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Mine Creek Revelations: Abandon Hope and The Unpronounceable of Iceland


YES, I AM STILL HERE peeking out my window on Main Street, and I want the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to stop fooling around with unimportant stuff like keeping the government open or senior military vacancies and stuff like that.

I want them to address a REAL issue — the unpronounceable names people in Iceland give their volcanoes and towns. And it won’t be the first time we’ve meddled in some other country’s business.

Fer instance:

The Fagradalsfkall volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula is endangering the charming Icelandic village of Grindavik.

If you want to know more about Eyjafjallajokull volcano; or Snaefellsjokull or Thrihnukagigiur volcanoes you should read articles in LiveScience.com.

If the people of Iceland wonder why the world isn’t rushing to aid the people threatened by volcanoes, they need look no further than Fagradalsfkall. Even the Red Cross ignores Iceland because of the language.

It’s enough to drive a non-Icelandic gentleman to drink. Some aquavit in some nice little bar near Thrihnukagigiur. I’ve never had any aquavit and I don’t personally know of anyone who has had a sip and survived.

I am so glad we don’t have hard-to-spell or hard-to-pronounce names for our area attractions.

The Crater of Diamoaefellsjokulds located right outside of Murfyjafjallajokulloro.

Narrsradalsfkallows Dam on the Little Missthrihnukagigiouri River.

Those names must give headline writers nightmares.

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GREAT THINGS that men and women do often live on after they’re gone. Last Tuesday was the 108th anniversary of the death of Booker T. Washington who rose from slavery and physically built a college for African-Americans — Tuskegee Institute.

He was the school’s first president, and I wasn’t joking when I wrote that he literally hammered-and-nailed the school buildings. The great things that he accomplished and the obstacles he had to overcome should be an inspiration to young folks no matter race or gender.

No one is guaranteed an equal starting point in life. What counts is what happens between that point and the finish line.

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AMONG THE DATES to circle on your December calendar is Friday, Dec. 15, when the Howard County Extension Homemakers Council has its annual bake sale.

I’m not so sure of the hours, but the sale will be at the EHC House on 2nd Street. Don’t get between me and the goodies. Drool.

AND ANOTHER date — Saturday, Dec. 2, Junior Auxiliary’s popular Breakfast With Santa, from 9-11 in the First Baptist Family Activities Building on 2nd Street. A chance for kiddies to sit on Santa’s lap and confide Christmas wishes. Also, drool, pancakes and trimmings.

Once again, Junior Auxiliary has forbidden me to try to sit on Santa’s lap.

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THINGS I LEARNED by opening an email: “My friend said she wouldn’t eat cow’s tongue because it came out of a cow’s mouth. I gave her an egg.”

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THE FOOTBALL GOSPEL according to the #1 Fair Weather Razorback Football Fan: That ‘big’ victory over the bottom team of a minor conference doesn’t exactly restore his faith in the football program. Matter of fact, #1 Fan is guessing that in the following weekend’s two-hour meeting between Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter YouraSomething and Coach Pittman, the AD might have laid down the law about next season. #1 Fan is guessing that anything less than seven wins would not be enough to stop a “fire everyone” yard sale.

And more on Arkansas’s bigtime win over Florida International University — the #1 Fair Weather Fan admits that, yes, he was quite despondent when FIU went up 14-13.

Add to this — New Mexico State University, a traditional ‘cupcake’ as homecoming opponent for many teams, visited Auburn (which soundly thumped the Razorbacks just a week earlier) and thoroughly whipped the Tigers on their own field, leading #1 Fan to bleat again “How bad are the Hogs?”

Please note: Arkansas State is bowl eligible.

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WORD GAMES. The twins: Fine and Dandy, as in: “Everything in the Razorback football program is just Fine and Dandy.” You can believe everything’s swell according to Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter YouraSomething.

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HE SAID: “To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” Victor Hugo, French writer and politician

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SHE SAID: “My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot: buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to people in hospices, giving spare change to those asking for it.” Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

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