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It's Octopus Census Time Again!
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No, really! I read it in the newspaper so it has to be true, right?

Normally, I don't read our so-called newpaper's "outdoor" section, offered every Thursday for those souls WAY hardier than mine. I don't DO outdoors, except as way to get from here to there, mostly. But I snagged today's because of the big cover story on participatory mystery events and while reading that, came across the following lovely news. Apparently,
The Presidents Day weekend, a celebration, of course, of great deals on cars and furniture (the latest monstrosity being a Kia ad using JFK's "ask not" quote (scuze me, BLERGH, okay, better now) is ALSO part the Seattle Aquarium's Octopus Week. Hurray! It's now in its sixth year (who knew?). Last year, 169 area divers, the article reports, participated in the official octopus count. Final number? 72.

In honor of this major event, I offer this work of a great poet, among my favorites (and yeah, I had to look it up but had most of it right, since being given a book of his poetry during my long 5-week hospital stay back in '74).

The Octopus
Ogden Nash 

Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I'd call me Us.

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