"Government reorganization is a misnomer," says everybody's favorite funnyman, Mark Russell, in Roll Call. "It implies the government was organized in the first place. Streamlining the bureaucracy is like painting racing stripes on an arthritic camel" . . . When Mrs. Wilfred B. Coulett of McLean answered her phone the other day, she found herself talking to a man in Ireland who said he had simply dialed her number at random because he wanted to chat with somebody in Virginia. Mrs. Coulett says he was very nice and she enjoyed talking to him, but she worried about how much the man's hobby was costing him. However, colleague Jack Walsh says Mrs. Coulett needn't worry. "There are more expensive ways to celebrate St. patrick's Day" . . . Carla Arnold's hobby costs time as well as money. She devotes both to the youngsters at Boys Village in Cheltenham every Wednesday night. The boys call her "The Game Lady," and last Christmas they gave her a beautifully wrapped package. When she opened it, there seemed to be nothing inside, but the boys explained, "It's full of love. That's the only thing we have to give."
Brief report from J. W. Davis: "I saw a beer truck in Georgetown that was not double-parked - but of course that was some years ago" . . . I went out to White Flint the other evening to case the new shopping center for you but happened to park on the level The Eatery is on. By closing time, I hadn't gotton past that one attraction. Now I find I've gained three pounds, and I'm afraid to go back . . . Ronald B. Leve of Columbia notes with disapproval that, as coffee prices have soared, "many restaurants have been charging as much (up to 75 cents) for tea and milk as they do for coffee." It should also be noted that tea wholesalers have taken advantage of the coffee shortage and have doubled their prices since the first of the year. Meantime Kenneth H. Jenkins asks, "Do you remember the time, not too long past, when Brazil was burning huge amounts of coffee because the price was so low?" . . . After reading a technical paper written by a Soviet scientist, J. D. Morton of Fairfax was intrigued to note that the author's name was M. Gubergrits. With a name like Gubergrits, I'll bet he could defect and get a job in the Carter administration the day after he arrives here.
The Postal Service still catches a lot of flak from District Liners. Lawrence I. Peak informs me that on March 3 he received two letters - one mailed in New York on Feb. 28 and the other mailed in Honolulu on March 1. He also notes: "Around the first of the month, letters mailed in New York on the same day arrive here several days apart" . . . John Perry of Arlington reports that at Columbia Pike and Columbus Street he saw a bus on the side of which was the lettering, "School for Contemporary Education." Perhaps if I had the benefit of some contemporary (whatever that is) education, I would not have made a stupid mistake when I wrote about the nation's energy supplies a couple of weeks ago. Working from a stack of photostats of World War II news stories, I overlooked the fact that one of them (quoting Albert F. Bass of the FEA) was from a current edition of The Washington Post. It's not easy to cause that kind of foulup; I just have a special talent for it . . . Former adman Henry L. Kronstadt is the author of a new paperback collection of short stories titled "It Comes in Bunches" (Lippin Press, 115 pages, $3.50). The inscription in the copy he sent me is, "For Bill, who knew me in the days when I wrote another taype of fiction" . . . Louis Johnson arched an eyebrow when a newcaster announced, "The bomb went off without warning." Says Louis, "I didn't know they were supposed to inform you in advance" . . . "Today is St. Patrick's Day, when the Irish celebrate the wearing of the green," notes comedian Danny Klayman. "On April 15, we'll observe IRS Day, when the government celebrates the sharing of the green."