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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230


I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Mini-Rant o’ the Day: “Couple”

In some uses, you can use couple without of:

  • They are a couple.
  • It is a retreat for couples.

In others, you cannot:

  • I will list a couple of examples here.
  • She has a couple of books in her house.

Here’s the key: replace couple with pair, and see if you need of:

  • They are a pair.
    • NOT: They are a pair of.
  • It is a retreat for pairs.
    • NOT: It is a retreat for pairs of.
  • I will list a pair of examples here.
    • NOT: I will list a pair examples here.
  • She has a pair of books in her house.
    • NOT: She has a pair books in her house. (We’ll disregard the fact that “couple” in this usage was probably not meant to be literal.)

End o’ the rant. Please carry on.

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