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13 O,t = == I == e:= Modern Technology From Pat Straumann This is for the over 50 generation. I thought about the 30 year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a Blackberry that played music, took videos, pictures and communicated with Facebook and Twitter I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetrae, Twhid, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twitter- erific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world. My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag. The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phon e I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife as everyone in the nearestS0 yards was glaring at me. Seems I have to take my hearing aid out to use it and I got a little loud. I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-ul-ating" You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then when I would make a right turn instead, it was not good. When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross street and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GSP lady, at least she loves me. To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings. The world is just getting too complex for me They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something them- selves but this sudden "Paper or Plas- tic?" every time I check out just knocks me .for a loop. I bought some of those clotb reusable bags to avoid looking confused but I never remember to take them in wifii me Now I toss it back to them. When' they ask r"o. "-,- -- qr Plastic?" I just say, "Do, ','' " ,,L,, ,o me. lain bi- sacksual." Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I Was l"ecently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot." When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson. COWBOY WISDOM Mt. Pulaski High School Homecoming Court ' Tyier Hubal, Audrey Maske, Kyley Wyss, Erich Maxheimer, Queen Ashley Southerlan, King Logan Faucon, Katelyn Sinnett, Justin Knauer, Andrea Hanna, Wil Wernsing, and Erika Leever. Freshman Attendant Bowen Casper was absent from the photo. Mindy Gross Photo i-  B Mt. Pulaski High School Homecoming Queen & King - Queen Ashley Southerlan and King Logan Faucon. Allen Schaal Photo Suzann MAXHEIMER Republican Candidate for Logan County Circuit Clerk Thank You For Your Vote& Support On February 2, 2010 Pol. Adv. Paid for by Friends of Maxheimer, 777 600 th Ave., Elkhart. IL 62634 Invitation to Bid for Mowing Services The City of Mt. Pulaski will accept sealed bids until February 9, 2010 at 4:00 PM local time for the following described work: Mowing Services at various locations of City Property described below: 1. Southeast corner of Highway 121 at McDonald Street (Flag Field and Welcome Sign) 2. Courthouse Square (entire grass are,: 3 inside of the retaining wall) 3. Lift Station #1 and Police Department Building area (north of Chestnut Street at Bel- mont Street) 4. Lift Station #2 (area between TLC Lounge and Mittelsteadt Property. (south of McDonald Street at Vine Street.) 5. Lift Station #3 (area around the Street Department Building at 500 South Spring St.) 6. Lift Station #4 (area east of Herrin Fertilizer south of Elkhart Road) 7. Well Field (south of Salt Creek east of Higbway 121) 8. Sewage Treatment Plant. The descriptions above are for general location purposes. Designations of the s#ecific areas to be mowed will be addressed at the Pre Bid Meeting. Other areas may be added Contractor shall provide certificate of Insurance, in the proper amounts as directed by the City's Insurance carrier, prior to commencing any work. Contractor shall provide all necessary equipment and fuel necessary to complete the work in a workman like manner. All bids shall be submitted based upon the cost to do each mowing for all sites listed above. The City of Mt. Pulaski shall inform the successful bidder when mowing shall be done. When mowing is directed to be performed, successful bidder shall mow all sites listed above. Any mowing performed without City Approval shall be at Contractor's Expense. PRE BID MEETING REQUIRED: All bidders shall be required to attend a pre bid meeting prior to their bid submittal. The pro bid meetings will designate the specific areas to be mowed by touring each site to be mowed. To arrange a pre bid meeting, please call 217-306-0198. Contractor shall submit a sealed bid, clearly marked "Mowing Services for 2010". All bids will be opened at the City Council Meeting of February 9, 2010, 6:30 PM at which time all bids will be read out loud. Bid Award shall be made within 7 days of Bid Opening. The City of Mt. Pulaski reserves the right to reject any and all bids. and to waive any informalities in the bidding process Any questions shall be directed to Mike Patridge, Director of Public Works, 217-306-0198