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Posted January 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I came back to the office Monday night after the ambulance board meeting and found an obituary had been e-mailed to me that was really a surprise. I didn’t even know Alice Nikodim was in ill health.

She and Art are slightly younger than my parents. I didn’t know she was Virginia Beydler’s sister. That means they were all young folks running around together in the Olympia/Pacetown area. They are always so pleasant and supportive. They likely watched me get older and hoped I would actually grow up. Our condolences to the family.

- I guess it’s about time for the January thaw. We always tried to time the farrowing dates on our sows for the end of January/first of February to take advantage of the hoped for annual warm-up.

A little anything is

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    What’s on your mind this week? We’ll have to talk fast if we’re going to sit out here on the Rock Wall.

    - I received a call from Russell Walker Tuesday asking me about my health problem “a while back.” I told that a year ago I was in the middle of it or just regaining consciousness about now.

    His real reason for calling was to find out about Select Specialty Hospital where his mom is now a patient. It may have been comforting to him when I

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    We got an e-mail this week with the obituary of our friend, Gladys Tull, who passed away at 99.

    As many of you know, she was one live wire lady. I called her daughter’s number listed on the obituary and spoke with Gladys’ granddaughter. She said her grandma was a go-getter until a few days before her death.

    I was constantly amazed when I got the photos of Gladys’ latest adventure – rough water canoe ride, hot air balloon trip.

    Can’t tell you how

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    The El Dorado Springs Sun will start its 125th year on Jan. 1, 2015. The newspaper was founded as The Mascot in 1890. By 1895, F. M. Haslet had changed the name to the El Dorado Springs Sun and sold it to John S. Smith, father of Clyde and Harry and grandfather of their sons, John and Walt, who sold it to Kenny and Kimball Long July 1, 1979.

    A far as I can determine, one other business shares that record for longevity and beats it by three years – the El

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    The Order of the Eastern Star ladies and gentlemen invited everyone in our office to their Christmas party last week.

    In addition to great food and company, they gave us their thanks for their articles and photos we publish. When someone thanks you for doing the job you are supposed to do, all you can do is thank them for their kindness.

    - I hear that Bob Baker is enough better to ask for the TV remote. When Rhonda Friar told Kimball a couple of Friday nights ago

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    I’m fairly certain I did not wish you a Merry Christmas last year but I want to this year. My definition of that has changed over the years. When I was a kid, it meant presents for me under the Christmas tree. Now, it doesn’t have anything to do with presents, at least not ones you can see and hold. I’m more concerned with the health and happiness of my wife, children, family, friends and acquaintances.

    We won’t see Adrian and Cain this Christmas, but it is priceless knowing they are well

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    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,

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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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