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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Vi ewpolnt Wednesday, July 14, 2004 Page BETWEEN THE By Tom Merchant Sentinel "IPibune LINES E OUESTIOH NOW IS, I.IOWWILLF..PW00 FA.P,E IN h , 0000l00l"filE 00NIS1D3000g NUM00c.R'TWOIV00 ? I'LL00)EIIK Hot and muggy It still is an odd summer, first it is wet and cool, now it is wet, hot and muggy. It appears mother nature is on a bit of a rampage with the weather late- ly. Although rampage is proba- bly a bit strong of a word to use. I guess there can be a lot worse things that happen including floods, earth quakes, and torna- does none of which we have had as of late. So I guess we can't complain to much. Does it sound like I am complaining? Not really although I am sure I would appreciate these hot and humid days next January. Early Sunday morning the clouds rumbled and the rains came again. One loud clap of thunder found its mark in a tall pine tree located about ten feet from Mavis Jansma's house. She said it just about jolted them out of bed it really was loud. She also lost a television set, some computer equipment and had a couple of electric circuits knocked out. But no one was hurt. Another busy week Well it appears we will make it through one of the busiest weeks of the summer, covering the doings of Dovray and Walnut Grove. The weather man cooperated giving a nice weekend for both towns. Dovray's Centennial was a huge success with a large turnout for the Saturday activi- ties and a nice crowd on hand Sunday for the days activities. The Wilder Pageant had a good weekend with their num- bers down slightly form last year. The Rendezvous was well attended and there was a good crowd at the Wilder Festival to enjoy the afternoon of great entertainment and activities. Sunday afternoon people enjoyed another great parade with good turnout for that. All in all it was a pretty darn good weekend. Bad Martha Tips Bad Tips from Martha Stewart: Old telephone books make ideal personal address books. Simply cross out the names and addresses of people you don't know. Fool other drivers into think- ing you have an expensive car phone by holding an old TV or video remote control up to your ear and occasionally swerving across the road and mounting the curb. Avoid parking tickets by leavg your windshield wipers turned to fast wipe whenever you leave your car parked ille- gally. No time for a bath? Wrap yourself in masking tape and remove the dirt by simply peel- ing it off. Apply red nail polish to your nails before clipping them. The red nails will be much easier to spot on your bathroom carpet. (Unless you have a red carpet, in which case a contrasting pol- ish should be selected.) If a person is choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a jug of boiling water down their throat and presto! The blockage is almost instantly removed. Maybe she can use some of these in prison. The one about the car phone sounds a little dated to me. Have a great week! Gutknecht urges constituents to send mail to Rochester First District Congressman Gil Gutknecht, in an effort to respond to constituent inquiries as quickly as possible, encouraged First District residents to send United States Postal mail to his district office in Rochester. Mail sent to Washington, DC is experiencing delays of anywhere from 14 days to several weeks before reaching Members' offices. Gutknecht also noted that recent computer viruses on Capitol Hill have caused e-mail correspondence to be held up in cyberspace for up to three months. The best way" to ensure a timely response on all cor- respondence is to send a letter to Gutknecht's Rochester office. Mail correspondence to Gutknecht's Rochester office should be sent to: Congressman Gil Gutknecht, 1530 Greenview Drive Southwest, Suite 108, Rochester, MN 55901. 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. ;% AI Bart... "Stories from the Batt Cave" Garage Sales You could be the next Sam Walton. Find out by becoming an ama- teur merchant. Immerse yourself in the field of commerce. Test the waters of the high- paced life of the retail business world. In heaven there are no garage sales, that's why we have them here. Why not hold your own garage sale or yard sale (in Europe it's called a metric sale) or rummage sale or tag sale? Garage sales stimulate the economy by circulating dust-cov- ered, unwanted items and pocket change. I should warn you that a garage sale can draw quite a crowd. Traffic problems will worsen in your neighborhood. This is because the garage sale signs do cause some drivers to actually obey the speed limit. A garage sale is quite an expe- rience. I have struggJed salmon-like upstream against the throng gath- ered at such lawn extravaganzas. I felt like William Hung sounds. Yes, I have been to over two garage sales in my life, so in my circle, I am considered an expert in this area. I am so knowledgeable in this regard that I am able to tell the dif- ference between a garage sale and a trash pickup. The trash is closer to the curb. I should caution any neophytes to this arena that rarely is an actu- al garage offered for sale. Why would anyone go to a garage sale? The people running the sales are laid back salespersons. They are like telemarketers who don't care if you buy anything. The main reason folks go to garage sales is to pick up items for their own future garage sales. It's a vicious cycle. Collector's items in mint condi- tions are rarer than someone with all his or her teeth appearing on the Jerry Springer Show. A yard sale has very little in common with Antiques Roadshow. There is little difference between antiques and garbage. There is a fine line between col- lectibles and junk. Many items cross the line. What is junk to one person is a collectible to another. The poet Rumi said, "Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure." You will find something you will be unable to do without at a garage sale. Even if you don't want it, your wallet will. Money has a mind of its own. Who doesn't need another crip- pled toaster or a radio missing all its knobs? Who could have too many pep- per shakers? Or faded T-shirts with the name of some long defunct softball team? Or a cof- fee pot missing its lid and electri- cal cord? Who wouldn enjoy a search for an unopened can of Billy Beer amongst all of the plaid clothing and unused exercise equipment? There are cults that frequent garage sales. One that I am aware of is a group of people who think Kenny G is good. There are always a lot of CDs available at garage sales. People bought the CDs in a CD part of town. Scratched vinyl records are a staple at garage sales. Bad music and one hit wonders abound. There are stacks of National Geographic magazines stretching to the lowest hanging cloud. If you accumulate a large collection of National Geographics, you will never be able to change addresses agai Commemorative coffee galore, K-tel and Ronco that were available only by on TV, cracked crock pots, seats, aged toothbrushes bald chia pets. Each of prizes are available eleventh- hand. ' The most interesting me are those offered for no one has any idea what are. The items offered at a sale have a longer shelf-life Twinkle. There are lots of o pie in the world. We not only sell things that of no possible use to anyone, buy the stuff. My concern is that someday selling things on eBay will take place of garage sales. There are people who are addicted to eBay. There are 16 million auctionS on eBay each day now. That's a lot of useless items that could just as well be atgarage sales. Everything has a price. Not everything has a value. People love a garage sale. , A divorced friend tells me t t she goes in order to meet men. she sees someone buying same things she is at a sale, he might be worth We go to garage sales to back the things we got rid of. Where else would we be find a completely useless only a quarter? --AI Batt 2004 71622 325 St. : $P00K UP We welcome your participa- tion, whether in letters or com- mentary. 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