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It was another fine mess


Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 23, 2001

I decided that I had to buy a new car. Well, it was actually my wife who decided that I had to buy a new car. The last time she decided that I needed to buy a new car was fourteen years ago. And I havent been the same since. There are people who are afraid to go down in mine shafts and there are some who are uneasy with heights. Whenever I walk into a car dealers showroom, I get the shakes. I would much prefer a visit to my dentist for a root canal than an encounter with a car salesman or salesperson or saleswoman or whatever they are called these days.

I do not mean to imply that these people are tricky or somewhat shady. They are not. They, for the most part, are fine, upstanding pillars of the community. As a matter of fact, one of my grandfathers had a used car lot. He was known as Square Deal John and his slogan was, "if you want a square deal, come on down and Ill give it to you!" And, he most certainly did.

It was fourteen years ago but it seems as though it was yesterday when I walked into that showroom to buy a car. An attractive young blonde woman dressed in high heeled black boots, a leather skirt to match, with a white blouse and black leather vest greeted me at the door and asked me if I saw anything that I liked. Before I could think of anything to say, a rather portly man dressed in a large checked suit with a red tie came over and offered me a hot dog and told me to call him Charley.

There were three cars and a station wagon on the floor. The station wagon was brown with gold trim, there was a black sedan, a blue sedan and a purple convertible. I walked over to the black sedan to have a look but Charley said that I would never be happy with that car that was like so many others on the road. He said that as soon as he saw me, he knew that I was one in a million, a man with class and an eye for beauty and the unusual. He took me by the arm and led me over to the purple convertible and told me that it was just what I was looking for. The blonde girl with the leather boots, leather skirt with the white blouse and leather vest was sitting behind the wheel. She told me to hop in and we would take a spin.

She drove us through town with her blonde hair streaming in the breeze and honking the horn as she passed people on the street. Two of those people were my wife and her mother. I waved at them but they didnt wave back, they just stood there with their eyes wide and their mouths open .....
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Commute 003

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 16, 2001

I read an article last Sunday that said Americans are giving less attention to cleaning their houses. Once again, Im way ahead of a national trend.

My lack of cleaning skills is somewhat legendary in my family. ..... 
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"Threshing: There Was Always a Lot of Clowning Around"

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 23, 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 Harmon ..... 
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A Big Woods Wedding

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 9, 2001

A medieval scene greets guests as they walk down green paths through open woods and across hilly fields to a small white tent with open walls. The groom could be Robin Hood, complete with his Merry Men, anxiously waiting f ..... 
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The Run Has Begun

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Early Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, July 23, 2001

As Spring 2001 draws to a close, the season's exceedingly wet and cool weather is still cause for concern to those of us working on the Blandi ..... 
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Carrots do Love Tomatoes

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, July 23, 2001

This week I would like to share some excerpts from the darling of companion planting, Louise Riotte's great book Carrots Love Tomatoes. This is the sequel to her very popular Roses Love Onions.

On ..... 
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A Stickler for Reality

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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By Wayne PikeMonday, July 16, 2001

Having been home from our trip to Colorado for a couple weeks, I have had time to reflect on some of the events and observations that we made. Traveling to another state can hardly be considered exotic, but i ..... 
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Olympic Games With Chinese Tendencies

Fri, Jul 20th, 2001
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Monday, July 23, 2001

If you havent heard by now, China will host the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The country has been working for the last 10 years to get the games believing that the international spectacle will give China the prestige ..... 
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