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7 o Tail less? Near the Mt. Pulaski Pool and also on South Spring, reports have come in of the sighting of tail less squirrels. In both sightings, the reports are they are indeed squirrels and they indeed have no tales at all. As one resident said, "I saw this thing run across the yard. I didn't think it was a rabbit. Then I realized.., it's a squirrel with no tail." So far, no photos of the unique tree dwellers. They join that other unique local dwelling group of squir- rels, the white tailed squirrels that are seen on occasion. You Know You're an Illinoisan ifiwhen... From Chuck Laughery Vacation means going north or south on 1-55 or 1-57 for the weekend. You measure distance in hours. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once. You often switch from heat to AC and AC to heat, in the same day; and sometimes, back again. Yo u can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. You carry jumper cables in your car and know how to use them. You design your kids Halloween costumes to fit over a snowsuit. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow. You know all 5 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, road construction, and Hot. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce. Down south means Missouri to you. A brat is something you eat. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole shed. You go out to a tailgate party every Friday. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car. You find 0 degrees a "little chilly." Uh-Oh I was in the restaurant yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my gas with the beat of the music. I started to feel better. I finished my coffee, and noticed that everybody was staring at me .... Then I suddenly remembered...I was listening to my iPod. FORE! Golfer: "You've got to be the worst Caddy in the world!" he screamed." English Caddy: "1 doubt it. That would be too much of a co[ncidence" Golfer: "This golf is a funny game." English Caddy: "it's not supposed to be." rence's rner "Gift" An early Christmas gift from my son, Ron was a trip to St Louis to see the live performance of Irving Berlin's, White Christmas, at the beautiful Fox Theater. Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft had a leading supporting role as the reception- ist in the General's Inn. There was a lot of precision dancing and singing by the cast. It was great. Can anyone tell me why they tore down the Orpheum Theater in Springfield? They could have had this kind of show and it would have been closer. On the Lighter Side - Buy all these things before winter sets in . Preparation H, Ben Gay, Aspirin, Super Poli-grip, Ban Roll on, arthritis pills, toilet paper, all the old things to keep us older people together, (or keep us from falling apart). Food for Thought - Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born. His is Christ the Lord. P.S. May you all have a Blessed, Healthy, and Happy 2010. Topper Red Hatters On the go... Our Christmas luncheon- meeting was held on Tuesday, December 15, at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel's Lindsay Res- taurant in Springfield. Though plans had been made, some of us approached the hotel with some reservations (no pun intended), knowing that the hotel had gone on the auction block the previous day. Real- izing that it had possibly been sold, we were hoping the doors were not padlocked. Thank- fully, they were open and doing business. Madonna Boyle and Phyllis Hawk were co-hostesses that day. They had done a beau- tiful job of coordinating and providing Christmas treasures for us to take home. Madonna had made Red Hat mints top- ping each glass of striped can- dies set before each place. Two lovely Christmas decora- tions selected from Mt. Pulas- ki's own Botanica were door prizes and were awarded to Phyllis Bailey and Pat Butkov- ich. The food, though adequate, was not up to the standards I had associated with this res- taurant in past years. Prices, though, were reasonable and the surroundings were lovely. The wait staff did a great job and bent over backwards to provide for our group. Some had desserts that looked very good. I, personally, have always loved this hotel and enjoy its accoutrements. There's just something particularly charm- ing about it. A gift exchange was enjoyed at the conclusion of the meal. Each person received a very special grab bag gift chosen with care. The weather cooperated also, and it turned out to be a lovely, sunny day.., just right for another interesting dining experience by our Red Hats. The January 2010 meeting will be held January 21 at ll:30a. A brief meeting will follow lunch. We will be dining that day at Country Gardens Tearoom, a few miles east of Stahl's Furniture Store, Mt. Pulaski. Hostess is Sandra Ohler and she has asked that members call to make reser- vations with her by January 16. Her telephone number is 217/792-5986. See you there. Submitted by Pat Straumann At Horsefeathers in Elkhart Delicious Home Cooking at its Best! 104 Governor Oglesby st 217-947-2100 The 37 th Lake Fork Auction is Saturday March 27 Offering Scrumptious Lunches Tuesday - Sunday 11-2:30 Daily Specials Seasonal Dishes Reservations Accepted Available for Private Functions Major Credit Cards Accepted Carryout Available Rules, hmmm, what do we think about rules? Many things come to mind on just that subject. It can bring up a lot of feelings, but what does more detached information have to say. If you look in the dictionary, part of the definition one can find for the word rule is a prescribed guide for conduct or action, an accepted proce- dure, custom, or habit. Under the term rule of the road it says a customary practice, devel- oped in the interest of safety. Why, one might ask, do we have rules? Many people pro- fess to dislike them intensely. They seem to think they exist just to persecute them. One reason for rules to exist, that comes quickly to mind, is indeed, for safety. It is almost incomprehensible to contem- plate the anarchy that would exist without rules. Why you couldn't even protest about anything because no one would hear your voice and it would not matter because there would be no structure at which to vent your frustration. At least structure gives one a target to aim at or a system upon which one can affect pos- itive change. Safety, however seemsa pri- mary reason for rules to be in place. Just think about if there were no traffic rules. It would make bumper cars look like a bunch of good drivers. What if there were no rules of con- duct or manners. Everything, everywhere would be a strug- gle and could possibly bring harm. You would always be unsure of a secure place in line at the store or anywhere else. And if there were no rules there would be no protec- tion and no system to redress grievances or seek justice. We Jus' Thinkin' would constantly be at the mercy of the most aggressive. The rules I am thinking about and am speaking of are made in the interest of the common good. Rules can however be put in place to favor one person or group over another. They can become oppressive and counter-productive. When rules do not allow a person to breathe or to achieve good and productive things, then they have gone too far. Rules make things predict- able. For the most part, this is a good thing. It can also be seen by some as a circumstance to be used to their own advan- tage or for manipulation. Such as, well if everyone is going to park where they are supposed to" then it leaves this desig- nated no parking area open to be used at someone's con- venience. It may make things less safe or less convenient for others, but it doesn't seem to be a point of concern. There is also the individual who feels, for some reason, they are exempt or that they are the exception, or those rules were made to be broken. Everyone else may know they are not, but that fact is lost on them. Hopefully no harm or damage results from their actions. They are also counting on the rest of us not calling them on their behavior. Yes, sometimes rules are a bother and a pain. Sometimes, to allow grace or mercy they can be briefly reshaped or sus- pended. Corrupted rules need attention for positive change, and this can happen because there is a system in place. As a general rule, they are a good thing"... or so I was jus' thinkin'... M. Tait First Planning Meeting Friday, January 15 at 7 P.M. At The Lake Fork Community Center Second Planning Meeting Friday, February 5 at 7 P.M. At The Lake Fork Community Center Third Planning Meeting Friday, March 5 at 7 P.M. At The Lake Fork Community Center All consignments to be on sale bill must be in by this meeting.