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SENTINEL TRIBUNE e lewp_.olnt Wednesday, July 7, 2004 Page 4 BETWEEN THE By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune LINES Wet and cool It has been an odd summer for weather, lots of rain and cool weather, and of course with all the rain we get a lot of humidity and of course those dreaded mosquito's. I was thinking, early in the season I see a lot of spraying going on out in the fields, wouldn't it be nice if they would include a little mosquito killer along with the other stuff they are spaying? Just a thought. I remember in the past when we had a lot of mosquitoes the state sprayed over most of the state with airplanes. I wonder why they don't do that again, especially with the threat of West Nile and other mosquito carrying diseases. Of course when it is cool and windy they don't seem to bother as bad. Another busy week The next three weeks or so the Sentinel Tribune staff will be kept busy, especially this week- end. Both the Dovray Centennial and the Wilder Pageant along with other events will keep us hopping. With that in mind I am ordering up a perfect weekend with part- ly cloudy skies, temperatures in the low eighties, with a slight breeze and low humidity. As they say, dream on! Well we can only hope the weather will be nice. Backwoods High Tech Backup - What you do when you run across a skunk in the woods. Bug - The reason you give for calling in sick. Byte - What your pit bull done to cousin Jethro. Chip - Pasture muffins that you try not to step in. Terminal - Time to call the undertaker. Crash When you go to Junior's party uninvited. Digital - The art of counting on your fingers. Diskette - Female Disco dancer. Fax - What you lie about to the IRS. Hacker - Uncle Leroy after 32 years of smoking. Hard copy - Picture looked at when selecting tattoos. Internet - Where cafeteria work- ers put their hair. Keyboard Where you hang the keys to the John Deere. Mac - Big Bubba's favorite fast food. Megallertz - How your head feels after 17 beers. Modem - What you do when the grass gets too high. Mouse Pad Where Mickey and Minnie live. Network - Scooping up a big fish before it breaks the line. ROM - Where the pope lives. Screen - Keeps mosquitoes off the porch. Serial Port - A red wine you drink with breakfast. Superconductor Amtrak's Employee of the year. SCSI (pronounced scuzzi) - What you call your week-old underwear. Have a great week! Gutknecht's budget enforcement amend- ment to get floor vote First District Congressman Gil Gutknecht announced his budget reform amendment was ruled in order by the House Rule Committee and would be debated on the House Floor soon. "If you're constructing a build- ing and the steel workers, architect and masons are all working with a different blueprint, you're bound to have a pretty ugly building," Gutknecht said. 'rhat's exactly what's happening with the budget process. The House, Senate and Administration are all using, a dif- ferent blueprint, and the result is a pretty ugly budget. This amend- ment would make sure we're all on the same page." The amendment, sponsored by Gutknecht and U.S. Rep, Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), would change the current non-binding budget resolu- tion into a joint budget resolution, giving it the force of law when signed by the President. The measure has the support of five prominent taxpayer advoca- cy groups: American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens for a Sound Economy;, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste and National Taxpayers Union. "In each of the past three years, Congress has spent signifi- cantly more than the levels out- lined in the budget resolution. It's time we put some teeth into the budget process. .I'm hopeful we will pass meaningful budget enforcement legislation," Gutknecht concluded. Mission Statement The Sentinel Tribune serves the residents and business community of Cottonwood, Redwood, Murray and Lyon County and southwest Minnesota by applying its available resources to accurately and consistently produce a quality newspaper which thoroughly covers the news of the area, stimulates thought and conversation, delivers advertising messages in a timely manner, and provides information of general value to its public. In so doing contributes to the overall quality of life and economic health of its read- ers, advertisers and community in general while stimulating the professional development of its employees. DOCKETS [ ,. ! AI Ball... "Stories from the Batt Cave" It's Going to Rain It's going to rain. I know it is. How do I know? Ill tell you. I watch for signs. Not on the Weather Channel. I look for signs in nature. Here are some. If smoke falls to the ground, it's likely to rain. If starlings and crows congre- gate together in large numbers, expect rain. When the stars begin to huddle, the earth will soon begin to pud- dle. When pigs carry sticks, the clouds will pay tricks. Ants that move their eggs and climb, rain is coming anytime. If your marigold blooms are tightly shut in the morning, there will be a storm later in the day. If corn blades twist up, it will rain. When a cow endeavors to scratch its ear, it means a shower is very near. A wind from the south has rain in her mouth. Halo around the sun or moon, rain comes very soon. A sunflower raising its head indicates rain. Trout bite before a rain. When cows huddle, expect rain. If spiders abandon their webs, expect rain. If horses sniff the air, rain is on its way. If bees stay close to the hive, rain is coming. Ants close the doors to their anthills in expectation of rain. Cats wash behind their ears means it will rain soon. If the moon dses pale, expect rain. If the dog is eating grass, rain will fall within 24 hours. No dew in the morning, rain before night. A sliver of a new moon, tipped so you can't hang a pail of water on it means rain within 24 hours. Kill a beetle and it will rain. It will rain if you cut or burn a fern. When corns ache, rain follows. If the sun shines through broken clouds, rain isn't far away. If a cow shakes its leg, it will rain within the next 3 days. If flies gather in large numbers in dry areas, it is going to rain. If you hear crows cawing like crazy in the morning, it will rain. If trees show the bottoms of their leaves, it will rain within 48 hours. A brisk wind generally precedes rain. Wind roaring in the chimney, rain to come. If chickens roll in the sand, rain is at hand. Dandelions and daisies close before rain. A sweating wall indicates rain. When dogs refuse meat, rain follows. Pavements appear rusty before a rain. Clover and cottonwood leaves all turn up and show their lighter undersides before a rain. If jet trails stay in the sky, it will rain within 48 hours. If hens roost earlier than usual, rain is on the way. When windows won't open and salt clogs the shaker, the weather will favor the umbrella maker. Sea gull, sea gull, sitting on the sand, it's a sure sign of rain when you're on the land. When ditches and ponds offend the nose, watch for rain and stormy blows. Birds singing in the rain means the rain will stop. Should a robin go about a hedge chirping mournfully, though the day be bright and the sky cloudless, it will rain before long. t J If you see a robin enter a barn, expect a heavy downpour. When Chimney Swifts circle call, they speak of rain. Birds flying near the ground; soon you'll hear the thunder's sound. If pigeons congregate on the ridge of a house roof, it foretells S storm of rain If your birds are quiet, expect the thunder to boom. A robin in the bush means its going to rain. When clouds appear like rocis and towers, Earth's refreshed bY frequent showers. When folks complain more about pain, expect the morrow tO be filled with rain. A r.ound-top cloud with base (cumulus) carries rainfall its face. Train whistles sound louder clearer before a rain. If the clouds in the sky look ii a chicken has been scratching in -them, it will soon rain. When the rain crow (cuckoO)j calls three nights in a row, it wdl rain by the fourth night. When the perfume of flowerS is unusually strong, expect rain. When horses refuse to drink, expect rain soon. Swallows fly low, rain we will know. If a rooster crows on the roost, he will have wet feet in the morn" ing. When the lightning bugs fly close to the ground, it is a sign rain. When ropes shorten and twist' i it's a sign of rain. It's definitely going to rain. I left my car qotside with the dows down. -AI Batt 2004 71622 325 St. Hartland, MN 56042 SnoEow! @ We welcome your participa- tion, whether in letters or com- mentary. 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