Monthly Archives: January 2014

 


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The Old Phone

 

THIS WAS ONE OF THE ‘GOOD OLD DAYS’ WHEN PEOPLE REALLY CARED ABOUT EACH OTHER

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was ‘Information Please’ and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone’s number and the correct time.

My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my Mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.

I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the Parlor and dragged it to the landing climbing up; I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear.

‘Information, please,’ I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear.

‘Information.’

‘I hurt my finger,’ I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.

‘Isn’t your mother home?’ came the question.

‘Nobody’s home but me,’ I blubbered.

‘Are you bleeding?’ the voice asked.

‘No,’ I replied. ‘I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.’

‘Can you open the icebox?’ she asked.

I said I could.

‘Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger,’ said the voice.

After that, I called ‘Information Please’ for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called, ‘Information Please,’ and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, ‘Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring Joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?’

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, ‘ Wayne , always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.’

Somehow I felt better.

Another day I was on the telephone, ‘Information Please.’

‘Information,’ said in the now familiar voice.

‘How do I spell fix?’ I asked.

All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest . When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston . I missed my friend very much. ‘Information Please’ belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.

Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown Operator and said, ‘Information Please.’

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. ‘Information.’

I hadn’t planned this, but I heard myself saying, ‘Could you please tell me how to spell fix?’

There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, ‘I guess your finger must have healed by now.’

I laughed, ‘So it’s really you,’ I said. ‘I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?’

‘I wonder,’ she said, ‘if you know how much your call meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls.’

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.

‘Please do,’ she said. ‘Just ask for Sally.’

Three months later I was back in Seattle a different voice answered: Information.’ I asked for Sally.

‘Are you a friend?’ she said.

‘Yes, a very old friend,’ I answered.

‘I’m sorry to have to tell you this,’ she said. ‘Sally had been working part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.’

Before I could hang up she said, ‘Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne ?’

‘Yes.’ I answered.

‘Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you.’ The note said, ‘Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.’

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

Never underestimate the impression you may make on others.

 

 


“Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob

 

 


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Here is a thought for Today …..

 

Cry with someone.

It’s more healing than crying alone.

 


HAVE A GREAT DAY!
GOD Bless you every day of your life.

 


“Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob

 

Grandpa Z’s Weekly Puzzle –

2014

Contest period – January 27 through January 31

Level of Difficulty: 3.00 of 10

Complicated Proverbs

A feathered biped in the terminal part of the arm equals in value a pair of feathered bipeds in densely branched shubbery.

What is the common proverb?

 

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Answer:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.



 

This Week’s Puzzle Results: Attempts: 6; Correct: 6;

Persons with the correct answer for this week’s puzzle

Who got it right??

1.)  Alphons O. in Oberöwisheim, Germany

2.)  Mike Z. in Alvo, Nebraska

3.)  Dean B. in Sandusky, Ohio

4.) Bill L. in Greenwich, Ohio

5.) Marlene J. in Greenwich, Ohio

6.) Carl F. in Haley, Oregon

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Sneaky Medical Trick To Remove A Stuck Ring – Click here!!

One of the most common injuries in the world is a hand injury.

In normal, day to day situations, a broken finger, gash, cut, or sprain to your hand is frustrating…

(I know, I have a tendency to mangle my hands on a weekly basis… and the scars to prove it!)

But in a survival situation, the condition of your hands and feet can be the deciding factor between surviving and not.

And if you wear a wedding ring… things can go from bad to worse very quickly.

As your finger swells the ring cuts off circulation and if you don’t get the ring off fast, you could lose a finger.

 


Quotes, Rules, Laws, Questions, & Comments

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Here is a thought for Today …..

 

Pay off your credit cards every month.

 


HAVE A GREAT DAY!
GOD Bless you every day of your life.

 


“Thoughts” as related by Grandpa Bob

 

Grandpa Z’s Weekly Puzzle –

2014

Contest period – January 20 through January 24

Level of Difficulty: 1.54 of 10

Complicated Proverbs

Exercise your visual faculties prior to executing a jump.

What is the common proverb?

 

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Answer:

Look before you leap!



 

This Week’s Puzzle Results: Attempts: 8; Correct: 8;

Persons with the correct answer for this week’s puzzle

Who got it right??

1.) Bill L. in Greenwich, Ohio

2.)  Gayle B. in Greenwich, Ohio

3.)  Dean B. in Sandusky, Ohio

4.) Alphons O. in Oberöwisheim, Germany

5.)  Mike Z. in Alvo, Nebraska

6.) Marlene J. in Greenwich, Ohio

7.)  Carl F. in Halsey, Oregon

8.) Myrtle A. in Knoxville, Tennessee

 

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Rural Oberöwisheim Germany – Photo provided by Alphons O.

 


Quotes, Rules, Laws, Questions, & Comments

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Here is some good reading for Today …..

 

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.


 


HAVE A GREAT DAY!
GOD Bless you every day of your life.

 


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Grandpa Z’s Weekly Puzzle –

2014

Contest period – January 13 through January 17

Level of Difficulty: 4.54 of 10

Complicated Proverbs

A rotating fragment of mineral collects no bryophytic plants!

What is the common proverb?

 

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Answer:

A Rolling Stone gathers no moss!!



 

This Week’s Puzzle Results: Attempts: 7; Correct: 7;

Persons with the correct answer for this week’s puzzle

Who got it right??

1.)  Alphons O. in Oberöwisheim, Germany

2.)  Dean B. in Sandusky, Ohio

3.)  Paul H. in Louisville, Ohio

4.)  Bill L. in Greenwich, Ohio

5.)  Mike Z. in Alvo, Nebraska

6.)  Carl F. in Halsey, Oregon

7.)  Marlene J. in Greenwich, Ohio

 

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Scout Master Mr. Lohr & Matt with the Eagle Scout Plaque

Scout Master Mr. Lohr & Matt with the Troup 1812 Eagle Scout Plaque

On Sunday, December 29, 2013 Matt Hillman officially became an Eagle Scout.  The Eagle Scout is the highest level of scouting.  Congratulations for the hard work it took to complete the Eagle Scout requirements.  Congratulations, Matt!!!   

Picture taken by Grandpa Bob