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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 it seems like some of the things we saw could have been from another world.

An interesting part of traveling by car is watching other cars and their passengers. Most people are like us, just sitting there waiting to get somewhere else. As it was hot during our trip, most windows were up and folks were sitting in air-conditioned comfort. We noticed several cars, evidently without the convenience of air conditioning, whose passengers lounged with one or more of their feet sticking out the window. However, for the first time in my life, I observed a car on Interstate 80 in Nebraska that had a drivers foot sticking out the left-hand window. It didnt look all that comforatable to me. I dont think I could have sat like that for two miles before a crash-inducing cramp set in.

Other cars offered us a look at the peculiar personal effects that folks find necessary to transport with them. Vacationers displayed a fascinating array of plastic pool toys pressed up against the back windows of their minivans. Most of these were flattened replicas of rubber dinosaurs, alligators, turtles and sea-dragons. Occasionally, we noticed that the travelers must have broken camp in a hurry and didnt even bother to deflate their captive chlorine-seeking creatures.

Most interesting were the people who were obviously moving their households from one place to another. We wondered what kinds of things people must have left behind if their loads of rummage sale leftovers were their treasured belongings. Not that we should be too critical of them. When we got to the top of Loveland Pass in Colorado, we found that we had meticulously packed a single chopstick among our picnic things. We have often joked about packing everything but the kitchen sink, but even the kitchen sink would have been more useful than a single chopstick.

As we traveled, my wife and I sometimes pointed out what we thought of as possible tourist traps along the way. Our two sons were a bit confused as to the overall concept of tourist trap . Finally, we came across the perfect example. It was Buckskin Joes. Buckskin Joes had a big, garish sign outside its rough-hewn wooden fence that advertised rental horses, pony rides and buckskin .....
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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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To the Editor,
Monday, July 16, 2001

Does anyone remember the phrase, Lets Keep America Beautiful or how about Dont be a Litter Bug? Maybe these slogans date me, but I can remember when there was an emphasis placed on not litte ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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