My World by Larry Vandeventer http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/ en-us 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 ​Gadgets and gizmos galore http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/69524 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, 02 Aug 2017 08:49:36 -0400 Geezer Facebook http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/69480 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'} Back when my address was R. 1, Box 111, Bloomfield, Ind. and a long way from Kingdom Come, my concept of Facebook was a family photo album. Today, I am living on the ragged, leading edge of technology (pause while suppressing laughter) and have a Facebook account on two of my three usernames, but truthfully I don’t understand much about how it... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:18:01 -0400 A Geezer Guide To Household Repairs http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68945 I have only been a member of one union. I am still a member. My union card is metallic and is worn on my left hand, third finger. In foot terms it would be the “One who had no roast beef.” Over the years that BW and I have sailed on the Good Ship Vandeventer on the seas of matrimony I have been called upon to be the one who fixes and repairs things. Sometimes my alacrity and sagacity are amazing. Other times the lack thereof is embarrassing. As a result of my prowess in handiness... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:40:23 -0400 A Nordstrom bag of opossum http://www.gcdailyworld.com/blogs/1164/entry/68758 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, 17 Apr 2017 08:47:45 -0400 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 didn’t 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