V Things We Appreciate
The Velvet Hook
After an enjoyable walk in the woods with his dog, George de Mestral, a Swiss engineer, found dozens of cockleburs firmly attached to his pants and in the fur of his dog. Curiosity led the engineer to his microscope where an idea began to form. Fourteen years of trial and error later, Mestral had perfected a way to replicate the sticky power of burrs and patented it (1956) under the name of Velcro, a combination of two French words: Velour (velvet) and Crochet (hook) nylon sewn under infrared light– Who knew?
It was right after Violet watched Gregory Peck ride off with Audrey Hepburn at the helm of a zippy little scooter through the cobblestone streets of Rome, that she, Violet, decided to dust off that Vintage Vespa she had in the garage and go somewhere. Anywhere would do, Anywhere besides her own Veranda with a View she’d somehow lost interest in.
She’d read in the Sunday paper of a singing Vaquero who entertained patrons at the Farmer’s Market. It seemed as good a destination as any. With a burst of renewed Vitality, Violet donned her finest Victorian blouse, swallowed a shot of Vermouth and sped down the hill toward the market.
Approaching a large display of Vegetables at a Velocity that sent patrons scrambling for safety, Violet recalled something of Vital importance: her brakes hadn’t worked in years.
Happy V Day!
Any thoughts? Can you add to the list of things we appreciate that begin with the letter V?