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On Thursday evening, Christian said, "I'm slowly becoming one with the press."
On Thursday evening Christian said, “I’m slowly becoming one with the press.”

-Throw down a case each of gallons, quarts, and pints.
-Nnnkay.
-Time for a stoke.
-‘Kay.
-Raise that float up to thirteen.
-Nnkay.
-Switch the plugs over in the back pan.
-‘Kay.
-Why don’t you take a couple hours off and come back at 9 pm, then work til the end?
-nKay. See you then.

Spraying out the concentrate tank at the end of Thursday's boil, the last boil of 2015.
Spraying out the concentrate tank at the end of Thursday’s boil, the last boil of 2015.

                               II

“When I was at the bank on Tuesday, Andy Baringer asked me, ‘Is the season OK?’
I said, ‘Right now it’s on the low end of OK,’ and she looked a little worried and said, ‘That’s what the Rooneys would say too.’…….What we need this season is an OK Scale of one to ten.”

“One would be Not OK, and ten would be Very OK,” suggested Chief of Operations.

“Then where are we on the OK Scale?”

“You tell.”

III

Everyday in my inbox I receive a Daily Writing Tip. One day recently, the topic was the word ‘okay’. I learned that the proper way to spell ‘okay’ is ‘OK’. Spelling it ‘okay’ is not OK. Since I think of myself as a good speller, I felt chagrined. Decades of committing a spelling error? But has it been decades? Until email, I spoke ‘OK’, I didn’t write ‘OK’. I’m okay with learning new ways of doing things and will henceforth attempt to conform to the highest standard of the English language.

                                IV

-How was the season? a friend asked today.
-It was OK [A seven? An eight?]

Sunset #2. Where inside the sugarhouse was this photo taken?
Sunsetting Sugar Season. Where inside the sugarhouse was this photo taken?

4 thoughts on “The OK Scale

  1. Thank you for sharing another season of sugaring ~
    The climbing rhyme that I never dared to try
    The beautiful, interesting, funny, amazing, evocative photos
    The story of This Year in varied forms
    The Day to Day
    The crazy weather
    The English Primer (I liked okay, too)

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  2. If “OK” is really the approved spelling of the word-in-question, then why has it not been added to the official Scrabble dictionary? Scrabble dictionary editors, take note

    Like

  3. I too love the blog and chance to stay connected to you guys and the excitement and mystery of the season. Keep it up and enjoy some rest and a great summer.

    As for the sunset photo – I believe its from the Hawaiian room.

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