name the original lead singer for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. 5. Name the writer and singer of “Endless Sleep.” 6. Which rock band had a hit with “Love In an Elevator”? (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
In order to keep everyone honest (you know who you are,) we have moved the answers and solutions to the trivia and puzzles to the next page (17). television shows from the 1970s and ‘80s. The episodes (or “modules” as they’re called) are meticulously shot to look like worn, scratched, dated ﬁlm from the era, with washed-out colors and fake scientiﬁc apparatus bedecked with DYMO labels, vintage LED readouts and fauxwood trim.
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What makes the show so surreal is that even though it’s made to look like it was shot in the 1970s, the era in question must exist in another universe, as things such as ghosts are scientiﬁcally proven to be real (and in one module it is explained why they can’t sneeze), and ants apparently have An Agenda.
“Look Around You” Season One” (Unrated) -- Co-written and starring comedian Peter Seraﬁnowicz, “Look Around You” is one of the funniest and most surreal television programs I’ve seen since “Wonder Showzen.” Originally broadcast on the BBC in 2002, this cult classic ﬁnally made its American run last year on Adult Swim.
The DVD not only contains the entire ﬁrst season, but also features several commentary tracks by Seraﬁnowicz, co-writer Robert Popper, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Tim & Eric, along with a slew of cool special features.
“Look Around You” is a spoof of educational
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“The Runaways” (R) -- Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart star as Cherie Currie and Joan Jett in this uneven biopic about The Runaways, the all-girl prefab rock band from the ‘70s that was marketed more for its Lolita sex appeal than its music. The ﬁlm is based on the memoirs of Cherie Currie, so naturally the ﬁlm focuses mostly on her and her relationship with Joan Jett. Unfortunately, this leaves the rest of the band members (especially Lita Ford) relegated to virtually non-existent roles.
I thought Fanning -- although an interesting choice -- was sorely miscast in the role. On the other hand, Kristen Stewart did a pretty good job as Joan Jett -- and considering how much I hate “Twilight,” that’s quite a compliment. If you’re looking to see a good movie about The Runaways, I recommend picking up a copy of “Edgeplay,” the gritty and brutally honest documentary about the band, and leave the Fanning/ Stewart ﬂick in the cutout bin where it belongs.
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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Money matters should be worked out, even if it takes time away from a more romantic situation. Better to settle things before feelings turn hard and angry on all sides.
TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS 1. Rita Moreno 2. About a minute 3. Marilyn Monroe 4. Williamsburg, 1716 5. Butterflies and moths 6. New Flower 7. A sphere 8. 11 pipers piping 9. U.S.S. Sea Tiger 10. Canberra
JULY 19, 2010 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Starting something new is always exciting for the adventurous Aries. And here’s the good news: This time you might be able to get some assistance in helping you finish what you’ve started.
SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. San Francisco’s Jim Barr (1972) and the Chicago White Sox’s Bobby Jenks (2007) each retired 41 consecutive batters. 2. Billy Martin in 1978 and Gene Michael in 1981. 3. Nine consecutive bowls. 4. Chicago faced Utah two consecutive years (1997 and ‘98). 5. Once -- the 2006-07 season. 6. Mark Martin, in 1993. 7. It was the 1991 French Open (Jim Courier vs. Andre Agassi).
FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. The Stroll was both a song and a line dance in the ‘50s. The Diamonds cut the bluesy song, which hit No. 1 on the Cashbox chart. 2. Keith Richards played Jack Sparrow’s father in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007. He may repeat the role in the fourth “Pirates.” 3. England’s Petula Clark. Her music was just as popular in French, Italian, German and Spanish. 4. Teddy Pendergrass, from 1970 to 1977. The soul and doo-wop group had a No. 1 R&B hit with “If You Don’t Know Me by Now.” 5. Jody Reynolds. The song reached No. 5 on the charts in 1958 and was said to have inspired a long string of teen “death” songs. Some radio stations wouldn’t play it. 6. Aerosmith, in 1989. It hit No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Put your daydreaming penchant on hold for now, and face the facts as they are, not as you’d like them to be. Your customary hardheaded approach to “deals,” etc., would be called for. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Problems beyond your control might delay some of your plans. But things should start to get back to normal by midweek. The weekend could bring an unexpected (but welcome) visitor. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It’s a good time to buckle down and tackle those unfinished tasks so you’ll be ready to take on other projects. The week’s end could bring an invitation from a most surprising source. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Mixed signals could create a few stressful moments for the Lion. But by midweek, explanations should help ease the tension. The weekend is party time! Share it with someone special. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good “catching up” week for finishing tasks, calling old friends and maybe reading that book you haven’t opened yet or renting that movie you wanted to see again.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A job-related problem could turn out to be less troublesome than it seemed at first. Just a few moments of talk ‘twixt the parties resolves everything to everyone’s satisfaction. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The Sagittarian Archer takes aim at health and fitness issues this week. Watch your diet, and try to put more exercise time into your typically busy schedule. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) As you continue to focus on a career or job change, it’s a good time to look over some of your rarely used skills and see where they can fit into your future workplace plans. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A loved one’s health might be worrisome, but there’s good news by midweek. Expect people who share your ideas and your goals to try to contact you by the week’s end. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A colleague’s request that makes the typically perceptive Pisces feel uncomfortable is a request you probably will want to turn down. The weekend favors family get-togethers. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for making others feel warm and wanted. Even newcomers feel like old friends.
