A Fine Kettle of Fish!

Apr 14, 2019 | 1 comment

Dr. Jung Sun Kang

At Jung Sun Kang’s concert yesterday at the Oysterville Church (which was fabulous, by the way, and presented to a full house) I noticed a little glitch on the front of the program (which was also otherwise fabulous!)  The Oysterville Church’s address was given as 33590 Territory Road, Ocean Park, 98640.

“Ocean Park?  98640?  Well, that’s a fine kettle of fish!” I thought.  So, this morning when I learned that Jung Sun Kang had written up the program, herself, I went online to Google Search and looked up the address.  That’s where I’d go if I were looking for an address in an unfamiliar area.  Sure enough!  “Ocean Park, WA 98640” was how it was listed!  I used their suggested “Correct” option and fixed both the town and the zip code.

(I think this address error has something to do with the U.S. Post Office.  In Oysterville, if you don’t want a P.O. Box, you can have your mail delivered but since only Ocean Park delivers, you must sacrifice the Oysterville address.  In point of fact, however, our church doesn’t get all that much mail.  If you do need to send something to the church, it needs to go to the Oysterville Restoration Foundation, P.O. Box 71, Oysterville, WA 98641,)

Concert Program

I don’t know about the street number, either.   I have my doubts that it is correct.  We live on Territory Road across from the church and our number also ends in an even number.  I’m thinking that one or the other ought to end with an odd number and probably it’s the church since it is on the west side of the street.  Also, although our house is farther north, the number is higher.  I think the numbers go down as you travel north on the Peninsula.  Don’t they?  Maybe the correct number is listed with the assessor’s office.  When I have time…

Meanwhile, I’m thinking about “a fine kettle of fish” – the expression, that is.  My friend Sue and I were talking about that one and several others that our mothers used to use – wonderful old-fashioned expressions that you don’t hear much anymore.   “Feeling in fine fettle” is another.  Which led me to think about words that end in “ettle.”   Apparently, there are only six base words with that spelling:  fettle, kettle, mettle, nettle, pettle, and settle.  That next-to-last one is of Scottish derivation and means to cuddle.  It should be used “with an object” said freedictionary.com.  Who knew?

This is why I don’t get anything done…

1 Comment

  1. Nora Durst

    Tax sifter for the county has the church listed as 33701 Territory Rd.


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