Insert these words into your vocabulary:
Katzenjammer - cartoon strip; or severe headache.
Macabre - grim, horrible, ghastly.
Ludicrous - laughably absurd.
Lugubrious - exaggerated mourning.
Lox - salty, smoked salmon.
Raillery - satire, teasing.
Ruck - the horses left behind by the leaders in a race.
Septennial - lasting seven years.
A shout-out to Brooke County Commissioner Norma Tarr and her retired husband, Henry. Norma attended First Choice America Credit Union's 75th anniversary meeting.
At the same function, attended by more than 300 people, it was great to chat with Judge James Mazzone, always a polished, courteous gentleman.
Lester A. Grimes of Toronto, Ohio, said he reads our column. He was at the credit union celebration as well. Lester retired from the WSX Sheet Mill in 1993 after 33 years of service.
Mayor George Kondik was seated next to me for much of the meeting and was
considerably upbeat about development plans in the city.
Lest we forget, the slide show for First Choice America's annual meeting, was produced by my golf buddy, Rick Smith. Betty Jo Welch of the Marketing Department was co-producer. The show was beyond excellent. It covered the credit union's exciting 75 years of growth, community service and philanthropy, and it included photos of the people who made it happen over the years.
As it's basketball season, here's a good short story: there was a sign on the door of the basketball coach's office which said, "I'm buried in paperwork, but if you can see over the transom, come on in."
Overheard: "The bartender at the joint in our neighborhood has a split personality, and both of them are bad."
Overheard: "That guy thinks a balanced diet is a highball in each hand."
And you've heard about the sign on the proctologist's door: "To expedite your visit, please back in."
This was attributed to the football great Red Grange: "When you've got the football and 11 guys are chasing you, and you're smart, you run. It was no big deal."
Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile!
A week or so ago, when we were freezing, I maintained my sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh when I read this fragment of a weather report "The unwelcome incursion of the polar vortex: that is a frigid pool of air that normally spins over the Arctic. Unwelcome is the correct word! Let it spin up north, not here!