I believe you should live each day as if it is
your last, which is why I dont have any clean
laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on
the last day of their life? Age 15
Democracy is a beautiful thing, except
for that part about letting just any old yokel vote. Age
Home is where the house is. Age 6
Often, when I am reading a good book, I
stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she
got an unlisted number. Age 15
Give me the strength to change the
things I can, the grace to accept the things I cannot,
and a great big bag of money. Age 13
For centuries, people thought the moon
was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that
the moon is really a big hard rock. Thats what
happens to cheese when you leave it out. Age 6
Once, I wept for I had no shoes. Then I
came upon a man who had no feet. So I took his shoes. I
mean, its not like he really needed them, right?
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Close Call on the Rails.
Early yesterday morning, in a downpour
of painful rain an electric car was nearly thrown off the
tracks. The motorman threw on his brakes, but the wheels
slid along the rails as though they had been covered with
grease. He then reveresed his motors, but the wheels spun
around backwards without taking hold. The controller
handle was thrown around until all the current was going
through the motors, but without any effect. The car
jammed into the flat cars, which comprised the train, and
some of the passengers piled out of the back door with
the greatest celerity some of them had displayed for
The front vestibule of the car was
smashed into kindling wood, but, strange to say the
motorman who stayed by his car, escaped without injury.
No one else was injured as well. The car did not leave
the rails and didnt blockade the track for more
than a few minutes.
Legalizes Feral Cat Colonies.
The City council vote 8-2 to
adopt the "Feral Cat" ordinance Tuesday
evening at its regular meeting in City Hall.
Members Dan Rife and Wayne Campbell voted
The ordinance will allow
registered caregivers to feed and care for feral
cat colonies within the city. Feral cats are
typically either domesticated cats that have been
abandoned or run off, or cats born without being
associated with humans. They seldom can be tamed
to the point of being adopted by humans unless
they are captured at a very young age.
The objective of the ordinance,
according to promoters of the program, is to
trap, neuter, and release feral cats. The idea
being that eventually the populations will
decrease by natural attrition, and those cats
that are left will be healthier and less of a
The ordinance requires
caregivers to monitor the colonies, report
quarterly on results, and attempt to obtain an
80% vaccination rate among the colony.
The City retains the right to
capture any cat that is seen to be diseased or
becomes a nuisance.
NASCAR THIS WEEK
By Monte Dutton
Sponsored by Chad's Garage
So, So Close for
Briefly, it appeared as if Sam
Hornish Jr. might pull the Pennsylvania 500 out
of his hat. Or helmet.
When all the leaders pitted
late in the seasons latter Pocono Raceway
event, Hornishs Dodge remained on the
track. Then it began raining. Had the rain not
dissipated, Hornish would have won for the first
time at NASCARs highest level.
It didnt happen. Hornish
yielded the lead to Greg Biffle, who ran away
from the field in the final laps. Without the
benefit of having pitted for fresh tires, Hornish
slumped to an 11th-place finish.
Hornishs career best was
a fourth-place finish at Pocono on Aug. 3, 2009.
A native of Defiance, Ohio,
Hornish switched full-time to NASCAR in 2008
after winning two Indy Racing League
championships and the 2006 Indianapolis 500. The
Sprint Cup going has been tough. Hornish finished
35th in the 2008 point standings and was 28th in
09. Through 21 races this year, he ranks
"I feel like some of that
is due to me," said Hornish. "I feel
like some of that is just the transition from the
old car to the new (NASCAR chassis design) and
how the team did it.
"Weve had highs and
lows. We go out there and lead laps, go out there
and finish fourth. ... I feel like we can do it,
its just how do we get a little more luck
on our side. We have to take our bad days and
make them a 20th. Thirty-fifth-place bad days are
what kill us."
Before the season began,
Hornish answered questions about the NASCAR
experiment of another prominent IRL driver,
Speaking from the perspective
of someone who knew, Hornish said, "Im
sure shes not going to have any problems
dealing with the media. Racing out there on the
track is a different thing. Running against 42
other cars ... I wish her well."
The Sprint Cup Series
represents the big leagues of American racing.
"Nobodys going the other way,"
said Hornish, referring to the IRL.
Though his strategy didnt
quite work, Hornish had one of his better, if
disappointing, days at Pocono.
"Weve been playing
catch-up," he said, "and we want to get
to the point where people play catch-up to
They say that workin
with your hands frees up one side of the
brain or the other and allows ya to think
better. I suppose thats why folks like
diggin in a garden or workin with
wood from time to time. Im not sure
that typin helps much however, or there
would be a lot more fresh ideas bein
published on a regular basis.
Id have ta guess that
quiltin circles are fertile ground for
enhanced thinkin. Knittin would
seem ta me to occupy a fair about of
dexterity to really let the creative juices
The activities to keep idle
hands busy are endless. Whittlin a
stick down to a tooth pick was always
relaxin for me. Some folks think that
there is supposed ta be some tangible results
from such activities, but mostly its
just a personal thing. Sides,
everone needs a tooth pick now and
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
CLICK and CLACK
Dear Tom and Ray:
I recently was advised to use a
much lighter weight of oil than I am used to
using. I was told I should use 5-20 weight oil in
my 2007 Pontiac Solstice convertible. I grew up
in Minnesota, where this was considered
"winter weight" oil. For summer, we all
went up to 20-40 or 30-50 weight. Now I live in
northern Georgia, and 5-20 weight just sounds
awfully thin -- especially in summer. So, is the
mechanic trying to ruin my engine? Or have things
changed since I was 16? Thank you. - Richard
Tom: Things have changed since
you were 16, Richard. I mean, start by taking a
look at your hairline.
Ray: Oils have changed, too.
Theyve gotten significantly better in the
past 30 years. The improvements in their ability
to lubricate and resist high-temperature
breakdown have allowed manufacturers to make
engines that run on these lighter-weight oils.
And lighter oils mean less internal engine
friction, which means better gas mileage.
Tom: thats why Pontiac
itself suggest you use 5w-20 in your Solstice.
You can use a heavier oil if you want to, but you
wont get the intended fuel economy, and in
cold weather you wont get the engine
protection that your manufacturer is counting on.
Ray: So Id use 5w-20,
Richard. Since its the manufacturers
recommended oil, it certainly wont do any
harm to your engine.
Tom: If youre feeling
adventurous, you can try some 5w-20 on your
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