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Monday, February 27, 2017

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Lincoln Day dinner program . . . 
    The Grand Ol’ Party is alive and well in Montgomery County, thanks to the professional approach and touch of party boss Suanne Milligan.
    Political observers will likely remember the disarray the GOP went through under the last couple of Chairs, John Pickerill and Scott Molin. However, there’s not much evidence of anything awry now, and that was especially true at last week’s Lincoln Day Dinner. A full house was on hand to listen to Gov. Eric Holcomb. It didn’t even matter that this was Holcomb’s very first visit as governor to take part in the Lincoln festivities. Unlike the last few years, smiles were aplenty and the talk, mood and overall demeanor was predictably optimistic.
    Milligan was quick to give credit to the party officers as well as county commissioner Jim Fulwider who was in charge of organizing Friday’s event. However, as more than one political observer noted, things have calmed down and smoothed out – thanks to Milligan’s leadership.
    It certainly didn’t hurt Friday that Holcomb came across so well either. Instead of a typical speech from the podium, Holcomb sat with Milligan and did a Q&A for about 40 minutes. Both handled the spotlight well and Indiana’s 51st governor kept everyone smiling with his easy-going and friendly approach.
    Prior to the evening getting rolling, The Paper had an opportunity to chat with the governor privately. The following are some excerpts from that conversation:
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  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    A few years ago some folks at your favorite Montgomery County daily came up with a silly idea called The Challenge. It was a roughly based on the TV show, The Biggest Loser. To boil it down, we thought we could get a group of folks together, lose some weight and raise some money for a good cause, all at the same time.
    Truth to tell, the program worked out pretty well in years one and two. But this year . . . wow! This year’s group is simply knocking it out of the park.
    First off, let me begin with explaining that this is the largest group we’ve had. There are 16 participants this year. In alphabetical order, they are: Clay Adams, Gary Behling, Abbey Bullerdick, Neil Burk, Dr. Atul Chug, Stacey Hawkins, Lee Ann Hutson, Danielle Kinkead, Barry Lewis, Brad Monts, Karen Monts, Missi Patton, Sandy Ramos, John Roche, Martha Swick and Emily Toomey. 
    What sets them apart? Well first, attendance. With very few exceptions, these guys are pretty darn close to 100 percent attendance every week. In addition to that, a bunch of them get together and hit the gym on additional days. Believe me when I tell you, that hasn’t been the case the first couple of years.
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  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a pamphlet entitled Proper Inflation Techniques for NFL Footballs . . . 
    I have long said that generally, I’m a good and kind individual. I donate to charities. I go to church. I try very hard to be courteous to my fellow man . . . well, MOST of them anyways. And when I die, if I venture south instead of north, it will likely be because of my deep-seated hatred for the New England Patriots.
    I have found over the years of rooting for the Colts – both the Baltimore and Indianapolis versions – that the Patriots have long been the target of my scorn. I don't remember the two teams playing in the ‘60s when I became a football fan. But in the ‘70s, the then-Boston Patriots always seemed like the one team the Colts could never sweep (they played twice a year). It didn’t matter how good or bad either team was. The Horseshoes would win one game and the Pats the other.
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    Doesn’t it seem like we’ve lost or perhaps forgotten some of those wonderful lessons taught by our parents and grandparents?
    Always saying please and thank you? Being polite to strangers? Not talking loudly in public? Showing good sportsmanship in all circumstances? Opening the door for others? Standing when someone enters the room or approaches the table (or asking permission to leave the table once the meal started)? Taking off your hat when going indoors? Giving up your seat to women and anyone older than you?
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  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of a Sugarloaf album . . . 
    For the eight or nine regulars who follow these scribblings, you know I’ve got a problem with politics.
    If there was a meeting for folks like me, I’d be the one at the podium, “Hello, my name is Tim and I’m a political junkie.”
    Hello, Tim.
    Sad, but true.
    With that said, I believe we’re at a unique moment in time – politically speaking. Which way it goes is anyone’s guess. About the only thing for sure is, it’s going to be interesting.
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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of an old economics paper . . .
    * * * 
    THE CHALLENGE ’17 is under way and I’m pleased to report this is the largest group we have had in the event’s three-year history. And what a group it is! We have young to not-so-young, and some who appear to be in pretty decent shape to . . . well, let’s just say I know how they feel. As I often tell folks, been there, outgrew the T-shirt.
    Starting soon in your favorite Montgomery County daily, we’ll publish standings with how this group is doing in terms of both weight loss and money raised. If you wish to toss in some financial support I’m sure the participants would appreciate it. But if you would be kind enough to lend some emotional support, a few words of encouragement would really help a lot!
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  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    I don’t know why it’s tough to find good sales people these days, but it sure feels like it. Whether it’s here at the world-wide HQ of the media empire that houses the little newspaper that could or at some of the many fine businesses around us, hiring managers tell me it’s a lot harder than it used to be.
    Of course we are currently looking for really good sales staff (Know of someone? Call me!) and I was deeply lost in thought on where to look when the phone suddenly rang and startled me out of a mound of resumes.
