My World by Larry Vandeventer http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/ en-us What is scratch? http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68560 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Minion Pro Semibold' p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; line-height: 38.0px; font: 40.0px 'Minion Pro' p.p3 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light' p.p4 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 16.0px 'Minion Pro' span.s2 -0.8px What is scratch? I don’t hear this word as... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Abe didnít have it so tough http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68559 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, 20 Mar 2017 08:47:43 -0400 Are computers male or female? http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68318 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Minion Pro Semibold' p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; line-height: 38.0px; font: 40.0px 'Minion Pro' p.p3 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light' p.p4 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman' p.p5 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 10.0px 'ITC Bookman Light'; min-height:... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 February means I am weary http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68419 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, 28 Feb 2017 11:22:32 -0500 An open letter to President Trump http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68398 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:... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:53 -0500 In your face, Henry Ford http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68317 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, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Ten skills to get hired http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68315 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:... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:46:04 -0500 Which Wizard of Oz character Am I? http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/67978 The Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic movies of all times. An intrepid band of travelers face challenges to reach their destination. I have rejected many activities that seemed threatening or I was a chicken. Which character describes me? I turned green with envy recently while watching a couple swimming with whales. BW and I watched whales spouting in Hawaii a couple of years ago. These people cavorted in the water with a group of leviathans that with one swat of their tail flukes... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:54:13 -0500 I would be labeled an anarchist http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/67620 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 Nov 2016 11:53:21 -0500 Celebration of November http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/67535 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'} Let’s talk about November where you spend 1/12 of your life every year. November is one of four months with 30 days. Some of you are already saying it, “Thirty days hath…..” It is an ancient Roman word which means nine. Now to the important stuff. Baseball season is finally over. I have lost interest in baseball since the strike of... Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:16:51 -0400 I see tinfoil and that is a good thing http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/67374 A.J., who reads my column in the Linton Daily Citizen, recommended that I read an article on the Internet titled “10 things I will never eat and why.” It was written by a food expert who in my opinion has assumed the title. The author named several foods and places where he shall never eat. Buffets. There are times when I teeter on the brink of agreeing with him. He says there is an unacceptable level of uncleanliness involved in buffet eating such as how the food is prepared... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:08:07 -0400 English is a crazy language http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/67116 It is said by many that the English language is very difficult to learn because of multiple meanings, nuances and slang. Example: The buck private paid a buck to watch a buck buck a cowboy off trying to buck public opinion by passing the buck and hiding his buck teeth. As he was riding in the hack he considered how easy it would be to hack through the jungle while trying to hack up something he had eaten as he mentally prepared the hack to improve the computer program he was developing to hack... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:39:29 -0400 The year is 1904 http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/66901 Return with me now to the thrilling days of yesteryear. If you remember that opening line to a very popular radio show of yesteryear you also know who Dan Reed was and to whom he was related. The year is 1904. Life was different then and in many ways it was far superior to life today. In many ways it was far inferior to life today. Let's look at life as it was then and I'll let you determine if you would prefer to live then or now. If you were 24 years old you were middle aged since the... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:27:50 -0400 Don't ask, don't tell http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/66564 Sarah, who reads my column in the Martinsville Reporter-Times, alerted me to an article on the Internet that was titled, "Ten things you should not say to a person who is overweight." Is this a subtle hint to watch my language when I speak to those who are euphemistically described as hefty, robust, chubby, husky, big boned, curvy, full figured, a walking cheese ball, taller lying down than standing up, urban sumo, buffet king, gravitationally challenged, plus size, and my favorite was on the... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:56:31 -0400 The saga of Ann and public restrooms continues http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/66442 In an earlier column I revealed how Ann was mortified at discovering a man in the woman's restroom at the theater but she was in the wrong one. Ann and her husband took two of their young grandsons out to eat. During a trip to Ft. Necessity, she became trapped in a stall. Plan A: She jiggled the locking mechanism, pushed on it, banged on it, tried to turn the knob; ditto. She threw her massive, muscular body (wink) at the door. Only her clavicle moved. Plan B: The door did not go all the... Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:30:36 -0400 Ann's face was as red as a South Florida sunset http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/66441 How do I describe Ann? She is polite, pleasant, funny, serious when the situation demands it; proper and conservative. Traditional. A Christian, her life is lived out within the structure of the "Word." That does not insulate her from unusual events and situations that creep into life like a heavy fog in New England. Ann is now retired from a very responsible position. The event she revealed to the group occurred while she was still working. The revelation was triggered by a conversation... Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:29:13 -0400 Forty seems about right http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/66064 Many years ago the phrase "life begins at 40" was in vogue; a vain attempt to paddle down the river of Denial with Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. Now I hear such phrases as "60 is the new 50", 80 is the new 70 and other such numbers in vain attempts to deny one is old. Admit it, 40 is middle age. Americans believe middle age doesn't start until 55 and then extends through 92. So if you are 55 and still claim to be middle age you must expect to live to 110. Forty is the only number in English... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:19:40 -0400 I am in training http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/65998 Television programming is mostly trite and boring. It always has been. The Golden Age of TV is a myth. I am chagrined to admit that recently I was so bored I watched the World's Strongest Man Competition. Exhausting. They did inspire me to follow their training. The strongest man contestants are huge. They do not have necks, and their heads sit on their shoulders that are wider than Wyoming. They average six-feet five-inches tall and weigh between 300 and 425 pounds. Their arms are larger... Mon, 16 May 2016 14:45:40 -0400 Who do you trust? http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/65920 One summer BW and I drove to Washington, D.C. I grow weary just remembering all the places we visited. Then we motored homeward through Gatlinburg. There is no place more rakish, more garish, spawning more visual pollution that seems to be the plight of every popular tourist site in America. We went into one of those stores that has everything that you don't need and several things that you want. They were selling university street signs all from the South. "Why," I asked with the politeness... Thu, 05 May 2016 19:08:26 -0400 Differences between men and women http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/65716 To those still learning, there are major differences between men and women. I share the following to support my premise. Names - If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara. If Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy. Eating out - Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom are eating at a restaurant. When the bill arrives each will throw in $20 even... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:14:00 -0400