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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



Before I completely do away with 2006 I thought I’d look back at some things that were memorable about last year.

  1. The death of Don Knotts. Who’s funnier than Don Knotts? And which local law enforcement official does he most remind you of?
  2. The Earlham 4th of July parade. Not too hot and lining up at the school now is a stroke of pure genius!
  3. The first day the “barn” was open at the Dexter park. Makes me wish spring was already here.
  4. The bad and good of car buying. Although I must say that for an overall great experience Des Moines Chrysler probably will get more of my business in the future.
  5. Finding RFD TV. Twenty four hour a day programming, trains, antique tractors and all day cow auctions. Whoee, that’s something I can sink my teeth into!
  6. Tailgating at the ISU games. A great time even if the games kind of stunk.
  7. Relearning just what happens at 5:45 each morning.
  8. Driving around the countryside on nice warm summer evenings and discovering all sorts of new places close to home I never knew existed.
  9. The first day of school when the littlest one boarded the bus meaning all the kids were now starting their journey out of the nest.
  10. Learning that fish was actually considered meat.

Well, let’s start the new year off right. I’ll raise a toast to some more good memories! See you next week…Remember, we’re all in this together.