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Monday, January 28, 2008
"Anne Frank" Auditions This Week
DWU and the MACT will be holding auditions for "The Diary of Anne Frank at the Pepsi Cola Theatre in Beautiful Downtown Mitchell, not too far away from the World's Only Corn Palace. Jerry Hinkle can almost smell the goose grease from here at McGovern Hall. So is he going to audition? DUH! Even if he doesn't get a part, he knows that there is going to be some really good acting talent on display tonight and tomorrow night, starting at 7 pm Holabird Time, and he can't wait to see it. Of course there is the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feed at the Methodist Church to consider tomorrow, but he can find time for both. He'll be taking his Ethics books to read on both nights as well. You know during the down time. Worst case scenario: he gets to work as an usher. Is there a down side? Actually, Jerry is hoping to get the part of the guy who yells, "They're in the attic!" Seriously though, there is going to be some top notch talent here, so don't anyone worry about getting tickets to see the show just yet.
January Thaws After Freeze
The much anticipated January thaw has come at last. After a week of below 0 temperatures, Mitchell saw a high of 47 degrees on Sunday afternoon. Any 5th grader can tell you that 47 is well above the thawing temperature of 32.1 degrees. How warm was it? Would you believe that Jerry Hinkle went to Koinonia last night without the benefit of his scarf and hat? People still knew it was him too!
The Pig Pen is Closing
by Jerry Hinkle
Once again I am learning more from outside the classroom. Last Wednesday night, I read John Stuart Mill's greatest proverb, which in English basically says "it's better to be an unsatisfied man than to be a satisfied pig."
The next afternoon, I go to the library and meet up with two friends, one male, the other female. One thing leads to another, and soon the male friend is requesting that I rate the top 5 women at DWU. I have had "Top Ten" lists of this nature before, so no problem, right? WRONG! The young lady excused herself from the table so the that he and I could continue this discussion. It was at that point in time that I heard Grandad's voice in the back of my mind saying, "If that gal didn't want to hear what you was talking about maybe you should've said nothing". How about that, even 18 months after he left us, Gramps makes more sense then anyone else alive.
Maybe it is time to put the porcine behavior behind me. Perhaps I need to rise from the mud and clean myself off and unlike Jack Nicholson's character in "As good As It Gets" do more than "want to be a better man" After all, I inherited the title, "Mr. Hinkle" from Grandad, and it's about time I started living up to the name. I'll never learn any younger!
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