By Mike Austreng, Editor
This week we’d like to thank everyone who stopped by, called, or stopped us where we met and extended a “congratulations” or “best of luck” wish after reading that the Record is transitioning ownership to our two sons. A few people let us know when they read that column it was with some tears in their eyes – very humbling.
Over the years we’ve approached this column as a “tool” we used to talk to our readers. We try to type this column while imagining you, the reader, are across the table from us and we’re talking. Other times we’ve used it to report news that we didn’t want to write as a “news report” and more as though we were telling the story. Even other times we’ve used it to send along information we might have received in an email – which is something that has changed this job more than we can explain.
We’ll admit that it isn’t always easy to come up with a topic and there are probably a number of readers who wonder why we don’t write about something they are more interested in. We don’t like to delve into politics too much because it’s such a sensitive topic that too many might disagree on.
We’ve also used this column to promote some things – like shopping local and things going on in our communities.
After all these years we’d like to think that anyone who’s read more than a few of these columns would know that we have great pride in our ROCORI community. That said, we’d couldn’t find better word to express that pride than the speech that was delivered at the ROCORI commencement by Rachel Neugart (you can find it at the end to the ROCORI Top Ten students included in this issue – we encourage you to read those words and be proud that our youth can feel the pride and support the community has for them.
We at the Record are a small group of employees who work hard each week to get these pages ready for print so you can get your paper in the mail on Tuesdays. When someone is gone on vacation it means others need to fill those shoes. Since someone was absent this week it meant all of us, including this writer, had to take over many of the tasks that person is responsible for. There aren’t too many things that can be put off for another week when dealing with newspapers, so our time this week has been fairly “stressed” or maybe “stretched” is a better word. Since we don’t really like cutting this column short we’ll share something we receive in our email that you might find thought provoking:
- Do twins ever realize that one of them was unplanned?
- What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it?
- If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?
- Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C?
- Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn’t it be called double V?
- Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75- 100 years to fully work.
- Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
- The word “swims” upsidedown is still “swims”.
- Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper, and scissors is just as hard as trying to win.
- 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.
- Your future self is watching you right now through memories.
- If you replace “W” with “T” in “What, Where and When”, you get the answer to each of them.
- Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.
- If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before.
- If 2/2/22 falls on a Tuesday, we’ll just call it “2’s Day”. (It does fall on a Tuesday)
- 100 years ago a Twenty Dollar bill and a Twenty Dollar gold piece were interchangeable. Either one would buy a new suit, new shoes and a night on the town. The Twenty Dollar gold piece will still do that.
Have A Good Week!