SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1991



Soot in the flues

Well, I know it is with happy hearts and high expectations that you folks have been packing and yearning to hit the road and follow the map on the Reunion Trail across this great nation of ours; my thoughts and prayers are with you for a great Steam and Gas vacation time. I know you'll come back with a lot of other types of information on various subjects, as well as with an expanded knowledge of ways to further enjoy new, and not so new, stories of this extremely interesting hobby. Just don't forget to drop me a line and share the news or bits of info found on your excursions.

I recently ran across this story form of the many food words we use in our home life vocabulary. I think you will enjoy it. It is called 'Lighter Vein,' and is taken from Uncle Ben's Quote book.

'When was the last time you said somebody didn't know beans about something, or described a fog as being thick as pea soup, or called a political speech a lot of applesauce?

'It probably wasn't very long ago, because we Americans really take the cake when it comes to using foods in our everyday figures of speech. For example, when things go right, they are in apple pie order, and life is a bowl of cherries. But when they go wrong, it's a fine kettle of fish, or a pretty pickle.

'If a man is important, he's top banana. If he's not, he may be just a meatball. If he's clumsy, he's butter-fingered. If he's cowardly, he's chick-en-livered. If he's poised, he's cool as a cucumber. If he's smart, he's an egghead. And if he's a prize fighter, he very likely has cauliflower ears. If he talks too much, he spills the beans. And if he doesn't talk enough, he clams up.

'Moreover, he doesn't earn money, he earns dough, or he brings home the bacon. And if he's working for peanuts, his wife may egg him on to butter up the boss.