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("The Superior Express +""'+"++' " LSPUk+l,sl-hed e,.wh l'har~a~ by S,~pcrit~ l~blishin8 Company. Ir~. at 148 E~t Third S~rc='t, P_O. Box 4-(|g. Superior, Nebraska 6t~978 Suhscrlpnon rates are $27 ~r year il~ Nebraska, 28.50 per year in Kansas. Other SEa~-s $38 per year. E-mail t ~c- ~ superlu rr~?. corn Selected IX~r~/ons of the newspawr a~ailable orl lIP.,." ~.~ ill sIJp,l.'riL'ffTle..L'LH1"~. Thursday, Seplembcr 15, 21Hh Page 2B .,,a A Different Slant By Chuck Mitt= I was a tremendous fan of the television show, 'q'op Gear: a staple of BBC programming for more than 20 seasons. Then there was a controversy concerning the show's origina| presenter, Jer- emy Clark~n, and all three of the regular hosts left the show. Clarkson and his twoohorts have started a similarshow on another network, but 1 don't think il has aired yet. They were all three replaced on "Top Gear," but I think the BBC quickly learned thai Clark~n. James May and Richard Hammond were the ~eason for the show's success. Once you conquered the language barrier (yes. ! realize it's /edmically the same language), the show was a great deal of fu~ In watch. They also call two-door cars "'coupes," although when they say it, it rhymes with those things some bald men we= o~ the tops of their heads, They call four-door cars "saloons.'" ! have no idea why, but then neith~ do I have a~y idea why we call them".~edans.'" Clarkson is known ~ and much appreciated by me -- for his dry and dead-on similes and metaphors: "~l"his interior is as bleak as s Swedish police drama." I've never seen a Swedish i~lice drama, but I think I can imagine the bleakness. Some of the terminology they use is actualty more accurm and to the point than what we use to identify the same objct.~. Instead of the word,"transmission,'" they use "gearbox." which is shoaer by one syllabic and way more accurate, in my opinion. Instead of the word. "'tachometer." they use "'my counte[.'" Again. one fewer syllable, way more user friendly and not at all seiemifie, like tachometer. When it comes to the word, "'aluminum," however, they just plain mispronounce it. I understand dialectical and linguistic differences, but they go beyond merely emph asizing a different zyllahle by adding one which isn't even them. Phcmetically speaking, they pronounce the word, "'al-y~au-mini-yum." Five syllables with I.h emphasis on the third. The word clearly only has four syllables, but I'm inclined to forgive them for this one. They d id, after a II, give Aaron Marl in {o the rest of the world. Country Roads By Gloria Garman-Sch|aefli Where did all the wild plums go? h ~ooks like wild plum jelly lovers in this family will not be ha~.'ing any on their biscuit~ anti toast this winter. Every year, around the first c fSepte,nber finds me with a bucket in hand driving airing the cauntry roads in search ol sand hill ~r wild plums that can be found in the big hu.,,he~ m the road ditches. My usual plum thicket, which I can alwa_~ s creme on m provide a bountiful harves is in a field near ~af h~une, bul I~Ls year. the big. juicy, red ptums were not there. Calls were made tomy farmer cousins up north toa~k ,f~he) had seen any wild plums, bat Ihey ret~rted n~+ne were been t,p 1b.eir way. Even my aunt ~mth t~f here. who air, it ] ikc~ to make pl~n'~ )] [). retold nol find any down her wa.v. What happened ~,= the plums this )rear'? Some repone~ that ch~keeherr~ h u,,he,, did not _yield this year I was mid wild elder~.'tTies were plent,ful thz, veitl, but [ shy a~x.ay from making elderbert) jells., a~ nt~ fl nend :,nll [ once tric~ it. We could r~I get th*~ elderherrie~ m get. ,,o x~ e ended up with a year's supply of elderberry ~yrup .M.~ (;rzndm, qhcr HL'~kett. Iht' f;mtil)'" s jelly making experl, later t~tld me thai elderberr,es are ~b.m way and she always added apple juice, which helped make the jelly ~r.. In trying to figure out the mystery of the wild plum I~ss, maybe ~,r was caused by a late freeze, bul yet elderberries, which ripen at the same time as the plums, were there. Some say a bush only produces every other year. and some though| thai possib|y the grasshoppers or bag worms go~ m the plums early on. No m:,uer, my ~Iock shelves will be lacking i~ wild plum jelly this year and rm certain my family will notice; plum jelly is often given during the Christmas season or enjoyed at family meals. Someone told me they spatted some plums here and there on some bushe~ hut a person would have to do a ha ~fftraveling and k~oMlag I~ find enough to make a batch ofjel/y. Maybe next year the bushes will be loaded as Ihe~ were [aq year. Which made me think. 1 remember havirtg e~tra plum juice left over after making my baldi last year and I Boze the re.,,t of the juice. Maybe I caq make thai work a~ least for a ~mall supply. FIt try it. Maybe we will have s~me wild plum jelly tl~is year after 01l. even ii i-,, a Limited ~uppl)'. Editor's Notebook I~,~, Bill l~,]au',,'eh Phmeer SeLLlersestablished the first church in the S ape r'ior area 141"1 yeats in a dugout ~tg:aled ~n Jewell County's I tanris~n laW, n~hip. While the location af Ihe dugout is k~rwn, little is kn~tvn atx~u~ the actual structure, However. we t'an make someassumplim~s based upon de~'riptiong of tuber dugouts. Saturday this editor was anmng Ihe m~re ~han I(H) pe~ple who gathered, in the pre~nt ()live Hill church yard m share their memo- ries abotJt the church and IU Z~t213~W friendships. A~, I watched the ~plx'r ~*ing served frtsm the .~ingle stall garage Ihat -,tand~ ~ear dw ~,ottlheast cuter ~t- the property. 1 conlrasted it I,~ Ih tt~goul ,~l~.LI Ihe g'lllcts ~'h~ ga{l~cr~.'d lh~'re tO organize Ihc ~'hu~ch. The opl~wlunity ~o eat on the ~. h~t~:h lawn somehow helped me cemnet't It, whm life ,na~ ha~.e t~en fur the first settlers. But 1 doubt the settlers would have shared that conneti