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Monday, May 2, 2016

Technology is great...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

...when it works. That's the story a couple of our local fellows were telling last week after they had done a little "texting" one evening.

A text, for those unfamiliar with the term and think maybe these two guys were throwing books at each other, is a short message sent between cell phones. The message has to be limited to 140 characters although I have no idea who decided 140 characters is the right length to be considered short.

The 140 characters has lead to all sorts of abbreviations such as TY for thank you, YW is normally the reply meaning you're welcome. "C" is read phonetically as "see," "U" is read as "you." You get the idea. Brevity is important. Photos and other media can also be sent. It's also possible, if you know what you're doing, to send the message to more than one person.

So our two local texters start sending messages back and forth. At some point one of them sent a reply that apparently went to everyone on their cell phone list. The result was that everyone who got the text felt compelled to reply.

The replies kept coming and coming and coming. Apparently the texting went on for hours. One fellow who also received the unintended text and therefore the replies said they were so numerous he ended up having to turn his cell phone off just to get some peace and quiet.

Now I could reveal their names and properly embarrass them. However, if I did that one of them might be tempted to get revenge by jacking up my utility bill and running me out of the neighborhood. The other guy would raise the price of gasoline on me. So they will go unnamed. Plus, I wouldn't want to embarrass Beverly and Laurie.

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Correctible error

A couple of weeks ago I credited George Byers with making a hole-in-one last year. A Byers did, but it it was Betty, not George. Betty graciously accepted my apology.

Betty also told me that at Christmastime she received two plaques commemorating the big event. One plaque came from her husband and the other from her son.

Betty said she would keep both of them for the time being and in the event George really does make a hole-in-one she will give one to him. Then again, she might just make another hole-in-one and keep both of them.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have it even money as to which will occur first.

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Yep, still raining

A lot of us have rain gauges. Most of us use them to see how much rain has fallen within a given period of time. For farmers that's pretty important information. Most of the rest of us just have rain gauges and check them out of curiosity.

Driving around the North Bypass last week in the rain I passed by Baker Farm and Hardware. I looked over and Debra Hughes walked out to the rain gauge the store keeps out by the roadway.

It had been raining for a while and was still raining so checking to see how much rain had fallen in the middle of a pretty good shower didn't make much sense to me.

That's when I concluded some folks must use a rain gauge to see if it's actually raining. I didn't stop in the store but I imagine Debra was able to walk back in and report, "Yep, it's still raining."

There may very well a logical explanation but it's more fun to guess what she was doing out in the middle of the rain.

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It's basketball time in the Bootheel

"Kennett's Freshman Indians closed out their regular season in fine style last night, shelling the host Dexter Bearcats 49-25, boosting their final record to 10-4. The Indians will be back in action during the Poplar Bluff Invitational which opens Thursday night.

"The Indians reeled off 22 of 49 from the field for a 44% average and despite a slow start they never trailed the Cats, who watched their chances for a victory disappear early in the third period, behind a torrid barrage of points by T. Williams, Richard Bell and Jim Collier.

"Kennett eased out an 8-5 opening lead and then began ripping the Bearcat defense apart in the second quarter to take a 23-7 advantage at the intermission. A 21-ppint outburst in the third period clinched the victory for the Indians.

"The Indians hit five of nine from the line for a 55% average and the Cats tossed in 11 of 23. From the field the Cats managed only 21% of their shots.

"Richard Bell and T. Williams were one, two in the scoring column, with 13 and 12 points respectively, and Burnett led the Cats with 10."

Other notables in the Indians' lineup were identified by last name only and included; McCrackin, Hankins, Matthews, Poole, Pulliam, Wilkison, Wilkey, Moorehead and Alsup.

Thanks to the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton, who found that item on the sports pages of the Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1971 edition of the DDD.