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Page 2 Opi io Thursday, May 13, 2010  Tri-County News : Kimball, MN time I can&apos;t reach what I want any- daily with courage, determination, way. For the first time in my life, I strength, and a smile. Wheelchairs can honestly say I wish I had arms bless those needing them and the like an orangutan. That brings me people in them are a blessing, too. to the next lesson,>. The refrigerator. All food, espe- Valley Sod and Palmer Bus Service cially desserts and comfort foods, made this column possible. ............ ......... ........... B Pettier ....... ' ......................................................... "Slices of Life" Afutile and filter-less A funny g pp sduatmn Well, at the time, it was any- site, I discovered that Andy played thing but funny. But looking back infield and was not listed as a We are out of coffee filters, when to abdicate to karma; and from a pointwhere allis well again, pitcher. My husband made the this was a karma-filled situation. maybe it was, a little. Uh, oh. What if the informa- announcement a few days ago, like Oh, yes it was. Production of last week's Tri- tion was partly incorrect? I figured he was providing me with a tidbit Perhaps, I thought, in the big County News was going along maybe two dozen people might of new information. I was aware cosmic scheme of things, we pretty smoothly. Except for sev- catch it, but even so few would we were without filters. How could weren't supposed to have cof- eral uncharacteristic computer matter. I opened up the document I not be? I am the coffeemaker in fee filters. By this point we'd sur- freezes, all was on target, to change it ... or at least I tried to. our family, vived without for days and days; Early Wednesday morning, I My computer was comatose. Not Technically, we own an elec- I decided to see how much longer got all the pages of the paper sent dead, just unresponsive. So I came tronic appliance that is, by defi- -we could go. off electronically to the press and back to the office to make the nition, a coffeemaker. But, I place Just for fun. I packed up to go home. I always changes on another computer. But coffee and pour water into the I do this sometimes. Silly things bring my computer home, just it took awhile to get everything set machine each evening; my hus- -justforfun. Give in to the cosmic in case I have to re-send some- to do what I needed to do. band presses the "on" button the order of the universe - because I thing to the press in Sank Centre. Changes made. Doors locked, next morning, can. My husband doesn't under- On my long, one-mile drive home, Head home (again). By now it's If you had to pick one of us to stand me - at all. He lives in a I thought about the front page. past 5 a.m. call the coffeemaker, I think the world where, if you are out of cof- I started doubting myself. I didn't forget anything, did I? best choice would be me. My hus- fee flters, you buy more coffee fil- So, as soon as I got home, I set Oh, wait, I didn't send the new band is more of the coffee brewer, ters. He wouldn't consider substi- up my computer and checked. Yes, pagetopress.BythetimeIlearned or perhaps pourer, tutes, like paper towels, an ade- indeed, it was Andy Dingmann ourprinterwasmissingapage, the Either way, he never needs to quart replacement. He may even (and not Matt) whom I'd identi- press was shutting down for the touch a coffee filter. He doesn't go so far as to make a special trip fled in our front-page photo. (Matt day. The paper was printed early even drink coffee. His main to the store just to buy coffee fil- didn't play in that game, according the next morning, responsibility, besides pressing the ters. to the Kimball Express website.) I So that's why last week's paper button, is pouring coffee - for me. That's not my style. had identified Andy as throwing was a day late. It's all Andy Ding- Even though he has no relation- Special trips for one item are out a pitch. But, at the same web- mann's fault. (Just kidding, Andy!) ship with the filters, he thought beyond my realm 0fpossibility. I am it important (I guess) to bring my incapable of leaving a store without attention to our filter-less status, at least three full bags of merchan-  Six Indeed, wewere filter-free. Had dise and one large non-baggable Daniel J. Vance been for more than a week. Iwas item likedogfoodortoiletpaper. alive and awake to the fact. Heck, I Lugging big bags of dry kibble is not wheelchair lessons was reminded each evening when myidea of a coffee break. I went to make the coffee. Unlike Much to my chagrin, we used learned other people in our house, Iron- the last of our milk this morning. Months ago, 56-year-old Susan should be kept in the lower half of tinely have reason to fraternize Paper towels work fine as coffee ill- with the filters, ter fill-ins, but at our house, pow- Schaub of Albert Lea had ankle sur- the refrigerator. It doesn't do any Still, he tells me, "We are out of dered, condensed and that hazel- gery. She then wrote about her six- good for neighbors to bring meals if coffee filters." nut vanilla stuff just don't make the week experience of having to use a they end up on the top shelf of the Yes, I'm aware of that, dear. I cut. There is no substitute for good wheelchair and has given me per- fridge. If you're trying to lose weight noticed the void the moment our old cow-two-oh. mission to publish it here. while in a wheelchair, this is a great filter canister registered at empty I guess a grocery run is in my She wrote: Having just had ankle diet plan. Usually, the bottom sec- and I grabbed a paper towel as a imminent future. Karma or not, I surgery and told I had to stay offmy tion of the fridge contains rawveg- substitute. I made a mental note might as well put coffee filters on feet and keep my ankle elevated, gies and protein items. my only choice was a wheelchair. You need a lot of room. Maybe to purchase more the next time the list. I'm growing a teensy bit Having had a daughter with spina it's just me, but I have found life I went to the store. I completed a weary of my husband's perky filter bifida who spent 17 years using a would have been easier had I spent shopping expedition and found, banter. upon returning home, that I car- Besides, we're on our last roll of wheelchair, I thought I knew every- the last four weeks living in a gym- ried bags filled with canned soup, paper towels. thing. Wow, was I wrong! I didn't nasium that contained a bed, easy laundry detergent and coffee- but Check out Slices of Life on Face- have a clue how clueless I was. chair, television, and table. The con- no coffee filters, book. Syndicated columnist, Jill It's not as easy as it looks. Right cession stand would have served as a After a second trip with a sire- Pertler, works with graphic artist, now, I'm using the standard "push kitchen. I have nicked every doorway ilar outcome, I realized some- Nikki Willgohs, to provide writing me around the hospital" model, andpieceoffurnitureinmyhouse, thing bigger than me was imped- and design services. Their website The only difference between my Always apply the brakes when ing my acquisition of coffee filters, is at: <http://marketing-by-design. chair and the car Fred Flintstone getting in or out. I learned this the I'd entered a filter black hole and it home.mchsLcom/>. Jill loves hear- drove cruising Bedrock is that I use hard way. was anyone's guess where I'd land ing from readers. E-mall her at my hands instead of feet to power People using wheelchairs when I shot out the other side. I am <>. it. It's exhausting! are my heroes! I've replaced feel- well-versed regarding where and We need longer arms. Even ing bad for people in wheelchairs after arriving at my destination, with being in awe. Life in a wheel- ,- ]C! -','f| ,AN"Fd/,- such as the refrigerator, half the chair is challenging, yet people do it -.   -":'Y| Blue  ..,, [(i ]!, r- . www.tricountynews.MN POSTNLAS.TER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a. rn.-5 p. m. and Tuesday through Fn- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. E-mail can be addressed to <news@tricounty news.MR>. Our Web site is <www. tricountynews.MN>. 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