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Saturday, July 12, 2003
VOL. II Issue 7H
Harold and Mary are at it again. This time entertaining Professor Ken Hansen of Waldorf College at Big Bend Dam. So far they have caught a few walleye, one which was too small to keep, not because the game warden said so, but because Harold said so. They have also discovered that they get better cell phone reception on the water than they do in the campground.
Professor Hansen brought with him is wife, Joan, and his oldest grandaughter, Claire Gietzenauer, also known as the Giggling Flash. There has been an effort to force Claire and Brittany Hinkle to get along. This effort results in more giggling and general noisemaking, which makes some people wish they'd fight and thereby make less noise.
Jerry Hinkle has been left in charge of the Ponderosa Pines Old Age Assistance Home. His only two residents are not without their difficulty. E.E. Hinkle stepped outside to answer natures call, (he's still a country boy, ya know) and fell down on the grass. Jerry's efforts to get him back inside were met with heavy resistance. Joyce, meanwhile is behaving quite well. She doesn't complain about the food or anything like that. Her main problem is with her bones. This morning she cracked yet another rib tying her shoes. It appear that slippers would be in order for Joyce.
Tomorrow is going to be another bust day for the Hinkles. Mary has the Methodist Church service, with potluck dinner and a board meeting to follow. After that it is the Methodist's turn to do the nursing home service, so she will be in charge of that. And if that isn't enough, Harold and Mary are expecting a visit from Dale and Darlene Verconde of North English, Iowa. They will be bringing along at least two of their grandkids (there better not be any giggling girls in that group) to add to the fun. The Vercondes will be stopping enroute to Mount Rushmore.
It's been said that you can sell anything (short of a kidney) on eBay. Oskalusa, Iowa just sold thier Post Office building to a man in Chicago, Illinois for well over $200,000. For now the builing is staying put.
Predicting the future is not as easy as one would think. In the year 1901, Wilbur Wright turned to his brother and said, "Man will not fly for 50 years." How wrong he was -- for brother Orville DID fly only two years later. It is not easy predicting the future -- and many "experts" have been proven wrong in their steadfast prognostications.
Consider these other wrong-headed predictions that had have turned out to be not at all right:
Thomas Edison in 1910 predicted: "The nickel-iron battery will put the gasoline buggies out of existence, and in 15 years more electricity will be sold for electric vehicles than for light."
Albert Lewyt, president of the Lewyt Vacuum Cleaner Corp. in 1955: "Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will be a reality in 10 years.
Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox Studios, seemed to think television was on the way out in 1946: "Video won't be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring into a plywood box every night."
Grover Loening, a consulting engineer for the Grumman Corp. one of the best aircrft design firms of the day, in 1944: "Gliders will be the freight trains of the air. We can visualize a locomotive plane leaving LaGuardia Field towing a train of six in the very near future."
'Electric cars will replace gas-powered cars.' -- Thomas Edison

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