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Monday, May 02, 2016

  • This week’s couple lives on 80 acres of property going back to his direct ancestor, Moses Denman, owner. In fact, he has Moses’ original large, heavy tombstone. Several years ago, all the members of the Denman family were moved to the Alamo cemetery with new stones put up, so versus destroying Moses’ original, beautiful stone, he has it to remind him of all the hard working ancestors living in the area and on his property before him.
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  • Out of the Alamo Fire Department, my female guest became Indiana’s “Miss Flame,” and one of the first female State FFA Officers. He has trapped crabs in Oregon and cut timber in Alaska. Where and how these two met is just as much an interesting tale.

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  • Lots of laughs with this week’s couple at yep, you guessed it, Pizza Hut.  I got to know them about a decade ago when their son and two of our grandsons played basketball together.  Knew our male guest a bit before that as our daughter, Suzie, worked with him and really thinks the world of this man; plus, his wife’s reputation as an exceptional Special Education teacher is well-known.  I can truthfully say these two are beautiful, inside and out.
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  • This week’s guest is like a granddaughter to me. We’ve been on a couple of short vacations together and I even introduced her as such. Just a couple of days ago, we had a mini-cheap day out, at Logansport. We ate lunch at Mr. Happy Burger’s and even got to meet 83-year-old, Mr. Happy who told us the story of how the restaurant came about, beginning with a $10,000 loan.
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  • Got to celebrate (okay, 9 hours late) his birthday with this week’s guest.  Made him and his wonderful wife a brownie and sang to him, candle and all. Breakfast at Arby’s and a grand time!  Both are graduates of large Catholic high schools in Evansville, he from Rex Mundi, she from Mater Dei.
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  • Of course, we met this week’s guests at PH! Thanks you two special people for making mine and the hub’s day a great one.  Multiple special happenings are coming up in their lives.  For one, they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in August.
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  • Although I’ve known this week’s guests less than a decade, they, like me, have never seen strangers, so it was like we’d known each other forever! She graduated from North Montgomery where her long jump track record stood for several years, also played volleyball and basketball and was raised on a small farm with two sisters and a brother.
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  • This week’s guest grew-up in Indianapolis, having two sisters who still live in the Indy area and a brother now in Tacoma, Washington.  His father was a WWII veteran who fought in North Africa and Italy and his mom a nurse.  A graduate of Ben Davis HS, he attended IUPUI, where he met his wife, (both English majors) who is from an early Darlington-area Montgomery County family.
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  • Jim and I had a grand visit at the beautiful home of this week’s guests.  We have a lot in common.  In fact, one of those commonalities, we didn’t even talk about, but their daughter (who is also the fab picture taker this week), told me about it.  They eloped.  Jim and I did, too.  I grew up in a small town (Waveland) and he grew-up in a small town with a W, too - Wingate.
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  • Think I’ve known this sweet gal since she was born, watched her grow-up and saw her married.  In fact, I’m pretty sure the wedding (or the shower) was the first time I met her man.  Right off, I loved that sweet smile and twinkle in his eye as he watched her.  What’s really awesome is I think he still does that, well most of the time!  So, you’ll never guess where we met this couple and their two gals for supper.  I know ya’ know and you’re right!  Pizza Hut indeed!  We enjoyed every minute of it, too.

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  • Can’t say I know this couple super well, but when I’m around them, I certainly enjoy their jolly, spirited team work.  Hubs and I see them at least twice a year and sometimes more.  Jim has a tendency to rack-up more visiting with them than I tally.  These two work together every day and present a perfect match. 
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  • The hubs, Jim, and I met this week’s guests at the Pizza Hut.  Where else, right?  Hey, my buddies like the buffet there, too.  Started out as a great meal and an ever better interview when the answer to my first question was, “Well, he’s 88 – he wasn’t that old when I married him!”
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  • Well, I have absolutely no problem knowing when I met this nifty gal which was way back in her teen years when she waitressed at our A&W. What a great waitress she was, too. In fact, Bill Zach, my father-in-law, moved her from car hop to waitress after only two weeks. That’s the ultimate compliment!
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  • Alumni banquets, Library functions, Post Office passings are where I’ve come into contact with this sweet lady.  She’s always smiling and speaks a nice word or two.  A graduate of Waveland HS, she was born in Danville, Illinois.  Back home to Wallace, Indiana, her parents later moved to the huge brown house with six bedrooms upstairs going into the Shades the old way.  She even sold Souvenirs at the Shades with Libby Frisz.  Five brothers (Bob, Bill, Dale, Ronnie, Rick) were pests and pals.  Her father was Wilford Woodrow Wendall, simply put, Jack, and mother, Kathryn Harper.  Although people often thought she’d be spoiled being the only girl, she has worked hard all her life.  In fact, she’s a little power house!

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  • This week’s couple just makes me smile.  They are sweet, energetic, talented, hard workers.  Plus, they are fun.  I’ve known his family since I was little, and have been around her many times but I have a distinct memory of when I got to know her.

    She was our daughter, Suzie’s, wedding planner.  It was so pleasurable working together to create such a beautiful affair.  A specific memory of Suz’s ceremony was one neither of us planned, however.  All of a sudden, Suzie rolled in laughter.  Steve had put a large, ugly vending-machine ring on her finger.  Certainly, a memorable time in our gal guest’s wedding coordinating career.

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