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‘The wreck of Edmonton Fitzgerald’ stuck in head

Published 11:15am Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Echoes from the Loafers Club Meeting:

“I complained to the assessor’s office about my real estate taxes. The guy there had only two words for me about my taxes.”

“What were the two words?”

“Pay them.”


Driving by the Bruces

I have two wonderful neighbors — both named Bruce — who live across the road from each other. Whenever I pass their driveways, thoughts occur to me, such as: how is it that I’m able to sleep better on the sofa, with the lights on and the TV blaring, than in bed?


I’ve learned

One bad job can give you all the experience you’ll need.

If they couldn’t fly, flies would be called “walks.”

You’re lucky if you’re lucky.


The news from Hartland

Man tries to lose weight by riding an exercise bike to work. He lost 40 pounds and his job.

Man breaks tooth while eating Body Chex cereal.

Diner claims that the soup of the day suffered from irritable bowl syndrome.


The cafe chronicles

The coffee was considered ready to drink when the spoon floated to the top. Lies fell like rain. “The fish were biting so well on Lake Inferior that I had to hide behind a tree to bait the hook.” “Bacon bits come from guinea pigs.”

Someone brought up the time when the girls chanted, “Boys are rotten, made of cotton. Girls are handy, made of candy. Boys go to Jupiter, to get even stupider. Girls go to Mars, to get candy bars.”


Spring is always somewhere

The day had been rain and snow. Winter is the new spring. Not long before sunset, the sun fell below the clouds and brightened my world with sunlight. It’s as if the sun were saying, “This is what it would be like if you lived in Yuma, Ariz. (the sunniest city in the US according to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which ranked cities based on the percentage of annual possible sunshine).

This year, spring fever is double pneumonia. Not many flowers to be seen, but red noses are blooming in the cold. I want to encourage spring. There is an actor, who appears in most of Adam Sandler’s movies, by the name of Rob Schneider. Schneider’s job in many of the films is to say, “You can do it!”

I want to be that guy for spring. “Hey, spring! You can do it!”


An odyssey

I rose shortly after going to bed. I needed to catch a plane. I showered, but the cobwebs clung to the corners of my brain. As I put on my clothes, I couldn’t remember if I was outside trying to get in or inside trying to get out.

I spoke in Alberta. Banff and the Rockies tickled me to a color far beyond pink. A good share of the province’s population resides in Calgary and Edmonton. Edmonton is the smaller of the two cities, but I couldn’t help but have “The Wreck of the Edmonton Fitzgerald” find a roost in my brain.


Did you know?

The Sheldon (Iowa) High School teams are nicknamed the Orabs. An Orab is a blend of the school’s colors, orange and black.


Nature notes

The plains pocket gopher is a Minnesota gopher that isn’t the Minnesota Gopher. It eats mostly plant roots but also some aboveground parts, including alfalfa crown buds. They often burrow in the most productive field areas that have the most available food supplies. They destroy vegetation directly over their burrows, creating thin plant stands or bare spots. Surveys have found that lambsquarters, bull thistle, ragweed, foxtail, and cockle are in greater numbers when gopher mounds were present. Gopher mounds on slopes create bare patches that are vulnerable to erosion. Gophers reduce alfalfa yields and can damage mowing and baling equipment.


Meeting adjourned

“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” — The Dalai Lama

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