Florida Gators vs. the Florida gators

Florida Gators vs. the Florida gators
  On the road… again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Florida Gators vs. the Florida gators   When he was a Grad Student at the University of Florida, the Footloose Forester witnessed the sudden development and equally sudden departure of a bizarre fad that...
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Goofy Test of Story Layout

Goofy Test of Story Layout
      Ta le of Discovery   Arial fonts are neat and tidy, like me; at the tender size of  28, or 26, on Heading 2; Heading 3 is still bold and brash but.... but when you change the font to A stodgy old Courier New in Size 18-- it doesn't...
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The Depression in Redland

  It is The Great Depression.   It is rural Redland Township, Hempstead County, Arkansas.   Crops have been planted and are coming up.   They look promising.  Cotton and corn.    Soon word comes from the federal government of new programs of how to deal with the overabundance of crops...
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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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