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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620040 Phone (700) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 IE O. Box 426 Hogansvflle, Georgia 30Zt0 Here's What a Man Can Always Do Better I guess all men are the same. We don't believe in going to the doctor, or asking for directions and under no circumstances will ever stop being competitive. Those are just a few of the things that apparently make us male. A man can cut himself extremely deep or take off a huge chunk of skin and we won't go to the doctor or the hospital. Something. in our genes tell us that no matter how bad we are bleeding or hurt, it can be fixed with a lit- tle duct tape. That's the reason the females outlive us, I guess. They are smart enough to go to the doctor when something is wrong with them. A guy will have to be on his death bed practically before he'll even think of going to the doc- tor. Notice I said, "think about it." Heck, most of us would= n't go then, but we reach a point when we are so weak that we know that we can't fight the wife anymore, so we simply just give up and go. Once we do see the doc- tor, we won't get half of our medicines filled, if any. Heck, I've got prescriptions that date back at least a year that.. I've never taken to the drug store. If we do break down and purchase the prescribed medications, we only take them until we are feeling bet- ter. We very seldom take all the prescribed medicine. The other day, I found a bottle of pain pills a doctor prescribed to me in 2001. The prescription called for 15 tablets, there were still 12 of them in the bottle. AS FAR AS asking for rlll I was in my prime I could lift double that." Now we are on our way to the chiropractor so we can walk again. Also at that age we real- ize we can't compote in foot- ball or other contact sports anymore. So, we take up golf, play with all the other old guys that don't get out much and brag about what a low score we shoot. That story usually matches the one about the fish that got away. Well, maybe they are not alike. In the fish tale, the fish gets bigger while the score gets lower in the golf tale. FOR WHATEVER rea- son, God saw fit to make us this way. We can't help it. It's just the way we are built. Ironically, for some rea- son, women don't do stupid things like the ones men- tioned above. Women only have one problem. They all believe that they can change a man. "He'll be a better man after we marry. I'm going to change him." It takes a divorce for them to realize they can't. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming God for the shortcomings of men. After all, we got this way after tak- ing a bite of the apple and we all know that story. So women are just as much to blame for as PAGE 4-A - HOGANSVII2~ HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2004 When I Noticed the Calendar From Lends Grizzard's co//ection "/fLove Were Off, I'd Be About a Quart Low" Written in 1979 I first noticed there was something special about girls when they put up the new cal- endar at Bohannon's Service Station in Moreland. Bohannon's was a gathering place for the town's menfolk, who came to watch Bogator Green, the. world-famous auto mechanic, install new manifolds and to talk about women. I had listened intently to their jokes and comments, but was not yet well-versed enough in such areas of knowledge to understand their meaning. The standard greeting between the older boys and the men always seemed to be the question, "Gettin' any?" I thought they were talk- ing about fishing, but I did begin to get somewhat suspi- cious when Shorty Knowles answered one day by saying, "Not much. My wife's done cut me down to twice a week." "That's pretty bad, Short3,," somebody spoke up. "I guess I ought to count my blessings," he replied. "She's done cut two other fellers clean out." I ALSO NOTICED that whenever Ronnie Bodenhammer came by the station, the men would circle around him and he would hold their attention for some time with what I learned later were tales of countrywide roman- tic involvement. Ronnie also had a habit of scratching his privates during these ses- sions, and one of my older friends later explained that was an indication he was "get- tin' a lot." That is when I threw my fishing theory complete- ly out the window. But I digress. The new cal- endar, which was sent to Bohannon's each year by a parts company, always attracted a lot of attention. It was sort of like the opening of a new showing at an art gallery. The first year I remem- ber taking more than a casu- al glance at the picture that accompanied the calendar was when I was seven. The woman pictured on the cal- endar was without benefit of any sort of clothing. She was bent over and smiling as she winked at the camera. By today's bare-it-all standards, there was not really much to see; but in 1953, the photo on the calendar drew gawkers from as far away as Grantville to the south and Arnco-Sargent to the north, and somebody said a man came all the way from Griffin to see it. I QUIETLY and patiently waited until their was no one tall standing in front of me so I could see the picture. I looked at it for a time, and I did feel some strange sensa- tion befalling me. It was as if I were feeling some rare excitement but could identify the source I was c sy, however, men noticed me staringJ picture. '~Vhatchu lookin' .he asked. The other men him started laughing, was thoroughh and ran all the way knew, however, I had perhaps my first some wildly delicious andl more. ...to be continued week BY SPECIAl. WITH HIS WIDOW, DEDRA, HOME NEWS IS CARRYING ED COLL'. LNS BY THE LATE[ GRIZZARD, ~MO GREW BY MORELAND, AND MOST WIDELY READ WRITER BOOKS AND TAl~KS ARE PRODUCTIONS, EO. BOX ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 BOOK AND MUSIC 5 WIDE. Our Students Should Be High Priori Many prospective stu- dents in the state have been refused acceptance to the University of Georgia in recent years in spite of an excellent grade point aver- age and a high SAT or ACT score. This doesn't quite seem fair to me. The Georgia State Lottery has made it possible for many students in this state the opportunity to attend college that might not otherwise. Nothing wrong with this, but this has contributed to overcrowding in all our state colleges, including the University of Georgia. Many prospective stu- dents whose parents are Georgia graduates have been turned down in recent years. Many of these prospective students had high grade point averages and high SAT or ACT test scores and were still turned down. Something is wrong here. Not that the fact your par- ents went to Georgia should give you any lever- for the University to win friends and influence people. I can certainly understand why some people I know who were once great Bulldog fans are now bitter. WHEN I first enrolled at Georgia as a 16 year old fresh- man in June of 1943 we were in the middle of World War II. We had only 3,000 students and there was no shortage of dormitory rooms or class- room space. The only boys on campus were ldand 17 year old kids like me and 4 Fs who were deferred from the draft. Tuition in those days was unbelievable. On the day I registered my mother gave me $60. It cost $45 for three five hour courses per quarter, leaving me with $15 to pay for used books at the book store. The only time I had to ask for more money was when I had to buy new books. Today, even with tuition costs unbelievably high, and still rising, facilities at It seems to me our: legislature would involved so that the classroom space and fled faculty is meet this critical need. should be a high priority. Requiring attend their first year campus in order to more room on main could be one solution. THE ONLY exce, leges are overcrowded. A UND~R now:~:~6n many books are $200 each. College sports Could it be in the near future would "go to pot" if we will have no freshman on main campus like it was in pre-war days. Before the war all girls at UGA attended class at Normal Town, some two miles west of main campus. This separation wasn't done because of overcrowd- ing in those days, but to give the girls time to mature before turning them loose on wild were kept off main their first year in school We must make planS l do everything provide facilities and ty to allow our instate dents to attend our state: ported schools These instate are ours and we must for their educational one way or another. rate as a high