September 21st, 2006

Your Host, Rich Tarrant: You Will Eat This Spaghetti If I Have To Hound You All the Way to the Ends of the Freaking Earth

by Philip Baruth

Bill Peberdy of Corinth continues his desperate attempts to avoid having lunch with serial-spaghetti-stalker Rich Tarrant. Let’s listen in, as we hear Bill say:

Hello VDB,

I wrote you this Spring about being invited by robo-phone to a free lunch at the Hungry Bear in Bradford. I declined politely but firmly. Well, he’s still bothering me about that lunch. This time by mail.

tarrant, baring teethI had called his campaign office a week or two back and asked to be removed from the mailing list. This weekend the mail brought an invitation to a complimentary lunch at the Happy Hour Restaurant in Wells River. (Note: this may be considered by some a step-up from the Hungry Bear in Bradford. This is the subject of some serious debate in my family.)

the bumbleI declined this offer also. My hope is that after the election Mr. Tarrant may want to continue the free lunch program for the homeless or others in need. Also, I would like to very much agree with your early observation that indeed Tarrant’s broad aggressive smile is as frightening as The Bumble’s [from the Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer]. A difficult image to shake.

Bill Peberdy
Corinth, Vermont