Category: Partly Nonsense

Thoughts lost in my memory

If you are like me, I think of things I am going to tell my wife, and then when it comes time, I can’t remember it. I had two things on my mind last week, but when it came time to spill it out, I couldn’t. But there’s still hope. As time goes by, things will trigger the memory and […]

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Deadline nears for reunion

Attention Hillsboro High School Alums: The deadline to sign up for the all-school reunion is coming up fast. It is Friday, Sept. 8, before the price goes up. You can still buy a banquet ticket at the door, but then you will miss out on all of the other fun things to do over the Hillsboro High School Homecoming Weekend, […]

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‘Common man’ out of luck?

Net neutrality is the principle that internet pro­viders such as Comcast and Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million comments won strong net neutrality rules from the U.S. Federal Com­mun­ication Commis­sion (FCC). The rules prohibit internet providers from blocking, throttling and paid prioritization—“fast lanes” for sites that pay, […]

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Canceling a service is tough

It took me only 34 minutes to cancel our DirecTV subscription the other even­ing. I kid you not. What could be simpler than ending an agreement that was more than two years old? That is how long you have to sign up for before being penalized for cancelling. I finally told the woman not to talk to me anymore. Just […]

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Pickleball rising in Lawrence

I had never witnessed pickleball being played until I went with Dave Ranney to Sports Pavilion Lawrence on the west edge of town. It is an awesome facility with at least six full-size basketball courts, a soccer field with artificial grass, a gymnastics room for kids and six pickleball courts. This is just in one building. It also has indoor […]

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Uber comes to Hillsboro

It was only a matter of time before Uber hit Hillsboro. Yes, Hillsboro has its first Uber driver. And you will be riding in a shiny Town and Country Chrysler van. I’ve already paid for a ride that I haven’t taken yet. The Hillsboro Uber guy is Tanner Giffin, who used to be our neighbor but still lives nearby across […]

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Political hate ruins discourse

I am still having a love/hate relationship with social media. I love seeing photos of family and friends and what they are up to, but the political hate that appears all too frequently I could do without. I seldom look at it anymore, but I know there are others who live on it. • My rule on pie. Take the […]

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A night with Netflix

We decided to watch the movie “Lion” on Netflix the other night, but couldn’t make it to the end because it was getting way too late at night to finish. It’s a good thing we didn’t finish it because the movie was entirely in Hindi and Bengali, which neither of us understand. Luckily, I discovered how to get the subtitles […]

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To Iowa and back again

Joey Young and I just got back from a quick trip to Dubuque, Iowa, for the Midwest Free Community Papers Summer Publisher’s/Manager’s Summit this past Wednesday and Thursday. It’s 10-plus hours one way, so it is quite a haul, but it was definitely worth it. The Summit kicked off with a meal and was supposed to be a Missis­sippi River […]

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One belt is better than two

Most people, like me, need to wear a belt to keep their pants up. But two belts are not better than one. The other day, as I was getting dressed for work, I was putting on my leather belt and when I got to the place where I was going to fasten it, I noticed I had already put on my […]

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