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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Secrets in the Dark

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 8:42 AM

It’s not exactly an auspicious beginning for  Fayetteville High School Select Committee 2, the group which will make a recommendation on the future of Fayetteville High School.

Secret meetings so early in the game?

What’s that about?

An “icebreaker,” is how committee chair Tim Hudson described the get together which the media was barred from. Well, I suspect that things might get a little icier for a while, if that attitude holds up.

And what sort of Q&A can’t be held in front of cameras? That’s just so weird.

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Forklift Driver from Hell

The photo on the cover of the Northwest Arkansas Times of the forklift driver at the old Mexican Original building brought back a lot of old memories.

Ah, all the time I spent at M.O., driving my old forklift around. It’s sort of therapeutic, you know, as well as a lot of fun. Except for the time I took out part of a wall - but that’s a story for another day.

One day a pedestrian referred to me as “The Forklift Driver from Hell.”

I’m sure it was a compliment. At least, I like to think so.

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The Pillars of the Earth

It takes a sure hand to write a good piece of historical fiction, and Ken Follett delivers with "The Pillars of the Earth," a sweeping novel about the building of a cathedral in the 12th Century. Filled to the brim with passion, intrigue, politics, murder, revenge and idealism, it is peopled with characters who are filled with life.

It is the satisfying sort of historical novel that after you read it, you may be tempted to think, if these people didn't exist, they deserve to.

It’s so good I bought my mother a copy for Christmas.

Thanks to Ric DeLahoussaye, of Fayetteville’s Government Channel, for turning me onto this book in the first place.


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Bloggus Interruptus

Arkansas Times site down yesterday! I guess I am addicted - even if only in a small way - to blogging, after all. Pride prevents me from revealing how many times I attempted to log on and post my mad ramblings.

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Farewell to Sid Sargent

Condolences to the family of Sid Sargent, who died earlier this week. The former Grapevine illustrator and one-time congressional candidate  did fairly well in her race against Republican John Paul Hammerschmidt, too, despite receiving almost no help from the mainstream Democratic Party in Northwest Arkansas. 

A service will be held at the Goodfolk House, 229 N. Block Avenue, Fayetteville, on Feb. 3 (2pm).

 
rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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