Articles from November 2008

Back to Basics – Edges


Weekend Silliness – DJ Spock

And you thought Spock had no soul….


Your life story would not make a good book. Don’t even try.
Fran Lebowitz
US writer and humorist (1950 – )

Shinnecock Lodge #360 Pwamas Chapter eX1971

A number of issues surfaced at the Shu Shu Gah TOR last weekend, this one is a previously unlisted event patch from Pwamas Chapter for the 4th Annual Icicle. Pwamas Chapter is part of Shinnecock Lodge #360.

One interesting thing from this patch, is the event was not held on Long Island, but at GNYC’s Sanita Hills Scout Camp.

Pwamas Chapter 4th Annual Icicle eX1971

Pwamas Chapter 4th Annual Icicle eX1971

Blue book style stats:
Pwamas eX1971 RED R LBL RED – RED 4th Annual Icicle, Sanita Hills, 1971; diamond TR


Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
Fred Hoyle
English astronomer, mathematician, & popularizer of science (1915 – 2001)

13th Annual Shu Shu Gah Lodge Trade-O-Ree Report

Last Saturday, November 22, 2008 the 13th Annual Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 Trade-O-Ree was held at Camp Alpine.  For the 4th year in a row, all tables were sold out, and unfortunately we had to turn away a couple of requests for tables.

It was probably the coldest #24 TOR, at least in recent memory and the heating plant at Orbach was having difficulty warming up the building and keeping it warm with the various doors being regularly opened.

Several new NYS OA issues surfaced at the TOR including a corrected 2009 NOAC Flap from Suanhacky Lodge, a new Anniversary flap from Aquehongian Lodge #112, new event and chapter issues from Shinnecock and several new Buckskin Lodge issues.  I’ve already written up many of these.  There was also an OA discovery a previously unlisted Pwamas event issue from 1971.

On the CSP front, there were several NYC issues available.  the camp had 2008 versions of the Camp CSP and an alpine Staff Version as well.  There was also a numbered CSP for the World Trade Center.  The Lodge auction also revealed 2 Brooklyn Eagle CSP’s that many had not seen before.  They were part of the American Legion – Eagle Scout recogonition, one CSP given to each Brooklyn Eagle Scout from 2007 and 2008.  There wass also a Brooklyn Scout of the Year version.  I’m told the first CSP was issued in a quantity of 100 and only about a dozen of the Scout of the Year CSP’s have been given out.

The live auction while it did not break any records, raised more than enough funds to cover the lodge’s 2008 commitment to the Reeve’s Lodge Capital Campaign.

Several of the recent lodge’s delegate issues were available in the auction including the 2006 NOAC delegate neckerchief.

I’ve spoken to several of the tableholders who, weather aside, seemed to be please with the evnt.

Save the Date:

The 2009 Trade-O-Ree is scheduled for Nov. 21, 2009.  Watch this space for more information.


Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Poet at the Breakfast-Table”, 1872
US author & physician (1809 – 1894)

Suanhacky Lodge #49 S62 2009 NOAC Flap

I had previously written about a Suanhacky Lodge #49 2009 NOAC Issue, their S60.  Well it appears that this flap incorrectly listed the 2009 NOAC site as I.S.U. – Indiana State University.  Not willing to let the incorrect patch stand on its own, they have issued a replacement flap which correctly lists the location as I.U. Indiana University.

I was able to pick up the corrected flap at the Shu Shu Gah TOR last weekend and it appears below with the X38 Chevron.

Corrected Suanhacky Lodge #49 2009 NOAC set

Corrected Suanhacky Lodge #49 2009 NOAC set

Blue Book stats:
S62 BLK C DBL RED YEL FDL; YEL 2009 NOAC, WWW RED Queens Council, I.U. w/X40
X40 BLK C M/C YEL GRN FDL; YEL Queens, NY RED 2009 NOAC Indiana University w/S60 and S62

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A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
Saki, “The Square Egg”, 1924
British (Burman-born) short story author (1870 – 1916)

Deep Fried Turkey Redux

Around last Thanksgiving, I did several posts on Deep Fried Turkey.  Well it is that time of year again, and soon I will be heating up the oil to fry this years turkeys, a pair of 14 pounders.

We’ll be sharing with friend and family and giving thanks for what we have.  Hope your Thanksgiving finds you and your well and with much to give thanks for.


“Go on, then, in your generous enterprise with gratitude to Heaven for past success, and confidence of it in the future. For my own part, I ask no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory … that these American States may never cease to be free and independent.” –Samuel Adams


How To Carve A Turkey

Need to brush up on your turkey carvings skills in the next couple of hours?  Here’s a video via the New York Times on one butchers method of carving a turkey. Click on the picture to see the video.


I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
Mark Twain
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 – 1910)