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Daffodils in Penn Valley: The annual planting of the daffodil bulbs in Penn Valley was postponed due to weather. Today is the new date. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Penn Valley Fence Co. and bring gloves, pails and good humor!

Old? Or older? This finished up a funny e-mail I received from a reader about what we thought in 1974 versus what we thought in 2004. It will either make you feel very old – or very young.

1974: Disco

2004: Costco

1974: Passing the driver’s test

2004: Passing the vision test

1974: Whatever

2004: Depends

Just in case you weren’t feeling old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year’s incoming freshmen. Here’s this year’s list:

• The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in the mid ’80s. They are too young to remember the space shuttle (Challenger) blowing up.

• Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

• Bottle caps have always been screw-off and plastic.

• The CD was introduced the year they were born.

• They have always had an answering machine.

• They have always had cable.

• The only spam they know about comes via e-mail – not in a can!

• They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

• Jay Leno has always been on “The Tonight Show.”

• Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

• They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses are.

• They never heard: “Where’s the Beef?,” “I’d walk a mile for a Camel” or “de plane Boss, de plane.”

• They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. even is.

• They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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