Going into a brand new year
Here we are moving into a brand new year, along with a brand new president! My fervent hope is that both will be happy, healthy and prosperous for all of us.
And please let me say again how much I appreciate the kind words so many of my reader-friends tell me when saying they read the column weekly, and enjoy it.
Ok let’s get started on this brand new year and go through the notes I have scribbled for the column that I can find on my messy desk:
••• SUDLERSVILLE’S LIBRARY First off, here is a nice note from Ann Campbell up at Sudlersville, who thanks me for a few clippings I sent about the Sudlersville Memorial Library she had asked for. I think I said once before that it is probably the only library in the state that is in a former church building. We used to stop there weekly back when the country library had a bookmobile and we would exchange books. Ms. Campbell tells me the librar y is open Mondays, 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; on Thursdays, those same hours; and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
••• MY FAVORITE SPOT Yes, everyone knows that I am a football nut and have had a great time in the past week or so as the Clemson fellows were able to upset No. 1 Alabama for the national championship in college ball.
And now about that PackersCowboys pro game on Sunday with that last minute field goal the fellow had to kick twice before winning the game? You hardly ever heard of field goal kickers making them from 50 yards or more some time ago, now it has become almost routine. But then along comes the second game of the day after 8 p.m., which I never can see complete because it goes on long past my bedtime. Must they start those night games at 8 or later? Why can’t we get them on the field by 6 p.m.?
••• NEVER HEARD OF HER Twice in the same mail! Yes, the other day in one mailing we received letters to a Ruth Fabler and a Rith Tiblis. The one with Tiblis misspelled on it even wanted to give her “a consolation prize in the $10 million giveaway.” Of course, those consolation prizes were discounted prices on computers, luggage and cookware. The other wanted Ruth Fabler to complete a “National Medicare Beneficiary Impact Survey.”
Well, if she had done either one and sent it back with her proper name and spelling, would they have known who she was?
••• TO REPLACE OBAMACARE The other day on the Op-Ed page of the Sun, Dr. James Burdick, a professor of survey at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, offered what I think is the best idea about replacing Obamacare.
He said that we should install a “single payer” national health plan. He claims it would stop excessive profits and cover everyone. Wonder if new president Trump would like to follow Dr. Burdick’s advice?
••• VERY FUNNY JOKE One of my favorite magazines is Reader’s Digest, and one of the recent issues had a section called “Funny People’s Favorite Jokes.”
Most of them were kinda funny, but the one I enjoyed the most came from Ellen Degeneres, whose afternoon TV show we enjoy most days. Her joke went like this:
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s now 97, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”
••• A UNIQUE CALENDAR I have said we get all these calendars in the mail from firms hoping we will pay for them; but the best I have seen came from Queenstown Bank which I mentioned seeing last week. It has all those pictures of days gone by from the MidShore ares.
The other day, Bill Lampmann gave me a very unique 2017 calendar which he had made for himself. In fact, he told me he had only done a dozen or so and was NOT selling them. He titled it for the “Museum of Eastern Shore Life” and has photos and clippings on each month from years back. For the October 2017 month he shows a photo of Bennett Point Boat ramp in 1910 and Friel’s original basket factory in 1904. I especially liked the old photo on July month’s page that showed Broadway street in Centreville in 1915. I believe the home we lived in on that street back some 75 years ago is one you can see on the far left. For the month of May 2017, Bill had a picture of the 1950 Centreville Giants baseball team managed by the late John Selby and all the players are named. In fact, as I look at it again, I believe it is a photo I shot back then when I was editor of the paper.
A very unique calendar, Bill. You did a great job on it!