The night cart incident

Joyce tells us about living in Peterborough in rural South Australia as a child and the upgrading of their external 'long drop'tiolet with a 'toilet pan'.  The nightcart man was responsible for regularly picking up full pans and replacing them with empty pans. One day there was a mishap in the...
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Confession Of A Practical Joker

Confession Of A Practical Joker
    On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Confession Of A Practical Joker   The text of the following spoof was culled from the black heart of a practical joker who calls himself the Footloose Forester.  He sometimes risked official displeasure with...
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The Pear

The Pear
The Pear “There is a pear in the blue bowl for you to take for fruit time on your kindy trip to the Zoo today,” I told my four year old son. “Just get it and wait beside the car for me while I change your baby sister.” Ken’s big solemn...
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Talk about an ice breaker!

I have held many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the largest organizations there is in the world for women.  I held the position of President of the Relief Society in our ward for approximately four years from 1969 to 1972.             I was just...
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Embarrassing Moment #98 in my life: The Fried Egg

Embarrassing Moment #98 in my life:  The Fried Egg
This probably falls under my common theme of TMI (Too much information) but it is what it is.. When I was 20, one work night my best friend Troy spent the night at my apartment.  We were both getting ready in the morning and I was showering and he was making...
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Embarrassing Moment #97 in my life: Going home for lunch

I've been told over the years that I evidently have no "edit button". Which is sooo not true. I find myself editing my thoughts ALL the time, but evidently not enough.  I've been told  I am real, crazy, too funny, impatient, open, passionate, impulsive and even inappropriate.  That said, I have...
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That occupation was. . .What?

Several years ago, when my oldest son Aaron was going to college studying nursing, he and I were working on an automobile and we needed a part to finish up the job.  I called one of the local wrecking yards and found that they had just the part that we needed. ...
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Meeting My Bosses on My First Day of Work in Saudi Arabia

The date was July of 1978. I had graduated college 6 months earlier and got offered a job in Saudi Arabia. At the time the only thing I knew of the country was that it was somewhere in the middle east and I had seen the movie of Lawrence of Arabia. Nonetheless...
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Did I REALLY Just Do That?

Did I REALLY Just Do That?
In 1974 I was living in Provo, Utah and had the opportunity to have been ordained a Seventy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the previous year.  The Seventies Mission Bookstore was located on the block between First North and Second North and First West in Provo.  Proceeds...
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His Diet Could Have Been Better

On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   You Are What You Eat Of all the expressions, clichés, maxims and apparent truisms, " you are what you eat" is one that the Footloose Forester never took seriously.  In Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force...
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Famous last words..."What can happen? It's just a rocket engine and it's not even pointed at anyone's house!"

Famous last words..."What can happen?  It's just a rocket engine and it's not even pointed at anyone's house!"
OUR INSPIRATION!!!  Mom, Ty and I at Cape Canaveral, FL.   Like a lot of young boys my Brother Tyler and I (Ages 15 and 12) were into rocketry.  We usually were left alone for days on end to construct the model rockets and then accompanied by an adult when we...
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The "Lake Superior" of oil changes.

The "Lake Superior" of oil changes.
Mine was "Forest..er" green! Ha   Here are a few of those lousy ramps!   Now, after you read a number of my stories you will begin to get the idea that I might be a complete idiot when it comes to automotive projects.  My Brother and Cousin Greg can almost...
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The 5 mph bumper and the snowbank that stood it's ground!

The 5 mph bumper and the snowbank that stood it's ground!
An '88 Jetta.  Ours was dark navy blue!  Oh, and a cruched front grill, bumper and light   Back in ’88 My family lived in North Conway, N.H.  It was January or February on that Saturday.  My Dad had ordered a new car a few weeks before and today they called...
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A Nobel Prize For Footloose Forester

        UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MEMORANDUM DATE:                              1 April 92 REPLY TO ATTN OF:           Dick Pellek, REDSO/ESA Natural Resources Advisor SUBJECT:                     ...
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Belly Laughs, Here And There

Belly Laughs, Here And There
    On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Belly Laughs, Here and There Tis not certain that this chronicle will result in a contented memory, the kind that the Footloose Forester hopes to add to his collected assemblage of stories.  Nonetheless, the...
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Confessions of a Moseyier

On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek On Moseying It all started one morning when I was suspected of moseying on the job. I had never thought of myself as a moseyier, so it got me to thinking about moseying, in general. Is...
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The Pied Piper Learns a Lesson (First of a Coming Series)

The Pied Piper Learns a Lesson (First of a Coming Series)
Spend 36 years in “The Vineyards of Education” and unless you were somehow completely insensible to your surroundings you will have a truckload of incidents, some humorous, others poignant, and a few (although too many) tragic, lurking in your memory.   I began my career in September of 1957 as a band...
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Living With Cats

My dad really did not like cats!  However, he let his little girl have several over her childhood.  I have a photo of my sister and me where she is behind me holding a ball and I am not quite two and on a kiddie car reaching out to a kitten! So...
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It Would've Made a Great Trick

Had “Darwin Awards” existed in 1946, Gene Covell and I would have made the list.   It could easily have been awarded posthumously were it not for the fact that guardian angels look over little kids.  The stunt Gene and I dreamed-up seemed do-able at the time.  Sure, in the bright light...
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My First Baptizing

My First Baptizing
                                                                                       My First Baptizing          A revival meeting had just come to an end at the Primitive Baptist Church and a baptizing was soon to be.  I had heard of revival or protracted meetings, but I had heard little about baptizing.  I asked no questions.  I learned the place had...
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