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June 13, 2021

Life in the middlin' to slow lane

Notes scribbled on the back of a "Sock it to 'em, Bobby" Robert Kennedy for president bumper sticker . . .
Thanks to reader Ben W. Wright who sent me an e-mail after a recent column about a motorcycle fund-raising ride to the Ernie Pyle museum in beautiful downtown, Dana, Ind. Ben, being a more observant guy than yours truly, said he rides and was considering going along - but wondered what the ride was raising funds for?
Smack me in the forehead and don't give me a V-8!
I routinely remind young journalists to be sure to include the famous five W's in their stories. Might be nice if I followed my own advice.
So, for anyone looking for something to do Saturday, the good folks at the Hoosier State Press Association and all-around good guy Dave McChesney - founder of 1Up Software - have created a first-of-its-kind motorcycle ride for newspaper folks (including readers).
The ride will benefit the Hoosier State Press Foundation, a great organization that helps newspapers of all sizes from all over Indiana - as well as looks out for your rights through its efforts to keep shining light on government. It does this through lobbying efforts, as well as education with both lawmakers and newspapers.
Interested (especially now that you know what it's for)? The good news for local readers is that the event begins right here in even more beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. Riders will gather in the parking lot right behind the world-wide headquarters of Sagamore News Media (otherwise known as the building where PNC Bank is) beginning around 12:30. At 12:45, a quick information / safety meeting will be held and at 1 p.m., the ride to Dana begins. Once we get to the museum, a tour of Indiana's most famous journalist awaits. The cost is only $30 for one rider or $50 for two from the same family.
In the immortal words of Alberta White, come on along!
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SPEAKING OF GOOD folks, the gang at the hospital is busy working on another Community Day and you'll read more about it in your favorite Montgomery County daily soon. Elsa, Snow White and Cinderella may be coming back, but as Star Wars characters. Don't know, just a rumor. Stay tuned.
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I KID A LOT about Crawfordsville being the world-wide headquarters for our little company that could. Thing is, we chose to locate in Crawfordsville and we chose to stay here, even though our bigger properties are located in another county. So while some folks talk about being local, we live it. It makes a difference.
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IF YOU HEARD that the Challenge was moved to January, you heard right. Oddly, we have plenty of women who are interested in taking part but not very many men so far. Last year, it was just the opposite. So, if you're a guy and you want to take part in a program that will help you lose weight - and if you're willing to solicit donations for a good cause (MUFFY and the Boys & Girls Club), then give me a shout.
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ALONG THOSE lines, yes, some of us from last year's class are still working out. Our trainer is Tonya. Some of you still remind me that I called trainer Jenny an evil demon, or something like that. It's cute that you thought I was kidding. At any rate, Tonya might be the trainer of evil demons. On a good note, I'm still losing weight and I swear, Athena Sport & Fitness is an amazing place to work out. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I'm going to survive Tonya.
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ALONG THE lines of working out, let me tell you what else the Challenge and all these evil trainers have done for me. Believe it or not, I'm going to participate ("run" is such a strong term) in a 5K. Our paper over in Noblesville is sponsoring a fun run in Hamilton County and I was "asked" to take part. It starts bright and early Saturday so I'll head over there, high-tail it back here, (hopefully) get a quick shower and jump on the bike for the ride to Uncle Ernie's Quonset hut in Dana. Hope to see you Saturday!

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