Today marks the 100th day of 2017.
Can you believe it?
Next thing you know it will be summer, and already, we’re almost a third of the way to Christmas.
Below are 10 take-aways from the first 100 days. They’re not rated in order of importance — if they’re important at all. Just some thoughts and observations:
• Thumbs up: Lima native Tom Flynn has to be feeling good as the movie he wrote, “Gifted,” received many favorable reviews when it opened in major markets Thursday. Critic Roger Ebert called it “good entertainment that manages its plot curveballs, and everything else, with a show of compassion that’s a kind of tonic for our increasingly strident times.”
Bill Wine, of CBS Entertainment News in Philadelphia, wrote: “Given that it’s a movie about a math prodigy, ‘Gifted’ better add up. Happily, it does.” He added Director Marc Webb, “working from Tom Flynn’s low-key and smartly pleasing script about what’s best for a gifted child,” produced a movie that “is a sensitive, sensible, tasteful piece, familiar and convincing but not predictable.”
“Gifted” stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan and Octavia Spencer. It is scheduled to open in all markets on Wednesday. The Regal cinema in Lima has a movie poster on display saying it is coming soon.
• Jordan and Trump: Agree with him or not, you have to give U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan credit for sticking to his principles. Jordan has sat down twice with President Trump and never wavered on his views about replacing Obamacare. Jordan also shrugged off Trump’s threat to find candidates to run against Freedom Caucus members in the GOP primary. “Competition is always a good thing,” Jordan told The Lima News.
• Hope they’re wrong: About the only thing market watchers seemed to agree upon at the beginning of the year was consumers would be paying more for gasoline in 2017. Last week saw prices creep up near the $2.50 mark.
• Don’t bet on it: February saw eight straight days of 60-plus temperatures. What’s the chances of that happening again in your lifetime?
• No. 1: The most inspirational sports story was the Perry boys’ basket ball teams first-ever trip to the state semifinals. It came despite losing assistant coach Herb Lane Jr. in a fatal car accident.
• Talking turkey: Just wondering. Who received the meat from three turkeys that had to be shot after causing all the problems for motorists at the corner of Diller and Eastown roads?
• Breakfast and beer: It’s refreshing to drive into downtown Lima on a Sunday morning and see parking spots filled. Breakfast has been the draw at The Hollander, the latest new restaurant to occupy a historic building on Main Street. The scuttlebutt is a micro-brewery may go in next door.
• Parking tickets: Dr. Kenneth Clemens raised a good point in a letter about the Rhodes State project downtown: Where are students going to park? If the answer is the parking garage or one of the downtown lots, will they receive some type of voucher for free parking, or is this part of the cost of their education?
• Sign of times: In case you’re wondering how heated the Lima mayoral race will get, a huge sign supporting candidate Keith Cheney occupies the front yard of a house just doors down from the home of Mayor David Berger.
• What’s more stunning? Sam Crish resigning as Allen County sheriff in the midst of an FBI investigation, or Dennis Dellifield, the retired and highly revered Allen East band director being investigated for possible charges involving child pornography?
ROSES AND THORNS: It was as windy day in the rose garden.
Rose: To Michael Black, a 1981 graduate of Kenton High School, who was named second in command of the Ohio State Patrol.
Rose: When Tuesday’s brisk winds blew items out of Vickie Nedderman’s grocery cart at Gordon Foods, a woman helped her chase down and gather the items as they blew all over the parking lot.
Thorn: A 58-year-old Lima man sitting in his second-story apartment was hit by a stray bullet after Marvin Bridges and Jordan Hawthorne, both 20, started shooting at each on Hope Street. Neither Bridges or Jordan were good enough shots to shoot each other.
PARTING SHOT: A half-truth is a whole lie.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.