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Pa00e 2 .... Opinion Thursday, December 10, 2009 Tri-County News * Kimbl, MN ..... • ..ii ¸&apos;¸¸ • .............. .::,! " ............... Two thousand ten (not Twenty ten) Nineteen hundred ninety. You wouldn't say Twenty hundred ten. Without the "hundred," it just doesn't mean the same. • Twenty ten may sound okay, and Twenty twenty is catchy. But Twenty eleven just doesn't work; neither does Twenty eighteen. • Two thousand ten is only one syllable more than Twenty ten, but it is grammatically correct, makes more sense, and can be used throughout the next millennium. So, I implore you, let's all use Two thousand ten. Otherwise, I might want to start my own trend, something like Y2K+X for 2010. (Xis the Roman numeral for 10.) It seems like it was just yester- day that the whole world was brac- ing for the great calamity-that- never-materialized: Y2K. That was 10 years ago. (For those who've forgotten, or who just weren't there, everything with any computerized compo- nents throughout the world was expected to stop functioning as the date changed to the year 2000.) We're hurdling into the next decade, the year Two thousand ten. I've heard it pronounced Twenty ten, too, but that's just wrong, and here's why. • We used Nineteen ninety, for instance, to represent the year ,00The Spinal Column i  /'i:: By Chad Spaulding, D.C. Tips for snow shoveling Avoid caffeine. • If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance. • Pace yourself and take fre- quent breaks. • If the ground is icy or slippery, spread sand or salt to create trac- tion. • Wear a hat and proper boots to stay warm and dry. Select the proper shovel • Choose an ergonomically cor- rect shovel with a curved han- dle. This helps keep your back straighter reducing spinal stress. • Sometimes a smaller blade is better. This will reduce amount of weight you lift. • Push snow instead of lifting. • Don't throw snow over your shoulder. Go forward with the snow. • Fresh snow is lighter- so clear snow as soon as it has fallen. • Pace yourself and take fre- quent breaks. Community Involvement Not everyone is able to shovel snow or operate a snowblower. Consider contacting your local church or community organiza- tions if you are unable to shovel or operate a snowblower for assis- tance to remove snow during this winter season. How to avoid back pain Well, the first snow flakes are finally beginning to fall and they are not from the big snow mak- ers at Powder Ridge. In some parts of the United States, the average snowfall approaches 10 feet. That is a lot of snow to shovel. It is not surprising to learn that many peo- ple suffer from muscle fatigue, low back strain, vertebral disc dam- age, and even spinal fractures during the winter season. Some of these injuries result from exces- sive stress to spinal structures and others by slip and fall accidents. A study published by Brad Coffiner at Cornell University's ergonomic department indicated" ... when handling heavy snow with a shovel, the L5/S1 disc has been identified as the weakest link in the body segment chain. The most severe injuries and pain are likely to occur in the back region." Rec- ognizing the low back is especially susceptible to strain or injury, it would be prudent to review steps to prevent injury. Snow shoveling can be com- pared to weight lifting, and in some cases, the aerobic aspect of this activity is similar to a work- out on a treadmill! In order to help your body function on demand, consider the following tips: • Be heart smart: Don't eat or smoke before shoveling snow. Jill Peetler "Slices of Life" I visit with morn "Lucid" and "cognizant" are two words I never imagined using to describe a visit with my mother. But more and more her memory is fading, and at times she seems like a shadow of the strong, smart, creative, resourceful woman who, along with my dad, raised me. "We had a good visit," I'll report to my husband. "We played cards and talked about when she was a kid living on the farm." She does less these days, although she still crochets. She sticks to smaller projects (still big- ger than I could attempt) and likes to make square dishcloths. I see that in her latest batch the sides are uneven with the corners being more rounded than square. She tells me I can pick four. I choose carefully and treasure each one. Crochet projects aside, things don't interest her like they used to. She still enjoys shopping, but wor- ries about being away from home. "How long do you think we'll be gone?" she asks. "We'll make it a quick trip," I assure her, knowing full well that her day's itinerary is completely empty. Sometimes she gets carried away looking at things in the store and we stay for hours. "I never was a good cook," she says, and although I don't verbally disagree, I know she is wrong. I remember the heartiest of me;als while growing up. They were of the meat and potatoes fare, with a salad and Western dressing on the side - every night, served the moment my dad came home from work. Now she sometimes has trouble heating up a frozen pizza, or mak- ing scrambled eggs. When I visit, I think about bringing a cooler of food, juice and milk, mostly for my kids, but I wonder if it would hurt her feelings. I realize she probably wouldn't notice, or care. Things that used to upset her don't anymore. Annoyances and anxieties seem to have faded along with her memory. She is more care- free. It is bittersweet. On one of my recent visits, we wanted to go shopping, but she couldn't find her purse. Five years ago this would have thrown her into a flustered tizzy. Instead, we called the grocery store where she was earlier in the day. They hadn't found any lost purses. "Let's go anyway," she suggested. "I don't need my purse to shop. If I find anything, I'll pay you back later." She was lighthearted in the store. My cell phone rang. It was my dad, saying he cancelled her credit card, just in case her purse was stolen. I told her the news. "Oh, I don't like it when he does that," she said, and I realized this had happened before. I expected this to disrupt our trip, but it didn't. Something an aisle away had caught her eye and she was on the move again. We found a pink cashmere sweater that she thought would look beau- tiful on me. It was more than I would normally spend on a sweater, but she was insistent that I have it. It would be her treat once she found her purse. We returned home, cashmere sweater in hand. By this time, my dad had located the lost purse sit- ting next to their bed. It was good news. We reviewed our purchases; I pulled out the pink sweater and she looked at it like she was seeing it for the first time. "Did you get yourself a new sweater?" she asked. "It's a pretty color. It will look nice on you." We sat at the kitchen table and she told me the story about how she fell offof the tractor when she was a young girl on the farm. She shared other familiar memories over the next hour. We talked and laughed. When it was time for me to leave, I grabbed the shopping bag that held my new sweater. "What's in there?" she asked. I showed her the pink cashmere. "Oh, that's a pretty color. It will look nice on you," she said. We hugged and I held on for just little longer than I normally would. Then, I had to go. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and award-winning flee- lance writer. She appreciates your comments and can be reached at <pertmn@qwesrnet>, or you can check out her Web site at <http:// marketing-by-design.home, mchsi. corn>. 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