February 03 2004

[b]Lines from Lucy[/b]

Posted by Kim
Thumbs up and Thumbs down

Thumbs down to the winter weather that arrived a week or so ago and decided to stay for while. After a week of true South Dakota January weather, temperatures below zero, and wind chills into the negative double digits I'm tired of winter and ready to go back to the mild temperatures we have become accustomed to. School kids may not agree with the thumbs down as many got an extra hour to sleep in because of late school start time twice last week.

Thumbs up to men cooking and cleaning. I was treated to pancakes and sausage cooked by the men of the United Methodist Church in Presho Sunday morning. The food and service was excellent. Plenty of good coffee and seconds were offered up. But, the part I enjoyed most was looking in the kitchen and seeing only men working. Not a single women was in the kitchen. The men cooked, washed dishes, and wiped down the tables. This isn't the first time I've seen men cooking; local volunteer firemen have been known to flip pancakes, and the legion members are also good at preparing pancake breakfasts. But in addition to cooking, the real job is doing the dishes afterwards. Now, maybe this is only a problem in my home, but I'd sure like to see the men in my house perfecting their cooking and dish washing technique at home and not just in public.

Thumbs down to Punxsutawney Phil's weather prediction of 6 more weeks of cold winter weather. The nationally known groundhog made his 118th annual weather prediction Monday morning Feb. 2. The tradition is rooted in a German superstition that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow Feb. 2 - the Christian holiday of Candlemas - winter will drag on for another 6-weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early. In the past 117 years, the groundhog is reported to have seen his shadow 93 times.

Thumbs up to the 38th Annual Super Bowl game. Thanks to the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots football fans enjoyed an exciting closely matched game. And a big thumbs up to South Dakota's own Adam Vinatieri for giving South Dakota State University a mention on National TV for the second time in two years when he kicked the winning field goal for the Patriots with just seconds left on the clock.

Thumbs up to the 79th South Dakota Legislative session. Last Thursday I attended South Dakota newspaper day at the State Capital. Following press conferences with both the Republican and Democratic leadership, members of the association treated their legislators to lunch at the Kings Inn. South Dakota's Attorney General Larry Long and his press secretary Sara Rabern joined the group at our table, which included Rep. Garnos, Sen. Koskan, and Dan Bechtold and Cheryl Schroeder from the Winner Advocate. Besides discussing bills of interest to the newspaper association we were treated to interesting stories from AG Long. Mr. Long comes from a newspaper background. His grandmother founded the Bennett County Booster near Martin, SD when she homesteaded there back in 1913. Mr. Long's parents eventually took over. After spending his youth working in the family newspaper business, he explained that he was unsure of what he wanted to be when he went off to college, but he sure knew what he didn't want to be-a newspaperman.



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