One foot on the floor, dammit!

Sgt. Lorne Lemieux, one of too few survivors of my Marine platoon in Vietnam who came to my house for reunion clambake last weekend, had a story to tell.
Lorne lost a leg to a booby trap, and after radioing battali…on to be sure somebody picked up his foot so the Viet Cong wouldn’t use it as a doorstop, he went home. Years later it seems he was shooting pool in Strykersville, NY, where his farm is, and it was down to the 8-ball, when Sgt. Lemieux clambered on the table for the last shot.
“You gotta leave one foot on the floor!” demanded his opponent.
Whereupon Lemieux unstrapped his right leg, left it on the floor, and sunk the 8-ball slicker ‘n sh*t.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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1 Response to One foot on the floor, dammit!

  1. Barbara Weresow says:

    Hello! Barbara Weresow here! I’m eating a fabulous lunch of your tomatoes,celery and peppers with a splash of raspberry vinegarette.Wow!! Thanks for sharing your garden knowledge, and the fresh produce for my daughter. I’m really glad I read the post on soaking the broccoli in salt water—the little worms would’ve freaked out my grandsons! Again,thanks for hosting a great reunion. You are a kind and generous man. God bless you!

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