This is a quote from the publisher's column in yesterday's Daily Astorian.
It's entitled, LET ME NOW EAT CROW
"Boy, did I get it wrong. The Boston Red Sox destroyed my illusion that the St. Louis Cardinals would always rebound.
On the Wednesday that I offered an unqualified prediction of a Cardinal championship, Muriel Jensen, a Massachusetts native, challenged me. We settled on lunch at Urban Café as the stakes of our bet.
Jensen is Astoria's renowned (that may be overstating it just a little) author of romance novels. She has more than 80 to her credit.
Following the Sox victory last Wednesday, she gloated in a delightful way. (He was on vacation. I left a message on his voice mail saying, "I know an ungracious winner shows very bad manners, but NEINER, NEINER, NEINER!" I did promise to buy dessert.)
Boston made relatively easy work of the Cardinals. But there were excellent moment in the games.
So, if you see us at the Urban, that would be crow on my plate."
Of course, I've bought him a figure of a crow left over from Halloween and plan to present it in high style. Our lunch is on the 13th.
Point of this story - it's always good to have a working relationship with your local newspaper. Sometimes it really pays off!