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  • A number of years ago, one of my daughters was a “secret shopper.”
    She actually got paid to go into restaurants and eat or clothing stores and shop. All she had to do was be inconspicuous as she observed the store’s employees.
    Then after leaving the store, she would write a report of her observations: “The salespeople seemed too busy talking to each other to pay attention to customers,” or “The server disappeared as soon as she brought my food and failed to suggest dessert.”

  • Feb. 12, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • I joined band in 5th grade. Our band director made the instrument assignments. I suspect this was designed to prevent a band comprised solely of flutes and trumpets. Upon reaching me the band director sized me up with an appraising eye and announced,
    “Crystal, you have long arms you can play trombone.” And thus my fate was sealed.

  • After deep and serious thought, I think I have a solution for all the world’s major problems:
    Everybody stop.
    Just stop. Take a breath. Step back. Chill out.
    Protesters, go ahead and protest, but you don’t have to riot, so put down your bricks and rocks. Stop looting. Stop damaging people’s property. Stop shouting obscenities -- and clean up your litter on the streets.
    People need to stop their violence, beginning in the home. Stop beating your wife or your boyfriend or your kids. Stop getting drunk. Stop doing dope.

  • Jan. 29, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Trimble County received a blast of arctic cold weather last week. Temperatures dropped to as much as 15 degrees below zero were reported throughout the county.

  • Viewing yourself through the eyes of another can be a very enlightening experience. It happened to me recently. What I saw was one part funny, one part mortifying and one part confusing. I hope my attempt at fractions made sense. A single word is just not sufficient to describe the impact of my realization of how much of my time is devoted to foolishness.

  • Have you seen “This is Us?”
    It’s an NBC drama on Tuesday nights that follows the Pearson family: three siblings -- Kevin, Kate and Randall -- and their parents, Jack and Rebecca.
    Actually, Kevin and Kate are two-thirds of a set of triplets. The third triplet, Kyle, died at birth.
    After Randall, born on the same day, is left at a fire station and brought to the hospital by a fireman, Jack and Rebecca adopt him and raise all three kids as the “Big Three.”

  • Jan. 22, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Louisville Gas & Electric’s Wises landing plant continues to be plagued by consumer groups. Last week, two of the organizations, Paddlewheel Alliance and Utility Ratecutters of Kentucky, filed complaints to the Public Service Commission. The PSC recently set a July 1991 date for LG&E to complete the new plant. Meanwhile, the PSC continues a statewide study to determine future electricity needs.

  • My car has become a hysterical mess. Like many cars it’s fully equipped with a plethora of indicator lights. For example, the car will tell me when it needs gas, an oil change, the seatbelts fastened and much more among an infinite variety of status updates. While it’s true that these lights can be extremely helpful for the motorist, my car has managed to take these helpful alerts to a new level.

  • There’s always something new to click on Facebook, and recently it’s been “What Has 2016 Taught You?”
    According to Facebook, here’s what I’ve supposedly learned this past year:

    “Forgiving is easy, it’s trusting them again that’s hard.”
    The folks or whoever/whatever at Facebook added, “The past year has changed you completely. You’ve seen your life from a completely different angle and this led you to new experiences.”
    Hmmm.

  • Jan. 15, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Trimble County Judge-Executive Jack Couch reported at the recent meeting of Trimble County Fiscal Court that the county housed prisoners in the Oldham County Jail 622 days in 1986 at a cost of $14 a day, for a total of $8,714. Trimble averages about 15 prisoners per month being housed at the Oldham facility. Oldham is planning construction of a new regional jail facility to house prisoners in Oldham, Trimble and Henry counties.

  • I have been betrayed! I have been in considerable pain for the past week because of my conservative attitude toward wisdom teeth. I only grew three because tooth four resolved to play coy. Tooth four would attempt to grow and retreat. This pattern continued for years until we both grew tired of the game, it went into dormancy and we haven’t spoken since.

  • For Christmas I gave my husband Psalm 91.
    Not all of it, just the first two verses:
    “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ ”
    I found an artist on the Etsy website who hand paints scripture verses, white lettering on rustic gray paper.

  • Jan. 8, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    The Tri-County Hospital, serving the counties of Oldham, Trimble and Henry, opened Monday in LaGrange. A full-service hospital, Tri-County has ultra-modern equipment to care for any type of ailment or procedure except open heart surgery and critically ill children. Construction of the $14 million facility began in the summer of 1985. The for-profit hospital will be operated by Basic American Medical, Inc., of Indianapolis.

  • My first attempt at Christmas cookies may well be my last. Along with vegetable gardens, flower beds, painting and large car parking, baking the iconic Christmas sugar cookie is fraught with unexpected perils. Sugar cookies are a wonderful tradition during the holiday season and I determined that I would join in on the fun. When will I ever learn?