My World by Larry Vandeventer http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/ en-us A real pain in the dairy air http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/71142 Words fascinate me. One night I was flopping around in my bed like a Tennessee River catfish that was yanked out of the river and slung on the bank to become tangled in kudzu. Since I could not return to the land of Winken, Blinken and Nod, I began pondering sayings. It was a real pain in the “dairy air.” We all know what the actual word is in this saying. And it was. However, I was caused to outline this column so some good came from it. When I was honored to serve America... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 08:31:10 -0400 Dr. Spock didn’t prepare me for this http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/71028 In the 1950’s and 60’s most families had at least two books in their homes: the Bible and Dr. Spock on Child Rearing. There are some things that Dr. Spock forgot to mention. He forgot to mention how biased weddings are toward women. The bride’s mother and the bridesmaids are describe in minutia even to the cuticle problem on the pinkie of the maid of honor. Then everything about the bride is revealed, ad nauseum. The list is longer than Bill Belichek’s face when the... Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:36:28 -0500 Women couldn’t shouldn’t wouldn’t back then http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70695 Hoosier David Letterman was on TV for 33 years. One of the funniest segments on his show was the Top Ten List when he would list 10 humorous items about a topic. Comes now an article sent to me by Kevin who lives in Birdseye, Indiana, titled “Ten Things Women Could Not Do In The 50’s and 60’s” when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, Elvis was a student at a Memphis High School, Donald Trump had not sent a tweet yet, and glaciers were still receding from the Ice Age.... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:51:02 -0500 Yikes! We have been invaded!  http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70621 Two days after Christmas we were invaded. There was nothing we could do but let it happen. It was easier for people in the Dust Bowl Days of the 1930s to cope with the grasshopper invasions than this one. BW struggled out to the mailbox, opened it and the invaders piled out like 21 beach boys tumbling out of a woodie on the beach at Santa Monica in 1963. She hollered for me to bring the wheelbarrow. What were the invaders? Catalogs of every kindred, tribe and tongue. It was a last ditch... Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:48:18 -0500 Tucumcari trek http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70598 James C. Hunter is a friend of mine. He is a writer and keen observer of the human condition. He has a perceptive insight on many topics and he has strong opinions about life in the raw. He can brush aside the cobwebs of obfuscation - smokescreens and muddy water - and get to the heart of a matter. He and his wife Maddie Faye joined a group of friends and others on a bus trip to Albuquerque, and Tucumcari, New Mexico. He writes: It was the trip of a life time. We have not traveled... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:47:42 -0500 I can’t find my debit card! http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70557 The smiling young lady at the cash register said pleasantly, “Good morning. Isn’t this a lovely day?” We had gone to early church and Sunday School and at about 11 a.m. on Sunday morning we were at The China Wall for lunch. “We will take two senior citizen buffet dinners,” I said confidently as I reached for my wallet and the magic plastic debit card. I rarely spend cash. I extracted my wallet, flipped it open for my debit card. It was not in the left... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:45:00 -0500 Life Is A B---- http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70456 Kevin was having a bad day. There is an oft-used cynical expression some use when they are world weary and tired of the daily grind of living. It is the expression that “Life is a b----.” I use that term with some trepidation, as it is a very negative and coarse expression. I will let you fill in the blanks if you wish. That saying causes me to think about other situations. There are noble and honorable people who either by using hand held shovels or driving John Deere or Case... Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:45:41 -0500 What’s in a name http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70419 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name; a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But it wouldn’t be a rose. Names cause me moments of musing and moments that are jocose (humorous). Names are better than “Hey You” or “You There” or “Hello There.” “Buck Owens” was a very... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:50:17 -0500 That only scratches the surface http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70234 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} There are few pleasures in life that surpass the feeling one gets from scratching an itch. Admit it. How many times have I heard this statement, “That only scratches the surface.” Dear hearts, where else can you scratch? Obversely, there are few things as frustrating and fail to satisfy than scratching near the spot, close to the spot, almost on the spot, just... