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PAGE 2 - th)GANSVIUE HOME NEWS - DECEMBER 15, 1999 Our Decisions Determine the Paths We'll Walk in Life Spending time in the woods cruising timber, working in sales, and Veneer Manufacturing was right down my alley. Just like most jobs, there were some phases I did- n't care for, but most of the time I enjoyed my Work. While serving in the Navy aboard an escort aircraft car- rier in the Pacific, I was enlist- ed quartermaster in the navi- gation department. When I joined the Navy back in 1944 as a raw 17 year old, I considered myself knowl- edgeable about most things, most like the young people of to day. When I enlisted, the recruit- ing officer at the post office in Athens told me that I had qual- ified for Navigation School, but when I finished boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois I was shipped to California, for fur- ther transfer to the fleet. This turned out to be the best thing that could have hap- pened to me. It seems they had Have you ever wondered what your life would be like had you chosen some other occupation. As a young man, I had several opportunities. Just like most young people I talk to today, I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I did not make a decision on my vocation until after I got home from World War II. I real- ly don't regret the decision I made, but I don't think I would make all the same decisions today. >D[-NIGN # 1657 > 1657 SQUARE FEET OF HEATED AREA >4 BDR, 2 BATH >TWO CAR GARAGE >FOYER WITH 9'6" CEILING >KITCHEN WITH WHIRLPOOL APPLIANCFS >BREAKFAST AREA >FORMAL DINING ROOM >GREAT ROOM >LAUNDRY ROOM >CULTURED MARBLE VANITY TOPS IN ALL BATHS |O0/tt nO01.O raised the age limit for those attending Class A Schools. When I reported aboard ship, I requested and was approved for the navigation department. Our navigator was Commander Jim Farley that had played football at Texas A&M. The captain was a four stripper who was a room- mate of my mother's youngest brother at the Naval Academy. i Lyons Gallery 11 DOLLS DOLLS DOLLS Lee Middleton, Effanbee and many, many more. "One of Georgia's Largest Doll Shops!" 71|Ib-672.412112 One block south of downtown Grl.envllh.. G.1 >ALL CREDIT CONSIDERED >FREE LOAN PRE-QUALIFICA'FION >FREE MORTGAGE CONSULTATION >DEBT & LAND PAY-OFFS CAN BE INCLUDED IN FINANC'IN(; >ONE-STOP SHOPPING IN OUR SHOWRO()M >OVER 100 PLANS TO CHOOSE FROM WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO FIND THE BEST DEAL ON CELLULAR THIS HOLIDAY? HOW ABOUT A BIG RED ARROW?. Cellular One will donate S20 from your holiday package to help build a house with a family in our community through Habitat for Humanity. GRIFFIN MAN C H E S T E R 1303 Wt Taykr . 1140 Warm Springs Hwy. (770) 412-9100 (706) 846-2012 A [,RICE COMMUNIC?FIONS CORPORATION Company m  ;nrican Stock E-sl PR "Unhmded ngh|s and weekends and/or untim+ted artime foi the first 6 months only Afier the first month, the tnthty access tee for the $20 package is $20, and lot the $30 package, the monthly tee is $31. Ceflain restrict:ons apply. Offer ap#es cnl, to Qualified rata plans Offer expires 1/2/00 Service agreement required, See store for details, New acfivations only See store for details, Since I had almost two years of college at a young age and a good math background, I fit right in. Our assistant navigator was Lt. Lloyd Lasher, who turned out to be a great friend. He worked with me very close and always called on me to help him plot zig-zag courses from one point to another and ETA (Estimated Time of Arrivals). As time went on, I got to be effi- cient at my job. I actually thought I could take our ship anywhere in the world. As I have said many times before, these were the most adventurous years of my life. We went to Tokoyo Bay for the signing of the peace in September, 1945. Since I was one of the youngest aboard ship and was not married with chil- dren, I would be among the last to be discharged. When it came time for Lt Lasher to leave the ship charge, he offered me a job New Orleans when it came time to get out of service. Lasher's family was majority stockholder in Brewery. The a small ship that ran from Orleans to various ports Central and South delivering beer and brin back various commodities coffee and bananas. He planned to take over skipper of the ship when he home, and had asked me to him about this possibility nights in the pacific. If