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Page 4 October, 10, 2013 iiiF Valley News and Views IA Dear Lady Di, I'm going to LIND's Homecoming this weekend with Dan, my boyfriend of four months. We're five years out of college and recently decided to date. Dan used to date one of my close girlfriends who will also be at Homecoming• There are 20 of us going as a big group and we're looking forward to all getting together. Leslie dated Dan for 2 years and they broke up a few years ago. Leslie is living with her boyfriend now and waiting like a "dog in heat" to get engaged. It's actually kind of pathetic. Dan and I have been invited to some weddings where Leslie and her boyfriend were guests. It's a little awkward but hasn't affected my friendship with her yet. Leslie's not bringing her boyfriend to Homecoming since he didn't attend LIND and doesn't want to go. Here's the problem; when Leslie drinks too much she starts flirting with Dan. The last wedding we were at she got really drunk and I couldn't believe how she was blatantly flirting in front of her own boyfriend. Her boyfriend became very quiet. I can only imagine what words were exchanged during their car ride home. This is a girl who's dying to get married. Our mutual friends think Leslie is still pining away for Dan even though she's the one that GREAT BEGINNINGS 1380 Announcer: 'Tknd now for the dramatic story of John's Other Wife." (a typical opening for "John's Other Wife," a serial on radio; NBC, 1936-1942) NATIONAL DEBT As of October 6 the national debt was $16,752,643,382,035.32 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On September 29 it was $16,743,559,817,471.79, so ther was an increase of over nine billion dollars. Each American now owes $52,882.13 on the debt, so this represents an increase of $21.08 from the $52,861.08 of September 29. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over 14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 416 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,752,643,382,035.32, an increase of over two trillion 755 billion dollars. :Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013- - $16,437,549,999,170.77; today- - $16,752,643,382,035.32, an increase of $315 billion. For my figures I consult a website that differs slightly from that of the U.S. Treasury Department, which claims the national debt as of October 3 was $16,747,468,275,799.27. The same government website says the debt on May 31 was $16,738,821,943,986.12, and the amount in the intervening period did not differ more than $737 million. Isn't it strange that with the national debt limit projected to be reached on October 17 and the debate on that subject in Congress to heat up, that the figures on the debt released by the federal government suddenly start to rise after four months of relative stability? TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 8O8 1. Shakespeare was born in __ on Avon. Ca. Battleford; b. Rockford; c. Stratford) 2. In "Hamlet" Fortinbras is the Prince of (a. Denmark; b. Norway; c. Sweden) 3. Caliban appears in Shakespeare's play Ca. A Midsummer's Night Dream; b. The Merry Wives of Windsor; c. The Tempest) 4. Shakespeare wrote __ sonnets. Ca. 154; b. 164; c. 174) 5. Romeo is a member of the __ family. Ca. Basilio; b. Montague; c. Stuart) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1437 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 11 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Civil War to 1750." The English Civil War 0642-1651) dominated English thought during that period, including economic thought. The War was fought over both politics and religion and inspired many millennial communist sects, such as the Diggers, the Ranters, and the Fifth Monarchists. It also inspired the Levellers, a libertarian mass movement of the republican Left. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Love's Philosophy": "See the mountains kiss the high heaven And the waves clasp one another; No sister-flower would be forgiven If it disdained its brother: And the sunlight clasps the earth, And the moonbeams kiss the sea-- What are all these kissings worth, If thou kiss not me?" DHS, 1927 4O On the afternoon of April 11, school was dismissed for grade 8-12 so the students could attend the funeral of J.H. Barton, father of Drayton teacher and DHS alumnus Florence Barton. The students paid for a spray of flowers. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 October 6 1. Half-Breed CCher) 2. Loves Me Like A Rock (Paul Simon) 3. Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye) 4. We're An American Band (Grand Funk) 5. Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder) 6. That Lady, Part 1 (Isley Brothers) 7. Ramblin" Man (Allman Brothers Band) 8. Angle (Rolling Stones)* 9. Delta Dawn (Helen Reddy) 10. Keep On Truckin', Part 1 (Eddie Kendricks)* (* indicates a new song) The Rolling Stones had sixty hit songs from 1964 to 1998, fifty-seven of which registered on the Hot 100. "Angle" was their thirty-third release. It peaked at #1 and stayed on the charts for sixteen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS OCTOBER 10 1893--Daisy Bell (Dan Quinn) 1898--I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough (Cal Stewart) 1903--Hurrah For Baffin's Bay (Arthur Collins/Byron Harlan) 1908--Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Lovey Mine (Ada Jones / Billy Murray) 1913--Last Night Was The End Of The World (Henry Burr); You Made Me Love You, I Didn't Want To Do It CM ]olson) 1918--Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (A1 ]olson) 1923--Yes, We Have No Bananas (Billy Jones) 1928--]eannine (Gene Austin) 193S--The Last Round-Lip (George Olsen) 1938--My Reverie (Larry Clinton); I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams (Bing Crosby) 1943--Sunday, Monday, Or Always (Bing Crosby) 1948--Twelfth Street Rag (Pee Wee Hunt); A Tree In The Meadow (Margaret Whiting) 1953--Vaya Con Dios (Les Paul/Mary Ford); You You You (Ames Brothers); St. George And The Dragonet (Stan Freberg) 1958--It's All In The Game (Tommy