So Linda asked us to “ask someone else,” either a living person, the radio, or a book for a word. I didn’t exactly do that. Instead I went to the Random Word Generator and asked to to give me a list of 20 words that are fewer than 4 syllables long. Right at the bottom of my list was this word:
There are all kinds of glue, or maybe I should say adhesives, because I think all glues are adhesives, but not all adhesives are glue. I have experience wiuth many of them, including library paste, rubber cement, silicone glue, glue sticks, mucilage (now, there’s some weird stuff) and good old Elmer’s Glue-All, which is by far the most popular glue in the entire world… okay, maybe just the United States. It was made by Borden, who made just about everything back in the day, not just milk and milk products but also things like Mystik tape and Con-Tac paper. Mystik used to have a factory across the street from my high school, and we had an Environment Club that would go and protest in front of it a few times a year, not that it was that big of a polluter, but it was the principle of
“sticking it to the man,” very popular in the ’70’s. Eventually, the plant shut down, and not long after that the school district, realizing it no longer had enough students to operate two high schools, closed down our campus, the newer of the two. I think it’s reopened, at least for some students, but I haven’t kept up with the place, wanting to stay as far away from the place as possible since graduating.
Where was I? Oh yeah… Borden used to have Elsie the Cow as its spokesbovine for its milk products, and they created Elmer as Elsie’s mate and spokesbovine for Borden’s chemical division. Together their issue includes Beaulah and Beauregard in 1948 and Larrabee (no relation to the character on Get Smart) and Lobelia in 1957. Why do I think that’s important? I dunno.
I remember back in grammar school we were doing one of those art projects where you cut shapes out of construction paper, then glue them to another piece of construction paper. The nun told us to use rubber cement, because you could pick up and rearrange the piecees before the glue dried. Of course, the nun supplied two large jars of rubber cement for the project, and as was normally the case, some kid (the class artiste, and no, it wasn’t me) was hogging one of them. One guy (again, not me) got tired of waiting for the one remaining jar and decided to attach his pieces of construction paper using Elmer’s glue. The nun about had a stroke and chewed the kid out, because his picture would have wrinkles instead of being smooth like everyone else’s. He didn’t care, and neither did the rest of us.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now here are Elsie, Beauregard and Elmer for Borden’s Egg Nog. Borden’s: Very Big On Flavor!
(Talk about your stroke of luck: I had no idea I’d find a commercial with Elsie, Elmer and Beauregard that was appropriate for the season…)
If I don’t see you before then, Happy New Year!