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Impressions of Obama; getting ready for an event-filled weekend

by Carolyn Tate and Maizie Harris-Jesse

The 63rd anniversary of D-Day is tomorrow. It was the day the beaches of Normandy became awash with the blood of our young men and the beginning of the end for the Nazis. The Americans landed on Omaha and Utah beaches, while the English and Canadians went in at Juno, Sword and Gold.

Less than one year later, the war was won in Europe and lasted three more months in Japan. Because of them, we enjoy more freedoms than any nation on earth. Thank you all.

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Proscenium Players, Inc. will hold auditions for their first show of the 2007-08 season on June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., for Noel Coward’s “Blythe Spirit.” This delightful comedy will be directed by Warren Schader and produced by Pat Josten. Scripts are available at the BAC for a refundable deposit of $10. For more information, call 887-0438. It needs five woman and two men in the cast, approximate ages 20-60.

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We heard from Barbara Gregg about “a man in Texas who owned a small ranch. The Texas Wage & Hour Department claimed he was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to interview him. ‘I need a list of all your employees and how much you pay them,’ the agent insisted. ‘Well,’ replied the rancher, ‘There’s my ranch hand who’s been with me three years, and I pay him $600 a week plus free room and board. The cook has been here for 18 months and gets $500 a week with free room and board. Then there’s the half-wit who works about 18 hours a day and does about 90 percent of the work around here. He makes about $10 a week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night.’ ‘That’s the guy I want to talk to … the half-wit,’ says the agent. ‘That would be me,’ replied the rancher.”

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We had a great breakfast at the Crackerbox Thursday with Patsy Schutte (a Kiwanian who “won” us at the Kiwanis luau) and her friend Sue Vradenburg. We had a fine time eating and talking and meeting each other. Then Patsy and Maizie headed up to Charles Adams’ lovely home to meet Barack Obama.

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Sen. Obama (D-Ill) is a charming man who (for those who are unaware) is running for the Democratic nomination for president. He took the time to shake the hand of everyone, answer questions, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. He’s very slender in person, and extremely charismatic. M asked how he was holding up during this looooong campaign, and he said he was doing quite well. She also made the suggestion to one of his workers that the campaigns should be cut to a month’s duration so the candidates and the public wouldn’t have to suffer through it for an eternity (are you listening, anyone?).

She thinks all his Secret Service men were clones, since they all could fit into each others suits, were the same size and age, looked like they could eat nails, and wore “Men in Black” glasses. Sens. Obama and Clinton both have Secret Service protection … he, because of threats; she, because she’s a former first lady. Interesting day.

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Fervent congratulations to Pastors Peggy and Louie Locke on their 20th anniversary of founding the Fountainhead Foursquare Church in Carson City. A more wonderful couple you’d have a hard time finding (that may not be a sentence, but you get what we mean).

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Now for something really fun: You know the WNCC Wildcats went to the Junior College World Series this year (the second year of their existence) … now they will be holding team tryouts Sunday at 10 a.m. at the John L. Harvey Field. If you want to see some future stars try out for the team, this is your cup of tea. We know they’ll get some great guys.

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Coming this weekend: the Carson Rendezvous at Mills Park (1-800-638-2321); Carson Valley Days in Gardnerville; and our local farmers market begins Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Mills Park Pony Express Pavilion. Ahhh, fresh fruits and veggies again.

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From the grand old Internet, some endings to old proverbs by first-graders: “Strike while the … bug is close.” “You can lead a horse to water but … how?” “Happy is the bride who … gets all the presents.” “Two’s company. Three’s … the Musketeers.” And, “There are none so blind as … Stevie Wonder.”

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Pat Quinn-Davis is ever so proud of her 2007 Carneta staff. It may be the first yearbook at CHS EVER to have pictures of the Senior Prom in it (they always took pictures BEFORE the prom, since the real prom was usually after the print deadline). This year’s yearbook has also won the Gallery of Excellence award that goes to less than 4 percent of yearbooks published by Walsworth Publishing Co. They went on sale yesterday in the CHS library. Congrats, guys and gals.

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LOTS of bits and pieces this week: The following people will be a year older, literally in Jack Wyatt’s case, since he’s only 1; but the others add another digit to their lives … Al Nicholson, Don Rudin, Rudy Schmid and “Ma” Tate, who will be 86 this year. Good days to all of them. “Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding” is still playing at the Plaza Hotel Conference Center (887-0438 for tickets and times).Kudos to Stephanie at Barone and Reed in Minden … great waitress even though the world was going nuts around her; and Jamie at the CTRMC lab just for being sweet.

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The Big C and her cohorts Bryan and Julie Harris and Mike and Laura Smith went on the Carson Wine Walk last Saturday and had a really great time. C also found some “local honey” at “Better Health to You,” on the NW corner of Telegraph Square. It’s the first Saturday of every month, and you, too, can stroll through town and “enjoy” it all. Simply mouthwatering. M was smiling, too, because she got a “sekrut ad mir er er” note, so they both had a good time. And for Tyrell Swapp, we WILL have lunch soon … epharisto. Have a great week!

To reach Carolyn and Maizie, e-mail carolynandmaizie@yahoo.com.

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