My friend S. teaches at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a city ravaged this week by devastating tornadoes.
Another friend and I separately wrote to make sure our buddy and his wife were OK. With permission, I'm posting his reply here:
M. and Ben,
Thank you both for checking on us.
H. was in Pennsylvania for an interview. I was on the lucky side of the river, and things over here are relatively normal. South of the river, the devastation is simply unbelievable. Much of the city is now unrecognizable, and many people, including our students, have lost their homes. I've done a little volunteer work, cooking breakfast at a local shelter. Amazing things are happening in this community, and better days are ahead.
What familiar saying with seven words has seven consonants in a row? The answer is a common saying, in ordinary English. Sometimes it's expressed in nine words rather than seven, but it's the same saying. And either way, in one spot it has seven consecutive consonants. What saying is it?
Last week: Name something in seven letters that most people keep in their homes. Take the first, third, fourth and seventh letters and rearrange them. The result will be a four-letter word naming something that the seven-letter thing is commonly used for. What is it?
Highlight for answer: Aspirin, pain
Two weeks ago: The name of what character, familiar to everyone, contains each of the five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) exactly once? The answer consists of two words — eight letters in the first word, four letters in the second.
Highlight for answer: Question mark
Three weeks ago: Name a well-known person from the 20th century who held an important position. Take the first and last letters of this person's last name, change each of them to the next letter of the alphabet, and you'll get the last name of another famous person who held the same position sometime after the first one. Who is it?
Greatest leadoff man of all time and Rickey Henderson
Why not to blog
A friend of mine produced this hilarious look at a sad era in American history. After lighting up Broadway and playing live on HBO, it's now out on DVD. Click the image to get yourself a copy. You'll love it.