Good morning all:

Wisdom Of The Week:

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

The week flew by. A new article to be written, a Citizen’s on Patrol meeting and a couple of days later an evening patrol. Dinner with Adrianne and Tevita and an “off for desert” walk to our local Dairy Queen was noteworthy. Especially since little Vai knows where she is heading and sits in her stroller much like Jeff Gordon sits and grabs the steering wheel on his race car. But, it was the evening that Jason and Cathy along with little Dinah and the “growing so fast” Marin came for dinner. This became the week’s highlight since it had been nearly a month since we’d seen them. Now I best go and start up the coffee pot so I can plow-ahead with my post.

In the you think our elections are messed-up department: This morning the headlines have both Iranian rivals claiming victory in their Presidential election. The little firebrand, Ahmadinejad, having garnered a supposed 69% of the vote. His opponent, the moderate candidate Moussavi, therefore being left with the remaining 28% of the vote. Moussavi is quoted as saying: “I am the absolute winner of the election by a very large margin.” Huh?

Of course these numbers were reported by the Iranian Interior Ministry’s election commission, The Interior Ministry just happens to be controlled by Mr. Ahmadinejad. See any problems with all of this? Nah, of course not.

Continuing with the morning headlines we head for the go ahead kick-em in the shins department: The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings for hockey’s big prize, the Stanley Cup. First of all, the Red Wings were up by two games and no one had ever lost the playoffs with that kind of lead. Then there is the downtrodden city of Detroit itself. Earlier in the year the city’s thug Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, got shipped off to jail. During the last month the town’s largest employers went belly-up (Chrysler and GM).

But then, it’s only a game isn’t it. The days when the likes of Gordie Howe, Tim Horton, Frank Mahovlich, and Maurice (The Rocket) Richard had their faces bashed in for the love of the game and little money are long gone. Last night Marcia asked what Hockey players make since they were always considered the ‘poor boys’ of professional sports. During the 1990-91 season the average NHL player salary was $271,000. Now this has climbed to $1,906,793. The big change that I notice is that players today are wearing helmets and face guards and are thus keeping more of their teeth. That’s definitely worth a 703% salary increase.

Quickly continuing with the signs of the times department: Last night Marcia and I decided to enjoy an after dinner coffee and bit of desert by driving the “Our Duck” (our little Citroën 2CV) to Hyde Park’s Awakenings Coffee, Tea, and Wine emporium—one of our favorite coffee shops.

Soon the Friday evening music started up, this week it was a guitar player doing Buddy Holly, the Kinks, and Buffet covers. Stan, his name, was close to my age. While he was playing I whispered to Marcia, “do you realize that until recently Stan was the CEO of Fifth-Third Bank?” “Noooo”, answered Marcia, “you’re kidding aren’t you?” The fact that for a moment she even considered that possibility as plausible was something incomprehensible only a year ago. What a difference a year makes.

Finally, in the north woods comes to the city department: This past Thursday a local guy caught a 100 pound Catfish in the Ohio River. Here we drive twelve hours to reach our cabin located in what is touted as being the prime fishing area of North America and we’ve not seen anything like this. It’s just not right.

I have no idea how exactly the guy caught that beast. But, since we live on the edge of Appalachia with it’s very rich 200-year old history of independence and a self reliant lifestyle developed from living in isolated ‘hollers’, I have an idea. This You Tube has a couple of guys showing how it might have been done:

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Now, time to get ready. First, we’re off on a run to our outdoor Findlay Market to load up on fresh veggies and fruits. Then we’ll join Adrianne as she takes nine month old Vai to the main downtown branch of our library for a young kids and families reading session. Adrianne said that last week she was there for the duration and loved it. This week Marcia and I are accompanying her to document that fact.

Make it a great week everyone.

Cheers,

Dirk

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