Brettuns Village
Trunks & Leather

Old Trunks, New Leather. 
All from Maine.

September 16, 2009

Sometimes in January
up here in Maine you can find yourself wishing

for just a little bit of
humdiddy (humidity to those of you who have

the misfortune to live outside
of Maine) so that your lungs can relax

a bit and maybe your nose
could go a day without bleeding.  Just a

little moisture in the air,
that’s all you want, and you’ll do things

like putting a half-filled
teakettle atop the woodstove or sawing

through the drier’s vent
hose so that that vapor stays inside the

cabin. Contrast that with
late summer, and it’s just the opposite.

We’ve had enough heat (in
Maine heat means anything north of 50

degrees) and humdiddy to
last us.  Enough already.  We’re sick and

tired of breaking a sweat
when all you did was get up off the sofa to

hit the switch on the window
fan.  Sick of getting sweat in our eyes

while trying to find one
last batch of pole beans in what’s left of

the garden; sick of flapping
our arms like a diseased bird to get some

air flowing through the
shirt sleeves, and good and flat out sick of

thinking up any excuse to
drive the truck somewhere just so you can

crank the window down and
get a breeze.  Luckily, things changed this

week – we’ve got a cool
air mass over us, so the entire state is in a great

mood.  Even the lobsters
were smiling the other night when I dropped

em in the pot. Briefly.

It feels so good to be inhaling
dry air that I guess something came

over me, like a cool, blue
curtain of bliss draped down over my eyes,

with a gentle breeze whispering
in my ear, and that whisper said,

“Hey, Jack-Ball, why don’t
you spice up the Deal of The Week?” OK,

back to work.  I get
it.  I know that most of you check out our Deal

of the Week every Wednesday
morning, because you were smart

enough to put it in that
electronic calendar that’s on your phone/PDA/PC/laptop,

or you wrote it on your
hand, so that you get reminded of it weekly.

That’s why so many of you
have taken advantage of our recent deals,

like the one with the 2
week vacation in Paris including round trip

airfare, all your meals,
free champagne, and 10 free full cowhides for

just $50 (what? you missed
that one? That’s a shame).

In case you’ve missed some
recent DOTWs, this week we’ve strung together

5 deals from which you can
choose, or, keeping in mind that my eldest

daughter is a high school
senior this year, support the College Savings Fund

by buying some of each of
the deals.  You can find this week’s list of Deals here:

We had our annual summer
lobster feast last weekend.  I know that some of you

hink we eat lobster every
day up here, the same way we think that if you live in

Kansas City you eat steak
morning noon and night, or if you live in Tennessee

you practically bathe in
barbecue sauce, or you gargle with crawfish down in southern

Louisiana, but the plain
truth is that we don’t eat lobsters too terribly often.  It’s a treat

when we do, and it’s also
the only meal I can think of that requires a tool kit to eat.

I like to sit down after
we take them out of the pot and go for the hard-to-get-at parts first.

Those little leg joints
up inside the body, for example.  I save the smaller claw for last,

as that’s my favorite part. 
Keep in mind that a number of lobstermen and seafood

companies up this way have
websites, so a quick search for Maine Lobster will have these

on your plate tomorrow. 
That’s just plain good eating, right there.

OK, so now that I’ve made
you hungry I’m gone. Thanks and keep an eye

out for the first frost
– supposed to hit us tomorrow night.  Cover

the tomatoes!

Over and out-


Brettuns Village Leather