I know, I know. This isn't my regular spot. You were expecting someone else. Someone who has filled this space for the past 20 years -- Mr. Bud Hunt.
Well, in case you weren't aware, Bud was recently promoted to Vice-president of Revenue for Rust Communications -- the Daily Dunklin Democrat's parent company based out of Cape Girardeau. Thus, I took it upon myself to move from my Friday column spot to the recently vacated Sunday column spot.
I know I probably don't have as many readers as "View from the Square" had, but maybe, just maybe, with time, I can get close. This spot is definitely big shoes to fill, but I will try my best.
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Danger: Flying Candy
I keep hearing horror stories of near-death experiences with this year's Delta Fair Parade. I'm inclined to believe some of these stories of "death by candy" are a little bit exaggerated, but one incident did hit a little close to home -- a local utility employee pegged my wife in the forehead.
I'll change his name to protect the innocent, but I think Chamie Jitester needs to work on his aim. He claims he was throwing it at my wife's stepfather, but I'm not so sure.
I've got my eye on you Mr. Jitester.
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A wet af-fair
I hope attendees at the annual Delta Fair had their waders on this year, it sure has been a wet one. The family and I planned on going Wednesday, but our plans were cut short by the weather.
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to spend a couple hours working the booth for the United Way. For those curious, we are selling chances to win an iPad, a Taurus Judge handgun, and a $250 gas card from The Store. The money will be used to support local organizations such as DARE, boy scouts, girl scouts, Dunklin Day Activity Center and more.
Following my shift, I made my way to the concession area to pick up some fried green beans for my wife.
Unfortunately for me, when I placed my order I was told there would be a 10-minute wait. I thought, "No biggie," and told them to proceed with the order.
As soon as I gave the okay, the rain started again.
Had the order been for me, I would've canceled and made a run for the car, but since it was for my wife, I figured it would be best to wait it out.
As the saying goes, "If momma ain't happy...."
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Digging up the past
Back to Bud for a moment. I did a little digging and found the very first "View from the Square," which was published on March 29, 1992 -- the same month he was hired as editor.
In that piece, he introduced his column, gave a few bits, and then closed with the following:
"Moving back to Kennett has been a good experience for us. We look forward to meeting a lot [of] folks and developing many more friendships.
"There was a little hesitation, however, My father-in-law, Lee Winkler retired back to Kennett with back trouble. The next thing I know, Wiley, or is it Wally, Tucker has back trouble. It wasn't long before Jerry Carter came down with back problems. Never realized back problems were contagious before."
Well, Bud, I know you've made plenty of friends in the 20 years you worked at the DDD.
On a personal note, I want to say "Thank you" for giving me the opportunity here. I've learned a lot from you and always appreciated your input.
Congratulations again, Bud, and we at the DDD wish you the best in your future endeavors.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.