Last week's column shared some of the experiences of our trip to Mexico and the less than pleasant experience we had with Delta Airlines getting there and back.
My wife, who is normally my proofreader, did not get to read the column until it was in print. She took exception to one part of the story telling about the Delta agent at the gate in Atlanta. She said the way I told the story made it sound like she was getting impatient with the gate agent and popping off to the woman. That didn't happen. In fact she wouldn't even let me say anything for fear that Delta wouldn't let us on the plane at all, with or without a paper ticket.
Just to clarify, my wife does not lose her patience with anyone whose first name is not Bud and whose last name starts with an "H" and I don't mean Bud Henderson.
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One thing several of us noticed in Mexico was the number of concrete plants around. We reasoned that wood, even treated wood, probably just did not withstand the salt from the Caribbean Sea as well and therefore concrete was the primary construction material.
Someone suggested Richard Edgington could have used his own personal concrete plant recently when he decided to put a basketball goal in at his house. According to at least one of his neighbors Richard put enough concrete into the ground that the goal wouldn't move if an 8.0 earthquake came along.
One report was that concrete trucks were lined up around the block to fill the hole and set the goal. I have seen the goal and it's not any ordinary goal. This thing looks like an NBA-style goal.
I figured Richard was getting into the sports agent game and was planning on having LeBron James or some other NBA free agent come to his house and conduct workouts for teams before signing. He'll be ready for next year's college players to come and hold workouts at his house as well.
I'm pretty certain there's no way Tom or Jay will ever be able to bring that thing down. Not without a bulldozer or a backhoe anyway.
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Hazy days of summer
There were a few folks from here who attended the Eagles concert in Busch Stadium last month. One such couple was the Mowrers, Mike and Jean.
According to the judge they had a grand time and it was a good venue. At one point, Mike said he looked out over the stadium and noticed a cloud of smoke that appeared to be hovering just over the heads of the crowd. And the cloud of hazy smoke seemed to have a peculiar odor to it.
Not to worry, Mike said he and Jean did not inhale.
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Why is Freddie Chandler now known as the "Bird Man of Senath?"
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Sign of the times
One of the things that has changed over the last couple of years is the newspaper policy of charging a nominal fee for wedding and engagement announcements as well as obituaries. It's a sign of the times and one we resisted for several years before following the lead of virtually all larger newspapers.
One pleasant result of that change has been more interesting announcements. Take for instance the following from the Sept. 30, 1904 edition of the newspaper sent along by Vivian Helton.
"Jas. M. Wright, one of the proprietors of the Kennett Store Co., and Mrs. Lydia Holleman, daughter of Eld. J.H. Peay, were united in marriage. Sunday afternoon, at 5 o'clock, by Rev. R.E. Porterfield, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The ceremony occurred in front of the manse, while the couple were seated in a buggy. The fortunate groom is one of Kennett's sturdy young men, a son of one of the best citizens, John L. Wright. He is an industrious, moral man with a host of friends. The bride is a charming little woman, vivacious, but sensible with it and is in every way worthy of the young man who was so fortunate as to win her."
Over the years as newspapers developed what became known as "style" a lot of the color left the news. The idea being that newspapers (actually all news outlets) should just report news with facts and stay away from an abundance of adjectives that lead to opinion in "news" stories.
Newspapers still follow those style guideline, but readers now have the flexibility to tell more colorful details about major events in the lives of their family.
Bud Hunt is publisher of the Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and North Stoddard Countian.