I was like a cat and nine lives, I might have one this way. It sounds turous, but come to think of my present life has an exciting adventure, and wouldn't change a thing. Our Shopping Sometimes Pays When 21 friends from sev- eral bridge clubs met for our annual Christmas lunch and bridge playing, it was noted that I'd dressed three of those par- ticipating. Of course there was myself. I wore a black long sweater with a label that reads "Distinctly Different". Front sections are in purple, green and red and feature a large woven-in red how. Small silver beads are scattered for decora- tion. I chose a long skirt, black hose and shoes and silver ear- rings. For Nell I finally found a red suit exactly like she wanted. It is trimmed with satin color, cuffs and buttons. I shortened the pants. She had sent me a note that included, "You are so good to me. You're my person- al shopper and what a good one you are! I'm enjoying the vest. I want to talk to you about a skirt sometime". (It was the red one I altered' from a.*tzer21,her size six.) Now she wants blue shoes, size five and a half. Cola wore a gorgeous red wool short cardigan sweater with poinsettias knitted onto the front. I found and purchased it while shopping for Nell. I had to return and exchange it for a different size when Cola want- ed it. She accessorized red pants, gold top and shoes and printed scarf that coordinated everything. Several chose to wear red to the party. Neither the purple suede bine. On my first visit to Manchester Goodwill store found exactly the garment to with them. It was crepe pants in a lively and lavender floral After one wearing, I decided convent the gore skirt. Now with big pin and earrin turtle neck top that I already owned, I have a looking outfit - and with $100 expenditure. I wore outfit to the tie neck and jewelrhlo pliments the skirt. While I store I was able to help a boy who didn't have money to buy the he had chosen. An verse from a a 'cup of cold water' was in His name. But the giver was never the same! he found that when giving done with a zest, Diet -- A Four Letter Word I madeabigrnistakethismom- hag. I got on the bathroom scale and weighed. Ugh! Monday morn- ings are bad enough by them- selves, but I had to add insult to injury. I have been losing and gain- ing back the same two pounds since August. It's starting to inter- fere with my otherwise lovely dis- positiorL The sad part is, I have to lose weight at this stage in my life or risk developing heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure or all of the above as I get older. Unfortunately, it gets harder to lose weight every year after age 25, or so I've been informed by my physiclarL So my fat cells now have termre. Part of me reflizes I need to lose a substantial amount of weight, both for health and (let's behonesD vaiW's sake. But anoth- er part of me wants to scream, "Accept me as is, thunder thighs and all dagnabbit!" I have a constant tug of war going on between "I should" and "I want." I sbodd make changes in my eating habits and get regu- lar exercise. I wt to eat fried chicken on a regular basis and maybe walk around the block if I can find lime. A lot of people are probably saying 'en, you could stick to a diet and exercise program ff you really wanted to." I'd like to know how many of these people have ever had a weight problem. It amazes me how so many people who have never had to diet are willing to dispense advice (or crit- icism) to those of us for whom diet has become a four letter word. Why is my weight anybody's busi- ness but mine? If I attended AA meetings instead of Weight Watchers would give plenty of moral port and even sympathy. Instead, I get, "You need lose a few more pounds you can wear that dress," "You're not going to eat are you?" Why dces it bother other ' pie So much if I'm okay, fat)? It's not contagious, ular beliefs, oped a spare tire, rear thunder thighs just by being pro-nity to a fat persorL It's not like my fat just waiting to invade a a la "Invasion of the Snatchers". happ00 andapparently the tion of leaving anytime sow. Well, I have every ev00et00 them I'm making my New resolution three weeks Chrtmnm. (This is worst time of' weight, but the eating season, I'll kind of willpower I have. wheth I have any at all.) I heroy declare I by this next There. I tionaI ought to make me stand by it. .. Wish me luck and no wi ff drawaI symptoms.