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  • Butch shares WORST advice he’s gotten
    Friday, April 3, 2020 6:03 AM
    During this Covid-19 virus dilemma, we are receiving lots of advice from the experts and the media regarding our health and safety . . . mostly good . . . and some maybe not so good. Who knows for sure? At my age, I take all advice with a grain of salt, because I remember all of the health and safety advice that I have received in the past which did not turn out to be so wise. Here are a few examples of BAD ADVICE given to me in the last 71 years . . .
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  • Putt-Putt-Putting along in the ‘60s on a Cushman
    Friday, March 27, 2020 5:12 AM
    As we baby boomers continue down the path of what most people refer to as "old age," I refuse to be placed in that category. Yes, I look the part . . . but I don't feel "up in my years." I am still as active as I was 40-50 years ago.
    A few years ago, I was walking from the library to the post office and I met a teenager on the sidewalk. As he approached me, he said, "How ya doin', old-timer?" I looked around as I thought he may have been speaking to someone else.
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  • I am so sorry, little brother . . . If you are sorry, too!
    Friday, March 20, 2020 4:25 AM
    My brother Gary is four years younger than me. He turned 68 years old this month. When I think of all the things I did to him, it's a wonder he made it past childhood. So here and now I would like to say I'm sorry for the following childhood incidents . . .
    I am sorry about swatting that rock at you with my baseball hat, and it chipped your front tooth off . . . OOPS!
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  • The tale of the Boy who wanted to be paddled . . .
    Friday, March 13, 2020 5:19 AM
    In 1979 I was teaching at Darlington Middle School. My degree was in social studies, health, and PE; however, Eual McCauley, the North superintendent, asked me if I would teach shop class that year as he could not find a certified industrial arts teacher. I was happy to help out, so I taught junior high shop and a couple of social studies classes.
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  • Butch shares some answers he got over years
    Friday, March 6, 2020 3:56 AM
    As I have said previously, I met some very interesting people while working as a police officer and County Sheriff, and during that time I heard some very remarkable and utterly strange answers and statements from people. Here are just a few . . .
    • “You don't need any bullets. We'll give you some when you get back. They won't know it's not loaded." (from the Chief Deputy, after he gave me a gun on my first day on the job, and I had to go on an emergency call with another officer.)
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  • Pole vaulting at age 50 . . . sure, why not?
    Friday, February 28, 2020 3:56 AM
    I have no idea why . . . but when I was 14 years old, I decided one summer day that I wanted to learn to pole vault. I had no pole or any money to buy one, so I scrounged around and found an alternative . . . a 10-foot section of a steel TV antenna. Yes, it was heavy, but I figured that it would not break and it would also increase my arm strength, which an athlete needs to be a great vaulter.
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  • Butch just had to ask, a pink and white Buick . . . Really ???
    Friday, February 21, 2020 2:31 AM
    My father was never much of a car fanatic. When he passed away at the age of 66, he had owned a total of six cars during his entire life. Purchasing a new vehicle never entered his mind. He always chose an older car that he deemed dependable . . . at the cheapest price. As a farmer with a wife and five kids to take care of, maybe that was his only option.
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  • If you’re a cop, don't ASSUME
    Friday, February 14, 2020 3:22 AM
    Before I became a Deputy Sheriff in 1977, I had been a teacher and coach. I just assumed all of the citizens in our little county were "everyday normal people." I soon realized that my assumption was off the mark...that there were indeed a FEW that did not fit that category. I learned that as a cop, I should not assume anything beforehand. Here are some funny moments I'll never forget . . .
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  • Talk . . . smoke . . . pray . . . cross your fingers
    Friday, February 7, 2020 3:35 AM
    If police officers are on the job long enough, they are going to be called to a situation where a person is threatening to commit suicide. During my years as a Deputy Sheriff and County Sheriff, this happened to me three times, and each time the person was armed with a gun. This is something they didn't teach at the police academy as to what you should do. You are on your own. This is what happened to me the first time . . .
    I had worked at the Darlington Library as usual from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. one summer day before starting my 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift as a Deputy Sheriff. As soon as I began my patrol, I was sent on a call to a residence in Darlington. I knew the family. The husband had been a student of mine when he was in junior high school.
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  • The stolen car chase I'll never forget . . .
    Friday, January 31, 2020 12:39 AM
    During my career in law enforcement, I was involved in several car pursuits. I discovered early on that there is an inverse correlation between the desire to catch the fleeing felon . . . and using common sense. Many police officers are so determined to catch the suspect that they throw hazard to the wind. If I thought that the pursuit could likely endanger others, then I would end it.
    But once I did not . . .
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  • Butch says age is just a state of mind . . . he thinks
    Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:17 PM
    When this year arrived I realized that I have lived in NINE different decades...having been born in 1948. I turned 70 years old two years ago. It's difficult for me to believe . . . until I look in the mirror and confirm the sordid truth. It sounds even worse when someone refers to a person that age as a septuagenarian . . . like something that should be placed in a museum . . . homo sapien septuageneris, a prehistoric relic . . . "Look Mother, that person was born in the 1940s! Wow!"
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  • What was Butch doing when he was 7? Driving without license
    Friday, January 17, 2020 4:00 AM
    My parents always claimed I was a quick learner. I could read by the age of 4, primarily because my mother read to me all the time. There was one book entitled "Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow" that she read so often . . . that I had all of the pages memorized! Sometimes the "quick learning" . . . or "imitation" . . . got me in a heap of trouble.
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  • Reminiscing . . . lots of fun times at the old drug store
    Friday, January 10, 2020 4:00 AM
    Just about every small town in Montgomery County had a drug store. The drug store sold a wide variety of items . . . ice cream, soda pop, candy, snacks, medicine, personal items, school supplies, magazines and literally thousands of other things. But more importantly, the drug store was a popular hangout for kids and adults.
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  • In old house, even mice were cold
    Friday, January 3, 2020 2:41 AM
    Whenever my brother Gary and I recall growing up on the farm southeast of Darlington, we refer to it as the "old green farm." That is because the house had some siding that was a green-colored shingle type. It sat up on a hill some distance from the road, and it seemed like the wind blew constantly. The house had no insulation, and the windows allowed air in through the gaps. My parents and sisters slept downstairs where there was one tiny fuel oil stove in the living room. My brother and I slept upstairs on an old bed with a feather mattress, and the only heat up there was what drifted up through a register in the floor.
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  • Still 13 years old on my Farmall tractor
    Friday, December 27, 2019 3:40 AM
    About 19 years ago I made the decision to buy a small utility tractor to use on our farm, primarily to mow and for odd jobs. I drove to the local dealerships and looked over their selection. I found one that suited my needs; however, it was priced at slightly over $17,000. The salesman calculated that my monthly payments would be over $500 . . . certainly not something I was looking forward to.
    As I left one dealership, I noticed an old Farmall Model H, which looked to be late 1940s or early 1950s vintage . . . sitting there looking awfully lonely.
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