PARTLY NONSENSE

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JOEL KLAASSEN
We woke up to a simply beautiful Independence Day holiday morning. The previous night’s thunderstorm storm cleared out, leaving clear, cool weather that made for a perfect morning to take a walk around town.

Many others thought it was a great time to take a walk, too. It was amazing to me that no one broke the silence with firecrackers before the 10 a.m. curfew. Or maybe the fireworks all got wet the night before and hadn’t yet dried out.

Most everyone has probably noticed by now that the mailboxes at the corner of Main and Grand have changed.

There is one marked for metered mail and the other for stamped mail.

Should there be a third box for mail without stamps?

I went down to get the newspaper on Monday morning and there in the drive were shredded pieces of the paper and a plastic bag that appeared to be chewed up as well.

The only section unaffected was the sports pages. We don’t know anything about what was printed at the bottom of the pages.

Do we have wild animals or a weed eater maniac on the loose?

I find myself writing about new things I find on the Internet almost each week because I keep discovering really cool things all of the time.

The newest thing is the Google satellite maps. I typed in Hillsboro Kansas and got the satellite photo of our town.

You can actually see the tops of the buildings and identify that it is Hillsboro. It also shows the fields surrounding the city and what might be growing in them.

In the bigger cities, you can zoom in and get a much closer view. For example, I found the kids’ restaurant in Atlanta just by typing in the address.

The views in the city are close enough to see cars on the streets. This satellite view also showed me why I got lost trying to drive to their house from downtown Atlanta.

Check it out. You won’t be sorry.

The subject of scuba diving came up recently and for some reason it triggered a memory I had of a book written by Vernon David of Durham titled “Macrocosm.”

The story is called “The Forty-Pound Anvil and Durham Lake.” Because of boredom one summer David and his brother decided to make a contraption to take a look at the bottom of Durham Lake, which he wrote is no longer there because raging flood waters washed away the earthen dam.

David wrote about the home-built airplane they made with a Model A Ford engine-which is another story-but the leftover cloth from making the airplane was used to make a diving helmet. To offset the buoyancy of the helmet and be able to walk on the bottom of the lake, the brothers needed extra weight. For this they used their dad’s blacksmith anvil.

The long and short of the story is that they became disoriented at the bottom of lake and had to cut the anvil loose in order to find their way back to the top.

David wrote that if the anvil is ever found it should have the following inscription: “The Gods watch over fools and children.”

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