Go­ing into a brand new year

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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!

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