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Travelology By Doris Gardenhire DRIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS I just have to say a little bit about driving in the mountains (or hilly territory) that you will find on your Tennessee trip. You probably know these things, but just for reinforce- ment: Don't ride your brakes go- ing downhill. If you hold the pedal down too long, brakes get hot and cease to work! You don't want to have to use a "runaway truck ramp." Don't tailgate, especially an 18-wheeler. Give yourself plenty of room to react to any- thing that happens in front of you. Make sure you have plenty of gas before taking off on a side trip. Don't "overcontrol" if you happen to run off the edge of a narrow road. Just get a firm grip on the steering wheel, hold it steady, and ease back up on the road. By all means, stop at the scenic pull-outs. You may be nervous from driving those S- curves and horseshoe bends; stopping helps you unwind and the view makes the trip worth- while. By the way, when you find yourself gripping the steering wheel tightly and your neck and shoulders tying themselves in knots and you can't get out of the car, try this: Make your hands hold the steering wheel loosely. Just like at night when you're too tense to sleep, if you can relax your tongue, your whole body will relax; relaxing your hands will ease the stress in your body. If your car gets hot and you can't stop immediately, roll down the windows and turn on the heater. If the engine light comes on, always stop immediately and call your motor club. (Unless you want to let it cool, add wa- ter, check hoses, or unless some nice fellow traveler offers to do it for you) And if you happen to get caught in a thunderstorm or hard rain, that's a good time to stop for coffee or a meal. Most storms blow over in 30 minutes and there's no need to stress yourself. I know this list isn't com- plete-we'll have more driving tips later. I recommend you take the southern route home from your Nashville trip,, maybe through Mobile and Biloxi for some good seafood! We'll save south- ern Louisiana for another trip! Happy traveling! Com- ments welcome! E-mail Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 9A Around the Town Continuedj&om page 1A I'll get you, Reagan. (What if I'm wrong and it wasn't Reagan?) Naahhh. We got a couple of letters about the website this week. I've been meaning to tell you about our website problems, so I will this week. But first I'll tell you who wrote. Jay Chambers Houston e- mailed us, saying she was glad to find the website. Her mother is Jo Chambers. You might remember her as Alva Jo. She was too polite to mention that what she found was really out of date. Lois Adams was more to the point. She was surfing the net for local news and found our site. She was dis- appointed that what she found was our July 2001 is- sue. She thought the obitu- aries should be deleted if nothing else. She noted rightly that these people have been dead and buried for three months now. Now, here is our excuse. Somebody besides me lost something this time. A friend who has a couple of small newspapers in Dallas, and who is fascinated with the internet registered our domain name for me a couple of years ago for a birthday gift. He got a bar- gain since he was register- ing a bunch, and he kept it in his name. But it was just sit- ting there, waiting. Then we got this website package that was supposed to be easy for us to handle, but so far we haven't quite got it to do everything we would like. We haven't pub- licized the site a whole lot, because we still aren't to- tally tickled {vith it.. But it was working pretty well until our website pack- age company moved to an- other server or something. Whatever it was, it was sup- posed to be an improvement. But to do so they had to have the passwords to their cli- ents' domain names so they could move their sites along with them. Of course, they'd had ours when they first put our site on the web, but now they couldn't find it. No problem, we'd just call my friend at the Dallas Times. Well, he had just moved his office and he couldn't find my password, ei- ther. We waited for him to dig for it a while, then I gave up and bought a new domain name, The site package moved our stories over to it, and somehow can forward folks who type in over to .net. Thing is, I don't think they moved the latest issue over. I don't think we've been out of commis- sion since July. As I write this our current week is up. By the time you read this, I hope our new is- sue will be there. I don't understand all this technical stuff. But I do know one thing that tickles me: although two people lost the password, neither one of them was me. Out of all of this confu- sion, I believe we are go- ing to come up soon with a website we will be proud of, and that you will want to visit. I think the site pack- age guy is going to come see us, and show us how to get the best out of our sys- tem, and even better, Rich- ard is learning how to work it. When I tell you Richard is a genius, I am not exag- gerating. He really is. He can do anything he wants to, and do it superbly. And he is an internet bug. When he gets it figured out, it will probably be so good, those of you that don't have com- puters will probably want to go out and buy one just so you can see what's going on at (or .net). In the meantime, don't for- get that you can see the whole paper on the internet, a week or so late, at Go there, click on "list all small town papers", then scroll down to Texas, and there we are. He has also put up a link to that French site that has a picture of our mu- ral on it. Takes a little while to download the paper on that site, but you know we're worth it. Did I give the Trinity Val- ley Community College Single Support Group enough publicity? They are a good group. They say they are not a dating ser- vice or a lonely hears club, but just a place of fellow- ship and friendship. Some- times they play Bingo, and other times a speaker, and once a month they have a covered dish dinner. They also do some good chari- table things. They meet ev- ery Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Nutrition Center on the TVCC campus. A man friend and I used to go to this group, even though we were a couple of sorts. We had a good time. Ex Libris opens club's new year From left to right, Florence Brownlow, Peggy Patterson and  Perdue. A business meeting pre- ceded the book review with president Viola Perdue presid- The Ex Libris Club had their first meeting of the year at the home of Florence Brownlow. ing. The club welcomed Peggy Patterson, a resident of Star Harbor, as their reviewer. Ms. Patterson was a tenured teacher in Dallas for many ye. , .... . . Patterson reviewed "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamont. The story is a first person's account of life and tra- ditions in early Biblical times. Guests for the day were Sharon Murphy, Sue Murray, Dortha Robertson, Belinda Brownlow and Joyce Wood. Hostesses were Florence Brownlow, Lynn Baxley, Frances Fulgham, Gerry Lee, Betty Norwood and Rose Mary Roman. H00liday Recipe Section ' coming Nov 14... This will be a keepsake section Send us your favorite holiday recipe with your name and be a part of the Malakoff News "Local Tastes for the Holidays" CLYt00. t AFFORDABLE INSURANCE from KNOW! Uaimk00 mnsuratnce atllenc3r 102L PARAGON CASINO - Nov. 11-12 $39.50 Bus, Hotel (Dbl. Occup.), $14 Cash Rebate, Free Breakfast 7:00 a.m., Old Bud's in Gun Barrel 7:30 a.m., Brookshires Parking Lot, Canton Bus Stops: Old Bud's, Gun Barrel City, 7:00 a.m. ' ' .................... ............... ::'[ ........... |ll'l'ff IJ e.ttn tod00 mtd 00,mee the KERRY HARRIS SATELLITE SERVICE NEED A NURSE? Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice 489-2043 874-4745 887-2043