2017-03-16 / Columns

O’Mena entertains with limericks for kicks

Even clean ones!
By LESLIE DISCH
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ARIC BROWNING, who grew up in Omena, partied with Mariya Yaremchuk, a well known pop star from Kiev, Ukraine. They are shown standing. Sitting clockwise from left are Tom Lammy, who grew up in Suttons Bay; Erwiin and Julia, a couple from Norway; Ryan Bass and Karly Kitowski from San Diego; and Lauren Browning, also from Omena). ARIC BROWNING, who grew up in Omena, partied with Mariya Yaremchuk, a well known pop star from Kiev, Ukraine. They are shown standing. Sitting clockwise from left are Tom Lammy, who grew up in Suttons Bay; Erwiin and Julia, a couple from Norway; Ryan Bass and Karly Kitowski from San Diego; and Lauren Browning, also from Omena). People in Omena have been escaping the winter doldrums recently – or so they thought. Mother Nature fooled us all again and waited until they were back for the real doldrums.

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The Browning family has really been on the move. Aric Browning recently returned from the island of Bali, where he met up with his sister, Lauren, who has been living in Australia. Tom Lammy went with Aric. They were also joined by Ryan Bass and Karly Kitkowski from San Diego, whom Lauren and Aric knew from when Lauren lived there. In addition to enjoying the phenomenally beautiful island, they enjoyed meeting and hanging out with Mariya Yaremchuk, a popular Ukrainian pop star who had been on Bali making an album. Mariya won the Ukrainian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her song “Tick-Tock.” She then qualified for the grand final, where she finished 6th out of 26 countries.

While Aric was sunning in Bali, Kathy Browning took in some rays in Florida, where she met up with several of her siblings who had gathered from around the country.

Landon and Amanda Browning are spending some time touring Asia before he begins his new position as a pilot with Envoy Airlines, formerly American Eagle. Landon is a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College’s Aviation program. He and Amanda have been living in San Diego where he completed additional flight certifications and flight hours. Amanda is the former Amanda Barnes of Traverse City. We look forward to hearing more about their travels when they return.

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Marcia and Greg McMorrow recently enjoyed a week in Big Sky, Mont., with their son Ryan and his wife Anne from Leland, and their two boys, George and Gavin. Marcia volunteered to watch baby Gavin while his parents and Grandpa Greg skied. They also loved tubing, swimming outside, and hot tubbing at the Moonlight basin area of Big Sky.

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And, yes, it’s that time of year again. I try to find funny Limericks, but the editorial policy of the Enterprise makes it very difficult. To put it in verse:

The limerick packs laughs anatomical

In space that is quite economical,

But the good ones I’ve seen

So seldom are clean,

And the clean ones are so seldom comical.

Here’s one that comes close, though:

A bather whose clothing was strewed

By winds that left her quite nude,

Saw a man come along

And, unless we are wrong,

You expected this line to be lewd.

On the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day in O’Mena, a local poet, who for the time being shall remain anonymous, penned these ditties to help announce the O’Mena UN-parade tomorrow beginning around 5 p.m.

In Omena live folks who will party

On St. Pat’s they are stalwart and hearty

To hoist some green beer,

Or to toast Irish cheer,

You can bet that they will not be tardy.

On the Bay in Omena sits The Knot,

A fine and entertaining spot;

On St. Patty’s Day they’ll sing,

And the voices will ring,

A finer pub on the Bay there is not.

Those of you who are suffering from cabin fever and tired of doing crossword puzzles can relate to this:

A crossword compiler named Moss

Who found himself quite at a loss

When asked, “Why so blue?”

Said, “I haven’t a clue

I’m 2 Down to put 1 Across.”

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Happy first day of Spring, which officially arrives Monday at 6:29 a.m. EDT. This is referred to as the spring, vernal, March, or Northward equinox. On the Gregorian calendar, the March equinox can occur as early as March 19 or as late as March 21. For a common year the computed time slippage is about 5 hours 49 minutes later than the previous year, and for a leap year about 18 hours 11 minutes earlier than the previous year. Balancing the increases of the common years against the losses of the leap years keeps the calendar date of the March equinox from drifting more than one day from March 20 each year.

And so, a limerick:

It’s the first day of spring — so they claim,

And I’m searching for someone to blame,

Cuz we’re still in the throes

Of winter, which chose

To give springtime a very bad name.

Though it’s springtime, the temperature’s low.

It’s damp, and the wind’s all a-blow.

And I swear that I heard

These words chirped by a bird:

“For THIS I flew north? I hate snow!”

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Happy Birthday to John Smart, Dennis Colling, Joanne Dalzell, and Michael Warner, who all celebrate their birthdays today. Four Omena birthdays on one day is surpassed only by Aug. 2, when there are five. Happy 30th Birthday to Jackie Bojarski on the first day of Spring. Happy Birthday also this week to Dereck Huffman, Charlie Phillips, Al Cherne, Sarah Lichtel, Bill Biederman and Sarah Chenault.

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