Sextuplets

22 08 2008

From today’s harvest….we can’t keep up with these tomatoes!

This afternoon, while ponder I was pondering on what to do with this overload of tomatoes ripening daily, and remembered the character Bubba Blue, from the 1994 movie, Forrest Gump. Director Robert Zemeckis won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film, which was based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom.

Remember the scene where Bubba lists all the things you can make with shrimp? …”dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried, there’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp….”

Pretty soon I’ll be saying, “dey’s uh…tomato salad, tomato sauce, tomato relish, tomato chutney, tomato paste, stuffed tomatoes, tomato soup, roasted tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato salsa….” HELP!

(While we’re on the subject of Forrest Gump—the title track, “Feather Theme,” is one of my absolute favorites. Click here for a video on youtube.com with the music set to stills from the movie. The song was composed by Alan Silvestri. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a really (bitter)sweet film with an excellent soundtrack.

And, from my personal Grumpy Grammar Guru—see comments from “Hershel Dyer”…

Check out this site for a truncated history of the tomato:
http://www.tomato-cages.com/tomato-history.html

Apparently at one time in the tomato’s history it paid to be po’ folks (since the poor were the only ones eating tomatoes). Who (whom?) would have thunk it?

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23 08 2008
Hershel Dyer

Hey, thanks for the link to Forest Gump — “Feather Theme” is also one of my favorites, but I didn’t know its title or that it was one of my favorites until I played the video several times.

Point of grammar: In your “Sextuplets” posting the word “ponder” is missing its gerund. Please, please, add the gerund — I know I would be desolate were I missing mine, and I would want it restored immediately (or sooner).

Once you have added the gerund, you may want to add a preposition to complete the thought. You’ll have to choose between “on” and “over.” Either will do the job, but in my humble opinion “on” has a slight edge over “over” (or should that be a slight edge “on” over?).

To ponder is to mull, or to speculate. One would “mull OVER what to do” given a particular set of circumstances, but one would “speculate ON what to do” in the same set of circumstances. Of course the choice of a preposition may be nothing more than a case of “six of one and a half-dozen of the other.”

Check out this site for a truncated history of the tomato:

http://www.tomato-cages.com/tomato-history.html

Apparently at one time in the tomato’s history it paid to be po’ folks. Who (whom?) would have thunk it?

I know, I know — I’m rambling, but I’ve been up since 3:30 AM and I am, as some in Georgia are wont to say, a bit “lite haided” (“wont” is a good word — check it out — I like it, but don’t get many chances to use it).

Signed:

“GGG” (Grumpy Grammar Guru)

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