THIS AND THAT: My late mother-in-law, bless her soul, was once stopped by the state patrol on her way home from work due to her lead foot.
When the trooper went to write the ticket, he also noticed she wasn’t wearing a seat belt. He explained to her he would have to write a ticket for that too, or she had an option of watching a movie on a Saturday morning.
Her response: “Do I get to pick the movie?”
Funny, but maybe not the best answer. The trooper handed her ticket No. 2, although she claimed she saw him smile for a split-second.
People are forever testing the limits when stopped by police, right to the point of plain ol’ stupidity.
Take the incident at the St. Gerard Festival on Saturday. If a police officer ordered you to stop, what would you do? (A) Run as fast as you can the other way and expect him to not try to stop you. (B) Start arguing with him. (C) Both A and B. (D) Stop and do what he says.
Duh, would it be D? Not only is stopping the smart thing to do, but being ultra-respectful also wouldn’t hurt. “Yes, sir. No, sir. Won’t happen again, sir.”
Sears closing: Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the announced closing of Sears at the Lima Mall.
There were 29 stores when the Lima Mall opened at 10 a.m., Nov. 18, 1965. Name five of them.
Answer: Abrahams, Butler Shoes, Corwin Bakery, Cleveland Fabrics, Dolly Hat Shoppes, First Lady Beauty, Halloway House Cafeteria, Hobby Center, Howard’s Camera Shop, J.C. Penney, Lima Mall Theatre, Madisons, Metropolitan Bank, Moore’s Auto Supply, Moore Barbershop, Neumode Hosiery, Kinney Shoes, Pangles, Paul Harris, Petrie Ladies Apparel, Richman Bros., Sears, Sills Shoes, Singer Center, The Leader, Thrift Drug, United Men’s Wear, Woolworth, Zales Jewelry.
ROSES AND THORNS: It’s puppy love time in the rose garden.
Rose: It was a memorable Memorial Day for Jennifer Mason of Cairo. Her dog, Piper, a Labrador Retriever mix, gave birth to a litter of 19 puppies.The delivery began around 8:30 a.m. and took 18 1/2 hours.
Rose: To Lou Pleva,who retired after more than 40 years of teaching, the last 38 at St. Charles Elementary in Lima.
Rose: To Lima Mayor David Berger, who walked the Memorial Day parade route in suit and tie despite record-breaking 94-degree temperatures.
Rose: To Joan and Jim Holtzapple of Spencerville. They will be married 70 years on Thursday.
Rose: To Agnes and Robert Huddleston of Lima. They celebrated 70 years of marriage on May 22.
Rose: To Raylene and and Elmer Fischer of Lima. They celebrated 65 years of marriage on May 30.
Thorn: To former Perry Township Fire Chief Rick Phillips. He condones the atmosphere of sexual slurs he created saying it helped create camaraderie.
PARTING SHOT: When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
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.