Blast from the past / 23 March 2013
Adus F. Dorsey II
In what has been reminiscent of a “Hogan’s Hero’s” episode, or could be considered Torrey Town’s own version of “Survivor, “Agave” a four pound pure bred Mexican Chihuahua owned by Arron Torrey unknowingly or provokingly chose to escape the safe confines her fenced in yard into the wilds of Torrey Town. Facing insurmountable odds and definite life threatening peril the four-pound Chihuahua “Agave” disappeared into the Torrey underground and Torrey Town’s darkest places. (And this incident happened prior to Torrey Town’s present Night Sky initiative / ordinance.)
Wanted posters with “Agave’s” picture were prominently posted at the Torrey Post Office and on the social media web site Facebook that generated much discussion by folks that daily gather around Brian Hansen’s famous weather rock at the Torrey Post Office.
Like an “Amber” alert, locally and immediately “Agave” sightings began to pour in. The first sightings were near the 300 East block of Torrey by Julia Deifinbaugh, then just as quickly “Agave” was supposedly seen racing as fast as her little Chihuahua legs would carry her down the Dump Road by Mike Clark, it was then and there that it became apparent Agave “the ultimate Torrey Town Survivor” had miraculously survived coyotes, bobcats and nightly swooping owls.
Then came the 12” March snowstorm, six inches higher than “Agave” was tall and any hope for “Agave’s” survival began to wane and a dark cloud settled over Torrey Town, but as optimistic as the words of Dunc Talor always are hope for Agave was never lost.
Rob and Diane Torrey, operators of the Torrey Trading Post, the Torrey Post Office and proud parents of Arron Torrey (the disparaged parent of “Agave” the surely and by then a 3 pound slim pure bred Mexican Chihuahua) were daily and constantly bombarded with questions about “Agave’”. It became all too apparent that the Torrey families as well as many Torrey Town residents were becoming all to distressed by Agave’s, the ground squirrel sized Chihuahuas, ill timed escape and disappearance.
Two weeks into the making, like the Greek survivor myths of Jason and the Argonauts, stories of “Agave” the four-pound Chihuahua of Spanish linage and her sure doggedly demise in wilds of Torrey Town began to slowly and mystically swirl around Torrey Town like the smoke rising from Elaine Chesnut’s chimney, almost as if we were all awaiting the news of a new Pope in Rome.
As suddenly as Agave disappeared, two and a half weeks later, defying all the odds of the unpredictable March weather, the constantly hungry and savaging animals, Alicia Durfey happily reported Agave being seen behind the Winkle place. Agave was then successfully apprehended much to the delight of the concerned Torrey Town residents and the visibly distraught Torrey family.
In a slimmed down state, and weighing in at less than three and one half pounds Agave is presently peacefully resting and refusing any interviews about her lost two-week plus undocumented adventure. Precariously dangly from the local grape vine it is being openly rumored that there is a renegade smooth, south of the border Spanish speaking runaway mustached Chihuahua, going by the name of Poncho Villa circulating in the area, and also extraneous reports that “Duncan”, Mac Curtis’s free roaming Dachshund has been seen walking around town very proud, two inches taller and sporting a smile bigger than the state of Texas?
If you haven’t noticed it is March, that special time of year that weather forecasters are either loved or hated depending on whom you are talking to. For some one that gets paid to get something right or wrong 50% of the time March is a favorite because no one else can attempt to predict what the weather is going to do either. It is also that time of year when you anxiously turn on your garden hose to find out if it is frozen or not.
I happen to think March is a confusing month anyway, three quarters of it is in winter and the last quarter in spring. Not that it matters a whole lot at 7,000 feet elevation or in Wayne County, like Dunc Taylor always has said “it is what it is and you just have to make the most of it.”
If you have found yourself passing through Torrey in the past couple of weeks you will have seen a noticeable difference on Main Street. The yellow lights are once again blinking at the Chuckwagon, Slackers parking lot has cars in it, Gallery 24 is preparing for their annual opening, and Red Cliff restaurant continues to invite customers in. Down at the junction there is noticeable action at Ug’s, and up on the hill the Broken Spur is attracting business from highway 12 and 24. Also worth noting is that the Wayne County Travel Council is setting up shop with the new Information Center on the corner of Highway 12 and 24 with funds from the traveling public that visit our beautiful area of the state.
Most noticeable in Torrey is the slight green sheen that is starting to appear in the willow trees, lawns and autumn leaf covered flower patches, another sure sign that the Easter Bunny will soon be stocking up his/her basket with goodies at Royals Market and coming to every town in Wayne County soon.
Anticipating Easter is another planning problem for March, sometimes it is in March and sometimes it is April depending on the year, lucky for most us we have informational calendars (or smart phones) to keep us informed when Easter is going to be.
According to Wikipedia, Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil council. The First Council of Nicaea established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on 20 March in most years), and the “Full Moon” is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April.
Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.
For me, Easter is and always been my favorite celebration that always seems to prominently carry me through the rest of every year of my life. Have a Happy Easter when ever it get here.