Around Town – January 8

Orchids to …

• The Republic and those who took the time to read the article on the beauty queen as she is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well.

• my very sweet cousins, Wanda Elgar and Betty Roll, who reached out to me when I became homeless.

• my brother, Tyler McFarlane, for helping me in my time of need, I am so thankful.

• Columbus Behavioral for helping me during the holidays.

• the two workers at Rural King who took the time to help me find the correct car battery and installed it for me Wednesday, from the woman in the silver Grand Am.

• that well-known man about town, the awesomely awesome Mr. John Tinkey.

• Columbus Sign Co. on State Street for transferring my magnetic sign onto another magnetic sign so that I may once again put it on my automobile.

• Michelle at J.C. Penney on Wednesday for the coupon as you are awesome.

• all the city workers who cleared out all the mud and debris in and around Mill Race Park and the path on the river, from an appreciative bicyclist.

• the owner of the white SUV that is no longer parked at 27th and Washington streets.

• the newspaper manager who fixed my paper problem and thank you to the person who is actually putting my newspaper on the porch.

• Sadie’s Family Dining for your delicious Swiss steak dinner and the great gift that was given to Paul.

• Pastor Kenny Lee for all you do for Sixth Street General Baptist Church, from your congregation.

• the present administration for continuing the very needed and important Mayor’s Advisory Council for Safe and Affordable Housing, which was created by the previous administration.

Onions to …

• people who gripe about good news on the front page of the paper especially when it concerns the youth of our community.

• The Republic for publishing the front-page article suggesting people cut up Christmas trees for firewood. They should never be burned in a fireplace due to the high temperature and creosote buildup they cause, which can lead to chimney fires.

• the post office in a small town that made me give up my post office box and didn’t offer me another option.

• whiny truck drivers who cannot comprehend what it means to follow rules and policies.

• the drive-thru fast-food restaurant that wouldn’t take my order when it still had two minutes to be open for business.

• people who want to tell you all about their illnesses and should learn to talk about something besides themselves.

• people worrying about people coming in one minute before a store closes when the real issue should be them all leaving when the store closes.

• best friends who become too friendly with their best friend’s husband and to husbands who go out with their wife’s best friend.

• the local grocery store that has an annoying device that beeps every few seconds.

• the person who doesn’t like beauty queens or the accomplishments they have achieved in their young lives.

• the family that thinks a plastic dog crate is a warm shelter for their pet at night when the temperature is 20 degrees.

• the man at the grocery store who let his three small children open the glass case and help themselves to the self-serve doughnuts, putting their hands on the doughnuts and getting their germs all over everything while he stood there and did nothing.

• the son who didn’t even go to his own mother’s funeral.

• family members who owe other family members money, then file for bankruptcy and move out of town.

Happy Birthday to …

• Bryan McCullough.

• Bonnie Cash, from your family and Donna.

• Brian Hammack, from Mom and Dad Hammack.

• Bonnie Rogers, from your family and Donna.

• Frank Lindsey, from Pastor Lewis and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Brian Hammack, from Lisa and Brian.

• David Epperson, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Georgia McCarty, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Carol Ziegler, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Makayla Hensley, from Mammy and Pappy.

• Tim Dempsey.

• Roy West.

• Beau Dailey.

• Caden Glick.

• Matthew Sweet.

• Rita Wolfe, from Bob and Jeri.

Belated Wishes to …

• Kathy Morin, from John, Linda, Mike and Jay.

• Lisa Jeffries, from Aunt Marie.

• Sarah Pittman, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Tracy Harris-Kuncar.

• Mick Turner.

ANOTHER beautiful morning