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November 17, 2012

by Jerry Johnson
The ninth day of deer hunting was cold and windy. It was also void of deer. Louise decided to join me on this last day of the hunt wearing every piece of clothes she owned. Covered in orange we sat in the deer stand waiting for the impossible. Coffee, donuts, sandwiches and a good book waited because our fingers were frozen. After two hours facing a stiff northwest wind and the coldest day so far of the season we climbed down and moved through the woods to the creek. Hunkered down under the bank, out of the wind and and in the sun we had found a different world. It was warm. Reading without gloves is comfortable and so is eating a sandwich. The day before was the warmest of the nine with just a slight breeze and was made for a nap along a fence line with a view. The hunting pressure was light all weekend and there was little moving. At 2 p.m. we decided to pull up stakes and go home early. The deer stand came down fast and packed out with the rest of our gear. The season was over. The stewpot will be empty and our only hope is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the rest of the year.

It's nice to have the election over. Whatever we expected, hoped for and needed doesn't matter now. With one party in control of both state and federal governments, there should be nothing but results with no one standing in the way.

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Teacher to a student: "Can you think of a solution to end unemployment?"

"Yes, sir! I'd put all the men on one island and the women on another."

"And what would they be doing then?"

"Building boats!"

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Many are saddened by the four words “It might have been.” It is always true that something else might have been, but what shouldn’t be forgotten is that virtually all of what eventually was wouldn’t have been either. The trade is seldom one that a wise person would make.

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Have a good week.


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