Five for Friday #103

Welcome to #103!

As I spent the week thinking of how I’d work “103” into this column, I kept coming back to one thing: for whatever reason, I associate “103” with VT Route 103.

I don’t know that I’ve driven VT 103 more than 1.03 times in my entire life.  But, as I did a few years ago, I stumbled upon The Vermont Country Store in Rockingham.  I’d never even heard of the place.  Turns out, it’s one of the more successful and well-known country stores in the state.

The memory of my lone visit to the Vermont Country Store made me think of general stores. I love them.  Not just general stores, but country stores and corner markets.  I love ’em all.

When I was really young, my grandfather worked at Hill’s 5 & 10 in Bradford.

  • Aside: read the previous sentence again.  When you do, the voice in your head should NOT be saying “Hill’s 5 and 10.”  It’s “Hill’s five and dime.”  That’s how we talked back then.

Hill’s wasn’t exactly a country store/market.  It was more like a 70’s version of a Dollar General. But it was next to a little market called The Fruit Store.

I LOVED The Fruit Store.  I don’t know why it was called The Fruit Store.  It was a meat market that sold whatever other staples they felt like stocking on any given day.  Most of you can picture exactly how it felt:  newspapers on the porch, uneven wooden floors, no rhyme or reason to the merchandise or layout,  and aisles so tiny that some were, quite literally, one way.  With “one way” being “whichever way the first person into the aisle wants to go.”  If you’re second, move.  Even if it means walking backwards out of the aisle.

Have you ever been in one of those old markets where you lose about 7 feet of elevation walking from the front door to the meat counter in the back? That’s what I remember about The Fruit Store.

I’m nostalgic for the vibe I felt in old country stores & corner markets.  You know:

  • that pot is regular, we’ll brew one of decaf if you’d like
  • half & half is in the cooler, next to the night crawlers. if you use the last of the carton, we’ll open a new one.
  • faded pictures of teams from the local high school that won states 10, 20, 65 years ago.

There are some wonderful general stores and country markets all over Vermont.  My summer treks to the NEK usually include stops at Scampy’s in West Charleston.  The 100 on 100 isn’t complete without a stop at The Warren Store for, you know, carb loading. When you go to the ocean and forget to buy your mom some saltwater taffy,  the Route 4 Country Store in Quechee is a great place to pick some up on the way home.  The Steeple Market in Fairfax has some of best cuts of meat around and is one of two Official Markets of Ethical Grounds.  The other – Beaudry’s Market in Huntington, a gem operated by the Pecors for about the last 40 years.

Even Burlington used to be full of great little neighborhood markets.  I know a few readers of this blog whose families shopped religiously at Merola’s.

By the way, if you’re ever in Hendersonville, North Carolina, say hi to my dad and stop by Mast General Store.  I can’t stand shopping, but I easily spend an hour in Mast’s each time I visit. It’s got a huge section devoted to old school penny candy that makes you feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

Anyhow, musing on the number 103 resulted in a cascade of thoughts of general stores and corner markets.

Jiffy Marts, Jolly’s, and Maplefields are fine.  TV screens on the gas pumps, walk-in coolers with the latest craft beers, a dizzying choice of coffee flavors, and stainless steel canisters serving as endless reservoirs of half & half.  But, I will always have a special place in my heart for the good ol’ country store.

Onto the quiz!


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Question 1

At a seminar, you’re checking your phone when you hear me say “knowledge of the violation raises a substantial question as to the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness.”

What rule am I discussing?

Question 2

Which is associated with a different rule than the other 3?

  • A.  A single source for identification
  • B.  Records showing running account balances
  • C.  Timely reconciliation
  • D.  Lateral transfers

Question 3

The civil matter James v. Irving is pending in the Vermont Superior Court.  Attorney represents James.  Lawyer represents Irving.

Attorney filed a motion for summary judgment.  Lawyer reviewed the motion and realized that Attorney failed to cite to an opinion of the Vermont Supreme Court that supports Attorney’s argument.  Lawyer knows that the opinion is directly adverse to Irving’s position.

Lawyer explained Attorney’s oversight to Irving.  Irving instructed Lawyer not to cite to the Supreme Court opinion in their cross-motion for summary judgment.

Which is most accurate?

  • A.  Lawyer must report Attorney to disciplinary authorities
  • B.  Lawyer must abide by Irving’s instruction not to cite to the opinion
  • C.  It’s up to Lawyer whether to cite to the opinion
  • D. Lawyer must disclose the opinion to the trial court

Question 4

A lawyer called me with an inquiry. I listened, then said “it seems that you qualify as ‘necessary.’  Therefore, you can’t do it unless (1) it’s about an uncontested issue; (2) it relates to the value of legal services you provided; or (3) disqualifying you would cause substantial hardship to your client.”

What is “it“?

Question 5

Velma Kelly is a celebrity showgirl who was charged with murdering her husband & sister.

Roxie Hart is a would-be celebrity who was charged with murdering a lover who falsely promised to have connections that would make her as big a star as Velma.

Billy Flynn is the media-loving lawyer who represented them both.  He did so despite the fact that, in exchange for leniency, Velma testified against Roxie.  Specifically, Velma read to the jury incriminating excerpts from Roxie’s diary.

That’s right: Billy represented a murder client in a case in which one of the witnesses against her was another of his murder clients.

Both Velma and Roxie were acquitted.  Mainly because Billy Flynn knowingly introduced false evidence that the prosecution had authored the incriminating diary entries.

In 2003, Catherine Zeta-Jones won the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing Velma.  Renee Zellweger and Queen Latifah also received Oscar nominations for their roles in the same movie.

I don’t know whether Billy Flynn was charged with an ethics violation.  If he had been, his defense might have been to ask the disciplinary prosecutors why they were bothering with “all that jazz.”

Name the movie.



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