Partly Nonsense

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JOEL KLAASSEN
You know you’ve become your parents when you say things like:


“Do you think money grows on trees?”


“Do I look like I’m made out of money?”


“If all of your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?”


“If you fall and break your leg, don’t come running to me.”


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I think it may be a universal thing that a person stays interested in the sports or activities he or she participated in during high school.


For example, my brother and I were pole vaulters in high school and I always look at the pole vault results in the newspaper.


During a recent phone conversation, my brother commented that Hillsboro has a pretty good pole vaulter this year. I told Mark I was going to the Trojan Invitational to watch our track team-and I got lucky. I got to watch Sheldon Funk break the school record at 13-7.


That’s a ways up there.


Coincidently, Sheldon’s seventh-grade brother, David, broke the Hillsboro Middle School record the same week at 9-7.


The fact that my brother and I both held the high school pole vault record at one point probably generated a little extra interest on our part.


The HHS track team is impressive to watch and several athletes have posted great times-including Andrea Peachey’s new record in the 100-meter high hurdles. Ryan Jilka in the boys’ high hurdles and Alan Yoder in the 100-meters have also broken school records this spring.


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Congratulations to the Trojan Booster Club for bringing quality entertainment to Hillsboro. The KU Barnstorming Tour this past Sunday afternoon was even better than last year with the addition of Jerod Haase’s pep talk after the exhibition game.


Not every kid in the audience will play for KU someday, but will have a better chance at success if she or he heeds his advice: Learn from others’ mistakes and successes, hang with the right crowd and work harder than the competition.


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When brother Mark is in town, we talk a lot and eat too much. This weekend we discussed the idea that one should drink plenty of water, which also curbs the appetite.


He once knew a musician by the name of Ratso who could make water even more filling. He would swallow a tablespoon of potato flakes, down a glass of water, then wait for the concoction to expand in his stomach!


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Somehow the words “windy,” “breezy” or “gusty winds” do not adequately describe the kind of air movement we’ve been having lately.


There must be a better word out there. I looked up “wind” on www.dictionary.com, which, by the way, is a very good site for word management.


I found several suggestions that might work better, including “keen blast,” “tempest,” “zephyr” and “jet stream.”

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