Monthly Archives: May 2009

Starting a new chapter is ending another

Watch out, world. Youngest Nephew graduated from high school today! Congratulations Youngest Nephew on starting a new chapter of that little thing called life.   © J. L. Bates and chezjlb.wordpress.com, 2009

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In and around the “City of Churches”

Fort Wayne, Ind., has a nickname: the “City of Churches.” I still have not made up my mind if this is good or not so good. One day in 2004 my mom and I tested the theory behind the nickname. … Continue reading

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$44.00 or $8.80 an inch

Today I spent $44.00 for five extra inches of leg room on an upcoming United Airlines flight. That works out to $8.80 an inch. It’s called an “Economy Plus” seat. I also considered placing my name on the queue for … Continue reading

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Disturbing fashion trend: older guys and baggy pants

Why do young guys wear baggy pants around their knees? When  I see them I want to pull their pants up and buy them a belt. But now this fad has taken an alarming turn: not so young guys are … Continue reading

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Do you remember mag card machines?

Magnetic card typewriters. A vital piece of office equipment in the nineteen eighties. Law firms loved them. They were basically typewriters attached to machines that read flimsy pieces of film-like cards about four inches tall and two inches wide. The cards stored keystrokes … Continue reading

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Sunflower, Week 2

RIP, Sunflower. I am sorry to report that Sunflower failed to thrive under my care. Its cute little leaves and stem just shriveled up and wilted. It’s never as easy as plant people claim it is. Rest in peace, Sunflower. Thank you for … Continue reading

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Hen + rooster = baby chicks

The state of Oregon’s population is increasing. Congratulations to BlueBelle, the hen, and Rosie, the rooster. They are the proud parents of nine baby chicks. Grandma S. and Grandpa T. are pretty happy, too.   © J. L. Bates and … Continue reading

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