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Mr. Manners


Fri, Mar 1st, 2002
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Monday, February 25, 2002

I had an interesting discussion with Ellen and John the other day. We were sitting around their kitchen table conducting some business. We were having a cup of coffee in the process. I must have been looking a bit listless so, rather than risk having me turn up as a pile of bones along the wayside, they offered me a snack. One thing led to another and we were soon talking about manners and the lack thereof.

Although I do not consider myself Mr. Manners of the township, I believe that those responsible for my "up-bringing" did their best and some of the lessons even stuck. Of course, there are exceptions. The notable exception is the irrepressible urge to lick a bowl to retrieve the last morsel of food. This applies almost exclusively to desserts, particularly ice cream. I cant see myself doing this with a bowl of chili or oyster stew, for example.

Evidently, this is a male thing learned while growing up on the farm. John and I pointed out that on the farm, every calorie of energy might be needed to survive until the next meal. The tiny portion left in the bottom of a bowl might be the margin of survival for a farm boy. We pointed out other advantages.

First of all, licking the bowl is an environmentally sound thing to do. There is no waste and no danger of runoff. Second, licking the bowl signifies a profound level of appreciation for the quality of the food being licked and should be seen by the preparer as the highest level of praise. Third, it reduces the dependence on another person to make sure the bowl is clean enough for its next usage. In fact, as John suggested, rather than just putting a dish in the sink for washing or in the dishwasher to wait for the next cycle, a well-licked bowl can go directly into the cupboard. This cuts down wear and tear on the dish and saves time on household chores.

The feminine opinion could not have been more different. Ellen was quite sure that none of the previously listed reasons were adequate to justify licking a bowl. My wife assures me that this is a majority opinion among all females in the universe and that any male that would even consider licking his ice cream bowl is a barbarian of the worst class.

It makes one proud, in a strange sort of way, to be able to elevate oneself during the salad course by using a napkin instead of ones sleeve and then lowering oneself to the pits of manner purgatory by licking ones bowl after dessert. .....
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Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Rushford-Peterson Wrestling Team

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Rushford-Peterson Wrestling. Front row from left: Ben Kruze, Travis Johnsgaard, Abe Wilkemeyer. Middle row: Ben Johnson, J.J. Pettit, Christian Dahl, Nick Langseth, Dustin Johnson. Back row: Matt Rislov, Darrin Dessner, Joe Rye, Lee Johnson, Ryan Agr ..... 
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Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Rushford-Peterson Girls Basketball Team

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Rushford-Peterson Girls Basketball. Front row from left: Stephanie Baker, Lahyn Lind, Bailey Vitse. Middle row: Chelsea Kopperud, Jenelle ODonnell, Mackenzie Halverson, Chellsey Lind, Denise Jacobson, Jen Peterson, Leah Rislove. Back row: Hali Richa ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Boys Basketball Team

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2002
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Rushford-Peterson Boys Basketball. Front row from left: Jason Rahmana, Wade Thompson, James Colbenson, Les Ladewig, Jake Merchlewitz, Matt Reinhardt, Reid Anderson, Gregor Buchner. Back row: Jason Hall, Dustin Burke, Jacob Highum, Zach Mierau, Adam K ..... 
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