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Debbie does Discourse
In July 25 Issue
Russell County News
By Debbie Bell, Columnist

I’ve had another busy week. We had a great turnout at the Star for our 15th anniversary show. The crowd seemed to enjoy all the skits, song and dance.

Kyle Hadley put together an outstanding show and Shawn Samuell was an excellent host. The people I want to thank are the ones behind the scenes that the audience doesn’t see. The people who built the sets and props, paint the sets, make the programs and run the lights and sound.

Margaret Thrasher volunteers her time in the ticket booth as does Goebel and Patsy McGowan in concessions. The actors, singers and dancers may receive the applause but without the help of all these hard-working people the show would not go on.

I’m going to be real busy cleaning the Star and the Depot. We have several shows coming up in August. I never used to understand why plumbers and carpenters homes had leaky pipes or loose floor boards, but I do now.

When I get home from cleaning all day, I just want to fall into my chair and stay there. My own home looks like a tornado has ripped through it and I really don’t care.

My son has never put up any of his belongings that he brought home from college in May. It’s scattered all over the kitchen and living room. Now, he has decided to clean his room. By that I mean just moving it from his room to other parts of the house.

I have several huge totes sitting in my living room and a chest of drawers in my kitchen. I need a family vacation. I want my family to rent a van and go somewhere for a week, I don’t care where.

I’ll stay home, sit in my chair, watch TV and eat ice cream. Now that’s what I call a relaxing family vacation.

My daughter got my grandson’s haircut this week. She got him a mohawk haircut and her husband and mine pitched a fit. I think that’s why I really like it.

With world problems like the economy, poverty, war, etc. I can’t see getting your bowels in an uproar over a haircut. It’s only hair, it will grow back, for Christ’s sake.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the money that our government spends on stupid, mundane scientific studies?

One such study showed that one to two drinks of any kind of alcoholic beverage increases our brain activity while more than that decreases brain activity. Another such study had participants place their hand in ice cold water. Those who were allowed to utter their favorite 4-letter word could keep their hand in the ice water for 155 seconds while those not allowed to swear could only last for 115 seconds.

Therefore, the study concluded that swearing eases pain. Duh, I could’ve told you that, we don’t need to spend tax payer dollars on things that make common sense.

Then the Pentagon almost mad an asinine mistake last week. They were proposing a ban on smoking for our military men and women. How stupid is that? These young people join the military to protect and serve their country and we are going to take one of their greatest pleasures and stress relievers from them.

I can just imagine an army of men and women going through withdrawal trying yo fight for and defend their country. Someone must have come to their senses because the Pentagon backed down on that crazy idea.

A few weeks ago I went clubbing with a friend in Louisville. I hadn’t been to Louisville since it became a smoke free zone. Now, I can understand not smoking in some places, like maybe a hospital or a church, but come on, a club? That’s what people do in clubs, they smoke, drink and make a hook-up. There was more people outside in the little smoking area then there was inside the club. Pretty soon they won’t allow drinking in bars and clubs. We’ll all just go in, grab a stool, give that sexy look to someone and say “Hey babe, you wanna come back to my place and do something really dirty, like smoke and drink?”

This past Friday my buddy and I went to Owensboro so he could purchase a car he wanted. It was a sunny, but not so hot, lovely day. We ate at White Castle, my favorite, looked at all the gorgeous wildflowers along the way and talked about what a beautiful state Kentucky is. The res of the day was spent deciding whether to but the car or not, which he finally did. Around 9 p.m. we were on the road back to his house to wash and freeze blackberries, when something sprang from the ditch that I have never seen before and hope to never again.

At first, because of it’s massive size and coloring (light brown with some white) we thought it was a flock?, bevy?, horde? of deer.

But then it took flight over the vehicle and it’s wing span was as big as the car.

We were stunned and petrified and no, we weren’t drinking or smoking whacky weed. I have never seen anything like that in my life. It absolutely was not a buzzard, eagle, hawk or owl. The only thing I can compare it to is what I would imagine a pterodactyl would look like.

Everyone we told laughed at us and those that did believe said it was a warning from above or below if you know what I mean.

Certainly there are some things that are out there that can;t be explained away and we don not have our share of wackos in the world.

But, I will never belittle anyone who says they’ve seen a UFO, Bigfoot or anything out of the norm. For all we know, the Loch Ness Monster could be vacationing in out own Lake Cumberland. As the recently departed Walter Cronkite always said, “And that’s the way it is.”

So till next time, forward ho! 

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