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Township Roads: Go ahead! Wreck my day!


Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I try to look on the bright side of things. Theres a silver lining to every cloud and all that. I may be unreasonably optimistic. Thats why I dont usually allow little things to disrupt my day.

Maybe this is from having lived and worked on a dairy farm. I had to get up early for years, whether I wanted to or not, whether I felt like it or not. I found that, when the alarm clock rang, it was best not to think about what I was about to do. Once the cows were milked, it seemed like the rest of the day was off to a good start. But, once in a while, when I got to the barn things were not as I might have liked them to be. The electricity might not be working. The bulk tank might be full of warm milk. There might be water running out the door from a broken pipe. There might be a cow having trouble calving. The possibilities were endless. When nothing went wrong, it was almost a miracle. When nothing went wrong it was going to be a good day.

These days my life is simpler. There are no cows to milk and less machinery to break down. There are still a few things that inch their way in to try to wreck my day. These are not earth-shattering events but, given the wrong attitude, they all have the potential to wreck a persons day.

For example, one day last week I got hit in the head with a chicken. I went into the chickens den to give them a scoop of feed before I went to work. As I turned around, one of the big hens jumped off her perch in the rafters and had a mid-air collision with my left ear. It didnt hurt, but it surprised me. Ill tell you I let her have a piece of my mind. That didnt wreck her day, but when I realized I was trying to change a chickens behavior by speaking to her, it rattled my confidence a little.

We still have a crowd of ladybugs in our house that often try to wreck my day. They have several little tricks up their spotted wings. Their main talent is to land where I can taste them and they taste terrible. They enjoy landing in my mouth as I snore peacefully. When I am having my breakfast they like to drop out of the chandelier into my oatmeal or orange juice. Ladybugs also enjoy the taste of toothpaste and I have to be careful to shake them off my toothbrush. I usually remember to do this, but the taste of Crest and ladybug still lingers. I noticed the other day that I must have missed one because there were ladybug wing parts stuck in my brush. I did .....
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Prairie Notes: What will they do?

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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Lately, conversations with friends revolve around the same economic thread. What will happen now that gas prices fluctuate by ten cents in a day? What will happen to retirement accounts that had seemed such a good investment two years ago? What will ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Kyle Anderson

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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From moles to millionaires, and survivors to idols, television is becoming a reality show slugfest. Networks and producers are cooking up shows for America to fall head over heels for. The question is, when and where will they draw the line? < ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
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Iraq, and the question of war there, has dominated the news lately. Weve seen speeches, heard the inspectors report, and watched thousands of American soldiers deploy to the Middle East. In all probability, war will begin within the next month. I ha ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jacob Grant

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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The other day I was resting in my car awaiting the end of my lunch hour. As I sat there I was thinking about the things that flustered me that morning and how they carried on to a rather disheartening lunch. I wished I could have moved to Australia. ..... 
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Another One from Flaherty: Can't Sleep

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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When I read and hear about hip and knee replacements I wonder what they do with all of the hips and knees that have been replaced. Can they be re-cycles or rebuilt? Over the years I have had my cars repaired with re-built alternators, clutches, engin ..... 
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A dream takes a hit

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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I am just a little too old to be a true "Sputnik-baby", but not by much. Growing up with spaceflight, I was just old enough to appreciate the thrill of the earliest successes. I believe I was too young and maybe we were all too sheltered to have thor ..... 
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