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Another One From Flaherty: Things are different in the country


Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

One of the many things that I have learned since moving to the country is that things dont get done in a day and sometimes things dont get done at all. There is an advantage to that in that there is always something to do, even if it doesnt get done.

One of the things that I have been meaning to do is to repair a small section of a rock wall that Sam has knocked down while in pursuit of a squirrel. I havent done it as yet, but some day I suppose that I will get around to it. But now that I think of it, Sam always goes over that part of the wall and there really is not much point in patching it if Sam is just going to knock it down again. I think that I will just refer to it as Sams Gate, and let it go at that.

Another thing that I hadnt realized was the great number of churches that there are in this county. Ive leaned that every fall of the year these numerous churches, including my own, have Fall Dinners.

Now there is nothing wrong with a dinner or two now and then, its the menu that Im concerned about. I appears that there are three entries that these churches come up with: Roast Pork, Baked Ham and Roast Turkey. Now there is nothing wrong with Roast Pork, Baked Ham and Roast Turkey (I wonder if anyone has every attempted to fry a Turkey). Its the way that they are advertised that gives me more than a little concern. Roast Pork with all of the Trimmings, Baked Ham with all of the Trimmings, and Roast Turkey with all of the Trimmings.

It is a well known fact that both Roast Pork and Baked Ham are derived from hogs. But do you realize just what is trimmed from hogs? Ears, Snouts, Tails and Feet, that is what is trimmed from hogs. I dont know about the rest of you, but I , for one, dont relish the thought of a side dish of Snouts, Ears, Tails or Feet and I most certainly do not want an appetizer of Turkey Feet.

Another thing that I have noticed is that people living in the country drive differently from people in the city. I have learned that when I come upon a stop sign in the country, I had better check my rear view mirror before I stop or risk being read ended. There is not much chance of being rear ended in the city. City drivers prefer to wait until you are part way through the intersection and then plow into you from the side. Country drivers never look straight ahead as they cruise along their way. They will turn their heads .....
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Journal Writing Project-By Andy Wolter

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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What mineral used in soap, building materials, glass and fertilizer was mined in Death Valley in the late 1880s?

Two motorcycles simultaneously leave an intersection traveling in opposite directions. They are 360 miles apart in ..... 
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Township Roads: Christmas giftware

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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It is that time of year again. Crowds of people working at their Christmas shopping choke the roads into and out of shopping centers and malls. Our township road has been clogged, too. Ill bet eight cars went past this last Sunday. Most of the occup ..... 
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At Home in the Woods-What Kind of Truth?

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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My recently published book "At Home in the Big Woods," has taught me the importance of advertising--media coverage, press releases, fliers, book signings and books placed in windows of stores. I enthusiastically joined in the promotion of my book, bu ..... 
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Of People, Places & Things-Who is that guy?

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Like many of you, I have never enjoyed going to the dentist. It probably has something to do with letting another person put metal objects in my mouth.  When I was a kid growing up in Austin, my mom used to have to drag me by ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Jamie Howe

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Tis the season

Its finally here...the church bells ringing triumphantly, the crackling of the fire, the Christmas lights twinkling all around, the stockings hanging, the carolers singing on the snow-covered sidewalks, the chitt ..... 
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Another From Flaherty-"Much to do about whatever"

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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As a general rule, a man has to have something to do; even if he doesnt get around to it. This is especially true if he is retired. He cant just sit around twiddling his thumbs, although in certain circles, this could be considered as a digital exe ..... 
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