Around Town – October 19

Orchids to …

• war hero John McCain for his description of Trumpism: “Half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.”

• Coach Bob Gaddis and the Olympian football coaches for being great role models for student-athletes while building a winning tradition.

• Seth at Disc Replay for awesome customer service.

• Kenneth Landreth on his wonderful letter about the American flag, which brought tears to my eyes.

• the people of Columbus who politely open doors, offer help with packages and always have a smile and kind word to the elderly and/or handicapped.

• Joanne and Roger Thayer and the Columbus Silgas crew for going beyond the call of duty Tuesday to remove our gas tank on 265 North.

• the Columbus Corvette Club for their excellent attendance at the Ethnic Expo parade.

• Denny Stanley for winning the men’s golf tournament at Greenbelt Golf in Columbus, from Jerry and all your other golf buddies.

• Hubler Honda in Columbus and Greg for hooking up my phone in my car, from Carol.

Onions to …

• the high school football player who took a knee instead of standing during the national anthem prior to the game.

• the store that only has self-checkout lanes open late at night.

• officials who took a perfectly good paved road and then stripped off the blacktop after less than two months.

• whoever set the 5 p.m. start time for trick-or-treating, because a lot of folks aren’t off work yet.

• the person in the red car that stopped suddenly on the 25th Street bridge, almost causing a chain-reaction accident.

• anyone who refers to a embarrassing physical altercation between two grown men as a “hiccup.”

• Columbus North coaches who got into a sidelines fight for failing to set a good example for the community.

• school officials who decided a one-game suspension was enough punishment for the coaches who fought on the sidelines.

• anyone who does not understand that any member of the armed forces is expected to give their life if needed.

• the driver pulling onto 25th Street on Monday night, going fast and almost hitting the car of an elderly, handicapped driver, who ran a red light by mistake.

• the medical office where members of the management team wear strong perfume or cologne, knowing that it may irritate or bother people.

Happy Birthday to …

• Linda Ruble, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Alexis Spencer.

• Gary Moody, from your family and Donna.

• Maria Pardue, from Max and Janet.

• Steve Garrison from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Paul Kidwell, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Anne Reinell, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Polly Trotter, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Will Trotter, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Jordan Lopez.

• Lee Phayer.

Happy Birthday to …

• Nathan Simmonds, from Mom and Mike.

• Cheryl Placek, from your loving husband Ron.

Happy Anniversary to …

• David and Becky Turpin, from your family.

• my wife Wendy Zapfe, on Oct. 19, from her husband of 32 years, Richard Zapfe.