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Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 19 August 2008 13:49There are two kinds of people in this world that go around beardless—boys and women—and I am neither one. —Greek saying
Placing a quote at the beginning of one’s column is cheap way of not having to work it into the actual article. —David Vogel
I like Google.com’s “I’m feeling lucky” feature. All one has to do is type in a search word or phrase and hit the optional button, and it will lead the searcher directly to a relevant Web page.
No sifting through search results required.
Usually, “I’m feeling lucky” is right on the money. A search of “Bush administration” goes straight to www.whitehouse.gov, “USD 410” goes right to the school’s home page, a query of “Google” leads directly back to...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 05 August 2008 14:16“Not Your Average Dictionary” defines the noun “boy” as “a noise with dirt on it.” Yet, somewhere inside that noise and underneath that dirt, there are plenty of lessons to be learned.
I had the opportunity to figure this out last week when I led a group of four going-into-third-grade boys around my church’s vacation Bible school.
Author Franklin P. Jones might have had a better definition for young boys when he said, “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”
This point was soon made for me as I tried to corral my four guys into one location during song time, which is decent entertainment for anyone but a third-grade boy who would rather be wrestling with another...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 29 July 2008 14:22With the Aug. 5 primary elections approaching quickly, I finally decided it was about time to toss my hat into the ring. I’m not running for anything in particular, but I would appreciate your vote. Just feel free to write my name in under any of the categories.
But I figured that as long as I’m running for something, I should probably explain my views on the issues. I have divided my thoughts into three categories: local, state and international.
n If elected to whatever, I would straighten out this county jail issue. The proposed Marion County Jail is a hot news item right now, and I’m sure that you’ll all agree with me when I say that a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund that dang thing would be a suicidal move for...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 15 July 2008 14:42I recently became aware that summer was coming to a close much quicker than I had anticipated. This reality struck when my mom suggested I should start deciding what kind of things I should take along to put in my dorm room when I leave for college this fall.
As far as I was concerned, I still had plenty of time to make this kind of decision. The last time I checked, my college classes didn’t start until September, which is much further away than sometime next week.
I don’t pack for anything in advance. For my trip to Europe last month, I packed my entire suitcase within three hours of leaving for the airport. (Of course, I’m kidding. It was something closer to two hours.)
All right, I admit it: I’m a procrastinator. I even...
Written by David Vogel Wednesday, 02 July 2008 11:07“If you plan to travel to any of these areas (in Europe), for your ownsafety you must create the impression that you’re not from the UnitedStates. Rule 1 is: Do not wear sneakers.”
I was reading these wordsin one of Dave Barry’s latest books, “Dave Barry’s Money Secrets,”several days after I had returned from my nine-day tour of Europe.
Barry continued: “I don’t know why, but the first thing most Americans do, when they’re getting ready for a trip, is go to the mall and purchase new, blindingly white sneakers.”
I’m guilty of this.
I didn’t technically go out and buy a new set of tennis shoes before my trip, but I did happen to have a pair sitting in my room that I had gotten several months earlier when I...
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