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Sometimes the mail gets through whether you want it or not


Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 4, 2001

I received my first e-mail yesterday. At least I think that it was an e-mail because I had never seen one before and neither has anyone else in Flabbergast County. Since it was the first and quite possibly the only e-mail ever to be received in this county, I sent it over to the county historical society for preservation in their archives.

I think that I may be the only one to receive an e-mail through the United States Post Office. I must admit that I am not equipped to send or receive an e-mail that I wouldnt know how to send one even if I wanted to. The person writing to me (does e-mail come under the heading, writing?) perhaps corresponding would be a better choice of words, did not have my address, so the e-mail was sent to our newspaper, The Dormant News - All the News Thats Fit to Print and Some That Aint. Since, so for at least, there is only one Flaherty in the county, (better make that two, I forgot my wife and there are three if you want to count Sam), The Dormant News was able to track me down and forward the e-mail to me.

Where do you suppose the concept of e-mail came from? It came from outer space is the first thought that comes to mind. If all of those people down in New Mexico saw all of the UFOs that they say that they did, they probably tried to correspond with them and since they couldnt rely on the Post Office to deliver in Space, they had to come up with something and somehow managed to invent electronic mail. Since this was a different type of mail, it called for a special mailing address and they came up with something like this: . Now if that makes any sense to you, you belong out in Space...far out in Space.

They tell me that its time that I get with it and join the group that has entered the 21st Century. Well, perhaps theyre right. Could I be the only one in the world who is out of step? If that indeed is the case, where do I start? We did replace the rotary phone with a touch tone. But, since I never use the thing anyway, it probably doesnt count for much in the way of progress. I have gotten a computer since my old typewriter fell apart. I only use it as a word processor but they tell me that its a step forward. Now I think that I know how my grandfather felt when my grandmother made him trade in his horse and buggy for a Buick.

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The Commute

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 18, 2001

People who commute to the big city, in my case Rochester, often have the opportunity to run big city errands for the ones they love. I recently had the chance to pick up a canary and canary equipment at a pet store in Roc ..... 
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"When Youre Cutting with Horses, You Can Hear the Sickle Going."

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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June 25, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony, Lake ..... 
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Niagara Cave

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 11, 2001


Our guide flips a switch and plunges us into a darkness so black no eyes can see. It is cold down here over 200 feet below the surface. The roar of a 60-foot waterfall drowns all other sounds. Even those of us who ha ..... 
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"Come Hell or High Water"

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

Weaver Dunes Field Report Mid Spring 2001

Peepers and Chorus Frogs now sing in earnest from wetlands throughout Fillmore, Houston, Winona, and Wabasha Counties. The incredible din of these tiny inch long fr ..... 
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Planting Mania!

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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'What is one to say about June - the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade?' ..... 
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Stuck in the Mud

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, June 18, 2001

This has been one of the wettest springs ever. Most of the rain didnt seem to fall heavily, just steadily. Farmers have gotten only a brief period of fair weather to get their crops planted. Most of the acres are planted ..... 
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The Death Penalty, with Chinese Characteristics

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

The European Parliament, considers capital punishment to be both barbaric and inhumane, regardless of the means by which the death penalty is carried out. They routinely mention the United States in the same breath as Chin ..... 
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Fri, Jun 22nd, 2001
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