The Rock Wall

Posted December 11, 2014 at 11:36 am

Folks, it’s scarier than one of them tightrope walkers on a highwire without a net. I asked ever body in the office if they had something for the Rock Wall. Nope. Gwen even had a name for it, “Nada.” So I’m on my own and that sometimes gets me in trouble.

The devil doesn’t make me do it. He slips between me and the keyboard and does it himself.

I say “he” because God made him and calls him a he or at least, son of the morning, Lucifer.

- The Christmas lighting was a blue darter for cold. Thankfully, the temps warmed up in time for the parade Saturday. It was the biggest crowd (most people, not a comment on size) in recent years.

I’ve not been tempted to

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    I drove to KCI (Kansas City International Airport) twice over the Thanksgiving holiday, but I still can’t tell you how many miles it is. The mileage wasn’t important, but the time was.

    Adrian and Cain’s flight was scheduled to land (or get them into the airport terminal) at 1:46 p.m. Adrian told me on my way up that it was Terminal C.

    I got there in just under two hours, obeying the speed limit all the way. Good thing I was early because I had to go around

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    Yep, I’ll head to the KCI airport to meet Adrian and Cain’s plane on Thursday. Looking forward to it. The weather is supposed to be fine.

    I think Davis will ride with me. His momma gave him a choice – keep me company or stay home and cook for her. He didn’t seem to think she gave him a good option.

    She said he can stay home and she will accompany us when I take them back to the airport.

    - I had some

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    I remember a deer season or two ago when it was too hot to hang a deer. This year it’s too cold for a hunter to hang onto a tree stand. The temperature was 11 at our house Monday morning and 7 on Tuesday.

    - Adrian and Cain (M/M Gilfoil) are going to be here for Thanksgiving. They planned to land at KCI and rent a car. Then Adrian asked if we’d come get them and she’d pay for our gas. I e-mailed back: yes and a no – we’ll pick them

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    As I got ready to go to the City Cemetery Tuesday for the VFW’s Veteran’s Day program, I almost decided not to put on my long handles and heavy sweatshirt thinking I wouldn’t be there long and it “won’t be that bad.” I had plenty of time so I dressed for the weather.

    Boy, I was glad I did. The temperature was 32 ̊ and I have no idea about the wind chill. The flag Capt. Brian Collins was guarding stood straight out from the pole. The wind cut through me like

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    Saurday night, I had set all the clocks back an hour before Kimball and I went to bed and we were sound asleep when the phone rang. I looked at the clock on her dresser and saw that it was after midnight. I always hate to answer a late night call expecting the worst. It was.

    Davis told me that there was something going on and that an officer had been shot.

    He had some questions about news coverage I wasn’t awake enough to answer. I turned the

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    We go back to Central Standard Time Sunday morning at 2 a.m. or some such. I guess it would be O.K. to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed. I had to stop a second and think: fall back, spring ahead.

    Or you can just stay up until 2 a.m. to change your clocks.

    They recommend that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors at that time.

    What do you know – I remembered the time change.

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    Wanna seine some fish legally? See the article in the Outdoors section.

    - Many of you remember my friend, Kenny Smith, a long time resident of Idaho who claimed Dec. 14 as his birthday two years before I did. He sent me an e-mail you might enjoy:

    • A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and

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    Adrian and Cain were buying running shoes in Austin. At the checkout, the clerk asked where they were from. Adrian said Cain is from Lousiana and she is from Missouri.

    Where in Missouri?, the clerk asked. Southwest Missouri.

    Where in Southwest Missouri? A little town you’ve never heard of.

    The clerk persisted – What’s its name?.

    El Dorado Springs.

    He surprised her – I’m from Stockton.

    His name is Lucas Manring.

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    Invisible woman? I got the quote right but my source wrong in the Sept. 18. I said it was Judy Nichols who told me but Nancy Smith said it was her in the minutes of the Cedar County Historical Society who told me about the invisible man who married an invisible woman and their kids weren’t much to look at either.

    - Remember the great photo we published last week of Lance Molz making one of his trademarked runs? Well, I didn’t make the trip to Joplin for that.

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