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Gadgets & Gizmos


Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Monday, September 17, 2001

After fourteen years we have bought a new car and I am amazed at the changes in style and technology of today’s cars. The cockpit of this car has more instruments and gauges than any airplane that I have ever flown. Of course, now that I think of it, its been forty-five years since I have flown an airplane and I suppose that there might be some changes in airplanes as well.

My wife and I drove into town to sign various papers and documents and to take delivery of the car. After the dealer walked us around the car and explained various gadgets and whatnot, he showed me how to start the car and we were on our own. Since I had to return a rented video, my wife drove her car home while I drove the new one over to the IGA. I returned the movie and got in and started the car, but I couldn’t get it out of Park. After some minutes of fruitless and frustrating effort I got out of the car and stood by the open door scratching my head , when a pretty young teen age girl came up to me and asked me if I need some help. I told her that I had just bought this car and I couldn’t make it go. She got into the car, started it and then put her foot on the brake and put the car into neutral and said that I should be able to take it from there. I could feel my face turning red as I thanked her. She told me that it was nothing and that her grandmother once had the same problem. I thanked her again and then drove out of there as fast as the law would allow.

When I got home I had a mild restorative and then decided that it might be well if I read through the owner’s manual before driving it again. The owner’s manual weighs about two pounds and has eleven of it’s pages devoted to the operation of the radio. Since I never play the radio while I am driving, I skipped that part. I may get back to it later if only out of curiosity. I read about the Transaxle, the parking brake, the maintenance schedule and stuff like that. I thought that I would save the rest for another day.

My wife usually takes a short hike through the woods after lunch and when she left I thought that I would see how much leg room there was when sitting in the back seat. I found that there was ample room and that the seats were very comfortable which was just as well for me because I couldn’t open the doors to get out. People are always so fond of saying that time flies. Well those people should spend time in the back seat of a locked car and just see how ti .....
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Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Monday, October 8, 2001

Chautauqua is a place in western New York state that I visited this summer. If you were to look up Chautauqua in the dictionary, you would also find that it has evolved into a common noun, as in "Let’s have a chautauqu ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Monday, September 24, 2001

A lot has gone down in the world since the last column. The attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. make sports seem terribly unimportant. But I must say it was nice to see Major League Baseball return last week so ..... 
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It's a Disaster!

Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

"It's a disaster!" I hear my father's voice, intonation and exact words come out of my mouth. I've just been trying to put a new coat of solid color stain on a wall of my house; it's not covering well; all the brush str ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blanding’s Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Fall Harvest Continues...

Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 8, 2001

The days are getting so short all of a sudden; winter is closing in on us. There's still a lot to do in the garden.

At the advice of a neighbor, I made a little hoop house over my beets. They cam ..... 
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The Quest for Caulk

Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 8, 2001

The house sprung a leak. I needed some caulk to plug the hole to keep the house from filling with water and sinking. Talk about the road paved with good intentions.

I knew I had some caulk in the garage. It wa ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Oct 5th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’ ..... 
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