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February 21, 2013

This and that and the other ...

We must admit that we went into our recent surgery without a clue as to what the recovery process might actually entail. And while we believe we are doing fairly well, we still think the process is proceeding much slower than we might like mostly due to the fact that our usual somewhat limited mobility is more limited now than ever. Thus we have had be content in engaging in activities that meet our current abilities. And this has, we must admit, not been all bad.

We have watched what we might consider to be our yearly quota of movies thanks to the TV movie channels, Netflix and the village of Cooperstown library. Our stash of crossword puzzles has diminished significantly. And we have found ourselves engrossed in many more books than we normally find time to read. Plus we seem to have caught up on our reading of magazines. And this is, no doubt, all to the good, especially since we came across something to share in the column.

While reading the most recent Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, we came across an article about “The Elements of Statistics,” a course taught by Marie Snipes at the college. And tucked into the article was the following joke:

“Did you hear the one about the statistician?” “Probably ...”

“A mathematician, a physicist, and a statistician went deer-hunting. When they spotted a buck, the mathematician fired first, missing the buck’s nose by a foot. Then the physicist fired; he missed the tail by a foot. The statistician leaped up, exultant, and shouted: ‘We got him!’ “

We are still laughing.

And, of course, each day, Monday through Saturday, we await with baited breath the arrival of the postal person to see what news might be coming from the outside world. And while we have received a number of delightful “Get Well” cards, much of the mail tends to be rather boring, a category into which we always put all bills. But every so often, something arrives in the mail which makes our day, one way or another. And we received such a piece of mail just last week. In fact, this piece of mail necessitated the postal person ringing our doorbell.

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  • The cruelest month of all It has long been said that April is the cruelest month of all. However, given our recent winter, the cruelest month designation might well be open for debate this year.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sharing conspiracy theories on Main Having traversed the village a number of times now, we have come to the conclusion that there is very little reason to mention the current crop of potholes. It seems they are quite able to speak for themselves. In fact, they seem to do so loud and clear.

    April 10, 2014

  • Recovering with family and friends We must say we were somewhat overwhelmed by the telephone calls and emails that we received regarding last week's column. From what we were told it greatly brightened the day for a number of people. In fact, several of our callers told us they were going to cut it out and send it to friends around the country. And just as the column brightened the day for a number of our readers, their responses absolutely made our day. In fact, we are tempted to think it made not only our day, but our week, our month and perhaps even our year.

    April 3, 2014

  • Back to the present Much as we have enjoyed our recent trip through the archives of 1984, we fear we must return to 2014. If nothing else, we were reminded during our journey that the column today is not the column of 1984. But then, we suspect the greater Cooperstown community today is not the community of 1984. And while it is nice to reminisce about yesteryear, it is also important to recognize where we are today. And when we do that, we tend to focus on the one thing that has always made this column seem to work, namely the input of our readers.

    March 27, 2014

  • '84 carnival didn't go as planned This week we begin with one more of our favorite column items from 1984 concerning Winter Carnival which didn't go exactly as planned. We wrote:

    March 20, 2014

  • DAR column sends us down memory lane Of all the scripts we found in our cleaning of the basement, the one that intrigued us the most is one that we had completely forgotten we had written. It was done for a program we presented quite a while ago at a meeting of the Cooperstown DAR. As we recall, Lona Smith had asked us to talk about our experiences with writing this column. And since that could be a rather lengthy presentation, we decided to limit ourselves to talking about our first year of writing the column.

    March 13, 2014

  • Remembering a CCS vote that failed| We note that the next meeting of the Literary Discussion Group, sponsored by the Women's Club of Cooperstown, will be held on Thursday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Village of Cooperstown Library. Jane Anne Russell will lead a discussion on the book "North to the Orient" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The meeting is open to the public.

    March 6, 2014

  • Cookies make a better valentine than MRI We had originally thought that our entire Valentine's Day celebration would be a trip to Bassett healthcare to get a MRI of our lower back. Thus we were most pleasantly surprised when a friend dropped in on us with a bag of heart shaped, frosted sugar cookies for us.

    February 27, 2014

  • Swing and a miss on PumpkinFest We must admit that we are probably not as caught up in sports as some people are.

    February 20, 2014

  • Keeping busy as winter creeps From all that we hear, any number of people are sick of the winter weather. And, given what it has been, it is not difficult to understand why, especially if one is not particularly taken by winter weather in the first place. However, we do suspect that, unlike some years, the weather worked out well for Cooperstown's annual Winter Carnival. We must admit that we have not participated in the Winter Carnival for a number of years for the simple fact that it is held in the winter. And we are simply not devotees of the winter. But, should the decision ever be made, which we find highly unlikely, to hold the Winter Carnival in the spring or the fall, we might be more inclined to participate

    February 13, 2014