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Jim's Jottings


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April 27, 2011 - Lots of on-line match-making outfits are advertising on the tube these days. It got me to thinking about what things would have been like if Hazel and I had met on the internet (I still refuse to capitalize internet.) in 1943.

Would she text "I like Polka dancing." If so, I'd answer, "I hate Polkas."

Hazel was riding her horse "Trixie" when we met. Would she text, "I like horseback riding." I'd answer, "They put me on one when I was 2 and I didn't like it."

I think the first meeting wouldn't have happened, but doing things the old fashioned way the marriage lasted over 50 years.

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Our granddaughter Savannah, 15, went with the Oxford High School Band to New York during springbreak. She plays the obeo.

They did a bus tour of New York City, doing the Bronx, Fifth Avenue, etc., and the band played at the Statue of Liberty.

I asked, "What comes to mind about the big city?" She said, "I saw the Naked Cowboy."

Ah, such an enlightening, educational trip for the students.

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• Dale Salswedel, my friend with the ever-loving, unending comments, says, "motel backwards is let'em."

• Did anybody ever drop out of the news faster than former Secretary of State Colin Powell? I'd like to see the current Secretary of State beat Colin's time.

• In the 1960s, Betty and Walter Roberts, a young couple in Atlanta, GA, gave drama lessons to the children of Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr. When Betty Roberts went to the hospital to deliver her third child, Mrs King paid all of the family's hospital bills as a gesture of thanks. That child: Julia Roberts. That's right from my Bathroom Reader.

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Twenty five years ago friend Mickey Hiatt had lots to say. He still does, though his voice is much huskier. At that time, I wrote he was "quiet, conservative and soft spoken."

At that time, a dog in need of a home came to his home. No one ever came by to claim the mutt. Mick figured no one could afford to feed it.

Mick scanned newspaper lost and found columns, hoping to find anyone looking for any kind of dog. He would lie if necessary to any person advertising for the return of a dog.

What he found was people looking for good homes for cats. He asked, "Does anyone look for a bad home for cats?"

He entertained with such thoughts at a local tavern.

He said, "I found three ads for lost cats and 14 people with 'free cats to good homes.' I called them all and told them I'd take their cats if they would take this dog, if they had a good home."

He continued loudly, "These people who ask for good homes for their free cats, do they go out and inspect these homes before they give away their unwanted cats? Do they check out the kind of car they drive, if the kids are clean, or if they are behind in payments."

To his live audience, Mickey added, "Do they really give a darn about whether the housewife cleans under the bed more than once year, or is it they just don't have a gunny sack, large rock and a river?"

The bar customers decided to send Mickey's name to the animal right's leaders.

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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