Edwards) 1963--Blue Velvet (Bobby Vinton) 1968--Hey Jude (Beatles) 1973--Half-Breed (Cher) 1978--KissYou All Over (Exile) 198S--Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Bonnie Tyler) 1988--Love Bites (Def Leppard) 1993--Dreamlover (Mariah Carey) 1998--Iris (Goo Goo Dolls); The First Night (Monica) 200S--Baby Boy (Beyonce/Sean Paul) 2008--Whatever You Like (T.I.) 15 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 1998--The North Border Bandits defeated Northwood in the Fargo Dome 32- 8. Oct. 16, 1998--The DHS girls' basketball team upended North Border 39-32, with Rachael Schuster scoring seventeen points. NOTABLE QUOTES Paul Marco: "Cops!" Edward D. Wood, Jr.: "We don't have a permit. Run!" (from the movie "Ed Wood," with Johnny Depp as Edward D.Wood, Jr., and Max Casella as Paul Marco) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.c; 2. b; 3. c; 4. a; 5. b broke it off. I feel very secure with Dan and I'm not threatened but very bothered. I'm expecting there will be a good deal of partying this weekend. We're all staying at the same hotel. Personally, I would like to read Leslie the 'riot act' if she gets drunk and makes a fool of herself again. I'm concerned this could become a pattern and a real problem for our friendship. What advice do you have? Sue Dear Sue Leslie isn't cognizant of her sordid behavior. Humiliating her in front of others when she's drunk shames you both. She has a drinking problem only she can own. Her actions have impacted you. After this weekend, speak to her regarding your concern as a caring friend. I'm sure this isn't her first time having similar conversations, however stern. She's far from a "dog in heat"; Leslie's in the Dog House. Her boyfriend is postponing this engagement for a reason and a good one at that. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially DearLadyDi@ gmail.com or Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 "Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to." - Alfred A. Montapert Those close to my husband and I know we are animal lovers to the core. We have soft hearts for our four legged companions. We comprehend something many humans don't - animals are smarter than we are and I will tell you why. Our black lab was 6 weeks old when someone dropped him offin a barren field in the middle of winter. A friend of ours happened to be passing bywhen she noticed two tiny black figures that stood out on the snow capped plains. She brought them to our house and within the next few days we heard of other baby pups 'abandoned throughout our county. My father and I went around and collected them all. Tracy made a warm spot for the fragile babies until we could find them homes• It has been close to six years our Willow has been with us and since the first day he has been one of the most loyal friends a person could ask for. He sleeps next to me at night and when I leave the house, even for five minutes, upon my arrival home he makes me feel so loved when he greets me at the door. Our loving cat Gracey found Tracy one day when he went to my parents' home and could hear a soft meow in the little garage next to their house. He walked into the building and called a few times when Gracey Mae slowly came over to him and laid down on his feet• She had a wounded eye but four years later, Gracey still loves her "daddy," she feels safe with him just like she did that first day when she found him. Our Golden Retriever Sisco has been with us for 16 years. Older dogs of his breed often have trouble in their golden years with arthritis and Sisco is no exception• My husband created a strap we put around the back of him to help him walk. He still wags his tail, plays ball with me although we roll it now, and loves us like the first day we got him. We figure he has given us close to two decades of love and loyalty the least we can do is help him through his last years and try make them the best we can despite his disability. One of our kittens who was born on the day of my father's funeral and is now close to 2- years-old is a wise soul, he teaches us something about life every single day he is with us. Little Bing was the runt of the litter. Although mama Frankie was an exceptional caregiver to the four babies who survived, we had to feed Bing with a bottle in an attempt to give him more nutrients. He was a tiny undersized guy and as he grew we noticed something different about Bing. When he walked or would try to run, it was always with an off balance steadiness. Unlike most cats who jump onto something using their back legs, Bing has to jump using all four. He sort of "pops" up instead of jumps• Sometimes when we pet him, as he leans into the caress of our hands, he tips over and falls down. Other times when he runs across the floor it is difficult for him to stop abruptly like the other cats and he bumps into things. We have no idea what caused Bing's impairment or why he is the way he is nor do we know how long Bing will be with us but one thing we do know - our little handicapped cat teaches us how we should live each day. Bing loves everyone, he never fights with any of the other cats or treats them differently because of the way they look. Despite his weaknesses, he just wants to enjoy every moment• When he goes outside, he runs as fast as his little legs allow, hopping across dew covered grass. When he falls down, he gets right back up and tries again. He touches nose to nose with the frogs that jump across our lawn but never hurts them. When he was born, little Bing was named from a very influential memory in my life. Approximately 16 years ago, the year my husband and I were married, my dear friend's 16-year-old sister Renee passed away in a tragic car accident• Renee was a beautiftfl, sweet, loving young woman. Whenever she would write a note or card to someone she loved, she would always sign it with a few asterisks and the words Bing Bing at the bottom. It was her written way of blowing a kiss. When Bing was born on the day we laid my papa to rest, I thought ofRenee. 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