The local Rotary club finally had a winner in its weekly attendance drawing. The winner is determined by drawing the "joker" card from the deck (Lions and Kiwanians can make their own comments about a Rotarian drawing a "joker" but I suspect there are traditions in those organizations as well that have a certain amount of irony to them).
Last Thursday morning, 6:30 a.m., to be exact, the club held its weekly meeting and Clyde Wood, head honcho at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, drew out the "joker." Clyde's winning pot amounted to over $400. Clyde had a decision to make.
He could have taken the money and said, "Happy (early) Birthday to me," his birthday is just a few days away. He could have taken the money to his wife, Cheryl, and told her to buy something for herself.
Clyde did neither. He donated the money back to the club, designating it to go toward the pavilion Rotarians are planning to build at the soccer field. A nice gesture. Although, we note Clyde asked that the dollar he contributed toward winning the pot be returned to him. I don't think his fellow club members let him get away with that though.
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Several months ago we had a new guy show up for the regular weekend golf game. I had met him a few weeks earlier having dinner with Steve and Coleen Pu. When he first spoke I first thought he was from a foreign country because the accent was a little different and there were other conversations going on around us so it was a difficult to hear very clear.
Turns out I was right about that foreign country thing, sorta.
Guy said his name was "Awthaw." I had never met anyone named "Awthaw," before so I was looking forward to learning more about this guy.
When he introduced us Steve said he had married a local gal and was moving into the area, actually, in her case, back into the area. "Awathaw's" wife Jerri's mother is the late Rose Knauts and her late husband was, Jim Posey.
Now I knew that Jerri had been off on the east coast for a while, but I did not recall ever hearing about her going overseas to work - which is where I figured she met this foreigner.
The day "Awthaw" showed up to play golf with us I had an opportunity to talk with him a little more. That part about being from a foreign country was worse than I thought.
"Awthaw" is from "Bawstin."
To you and I that's also known as "Boston," as in the capital of Massachusetts. It's taken a little getting used to when you have a conversation with him. Of course I figure it's just as hard on "Awthaw" trying to learn to speak southeast Missouri. Honestly, I'm not sure who has the bigger challenge.
"Awthaw" is trying to help those of us illiterate in speaking his native language and who play golf with him on a regular basis. For our edification he sent along some common terms those of us not native to the Beantown area might need to know or would be helpful if traveling to the Bawstin area.
Police there don't drive patrol units or black and whites, they drive a "crooza."
It's not a rubber band it's an "elastic."
They're not franks they're "haht dahgs."
It's not a purse it's a "pockabook."
It's not a shopping cart it's a "carriage."
It's not a water fountain it's a "bubblah."
Soda is Club Soda. "Pop" is dad.
In the event you choose to drive there, be advised you should not "pahk you cah in Hahvid Yahd ... they'll tow it to Meffa (Mefford) or Summahville (Somerville).
According to "Awthaw:"
Bostonians think there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no R's - except in "idea"),
think three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave,
refer to six inches of snow as a "dusting,"
think 63-degree ocean water is warm,
always "bang a left" as soon as the light turns green and oncoming traffic always expect it,
believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness, and,
think Rhode Island accents are annoying.
We don't even want to start on some on the neighboring communities, some of which you probably have heard of under a different name.
I will also share with you that "Awthaw" is a retired Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army, stands about 6'4" weighs about 250 pounds with a body fat of about .03 percent. He also has a great sense of humor, but I think you've already figured that out.
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Cindy Hine, daughter of Harry and Joan Bazzell who most of us think went to do mission work on the left coast , wrote to say that the school she teaches at, Santa Fe Middle School, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award, recently.
Congratulations to Ward Billings for being name Southeast Principal of the Year. As I write this my newsroom informs me they are preparing a more detailed story on this so I'll not attempt to scoop them here.
Bud Hunt is publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.