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Sometimes the mail get’s through whether you want it or not


Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Monday, June 4, 2001

I received my first e-mail yesterday. At least I think that it was an e-mail because I had never seen one before and neither has anyone else in Flabbergast County. Since it was the first and quite possibly the only e-mail ever to be received in this county, I sent it over to the county historical society for preservation in their archives.

I think that I may be the only one to receive an e-mail through the United States Post Office. I must admit that I am not equipped to send or receive an e-mail that I wouldn’t know how to send one even if I wanted to. The person writing to me (does e-mail come under the heading, writing?) perhaps corresponding would be a better choice of words, did not have my address, so the e-mail was sent to our newspaper, The Dormant News - All the News That’s Fit to Print and Some That Ain’t. Since, so for at least, there is only one Flaherty in the county, (better make that two, I forgot my wife and there are three if you want to count Sam), The Dormant News was able to track me down and forward the e-mail to me.

Where do you suppose the concept of e-mail came from? It came from outer space is the first thought that comes to mind. If all of those people down in New Mexico saw all of the UFOs that they say that they did, they probably tried to correspond with them and since they couldn’t rely on the Post Office to deliver in Space, they had to come up with something and somehow managed to invent electronic mail. Since this was a different type of mail, it called for a special mailing address and they came up with something like this: . Now if that makes any sense to you, you belong out in Space...far out in Space.

They tell me that it’s time that I get with it and join the group that has entered the 21st Century. Well, perhaps they’re right. Could I be the only one in the world who is out of step? If that indeed is the case, where do I start? We did replace the rotary phone with a touch tone. But, since I never use the thing anyway, it probably doesn’t count for much in the way of progress. I have gotten a computer since my old typewriter fell apart. I only use it as a word processor but they tell me that it’s a step forward. Now I think that I know how my grandfather felt when my grandmother made him trade in his horse and buggy for a Buick.

Getting back to this e-mail thing; what good is it if the Post Office has to deliver it? How long befor .....
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The Commute

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Monday, May 21, 2001

Commuting any distance to work in Minnesota is an "iffy" proposition. Add to that being the parent of small children, and you are dancing on the edge of a sharp knife daily.

There are any number of variables each d ..... 
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"If you milk ‘em every night and morning, you know them."

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Edited By Beth WaterhouseJune 11, 2001

• You get to know the animals’ personalities. I had one raised from a calf and she got to be in the milking herd and she was the leader of the herd. You know, when you’d go out to pasture and come back sh ..... 
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Niagara Cave

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Monday, June 11, 2001


Our guide flips a switch and plunges us into a darkness so black no eyes can see. It is cold down here over 200 feet below the surface. The roar of a 60-foot waterfall drowns all other sounds. Even those of us who ha ..... 
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"Come Hell or High Water"

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

Weaver Dunes Field Report – Mid Spring 2001

Peepers and Chorus Frogs now sing in earnest from wetlands throughout Fillmore, Houston, Winona, and Wabasha Counties. The incredible din of these tiny inch long fr ..... 
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But Gardening is So Good For You

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, June 11, 2001

I don't know about you, but I am sure tired of this cold wet weather. Everything is so yellow. I haven't planted my sweet corn , peppers, squash or melons yet; my garden is a soggy mess. Let's hope for a lo ..... 
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The Game of Softball

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Monday, June 4, 2001

When I was growing up, my brothers and I began our softball season as soon as the grass in our front yard was dry enough to walk on without leaving tracks in the mud. We played softball every spare moment we got throughout ..... 
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The Death Penalty, with Chinese Characteristics

Fri, Jun 8th, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

The European Parliament, considers capital punishment to be both barbaric and inhumane, regardless of the means by which the death penalty is carried out. They routinely mention the United States in the same breath as Chin ..... 
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