Category: Partly Nonsense

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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Wind can be a pain at times

I don’t remember which windy night it was, but we were watching TV one evening when it was very windy. We heard some plaques fall down in the other room, but didn’t think much else about it. It was the same night the power went off for a while. After it came back on, our lights flickered some but they […]

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Already looking for fall

A while back I was wishing it were summer again. Truth be told, I now wish it was fall with the cooler weather that comes with it. • The guy who robbed a bank because he would rather go to jail than go home to his wife wasn’t thinking clearly. He was 71 years old, I believe, which makes it […]

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Summer off to a fun start

You have to love summer and all of the outdoor activities that are available to most everyone because the prices are reasonable. • For example, there is Chingawassa Days in Marion the first weekend in June every year with top-notch talent. Kudos to the leadership in Marion who pull this big event off every year. I understand some of the […]

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