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PAGE 10 - The Malakoff News - Friday, August 4, 2006 i with Emily Lundy What's under that water anyway? One way my summers were fun in the fifties was water ski- ing. Fortunately, I had an aunt and uncle who taught my brother and me how to glide across the lakes when we were preteens. Then my par- ents had family friends who owned a boat and skis: We all went camping and we younger ones skied as much as we liked, even in the moonlight. My grandchildren, as far as I know, have not ever followed a boat on thin boards, staying in the wake of the boat for smooth riding theia eventually crossing the small crests both ways with a thrill of adventure. Boats in the backyards now are for fishing. I suppose skiing has lost its appeal, its fleeting exhilaration, but that freedom of balancing on one ski and crossing the wave behind the boat without a spill was an ex- perience I haven't forgotten. One equal as I wax nostalgia is skiing all over the lake, then reIeasing the tope handle and gently falling back into the water, floating until get- ting picked up by the boat. Today I'd worry about what's under the water. Today my knees wouldn't hold my body up even'to pretend to ski. Today I couldn't balance. And I would know not to let the sun bake me, even though the cool water of a deep lake could soothe my soul like no other adventure, saturating ev- ery pore until Nature and I were one. Whether the sun shinned or not, its rays did its job on ski- ers in the fifties and today. Many times I came in on Sat- urday afternoon with a back redder than Siren lipstick. We used the incorrect term "blis- tered," (which happened once or twice), but usually I had one wicked sunbum which I await to pay for any day. Fair skinned and freckled, with the appropriate color of eyes, blue, I should have known better, but no one did. Now in my sixth decade of life, taking blood thinners, I don't like how my arms or legs look at all, bruises from the tiniest of contact, spots I can't iden- tify, little warts, cuts I cover with band aids. One day I put a wide bracelet over some tacky bruising near my wrist, and removal of the braqelet showed it, too, had turned my skin varied shades of blue. One doctor said nothing could be done for fair skin except pro- tect it, adding that the thick- ness, excuse me, the thinness of my body covering couid not even be measured. Thus, I avoid the sun totally today. But back when my hus- band and I were newly weds. adventuring to West Texas to work, making money, not hav- ing a debt pile, delaying having a family until we had a washer and dryer, we were kind of free. Thus, one day we bought a second-hand boat, located the nearest lake for skiing, and if we couldn't find someone to accompany us, w[ want alone. Many words were ex- changed between the driver and the skier as we took turns pulling one another on Lake ! Texoma. I accused my spouse of finding rough water on pur- pose. He had directions for me on how to drive the boat. My husband's explanation for the lake expe- rience went like this: "We live in the middle of the best water spots in Texas--65 miles west, 65 miles east, north, and south." Once, with the rope wrapped around him several times as my spouse prepared for takeoff, I started to pull him up too soon. He said later he walked on water for at least ten feet. We taught several friends the art of skiing, found others who shared the sport, but one 6' 7" friend never mastered the routine. Our boat wasn't big enough to pull him up; he skied all over one West Texas lake squatting over the skis as we tried to control our laughter. Then we were early skiers on Cedar Creek Lake when we came in on vacations. We knew what lay at the bottom of this lake as we had grown up knowing all this land as pas- ture. Good thin*gs do come to an end even though' other good begins unknowingly. Other ac- tivities took over our lives,we realized the expense of our hobby on water, and as we be- came parents, taking the chil- dren on any outing meant Dad had to work really hard, and this man rediscovered his love of fishing in creeks. When we came East from West, the boat did not come with us. Sometime I really re- gret that. Administrator:. Karen Abbe, RN If illness or injury made everyday life difficult for you or someone you love, professional home healthcare services can help. Our skilled, helping hands are dedicated to nurturing people's health and wellness needs in the comfort of their own homes, providing physical and emotional support when it's needed most. Skilled Nursing Care - Home Health Aides Speech Therapy - Physical'Therapy Occupational Therapy Cedar Lake Home Health & Hospice Malakoff - 903-489.2043 Gun Barrel - 903-887-3772 Athens- 903-677-5999 Fogy by Jeff Davis 'Black's white today and day's night today' A woman blows the whistle on a government agency that is breaking the law. The gov- ernment vilifies the woman for leaking classified informa- tion and thus breaking the law. Is this a Catch 22 or what? If the government brehks the law in one of its opera- tions, classifies the operation as part of national security and a whistle blower leaks the crime, which law breaker should be prosecuted? Should reporting the com- mission of a criminal act be a crime? What is to prevent an agency of the government from doing anything it wants in the name of national secu- rity? An agency could, for ex- ample and heaven forbid, se- cretly take prisoners to hid- den detention centers where they could have their way with them with no humanitar- ian restrictions. They could be breaking the laws of both man and God but without someone breaking national security laws, the citi- zens would never know. I interpret the expression "loophole in the tax code" to mean a technical way to avoid paying the taxes that a tax bill intended you, a per- son or a corporation, to pay. Also, in my naive way, I supposed that closing a loop- hole would be the correction of an error so that a taxpayer would be paying the correct amotmi and not sleazing out of their obligation on a tech- nicaUy. But on the Senate floor I hear that closing a loophole is a tax increase. I don't get it. What in the world does the oxymoron "Preventative War" mean? Well, I suppose I kind of know what it means. If I say, "I don't have no apples", you aren't going to ask me for an apple. My error in the understand- ing of "Preventative War" was in not realizing that the circumstance to be prevented wasn't specified. I kept thinking that war was the thing to be prevented; how could a war prevent a war? It didn't make sense. I finally saw that whatever the war was preventing, it wasn't preventing war; nor did the name "Preventative War" claim it was. There is also the concept of "preemptive war" which seems to be an 'Tll get you before you get me" philoso- phy. Since we have started one, I guess it's OK, but for the sake of consistency we should revisit the way. we deal with women who pre- emptively kill their abusive husbands. I guess I don't understand why one is OK and the other sends the woman to prison. The following was e-mailed to me: Minister Joe Wright opened a session of the Kansas Sen- ate with the following prayer: "Heavenly Father, We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and t9 seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. "We have lost our spiritual equilibrium aod reversed our values. "We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. "We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. "We have killed our uhborn and called it choice. "We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. "We have neglected to dis- cipline our children and called it building self esteem. "We have abused power and called it politics. "We have coveted our neighbor's posse.ssions and called it ambition. "We have polluted the air with profanity and pornogra- phy and called it freedom of expression. "We have ridiculed the time- honored values of our forefa- thers and called it enlighten- ment. "Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!" Thus Spake the Old Fogy~ Networked Digital-Solutions To Sim Office Applications COPY / FRINT / Introducing the Bizhub C350. 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