Cell phones were new, and the university made me carry one because I was the director of internet systems. They wanted to be able to get hold of me if something went wrong, which, with the internet in its infancy, it often did. Messages from my office phone were also routed to my cell phone and beeped me at the most inconvenient times. Shandy's messages always beeped me at the worst times of all.
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One of the jobs that I have as Scoutmaster is to help teach the boys about serving others. Winter is good for that. There are always people who need wood chopped or hauled, and in a winter like this one, there is lots of snow to shovel. One winter, we were receiving more requests for snow shoveling than my troop could keep up with. The moisture was coming down as slush and freezing solid on everything it touched.
What does a person do with the skin of a skunk? Well, Rick decided that it might make a piece to use for a practical joke. He placed it on his doorstep, and he loved to watch people do a double take when they came to his door. Some people would see it from a distance and not even come to his door. Rick saw that as a definite plus. Rick thought fewer interruptions in life was always good.
Jenny was working in the community garden one evening when a big, beautiful Mercedes pulled up. Everyone stopped and stared. It wasn't that they hadn't seen a Mercedes before, it's just no one who was part of the organization could afford one. A man dressed in a three-piece business suit stepped from the car and asked who was in charge. Everyone pointed at Jenny, and he made his way toward her.
It had been a long day of work, and it was late and dark on a winter evening, when I left my office. When I got to my little pickup, I found it covered with snow and ice. I unlocked it and started it so it would warm up while I scraped the windows. I chipped away the snow and ice, then stepped back to the pickup door, only to find it locked.
I was almost seventeen, and the Valentine’s Day girls-choice dance was to be my first date. I had not yet been on a date, because when it came to dealings with those of the opposite gender, I was extremely timid. There would be four of us together. I was the only one with access to a car, so I would be driving.