Map Your Neighborhood; House Numbers; Virus Transmission; Lots More; Song: John Barleycorn

CONTENTS 10/6/2020
Map Your Neighborhood
House Numbers
To Chicken Or Not To Chicken
Social Security Scam
Car Prowls
Puppets Shout-Out
Replace Steps?
Virus Transmission
Poem: The Middle
Linda Allen On Radio
Coty Hogue Concert
Here’s To The Women! Linda Allen
Radio Free Fl!p: John Barleycorn


Earthquake preparedness planning, one block at a time. Thanks to the three blocks who have recently done this with me on Zoom, and to the four more who are getting ready as I write. I would love to do more of these before the election! Please consider hosting your block. I’ll guide you through the process of inviting your neighbors, and then come facilitate your meeting.


Chance are that if you use Door Dash, I have brought you some food at night.  After doing this for six months, I wanted to put in here that many people make it difficult to see your address numbers.  It makes it tough for me to get you your food, but it makes it even more dangerous if you actually have to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.  Please look at your address to make sure it is easy to read at night time.  If you are ordering, please put your outside light on. ~ Jeff Beha

I second this for your friendly neighborhood UPS driver! It makes his job much easier if he can see your address from the street or sidewalk. Remember, it’s going to be dark earlier and longer soon. Lighting up your address will get your packages to you more quickly and efficiently. (Not to mention, think about what would happen in an emergency if the first responder can’t see your house numbers.) Cheers, neighbors! From your friendly neighborhood UPS driver’s wife! ~ Stephani Johnson Zerbst


I have a hen that is suddenly being attacked by her yard mates. I have kept her in my dogs crate at night and then during the day, in a separate part of the yard during the day. I’m wondering if any wants a really sweet pet chicken? She’s quiet and affectionate. If I don’t find her a new home, anyone have a dog crate I can use to house her in at night so my dog can get his back? Sorry this sounds so strange. She just such a sweet gal! Phone is great to reach me. Text preferred due to busy schedule 360-920-2688. ~ Lindsay Hertz, Kulshan street


I just almost got scammed: I received 3 phone calls from the “social security administration” saying that they have found suspicious activity on my account. I ignored this as I knew it was a scam. However, they called 3 times and when I called the number back telling them to stop calling I spoke with a woman who made a very convincing argument that she was with the SSA. To try to convince me that she’s with the SSA she had me look up the 800# on the SSA website and then literally called me from that number. That almost convinced me… at which point she asked for my date of birth and SS#. I refused to give her my SS# (even though I was somewhat convinced) and she hung up on me. After that I searched the SSA website and apparently they will NEVER ask for your SS# over the phone: 

Here’s what I found:  The SSA will never (ever) call and ask for your Social Security number. It won’t ask you to pay anything. And it won’t call to threaten your benefits. Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling.

I think I should know this by now, but I wanted to share with my local community as it almost hooked me. I’d rather not share my name…


Garage door openers left in cars can result in VERY expensive burglary!  They recommend putting your opener on your key chain and never leaving it in the car. ~ Rodd Pemble


A big thank you to our neighborhood puppet ‘teller’!  If you haven’t been by (corner of Victor and Connecticut), try again. It takes less than 5 minutes to read each scene…and the characters are brilliant.  What fun!  ll ages… Thanks again!  ~Ellie Halatsis


We are looking for recommendations for someone to replace our front steps! We have carpenters bees that hollowed out our front stairs. If you have recommendations please email us at

Thanks! ! Bob and Debra Hicks, W North


From my beloved Betsy Brown MD

The Atlantic has an excellent in-depth article about how to think about transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. I have talked before about the R0 (R naught) which is the number of people one infected person, on average, infects. But really we should be thinking about a different concept, dispersion, or k, because many people with SARS-CoV-2 don’t infect anyone, but a few people cause most of the new infections as superspreaders.


Is anybody going? I’ve got a little list… Love/Fl!p


When I remember bygone days
I think how evening follows morn
So many I loved were not yet dead
So many I love were not yet born.
  ~. Ogden Nash


Ted Matts’ radio folk music show this month focuses on Linda Allen. Its on 102.3 FM KMRE Tuesday night Oct 6 at 7pm.


THURSDAY 7:00 PM Oct. 8th
Fairhaven College Live Streaming Music Festival Fall Series
Folk Music: Cosy is marvelous – banjo, guitar, and such a voice. Americana from a younger generation who has studied with her elders, and thought and explored for herself. Click this link at 7 PM Thursday


10/5/20 – Thu 11/26/20 any time
Education, Community Event, Film, Living History
100 years ago women..tho’ not all women..won the right to vote. Hear the story through song, story and image in the 53-minute video “Here’s to the Women!” Tickets benefit the League of Women Voters and FireHouse. See the 3-minute trailer on the website. Available to view continuously.
All ages  $15
Event Info: (360) 920-7533
Event Website:


Steve Winwood (Traffic ). Printed versions of this harvest song date back to the sixteenth century. It personifies the barley grain crop’s suffering, death, and resurrection as beer & whiskey. Appropriate both to harvest time and for getting ready for Halloween, a spooky time of the year.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

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