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A shopping divide

A year or so ago, Brad Adams came to me and asked me to consider a column from his wife.

Lucy was very smart, he promised, and would be very dependable. And she was a good writer to boot.

Who was I to say no? After all, I've said from the beginning that I wanted The Mirror to be a reflection of our community. Lucy's voice certainly helps do that.

And now, she's taking her voice on the road. She's branching out into syndication, placing her column into the Forest Blade in Swainsboro.

I'm proud of Lucy and wish her the best. And I'm not surprised. After all, a lot of what you see each week in The Mirror has shown up in other newspapers across the state. And that's something each of you can be proud of, too.

Congrats should also go to my old friend Georgia Rep. Ben Harbin. The Columbia County republican was named Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee last week.

Ben's newfound position -- and power -- will benefit not only his home county, but McDuffie County also.

Remember, Ben was one of the driving forces behind the regional designation for our airport. He understands the importance of approaching economic development from a regional perspective.

And he deserves everything that comes his way.

Along that same line, our new Senator, Jim Whitehead, stopped by Monday just to say "Hi." Jim has always been one of my favorite public servants. Notice I didn't say politician, because he's not. Never had been. Jim's just a good man trying to make a difference in his state.

And that is all we can ask for in Atlanta.

Just as an update, the Christmas stuff is finally put away. I'm still itching from the insulation that covers my attic, but I can walk through my living room and the multi-colored tree is no longer illuminating my office.

The downside, of course, is my wife is now busy planning our next project -- landscaping.

Color me thrilled.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out what the world did before Wal-Mart.

My wife has long been amazed by my family's grocery store habits. She was raised in a family that only went to the grocery store two or three times a month. I, on the other hand, come from a family who went grocery shopping nearly every day -- and sometimes two or three times a day.

And it shows, especially when we shop together.

Take, for example, our Friday night trip to Wal-Mart. (Yeah, I know: Friday night at Wal-Mart. Just call us Thomson's party animals.)

She had a list and was focused on crossing her items off. I was content to walk up and down every aisle looking for items I thought I'd like. A bag of pizza rolls. A pack of frozen shrimp. Some of that new Tide with Downy.

It's enough to drive my wife crazy. Maybe she's paying me back with yard work.



Web posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005











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