Suddenly feeling ‘mature’

I am suddenly starting to feel quite mature. I just received a notice for my 50th class reunion for having graduated from KU in 1968.

I think it’s sometime in April. I will not be attending—all I did was work while in school and really don’t know any of my classmates.

We got word that our youngest grandson, Louis, wants to attend a baking and culinary school in Ashville, N.C., in the fall, after his senior year at Grady High in Atlanta.

We have airline tickets for Atlanta in May for high school graduation.

Louis is a waiter now at Cameli’s and really likes the tips. He can smooze with the best of them. His older brother, Alex, was quite good at smoozing, too. His interests lie in anthropology and horticulture at the University of Georgia.

I really enjoy listening to Devonte Graham interviews on or any of the sports websites. He has become one of the best players to ever wear a KU uniform and is a fierce competitor.

He has willed his team to victory more than once.

This joke didn’t fit in my column last week because of space, but it really fits for other reasons.

Do you know why you should always take two Mennonites fishing? Because if you take one, he’ll drink all of your beer. If you take two, they won’t drink any.

The big question in our household lately is: Should chicken leftovers be eaten cold or heated?

I have always liked cold meat and Nancy never has.

I think it has much to do with how you ate things growing up. We ate a lot of cold meat, like chicken and spare ribs and the like. She never ate cold meat.

So there you have it—why I like cold chicken and why she doesn’t.

The Marion County landfill situation has raised its head again because the current transfer station is crumbling.

Something needs to be done, but what? Several ideas are on the table at this point.

I kind of like Rocky Hett’s proposal to use his old quarry to fill up with Marion County trash, saving the tipping fees that we currently pay to haul to Butler County in the approx­imate amount of $250,000 per year.

I am sure there are costs with hauling trash north of Marion, but there are also costs with operating a transfer station.

This idea gives the county 10 years or so to come up with a recycling program that would take a lot of the current trash out of the stream, which reduces the amount of trash that needs to be hauled.

If the local trash proposal saves the county about $2.5 million to set up whatever is needed 10 years down the road, it’s something like kicking the can down the road.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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