Ramblings-Norma Gene Young

When the hurricane hit the east coast recently, my first thought was of old friends, Virg and June Huston, who live at Aiken, SC. I know Aiken is not near the coast, but I figured they were getting powerful rains. I called the first day to see if they were all right. The phone seemed to be ringing normally, then it began screeching at me, telling me that the phones were out. I called again that evening, then twice a day until late last week, and kept getting the same clatter and wondering why those darned telephone guys didn't get with it and repair the lines.

After a week of that I was still trying twice a day, and finally success! Virg answered! I related my troubles and asked if they were all right. He explained that before the hurricane hit he and June had gone for a visit with relatives, and they forgot to turn off their fax machine that is hooked up to the phone. He and June are fine, of course.

This is my apology to the telephone repairmen. Sorry I doubted you guys. Next time I'll just let Virg take care of himself and June. He ought to be able to. He's older than I am!

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Both my daughters, Laura and Christy, were here recently, and it was a trial putting up with both of them at once. I had forgotten how goofy they can be when together.

They went out to eat that evening and Christy made a kidding remark to a friend of mine in the cafe. Friend looked around to see who that insulting stranger was, and didn't recognize either of them. Maybe that will teach Christy something. But Laura enjoyed it.

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Indiana—A man walked up to a cashier at a grocery store and demanded all the money in the register. When the cashier handed him the loot, he fled, leaving his wallet on the counter, with name and address inside.

Back East—A man walked into a convenience store, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and demanded all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled—leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer? Fifteen dollars.

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