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Your Country Honk story reminds me... A few years ago (well, more then 30 years ago and how did that happen?) I was listening to Hildegard von Bingen's 12th century smash hit Ordo Virtutum. I was wearing headphones because the speakers were in another room. There comes a point where the devil goes into one of his rants. He sounded as if he were right behind me in the room shouting directly in my ear (which he was, kind of). It was at that point that I decided that I would never listen to that CD while driving.

As for eggs, we get eggs and milk at our local farmers' market. Both are absurdly expensive (five dollars for half a gallon of milk if you buy three; five dollars per dozen eggs), but it's really, really good milk that doesn't overwhelm my tea and if you let it sit in the refrigerator long enough the cream rises to the top.

Some things are worth paying extra for, especially if you can remember the peanut-butter-on-day-old-four-for-a-dollar-loaves-of-bread-paid-for-with-food-stamps-sandwiches.

Brian Fies

Whenever a company adds a siren sound effect to their radio ad, I make a mental note to never buy whatever they're selling.

I get farm-fresh eggs the same way I taste good wine: I don't have hens or a wine cellar, I have friends who have hens and wine cellars. They don't mind sharing the good stuff. One guy has 30 hens and can't give away eggs fast enough. You're entirely right about the superior quality of fresh homegrown eggs; they look and taste like an entirely different food product.

Funny, I've tried to explain the impact of that opening Star Wars shot to young 'uns, including mine, but there really is no way to recapture the first blush of Something You've Never Seen Before--especially if it's been done to death since. Within 10 seconds I went from "Holy shit!" to total investment in whatever story they wanted to tell. That rarely happens. You hadda be there.

Lori in Portland

Ditto on the impact that Star Wars made. Over the years, I've bored countless young friends with how jaw-dropping, mind blowing, amazing the opening scene was. Yep, you had to be there. I feel quite lucky.

Kip W

A friend once said he'd seen Gary Lewis & The Playboys do this song on TV, and during a break in the vocals, Gary (as it was told to me) "talked goofy, just like his old man."

Always wished I'd seen it.

Kip W

Thanks to not having money, we had better milk and eggs than most people I knew. Dad would trade piano lessons for milk (and sometimes eggs) from dairy farmers, so we had whole milk, and even cream. We had a churn, too, until I dropped it and broke the gallon jar part of it (which didn't fit any other gallon jar we ever saw, even though we kept the other part around for a couple of decades in hope).

On my first day of second grade, the class was in the process of making bread, which would be cooked in a scale-model oven someone had. I mentioned the churn and brought some cream in the next day, which everyone took turns churning until it was fresh butter.

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