Date: Fri, 8 Mar 1996 22:56:00 PST
From: Kim & Rima McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: Inter-variety miscommunication
On inter-variety miscommunication:
I'll add a weird conversation I had in colonial Williamsberg in 1981 or
so. I was watching a silversmith making a bowl or something, and it
occurred to me that although one always heard about silversmithing in
colonial times (Paul Revere, for goodness sakes), one never heard about
silver mines. So I asked if the silver came from England. He said yes. I
then asked if it came in ingots. He said, yes, it came from England. I
said, yes, but did it come here in ingots. He looked at me as if I were
totally dense, and said again, yes, it came from England.
I finally said, does it come in blocks of silver or in already made items
that are then made into other items. Apparently, if you're interested, the
silver came in plates and trays and such and was then remade into whatever
was wanted here.