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Wednesday, August 05, 2015
  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 11:11 PM

    How long is 60 seconds?

    It is the amount of time it takes to take out the trash. It is the length between 4:59 p.m. and the end of the work day. It is my microwave routine for heating pasta.

    In a contrastingly more exciting light, 60 seconds is the amount of time it takes to skydive.

    I went skydiving this weekend at Skydive Indianapolis located at the Frankfort Municipal Airport. And sure enough, one minute was all it took to get from 30,000 feet to zero feet.

    60 . . . 59 . . .  58 . . . 

     
  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:47 PM

    “How are you today?” the sales clerk asked.

    I offered the standard, “I’m fine, how are you?”

    “I’m hanging in there,” she replied.

    “Okay, to be honest, I’m barely hanging in there myself. This has been a really crappy week,” I divulged.

    She came around the counter, and took both of my hands in hers. “Do you mind if I do this?”

    Given my strong Christian upbringing and background, I thought she was going to pray with me. “I don’t mind,” I replied. “I welcome it.”

    She then proceeded with a psychic reading. Initially, my reaction was to pull my hands away, but the accuracy of her first statement was quite compelling, so I let her continue. 

     
  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:45 PM

    If you’re reading this column, there’s a very high chance that you’re in Montgomery County. If that’s the case, then you’ve almost certainly encountered the road construction.

    Nothing seems to make a level-headed, rational person as frustrated as traffic issues. The thing that really gets to me is people not using their turn signals or stopping for red lights, but that’s an issue for another day.

    Construction is one of those frustrating issues for a lot of people. Earlier today on my way to the office I got stuck at a traffic light. The person in the vehicle in front of me just sat, green light after green light. I had no idea what was going on. I’m not one to use my horn, so instead I turned right as soon as I had the chance. I’ll admit, I got a bit frustrated when I saw that some kind of construction was to blame for the delay. I’m sure many of you have felt that way recently.

     
  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:39 PM

    Office pranks can be a source of amusement and often indicate good morale among the employees. My boss and my boss's boss are both on vacation this week so I thought this would be a good time to write about office pranks.

    I have been the recipient and the source of more than one office prank over the years. I remember them fondly. And, I have heard about others that I wish I had been in on.

    My prankster days go back to college. I was deeply involved in our school's radio station. As a freshman I had the idea I would attend the basketball games and every other event where attractive females might be in attendance. 

     
  • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:38 PM

    The 2015 Montgomery County 4-H Fair has been wrapped up and the cream-of-the-crop project entries are at the Indiana State Fair. As always, Montgomery County 4-Hers should be very proud of their efforts and accomplishments.

    Many of the fair-goers this year were not involved in the 4-H program. As they browsed through the exhibit buildings and barns, parents and their children alike became interested in the things they were observing.

    Leaders, 4-Hers and Extension Staff answered many questions about 4-H for those attending the fair. They were asked to explain what 4-H is and who can join. They were also asked how much 4-H costs and how to become a member. Those asking the questions found that everyone involved with 4-H was very willing to promote the program.

     
  • Monday, August 03, 2015 9:06 PM

    Fall sports officially began practices yesterday; therefore, the dreaded two-a-day practices are this week. So, if you notice that teenagers seem grouchier than usual that maybe why . . . they are tired.

    On Sunday, throughout twitter I saw many coaches tweet reminding players when to be at practice and reminding them that hard work pays off. As I roam around this week I will be able to tell that the athletes are working hard and no matter how hard they work their coaches would like to see them work even harder.

     
  • Monday, August 03, 2015 8:44 PM

    Last week came and went without a lot of fanfare. Most folks didn’t realize that the little Paper that could celebrated its 11th anniversary of existence.

    Yup, it was now just more than 11 years ago when Daniel L. Taylor filed the necessary legal documents that turned an idea on a piece of paper into what would become into a multi-million dollar company – a company that provides jobs for close to three dozen people. It became a company that would cross county lines, grow from one product into five and prove the critics wrong time after time after time. It became a company that in 2008 endured what became known as the national economy’s heart attack moment. And that doesn’t even mention surviving the tumultuous period the newspaper industry has been going through.

    It’s the little newspaper that could that became the little company that could.

    And it’s a company proud to call Crawfordsville home.

     
  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:48 PM

    Our friends Len and Helen invited us to their house to play Bocce with some other folks from church. Len thought he read somewhere that this was a great sport for Unitarians. But it might have said septuagenarians – he wasn’t sure. The game is kind of like croquet, lawn bowling and shuffleboard all rolled into one. You begin by tossing an initial sphere, called a pallino, down the court (or just down your lawn) and then teams compete to see who can throw additional balls, which are a bit larger, closest to the target ball.

    Seems simple enough, but within a few minutes a dispute arose when Myrna heaved the pallino over onto the neighbor’s lawn and we didn’t know whose turn was next or how many points her team lost, and Martin wanted to know if we all stunk so much it was time to find another church activity.

     
  • What you need to know about Lyme Disease uptick
    Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:41 PM

    The arrival of warm weather this year means we have to start worrying more about Lyme Disease. Most people are aware of the association between tick bites and Lyme disease, but few know exactly what Lyme disease is or what causes it. It’s particularly important in Montgomery County since four people have been diagnosed so far this year.

    Lyme Disease was named in the late 1970s when a number of children around Lyme, Connecticut developed arthritis. The actual disease has been described since the early 1900s.

     
  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:37 PM

    OK folks. The time is coming. The week is nigh. The decision has been made. Last week Philip and I came to the conclusion, with continued good luck, we will have a Montgomery County Movie to show you THE WEEK BEFORE THIS HALLOWEEN.

    Other than the fact the showing will take place in the Vanity Theatre few other details have been worked out yet, even the movie hasn’t been worked out yet. But so many people have been asking us “When will I be able to see your movie?” (Including all members of the cast and crew) we felt obligated to press, press, and press on to have something to show by Halloween. (You’ll know why once you see the movie.)

     

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