Sometimes the signs are there telling you this isn’t going to be your day.
You just have to recognize them. Friday was one of those days. The office door wasn’t even unlocked when the phone inside started ringing. Luckily, I was able to grab a pen and answer it before the caller hung up.
Well, maybe not so lucky.
“Is this Krumble?”
“That’ll be me, and it’s Krumel, not Krumble.”
“I don’t care what it is,” the caller fired back. “I’m just surprised you answered the phone after putting out today’s newspaper.”
“I’m not sure what you’re referring to.”
“That doesn’t surprise me, either,” the caller smirked. “I’m talking about your hatred of Democrats. Just look at that front page. You call Kavanaugh ‘fiery.’ He wasn’t ‘fiery.’ He was a whiner and a crybaby. If a Democrat pulled that stunt, your headline would have called him a sissy boy … not tough enough for the Supreme Court.”
I assured him The Lima News has never used the words “sissy boy” in a headline. He growled some more and then hung up.
That was the first of many phone calls.
Joyce Whitley of Elida, a sweet elderly woman, called to make sure a letter she wrote would be published. It told how she and her husband thought they would be nice and hire someone from their neighborhood to do minor repair work on their garage. The bill was a nickle under $300 — a little steep in Joyce’s mind.
“We thought we were helping him out, but learned a lesson we need to share,” she said. “Always get an estimate first, no matter whether it’s a neighbor or not.”
A few hours and several calls later we heard from the Atlanta Falcons’ fan. She said back in early August we published a page in Sports with every NFL team’s schedules on it — all that is, except for Atlanta. She asked if we could publish the page again. I told her that was unlikely, but I would be happy to send her a copy of the Falcons’ schedule.
“Never mind,” she told me. “I can go online and get it myself. I don’t take your paper anyway. I live in Georgia.”
Another sports call came later. A guy wanted to know the betting line on the Ohio State-Penn State game. Had Mike “the Guru” Daley still been with us, the answer could have been provided quickly. But the master of sports knowledge and meaningless trivia passed away five years ago this month. I didn’t have an answer for the man, but I had a smile as I remembered Mike.
The day wasn’t to end without one final call.
“I’m about ready to quit this liberal rag you call a newspaper,” the voice on the other end hollered. He accused the newspaper of belittling Brett Kavanaugh by calling him “fiery” in the headline.
Wait … wait … wait — wait!
Didn’t we have a call earlier that accused us of having some love fest with Republicans. And didn’t they say we were favoring Kavanaugh because we called him fiery?
So it goes.
The day ended as it began: Same charge of being bias, only this time the penalty flag was thrown by the other team.
That’s how things have been for a while. One minute, the Democrats accuse you of favoring the Republicans, and the next minute, it’s the Republicans claiming you favor the Democrats.
It’s enough to give someone a fiery attitude.
ROSES AND THORNS: What! Maize and blue roses in the garden?
Rose: To Noah Furbush, of Kenton. The University of Michigan linebacker is one of 179 semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Furbush is pursuing a master’s degree in space engineering.
Rose: To Cathy Williams, of Rockford. Her idea was featured in the nationally syndicated comic strip “Pluggers.”
Rose: The Bluffton University football team collected Lego toys before its game Saturday to honor the legacy of Cainan Craun, the 7-year-old son of Patrick and Gina Craun of Dayton. Cainan died in January from a brain tumor. Patrick Craun is a former team captain for the Beavers.
Thorn: The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Allen County Humane Society have ended a program that allowed inmates at the Lima prison to help train dogs and cats.
Thorn: Bath schools had to send kids home shortly after school began Wednesday thanks to a squirrel. The rodent did battle with a 69,000-volt power line, leaving no power for the school as well as leaving no rodent.
PARTING SHOT: The problem isn’t that obesity runs in your family. The problem is no one runs in your family.
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.