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:36:35 -0400 She looked like she was standing in two plastic bags from Wally World http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70166 I have known about hoses all of my life. Cars, houses, trucks and tractors all need hoses to function. When electricity was finally brought to the country we also got an electric water pump and with it a garden hose. At about the same time dad bought a Farmall F-12 tractor and later a “C” Farmall from Garvin Mitchell in Worthington. The “C” had radiator hoses and hoses for hydraulic fluid. When I bought Huldy, my first car a 1938 Ford sedan, it had mechanical... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 I ran in a marathon http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70178 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} I have a bum leg today as a result of running in a marathon. You scoff, but indeed I did run in a marathon. As a result, my right leg and foot are hot and swollen and when I walk lightning bolts of pain rip through my leg and foot. A group from our church, Plainfield Christian Church, bussed to Boston, Cape Cod, Hyannis and Nantucket a couple of weeks ago. A couple of... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:24:52 -0400 A conversation with Grandpa Van http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70104 My paternal grandpa James Thomas Vandeventer died in 1929 at age 85 long before I was born. Imagine that we are sitting on the patio drinking some iced tea and talking. “Boy, where did you get this funny shaped ice and why do you put it in tea?” “Out of the freezer. We can have ice any time we want to today.” “We only had ice in the winter and we never put it in a drink “How did you keep your food cold?” “We kept our milk and cream... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Oxymorons cannot pull your wagon http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70100 An oxymoron is not an unintelligent ox and it cannot tow or pull your wagon. An oxymoron is a term that means two or more words with opposite meanings used together to express a thought. We usually know what the person is saying. One of the best examples is “Good Grief.” Good means something that is positive and beneficial for me; grief is negative and causes me to feel badly. How can they coexist? “Jumbo shrimp” means something that is large and small at the same... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:14:17 -0400 ​Fresh air is wonderful http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70035 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Minion Pro Semibold'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; line-height: 38.0px; font: 40.0px 'Minion Pro'} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'; min-height: 10.0px} span.s1 {font: 16.0px 'Minion Pro'} span.s2 {letter-spacing:... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:22:53 -0400 Thoughts while sitting on the Calvertville store porch http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/70010 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} The other day I went back to the Calvertville Store. It was quick and easy because I went in my mind. The shade of the porch felt good as I opened the screen door with the silk-screened Colonial Bread ad on it and strolled inside. Ralph smiled and said, “Boy, it has been a long time since I saw you. How you been?” “I have been doing fine, how about... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:47:02 -0400 ​I’m glad I am not a teenager http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/69921 I remember being a teenager, adolescent, and frankly I don’t miss it and I do not want to go back and relive those days. I don’t have to go to school or to work. I receive an allowance Uncle Sam and Big Brother Gov. Holcomb. I have my own pad and it is paid for. Curfew; what is that? I don’t have to go anywhere on Friday night and on the weekend if I don’t want to and I don’t have to justify, explain or rationalize to others if I don’t want to.... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:45:04 -0400 ​I hate my job day http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/69719 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'; min-height: 10.0px} There were times when I was working at my day job(s) when I wondered if I had made the right occupational choice. Most of the time, my work was productive and positive but there were those seasons and... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 ​Why one little girl hates football http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/69718 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'; min-height: 10.0px} It’s that time of year again. The smell of the grass, the roar of the crowd and the essence of that huge billowing cloud of testosterone wafting over the state and nation means that it is... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:04:44 -0400 ​39 + 94 = 133 ... Aaarrgh http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/69678 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} I read the other day about a man in India who has 39 wives and 94 children all living under the same roof. How does he do it? The story made me wonder about their living conditions and how he gets along with all of those wives. It is a challenge to learn to live with one wife dealing with her idiosyncrasies, adjusting to her attitudes and life... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:58:28 -0400 ​I’m not fat, I’m frothy http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/69617 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Minion Pro Semibold'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; line-height: 38.0px; font: 40.0px 'Minion Pro'} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'; min-height: 10.0px} span.s1 {font: 16.0px 'Minion Pro'} span.s2 {letter-spacing:... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:45:51 -0400