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Follow your vision. On the day they disappeared, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were scheduled to land on Howland Island. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day; some researchers speculate that the cloudsâ€™ dark shadows on the ocean surface may have camouflaged Howland and confused the aviators. As an investor, you need a clear view of what you want to accomplish in the long term â€” and you need to avoid having your vision â€œclouded overâ€? by short-term events such as price drops and recessions. Put sufficient â€œpowerâ€? in your portfolio. Many aviation scholars and researchers believe Earhartâ€™s plane simply ran out of gas before she could land on Howland Island. Does you portfolio have sufficient â€œfuelâ€? to help you go the distance? Specifically, do you have the right mix of growth- and income-oriented vehicles to power you toward college for your kids, a comfortable retirement and your other goals? If youâ€™re not sure, you may want to work with a professional financial advisor to get the assistance you need. You probably will never try to circumnavigate the globe in a small plane. But if you can emulate the best features of Amelia Earhart â€” such as her courage, perseverance and faith in the future â€” while taking steps to help focus on what you can control, your investment journey may be rewarding. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. For additional information, contact:
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he government’s Making Home Affordable mortgage bailout programs haven’t been as successful as was expected. The programs were designed to lower mortgage payments, allowing homeowners to keep their homes and avoid foreclosure. As it’s turning out, the vast majority of homeowners who get a lowered mortgage end up defaulting on their mortgages anyway. There are quite a few reasons for the failure of the programs. --Banks weren’t initially asking for proof of income, automatically putting homeowners into a trial program. Once paperwork was completed during the trial period, it was discovered that many homeowners had too much income to qualify and were taken out of the program. (This happened with nearly half a million homeowners.) --Paperwork was lost or homeowners failed to send in required documents. --Homeowners are giving up and selling their homes.
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Monument Art Hop Third Thursdays of each month May through September 5:00 - 8:00 pm The galleries, restaurants and boutiques of historic downtown Monument stay open until 8:00pm for a celebration featuring art openings and other special events. Visit www.monumentarthop.org for more information including monthly shows and events. Concerts in the Park Every Wednesday in June and July, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Bring your lawnchairs and enjoy music, food and fun for the whole family! The Concerts in the Park Series is held in Limbach Park. (Take Monument exit 161 and head west on Highway 105 which becomes Second Street. Continue straight on Second Street past Front Street and Limbach Park will be on your left before you reach the railroad tracks.) The 2010 Concert Series schedule is as follows: (see www.snippetzonline.com for details) Wednesday, July 21 - Zen Cowboy Chuck Pyle with Gordon Burt Wednesday, July 28 - TBA The Original Monument Farmer’s Market Saturday - Monument Plaza - 6/26 thru 10/2 Sunday - Palmer Lake - 7/4 thru 10/3 Special Events At Peak Ranch Alpacas (719) 232-8509 - 19850 Beacon Lite Rd/Monument Events For The Whole Family *Alpaca Tours*Fiber Demos*Alpaca Boutique*10-4pm* July 24th - Ice Cream Social August 21st-South American Wine Tasting September 25th- National Alpaca Farm Day With Contemporary Jazz Artists DOTSERO! Retiree Appreciation Day 24 July 2010 - 0830-1400 hrs At Arnold Hall Ball Room, on the beautiful USAF Academy. Come out and enjoy continental style breakfast, lunch/appetizers spread, music, information fair, guest speakers and great company.” Estemere Victorian Mansion Tour 2010 380 Glenway Street, Palmer Lake July 24 - 10am to 4pm Tour the Estemere Mansion, an elegant 19th century Victorian Mansion. Guides dressed in period costumes will tell you about the history of the mansion and its owners through time. There will also be music, food, drinks, art and historical books. Dr. Dan Edwards will present information on local history. The Palmer Lake Historical Society organizes the event as a fund raiser, while the owners Roger and Kim Ward will be your hosts. Tickets sold only at the door, July 24, $5 for members of the Palmer Lake Historical Society, $8 for non-members, children up to 12 are free, 13-17 half price. Membership forms will be available. It is regretted that wheelchair access is not possible. No shoes in the house, bring slip-
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(Those who agree to a short sale or just give the house back to the bank qualify for $3,000 in moving expenses.) --Homeowners haven’t been able to get through the trial program successfully (payments have to be made on time) before the new modification deal is final.
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-- Even with mortgage modification, homeowners still have other debts to juggle. Not only did they have late mortgage payments, but other bills had stacked up as well before they applied for help. Those bills must still be paid.
At this point there are a number of programs available: Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), Second Lien Modification Program (2MP), Home Affordable Unemployment Program (UP) and Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA).
The number of people applying to the programs has plunged, but a new one, starting in August, could encourage thousands to seek help: the Unemployment Program.
For more information, go to www.makinghomeaffordable. gov, click on Resources, then click Frequently Asked Questions by Borrowers, or call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673).
Some of the eligibility requirements include: • Mortgage must have originated prior to Jan. 1, 2009. • Home must be the principal residence. • The mortgage wasn’t already modiﬁed by one of the programs. • Mortgage payments are late, but not more than three months.
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