The Rock Wall

Posted May 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

I don’t know if I’d call it a game, but often when Kimball and are watching TV, one will ask the other, “Who does that remind you of?” Often we agree or it gets us to thinking.

Just the other day, I asked Kimball, “Who does Bernie Sanders remind you of?”

She replied, “Bob Allen.” Exactly what I was thinking.

The similarity ends there. Bob was originally from Canada. I never heard Bob say anything that I even remotely interpreted as liberal or socialistic. He and his partner, Rita, were generous. Davis and I enjoyed some wonderful meals at their table on the way to or from turkey or deer hunting.

The big pond I helped Bob design yielded some good strings of fish which I filleted for them. That

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    I was glad to see Kenny Smith at church Sunday, as always. After we were dismissed, I asked what special occasion brought him all the way from Idaho. He said it was his cousin’s funeral. I was totally surprised to learn that Leroy Rector had passed away. Kenny said the funeral was Saturday.

    I have since asked both local funeral homes to notify me of deaths between issues of the paper. I routinely get that type of information and tweet the information into the What’s Happening section of our web page,

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    I almost didn’t see my e-mail in time to make to make it to the EHS Scholarship Banquet. Man, I’m glad I did. I was the only press photographer there to record the event. I think I took over a hundred photos.

    By Tuesday evening, Kimball had counted the list that Ashley Rogers, who I think is the National Honor Society sponsor, gave me, and Kimball said that 25 EHS seniors went to the podium solo or as part of a group 52 times to receive college scholarships totaling $484,330.

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    Well, I had to go to Springfield on Tuesday which forced me to sit down on Monday night for this chat with you. I know that no one is supposed to schedule anything outside the office for Tuesday. Guess people in Springfield didn’t get the memo.

    – The Old Farmer’s Weather Proverb – Stick to your winter flannels until your winter flannels stick to you. Hope I didn’t already tell you about that one. I looked back through several of these chats and couldn’t find it. If I did tell you,

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    First let me attempt to straighten out something I messed up. Mirra Cornejo, not one of her cousins, caught the 70 lb. spoonbill in the picture with her last week and again this week. I guess Davis took the photo.

    I talked to her grandma, Bonnie Jones, this evening and her cousin, Colby Williams. Colby was with her when she caught the big ol’ fish. He said the fish was a real fighter, but obviously, so was Mirra.

    Colby didn’t know for sure, but thought it was her

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    I just got back to the office from taking photos at the El Dorado Springs track meet. There’s lots of inspiration at an event like that.

    As I was walking down the football field to get to the track finish line, a young man I had never seen before offered to carry my two camera bags. I thanked him and finished the trek.

    Young people were everywhere on the football field, courteous and concentrating on winning for their school and themselves.

    Lots of teachers

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    Did you vote Tuesday? Kimball and I always go down to the Civic Center, usually on our shank ponies, about noon on election day. Last election I was No. 296. Tuesday I was No. 101. The election judges were about bored stiff.

    Another couple came in while we were voting on the only two issues on our ballot – the half percent county-wide sales tax and the one year seat on the hospital board.

    County Clerk Peggy Kenney told me Tuesday morning she expected about a 15% turnout.

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    As I worked my way through my emails Monday morning, when I clicked on the next one marked “Nikodim obit and program,” I saw Art Nikodim’s photo suddenly appear on the monitor and I said, “Oh, no.” Art and his wife, Alice, who passed just a little over a year ago, were always friendly and supportive. They grew up knowing Mom and Dad.

    Salt of the earth people.

    I talked to Art in the grocery store a couple of weeks after Alice’s death and he said he was

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    At the Chamber lunch Thursday, Kimball and I sat across from Dr. Patrick Davis, the Ag Extension livestock specialist. I mentioned the novel entophyte fescue that eliminates the problems caused by K-31 fescue. Patrick mentioned a consideration that had to be the voice of experience:

    If a cattle producer goes 100% to the new fescue and sells some of his cattle to someone who has K-31, Dr. Davis said the cattle won’t eat it or won’t want to. He said you have to feed a little K-31 to protect against that.

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    Let’s see now, is it March that is in like a lamb, out like a lion? Well, today, Tuesday, March 1, is pretty quiet. The wind did pick up Tuesday afternoon as the cold front moved through. Let’s call that the lion part so we can have quiet weather in 31 days.

    I guess I jumped the gun last Tuesday on denouncing the weather guessers. The snow turned out just as they predicted – south of here. I saw on the TV why I was fooled. The front that went further south

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