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Lost and Found


Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, October 22, 2001

I finally must admit that I am no longer approaching old age; I have crossed the threshold. I first became aware of this when I realized how many things that I have forgotten. Last Monday, I was about to explain the conditions of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to my wife when I drew a blank. I couldnt remember them! It was then that I also realized that I couldnt remember some of the Helsinki Accords. I apologized to my wife about Hidalgo and she said that she didnt give a damn about the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and as far as the Helsinki Accords were concerned, she couldnt care less. She went on to say that I had always gone on explaining things to people whether they wanted an explanation or not and if I were losing my memory about trivia, it would not only be a blessing for our friends and neighbors, but would be considered as the greatest news since the advent of Metamucil.

There is another thing that I find disconcerting, of all the actors and actresses in my movie collection, ninety-five percent of them are dead or listed as missing. There will never be another Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Laughton or James Stewart. Can you picture Brad Pitt as Sam Spade in The MALTESE FALCON, Leonardo Di Caprio as Rhett Butler in GONE WITH THE WIND, John Travolta as Captain Bligh in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY and who could portray George M. Cohan in YANKEE DOODLE DANDY? I suppose that is if they ever remake CASABLANCA, they will cast Steve Martin with Barbara Streisand in the leads. Well frankly my dears, I dont give a damn!

I seem to have forgotten what little grammar I had learned in school. Since when did the noun, loan, become a verb and whatever happened to the verb lend? As Sister Lavinia used to tell me, Dont say, will you loan me a pencil, you must say will you lend me a pencil? For some reason, the United States Postal Service has changed the abbreviations of the States, What used to be Minn, is now MN and Iowa is IA. Well, really, why would anyone find it necessary to abbreviate Iowa or Utah, where is the savings? Does anyone think that if I abbreviate Minnesota I shall somehow speed up mail delivery? Henceforth, I shall take great satisfaction in spelling out the states in full on every letter that I write. Speaking of HENCEFORTH doesnt it read and sound better than, FROM NOW ON or IN THE FUTURE?

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Fri, Oct 19th, 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 "Lets have a chautauqu ..... 
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Justice

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, October 15, 2001

On Friday, September 7th I called Doc Agen. "How will I know when its time to put Justice, my old horse down?" I asked. "Tell me what he looks like, " Doc said. "His backbone stands up two inches, I can put my finger ..... 
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It's a Disaster!

Fri, Oct 19th, 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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On the Move

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, October 22, 2001

The chill in the night air leaves little doubt that summer is actually gone. Area trees are trading their vibrant warm weather greens for more multi-hued autumn clothes. Our woodland ..... 
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Think Spring....

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 15, 2001

To get a head start on spring planting prepare planting areas now. If next spring is a wet one, you will be able to get out there early and sow your peas and spinach without waiting for the ground to dry ..... 
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Fall is Apple Time

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

Its Sunday afternoon. Time to watch theVikings if they are winning. This usually leaves time to do something else. This particular October Sunday is cold and wet, too nasty to do much outside. I happened to stop at J ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Oct 19th, 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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