    “The Paper. Timmons,” I answered. (Yes, we professional news types are men of few words.)
    “This here’s Mr. Trump’s executive administrative supervisory director of media,” the voice on the other end said.
    “This here’s”?
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  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:00 AM
    Here’s hoping your Christmas was a great one. Here’s hoping that Santa was good to you and yours. Here’s hoping that those family gatherings were wonderful. Here’s hoping that you thoroughly enjoyed those delicious Christmas feasts. Here’s hoping none of it made any difference in pants or dress sizes.
    And that’s where “hoping” usually crashes head-on into a brick wall!
    That’s the thing with our weight challenges, isn’t it? We talk ourselves into a little bit here, a little bit there. We lie to ourselves and say that we’ll hit the treadmill tomorrow. We fool ourselves with the “promise” to do something about that extra weight “next” week.
    You know the story though. “Next” week never really gets here. How do I know? Because I had years of “next weeks” and even though it was obvious to everyone except yours truly, I gained pound after pound until the scales waved at 300 as it rolled by on my “weigh” to an all-time high of 305.
    Trust me, I know how it feels.
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  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:00 AM
    ‘Twas the Tuesday before Christmas but don’t go too far
    There are plenty of presents you can get at Big R

    Little eyes are prying as we worry about stealth
    That’s why we trust friendly Franciscan Health
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  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    He coughed.
    I couldn’t believe it. On a quiet Saturday morning, rather than just appearing in my doorway and scaring the living daylights out of me, John Hammer coughed . . . and let me know he was there without the usual heart attack.
    He had a present in his hands as well. We both knew from the nice ribbon and elaborate bow on top that he didn’t wrap it. 
    “Just wanted to drop this off,” he shrugged. The missus thought you and your family might enjoy it.”
    “Thank you so much, John,” I managed. He didn’t know it but his would be delivered at his house any day. “Got big plans for the holidays?” I asked.
    “Nah,” he rumbled. “We’re right where we want to be.”
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  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hard to believe that we are gearing up for our third year of The Challenge. Harder to believe than that is the fact that I haven’t regained all those pounds I’ve lost.
    Some people say that’s a good thing. (“Some people” being defined as my wife, my daughters, my heart doc, my regular doc, people who know me well and generally anyone I have much contact with.)
    For those not familiar with The Challenge, here’s the scoop and why it might be important to you. First off, it’s a local version of The Biggest Loser television show – or a group of people who go through a workout program and compete to see who can lose the most weight. Our twist is that we raise money while we do it with the proceeds going to a good cause – this year our community’s youth through an expanded Newspapers in Education program and a swimming program to teach potentially life-saving skills to deserving youth. The Challenge ’17 winner, or the person who loses the largest percentage of their body weight, walks away with $500 cash money!
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  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    Don’t know about you but work just seems, I don’t know, busier than it used to be. Granted, I never had a three-martini lunch. But I did used to play golf. On company time. And my boss knew. He encouraged it. That’s back from the era of secretaries and punching out at 5 p.m. on the dot.
    Those days are long gone.
    Maybe that’s why I love Saturday mornings in the office. The pace is slower and I can turn on some tunes and enjoy the genius that is Roger Miller. What? Scoff if you must, but have you ever considered the brilliance behind lyrics that told us we can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd? Just saying.
    At any rate, I was deep into the third or fourth verse of do-wacka-do (Google it) and was in rare voice when, you guessed it, John Hammer appeared in the doorway like a dark cloud blotting out the sun.
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  • Reflections on the season of giving thanks
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    It doesn’t seem possible that Thursday is Thanksgiving. It sure didn’t seem remotely like it a week ago when temperatures were in the 70s. I guess the recent dip in the mercury with a few of the white flakes flitting about helped bring the reality around.
    Truth to tell, I could live without the reminders. But I digress.
    More truth to tell, I have much to be thankful for. I think many of us do, even if we don’t always realize it. So I thought I’d list a few of the things that I’m thankful for and would love it if you would share the same back. 
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  • Election Day was the time to pick winner
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    Blame it on the everybody-deserves-a-trophy crowd.
    This isn’t a rant about these inane protests over Trump winning the election. It’s not even a rant on the equally inane ramblings of leftist-liberals who’s heads are stuck so far up their posteriors that they can’t even accept a perfectly legal outcome.
    No siree, Bob. 
    Today’s ramblings stem from the fact that we have far too many idiots out there who apparently believe they get to pick and choose who they recognize as leaders AFTER THE ELECTION.
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  • Go out and vote . . . today’s your last chance
    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    Notes scribbled on the back of an Allan Sherman book . . .
    Did you vote? If so, good for you! If not, I hope you are reading this while the polls are still open. I’m not often in the habit of telling people to stop reading my ramblings, but hey, stop reading my ramblings and go vote. Now.
    What? You want to know who you should vote for? Well I did indeed cast my ballot already and can attest to the fact that “none of the above” was not a choice. So, my friend, you are on your own. 
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