Beginning somewhere back in the long agomists of time, it seemed to be popular toname movies, books, songs, and so on, witha "The Last..."There was even a popular cowboy song datingto the thirties or forties called "The LastRoundup."One of the first movies with such a title was"The Last Picture Show," and the belovedcowboy wrangler/ actor Ben Johnson won
an Academy award for that one.
Others were "The Last of The Mohicans," "TheLast Tango in Paris," and "The Last Emperor.""The Last" terminology seems to be alive andwell even in recent days, as we've had "TheLast Man On Earth," "The Last Samurai," "TheLast Western Hero," and: "The Last Boy Scout."And now, sadly..."THE LAST TOMATO" from me...----------------Everything on this earthseems to endTomato growing season isno exceptionand this year it cameearlyLast year we had dozensand dozensof beautiful shiny red ripejuicy tomatoesand a photo of themfor the agesThis year, our twelfth yearof planting in Earth Boxes,began on May 25. a happy,cool spring dayas we planted ten plantsin five boxes, withone being a "cherry..."It was especially hot during
both June and Julyand a "funny thing happenedto our tomatoes on the wayto the kitchen table..."They somehow caught a virusand were brown and wiltedby mid-September...Thus we got plenty of tiny cherrytomatoesbut really a total of only aboutfifteen "big" ones...the Early Girls, the Better Boys,and the Beefsteaksall failed...They weren't early, better,or beefy...they witheredon the vine...My wife said yesterday, "I've beenwatching this last one ripenand saving it for you.Do you want to slice itto go with your bacon and eggsand then we'll be done?""Why not," I replied.----------------
BY MIL17 OCTOBER 2017-------------