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A long week

I have a few apologies to make this week. I'm just not sure to whom.

My car has been in the shop for more than a week, so I've had to borrow my father's old pickup truck.

And I swear it is possessed.

The first thing I noticed was the bright lights. They are always on bright. You can click that clicker all you want, and the lights will still be bright. (And, spoiled me, the lights do not turn off by themselves. Until the battery is dead.)

But that really wasn't the worst of it.

The speedometer then took on a mind of it's own. As I cruised to the office one morning, I looked down to realized I was going 85 mph. Then 45 mph. Then 65 mph. I was going 10 mph, then 15 mph sitting at a stoplight.

It was a long week.

So for each of you who cussed that driver on Washington Road that blinded you with bright lights, I'm sorry. Blame FrankenChevy.

In case you missed it amidst the hubbub surrounding the inauguration of Sonny Perdue earlier this week, the event had a little McDuffie County flair to it.

In the audience at Phillips Arena Monday - and by special invitation, might I add - were Thomson's Dena Williams and her 11-year-old daughter, Kimberly.

The Williams and Perdue families lived next door to each other in Bonaire, Ga., decades before Sonny was governor in Atlanta and Jimmy and Dena were repairing cars in Thomson.

"We helped campaign for him when he went into the Senate in the '90s," Dena Williams told a reporter from the Atlanta Journal Constitution Monday. "We owned a garage by his fertilizer company and worked on his vehicles."

Just as a quick update, that day members of the Thomson Rotary Club spent standing in the rain in late December paid off in a big way.

Each year, the club takes a day to serve as volunteer bell ringers for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive. In the past, we've only worked two doors. This year we added a third kettle at the garden entrance.

When all the coins and cash were counted, we ended up raising a total of $1,576.23 - despite the rain and cold. It's nearly $350 more than last year, and it all goes to a great cause.

Thanks to everyone who gave, and everyone - both on the Rotary day and every other day - who volunteered their time.

And while I'm offering updates, I'd like to thank everyone who offered the kind words about my bowling experience, especially those that offered advice about ways to relieve back pain and headaches.

Then, there were those folks like Tommy Johnson.

He had another offer for me: He'll get me on ESPN's late night bowling show (I didn't even know there was one. Anywhere.), if he can split my medical rehabilitation equipment endorsement contracts.

I guess that's what friends are for.

Web posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007

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