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Pa lrll I1 Thursday, September 15, 2011 V&apos;l'6"v00 ..... Tri-County Ne00s i. Ki .... , .... Jill Pertler m "Slices of Life" Where did summer go. 11tere's an alPP for that At first, it was as if the rain and cold just wouldn't stop. Then it was uncharacteristic heat. And just as we got the nice, true "sum- mer" weather, summer is over. Have you noticed yet? Corn and soybeans are starting to dry up on the hillier pieces of land. A few leaves are starting to turn yellow. The nights are cooler, and it's get- ting dark earlier and earlier each night. Then again, what are we going to do about it? We live in Minne- sota, and we've learned to live with what we get, at least when it comes to weather. So, rather than lament the summer that could have been, we can choose to embrace the spec- tacular fall that is to come. After all, with the heavy rains has come lush vegetation. That can only mean lots of fall colors to look for- ward to. (Okay, you can call me Polyanna if you want. But really, we can choose to grumble about it, or we can find something good about it- right?) Another school year is ahead of us, with lots to learn, and sporting and other activities. A few school concerts, then it's field-trip time, and then it's summer again any- way. (I'm intentionally skipping over all the street plowing, shovel- ing, and sidewalk de-icing.) We have a new member in our household for the school year. He arrived Thursday morning, just in time to get settled and enjoy our season-opener football game before classes start. He's one of three exchange students this year in Kimball. It's an exciting time for him, of course. But it's also excit- ing for us to see things through his eyes, and to introduce him to everything here. Welcome, Shota! We hope you enjoy your nine months here! Thanks from Antique Car Run This is just a quick note from the Antique Car Run to thank every- one involved in the 25th Anniver- sary Run held Saturday, Aug. 13. The event was hugely successful because of your efforts. We appreciate the financial support of clubs, businesses, and individuals, particularly Bernick's Pepsi and the New Brighton Lions who have been partners with us from the beginning. We are also grateful to the businesses who advertised in our souvenir pro- gram this year. We appreciate the efforts of more than 300 volunteers before the Run and along the 120+ mile route. The communities of New London and New Brighton pro- vide so much! We also thank the rest stops, namely the volunteers of Grove City's Trinity Lutheran Church, the Litchfield American Legion, the Kingston Lions, the Wright County Car Club in Buf- falo, and the seniors at the Crys- tal Community Center. Along the route we rely on a registration staff, starting line crew, sign crews, ham operators, and time monitors. Twin Cities Transport and Recov- ery provides support trucks, and more than 60 individuals spend their day driving the trailers into New Brighton. The New Brighton Stockyard Days volunteers at the finish line are key for us as well. Eighty-two cars registered, many participating in four days of warm-up tours. Seventy-one started the tour and 64 finished. Everyone arrived in New Brigh- ton safely, thanks to the efforts of local and county law enforcement officers. We especially appreciate the New Brighton Police Reserves and VIPS who guide us the last few miles. Of course, the Run wouldn't be the special event that it is without the participants who come from around the country and Canada, and all of the spectators who come out to see them. Thanks again for helping us make this such a spe- cial Minnesota tour! Mark your calendars for the 26th Annual Antique Car Run on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Antique Car Run, Inc. I come from a generation where an application was something you filled out when you wanted a job. TV (all five channels of it) was in 2D. Phones were unitaskers and could hardly be described as smart. Times have changed. At least they are changing at my house. This week, we got our first smartphone, which, by logical inference, makes us a "smartfam- ily." Or, since the phone belongs to my husband, maybe he's the smart one. We're not sure, because he and I are still experiencing dif- ficulties getting the touchscreen to recognize our fingers. It's more challenging than it sounds. Really. But only if you are over the age of 35. Our kids were immediately adept with the touch aspect of the screen. Our youngest son grabbed the phone from my husband's untouchable fingers and had the gizmo whizzing and whirring faster than you can say "macin- tosh." I realize my family is delayed when it comes to the IQ of our phones. Many people have been living with a phone that is smarter than them for years. We are not that clever. For the few of you who are (like me) still living in the old millen- nium, one key aspect of a smart- phone's intelligence is its abil- ity to access and use applications. Applications ("apps" for those in the know) are computer programs designed to do a specific task. According to the smartphone iSu- perstore, more than 425,000 apps are available to ensure your phone is the smartest on the block. That's nothing short of iSpectacular. Apps can be useful in many sit- uations. For instance, they can tell you the weather conditions, indis- pensable when you don't have a window to look outside and see for yourself. There's an app to access sports scores and one to tell you how many calories were in the burrito you just ate. One of my favorites creates office noise to give the impression you are awake while you take an afternoon nap at work, iClever. Besides these practical and functional apps, there are some that are just plain silly. Take, for instance, the app that allows you to drink a virtual glass of milk (or beer if you are old enough), or the one that turns your phone's screen into an animated mouth that lip syncs to your voice, fright- fully impressive in a wasting-time sort of way. I'd be remiss if I failed to mention the app simulating the sound of passing gas. The possibil- ities are iEndless, if not iCrude. Of the hundreds of thousands of apps available, hundreds of thou- sands of them are games. Some of the ones I found include Stupid Game, Stupid Monkeys and Stu- pid Zombies. There is also a popu- lar game involving birds. The term "bird brain" is akin to being called stupid, but these virtual birds are not stupid. They are angry. I don't possess any firsthand knowledge about these apps, but I'm guessing these games come in handy when you encounter unencumbered free time and want to do some- thing stupid with your smart- phone. (That's iSarcasm, in case you didn't catch it.) We are living in a 3D 4G world and in the last week my husband has not only learned to turn his phone on, he's become proficient at checking e-mail and download- ing apps. He's even asked us to call him iDad. Meanwhile, I sit here with a dumbphone in my pocket. As much as I'd like to play a stupid game with stupid zombies, I'm not completely convinced it would be a smart use of my time. When someone invents a program that can get my sons to put the toi- let seat down, then I'll pay atten- tion. Do me a favor and drop a line when there's an app for that. I'll be forever iGrateful. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@ qwest.net; or visit her website at http : //marketing-by-design.home. mchsi.com/. W IID To I-IB-,HIM offr! DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. 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