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How are you at feeble excuses? You know, the kinds of things youcome up with to justify what youwant to do. Take the cartoon I sawthe other day where the man isreaching into the freezer at thegrocery store and says, “We’d bet-ter buy some ice cream to keep thebutter cool on the way home.” Hiswife looks on with a skeptical ex-pression meaning she thinks thebutter would arrive home just finewithout the added coolant of theice cream, but she doesn’t sayanything. Chances are she’sthinking she might want to buysomething they don’t really needas well and may have to come upwith a similar bit of misdirection.Well, there’s nothing wrongwith buying ice cream, but icecream has been known to addpoundage to a person and some of us don’t need that. You mighthave to come up with a good rea-son to buy it when maybe you re-ally shouldn’t. There are othercases where similar circum-stances may apply.For example, some folks claimthey are going to the city to takeadvantage of the lower prices of-fered at discount stores and such.This has some credence becauseyou can save substantially in cer-tain cases. You have to remember,though, that the gas to get youthere and back could well costfifty bucks. So, let’s say laundrydetergent sells for ten dollars abottle locally and only six in thecity. That saves you four dollars,but you’d have to buy over twelvebottles of it to save the cost of yourtraveling expenses. Either that ormake cost-saving purchases onlots of other items.What I suspect is that peoplemight want to go to the city to eatout, catch a movie, or find someother interesting forms of enter-tainment. That’s okay, but sayingyou’re going there to save moneyon things you need might not bethe whole truth, so to speak. If you have to go to keep a doctor’sappointment or consult your taxman, that’s different. Some serv-ices are not available locally, andyou have to drive a ways to findthem. In that case, it does makesome sense to shop while you’rethere and save back a little of your gas expense. A few times,though, I’ve bought something inthe city thinking I was savingmoney only to find it offered morecheaply close to home. This is ir-ritating. As a result, I’ve had toreconsider my original idea thatthings can always be purchasedmore cheaply in big stores thanlittle ones. It isn’t necessarily so.Impulse buying of weird stuff isalso a problem when you visit bigstores.Then we come to cowboys. Theyhave a million and one reasonswhy they should get on theirhorses and ride instead of, say,painting the barn or fixing the ac-cursed tractor. They may need tocheck the cattle in general, checkthe fences, see if the salt supply isrunning low, and, of course, in-spect the dams in case some crit-ter has gotten itself stuck in themud. What is difficult in terms of trying to refute any such excusesis that the Bible recommends, “Besure you know the condition of your flocks; give careful attentionto your herds.” There are times, of course, that nothing needs check-ing very badly once the calvingseason is over, the fences havebeen checked and rechecked, andthe dams are full enough thatmud isn’t a problem. This doesn’tkeep your normal cowboy fromdragging out these “needs” to goriding, but they should be takenfor what they are instead of byhow they’re explained. Ditto forcowgirls.The same thing might apply tofour-wheelers which are just akind of substitute for horse-backriding but also fun. I personallyhave dreamt up any number of compelling reasons to rev up ourlittle four-wheeler and tear off across the prairie. Unfortunately,I married a schoolteacher who hasa low-gullibility factor and tendsto see right through me. Thatdoesn’t keep me from tryingthough.Just today I told her that Ineeded to go to the steakhousesince I hadn’t been there in quitea while and they might think Ididn’t love them anymore. Shereplied, “And because you’re tiredof cooking.” “That too,” I agreed,and headed out.At the moment, I need to comeup with some sort of lame excusefor taking a nap. I’ve been busyand productive today and havemanaged to tire myself out. Wait.Being tired is a legitimate reasonfor resting. I don’t have to makeup an excuse. I can just go take anap. That, therefore, is where I’mheaded very shortly. Catch youlater.
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CC, FB & VB PARENTS’ MEETING …
Tuesday, August 6, 6:00p.m. in the Philip High School. Cross Country is in Room A-3; Foot-ball in Fine Arts Gym; and Volleyball in Room A-1.
GARDEN TALK …
about wildlife/bird gardening by Elke Baxterwill be presented during the Haakon/Jackson County Fair at 2:00p.m. at the Legion Hall in Philip on Saturday, August 3. Everyoneis welcome to attend.
LADIES’ PRAYER BREAKFAST …
will be Monday, August 5,at 7:00 a.m. in the Senechal Apts. lobby, Philip. All ladies welcome.
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