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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Don’t forget about Mom this weekend

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s a great time to say “Thanks” for all the great things your mom or wife has done for you over the years. I think we are doing a Mother’s Day brunch this year in celebration at our house. Thanks again for all you do, moms!


This Friday is graduation for SWCC students who are done with their studies. The Creston Community High School graduation is on May 20. School doesn’t officially get out until June 1 this year for the rest of the kids. The first day of school this fall is Aug. 23, so spend those 82 days off wisely!


I had a conference in Baltimore I attended last week. I had a chance to drive down Washington, D.C., way. Boy is that an experience. The beltway around D.C. is just six lanes of pure “nightmare.” Wall to wall cars going about 30 miles per hour on the interstate. Stop and go and more stop and go!

Baltimore down in the Inner Harbor area where we were staying was a nice place. There were lots of museums and historic places near by. We went by Fort McHenry, which inspired the national anthem, “Star Spangled Banner.” I got to have lunch with a box turtle while his handler told us everything we ever wanted to know about box turtles. The turtle liked the lettuce for lunch! Crab cakes are what Baltimore is noted for. I had several of the bite-sized versions as an appetizer. The big ones made with lump crab were over 8 ounces each.


On my trip out east, I got to stay in a yurt for two nights. A yurt is a round canvas tent with rooms inside. We got to Shenandoah Crossing, Virginia, in the mid afternoon and it was about 63 degrees. As we went to sleep in our yurt, I didn’t think of turning on the heat. But it got down to 32 degrees that night. I got up about 1 in the morning and felt cold. I checked the thermostat and it read 49 degrees! So I turned on the heat. Lesson learned. A yurt will not keep the cold out. You can also hear all the animals out roaming around at night. But on the bright side, you could hear the birds singing early in the morning.


Believe it or not, you can now cast your vote for the upcoming June 5 election. You just need to head down to your local courthouse to cast your ballot if you want to get the process over with and out of the way.


I’m getting lots of flyers for upcoming golf tournaments. It seems like there are a lot of golf tournaments again this year. You could do a golf tournament just about every weekend of the summer if you wanted to.


The amount of flowers that have been planted over the past week has taken quite the increase with the weather finally getting good enough for folks to get outside and get to planting. Lots of folks are getting their gardens in, too. Two or three more weeks and the farmers markets will be opening up.

Thought for the week: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson

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