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Posts published in “Day: February 24, 2005

Opposites attract

Me and the Mrs. are about as different as night and day. It is said that opposites attract as we been stuck together like magnets for might near 36 years. Reckon what I’m getting at is; she’s educated while I ain’t.

She went all the way through high school and on to college ultimately got a college education and some couth while I was lucky to get through the ninth grade. Our conversations are probably different than most households, here’s an example:

We got on the subject of last week’s newspaper article of the Raphael painting making its tour of the United States. The subject painting is entitled “LaFornarina” (c. 1520) by Raphael Sanzuio (1483-1520). The painting ain’t nothing more than a naked woman from the belly button up and is said to have fascinated scholars for centuries. I told the Mrs. that the reason they were fascinated was because they probably couldn’t believe a woman would pose for something like that back in those days.

I said to her, how this can be called art and what Janet Jackson did at last year’s Super Bowl was indecent and vulgar. At least Ms Jackson’s was so fast, I didn’t get to see what happened. Art to me are the bronze Mustang Horses at Los Colinas near Dallas, a pretty woven Indian blanket or a colorful jar of pepper sauce. The Mrs. simply shakes her head as she reads the big city paper.

Ain’t suppose to talk about politics none but what would you do to help social security?

Deep foreign aid cuts would be tops on my list followed by requiring members of Congress to start paying their fair share of social security taxes not to mention severe pay cuts in their retirement packages. What is that old saying, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander?”

Or just get down on all the fraud, especially in the Medicare system.

Surely there are numerous other cuts that could be made to salvage the current system rather than have the funds placed in something like the stock market. That’s about as dumb a decision as windshield wipers on a goat’s butt. Enough politics, somebody will be saying unkind words if I continue on the subject.

Personally, I think one of the greatest things about marriage is that as both husband and father, I can say anything I want to around the house. Of course, no one pays the least bit of attention.

I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.


Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it is called Golf.

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

February packs a lot in 28 days

February, the year’s shortest month, seems tohave a lot going for it.

As a child I always remembered February for several reasons. First, my Mother and Dad both celebrated birthdays during the month; 1st (Dad) and 5th (Mother). Second, the ground-hog always came out of its hole on February 2 looking for Spring.

As a wee one I always wanted Dad to take us to Punxsutawney, Pa. so I could see the world’s greatest predictor of the weather, “Punxsutawney Phil.” Dad never seemed that interested, nor did Mom, so we never made the trip. Now Phil has faded into my past.

February is American Heart month. Inasmuch as daughter Denise works for the American Heart Assn. we give that celebration its due. February 4th was National Wear Red Day as recognition of symptoms of a heart attack and what heart disease does to us Americans.

It is also Black History month. In this celebration we remember all of our Black brothers and sisters and learn more about black history.

National birthdays include Thomas Edison (11th), Abraham Lincoln (12th) and George Washington (22nd). Edison’s birthday has all but been forgotten except for a note on the calendar and we celebrate the birth of Lincoln and Washington on a convenient Monday (this year the 21st). More, I believe, to give us another long weekend rather than remembering these two leaders of our past.

Ah, Valentine’s Day — February 14. That day we can’t forget as it is a real opportunity for the retail industry to make some money so it is advertised to the hilt. I usually remember my Valentine, spouse Linda, with a gift. However, this year she only received a “Happy Valentine Day Honey,” as I spent my gift budget on a 50th anniversary gift for her on December 29. She still loves me!

I almost forgot “World Marriage Day,” on February 13. That day is not advertised much, not recognized much and no one cares much. However, I believe we should pay more attention to that holiday than most, if not all of the rest, this month. Well over 50 percent, maybe two-thirds, of our marriages are ending in divorce these days. Maybe we need to spend more time worrying about what goes into the making of a marriage and what keeps them going. A high percentage last little more than three-years.

Boy Scout Day was February 8, and most churches and other Scout sponsoring organizations recognize that event. I heard an outstanding presentation of Boy Scout Sunday a few days ago and you will hear more about that next week.

The twenty-eight days of February seems to have one holiday after another. Oh yeah, it is also International Friendship Month. We can all use more of that.

Such are the people, places, and things that have touched my life in my West Virginia home.

Chamber awards banquet draws large crowd

Keating Chevrolet Business of the Year; Amadors receive President’s Award

CROSBY – A packed dining room at the Monument Inn attested to the interest that the Huffman and Crosby communities have in their Chamber’s 2005 Awards Banquet, and the annual festivities and good food were enjoyed by the record crowd.

The program was chaired by Chamber president Nancy Oliver, and the banquet was chaired by Don Cox and Jan Cox. Nancy oversaw the presenters and those who receive recognition, and then the new board was sworn into office by Judge Tony Polumbo.

The awards that were presented included Business of the Year, presented to John Keating Chevrolet by Jerry Blizzard; Citizens of the year, which went to Ken Moran from Huffman, presented by Steve Myers, and Dan Kasprzak of Crosby, presented by Don Hendrix; Employee of the Year, presented to Chuck Murray by Jerry Blizzard; Volunteers of the Year, presented to Doris and Marvin Arnold by old family friend and pastor Larry Koslovsky, and Bob Ward, presented by Nancy Oliver; and finally the President’s Award to Angella and Mike Amador for their selfless contribution to the chamber and the community, and as Nancy said, “They are always there, and don’t know how to say ‘no’.”

After the awards, Judge Polumbo installed the new board, which consists of Julie Hain, Jerry Blizzard, John Sparks, Bob Ward, Wendie Grant, Don Cox, Larry Koslovsky, Venita Smith, Nancy Oliver, Jerry Jones, Steve Myers, Dianne Fleming, Janice Kolin, Steve Coon, Joe Anselmo, Don Hendrix, Keenan Smith, and Mike Amador.