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  • The sad state of the automotive industry continues to make news. While cars are not being sold, their manufacturers are. Chrysler now belongs to Fiat, GM was on the sales block to escape bankruptcy, and local dealerships have changed. Automotive stories abound ,making it time to take a drive down Pun Alley.

    General Comments

    In an effort to save money on all the GM signs, vehicle labels, and even company stationary, General Motors may just be renamed Government Motors.

  • Funny how certain events just stay in your mind; your wedding day, the birth of your children, where you were when the lights went out on the East Coast in 1965, and the day man first walked on the moon.

  • The Friendship Amateur Radio Club held its monthly meeting on July 13 with Charles Lucas, W1DOH, the club’s president, presiding. The presentation at this month’s meeting was a video which involved the element of “probagation.”

  • In 1513, Ponce de León, seeking the mythical “Fountain of Youth,” discovered and named Florida, claiming it for Spain. On this day in 1821 Spain ceded Florida to the United States, according to terms of the Adams-Onís Treaty. Just think, if Florida still belonged to Spain, most everyone here would be speaking Spanish.

    The Beginning

  • What’s better than a Chihuahua? Why two Chihuahuas, of course. Check out the pictures of the adorable black and white smoothie George and his redheaded long-haired gal pal Ditto.

  • I was working on my to-do-list for the upcoming week when I happened to notice the date. I looked up from my work and exclaimed to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, "Do you know that this is the month of July already?"

    She looked at me and said, "What month did you think it was?"

    I did not want to tell her that I had not been thinking at all, lately. That certainly would have started a completely new line of conversation... or rather monologue. I simply went back to my to-do-list to bring it up-to-date.

  • A fixed annuity is a contract between you and an annuity issuer, usually an insurance company. In its simplest form, you pay money to an annuity issuer, the issuer invests the funds and pays you the principal and its earnings back to you or your named beneficiary. What’s fixed about a fixed annuity? The issuer guarantees (subject to its claim-paying ability) a minimum rate of interest on your investment and a fixed benefit amount if you elect to annuitize.

  • “Holy rusted metal, Batman!” We have to choose a winner!

    The Ultimate Showdown game battles are well underway to the delighted shouts and screams of our young participants during the Thursday and Saturday Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) sessions.

    The game is a bracket-style tournament created by Erin Arnold to select youngsters’ favorite Ultimate Champion out of 64 fictional characters. Of course, the winner must be chock full of Heart, exhibit oodles of Smarts and Originality, be a Game-Changer and, oh yes, receiver of the coveted Coolness Bonus.

  • Last week, our nation celebrated its birthday, a day associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, and other events commemorating how our country was born. Thinking about July 4 takes us down the alley for some related humor.

    Precious

    A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Bombay and Calcutta where he purchased two diamond necklaces. On his return flight to the United States, he had to go through customs where he was asked to list everything he had purchased on his trip. So he made the declaration of Indian pendants.

  • Even with the intermittent rain showers, his followers came to a party, on Sunday, June 28, to thank Pastor Sean L. Forde for his three years of service at Joy Lutheran Church.

    More than 150 people attended the celebration — church members, friends, Upward soccer players and local ministers. Because of the number of people, the event was at Countryside Presbyterian Church in their more spacious fellowship hall.

  • Like everyone else, my wife and I have difficulty keeping the home budget balanced. It would not be so bad, except every month new bills come in resembling the bills I paid last month. Will this nonsense ever stop?

    For example, last month I distinctly remember paying the electric bill. And, if my memory serves me correctly, the month before that I also paid the electric bill, and the month before that. Now, before me is another electric bill resembling last month’s bill. I am weary of this redundancy.

  • A new law signed by Gov. Charlie Crist promotes the installation of Florida-friendly landscaping. The law states that homeowners associations (HOAs) may not prohibit a homeowner from applying Florida-friendly landscaping to their property or create any requirement or limitation in conflict with state law.

  • With the summer temperatures reaching record levels, what better treat could you ask for than a cold dish of ice cream! On Thursday, July 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Friends of Freedom Public Library will offer patrons exactly that: a dish of cold, creamy ice cream. Choose your flavor and enjoy it with or without selected toppings. There’s no charge! Just stop in on your way into or out of the library and spend a few minutes with Friends.

    New face on staff

  • Treasury Extends Money Market Fund Guarantee:

    On March 31, 2009, the Department of Treasury extended its temporary guarantee program for money market mutual funds through Sept. 18, 2009.

  • Against the blackened sky, the exploding shells scintillate and blaze forth in myriad colors and patterns, awakening the summer night with echoing booms as the designs fade into wisps of sulfur vapor and evaporate into nothingness. The crowd cheers and claps for more and the act is repeated over and over until the pyrotechnical show ends and the people depart for home. But while this display captures the fascination and delight of the crowd, are the people thinking of the reason for the event and the concept it celebrates?

  • Now that summer is upon us, we can turn our back on those frosty days of winter. I like winter as long as it is in the past tense. Otherwise, all that cold just tenses me up something terrific. Now summer is upon us and we can sit back, relax, and enjoy those crazy lazy days of summer.

    My plans for the summer have already been established. I have a little notebook with all of the things I plan to do during the summer. If someone were to happen to open that little notebook they will find, much to their surprise, that there is not a thing written on any page.

  • With the warm summer season upon us, I’ve noticed more and more people enjoying bicycling just after the morning sunrise. I too enjoy riding five or six times a week at a relaxed 30- to 50-mile ride. On any given Saturday morning, it is just what my body needs to make up for the movie and pizza the evening before.

    If you are a bicycling enthusiast as I am, and you are not taking time to visit one of the few ‘paved’ central Florida trails, you are missing a wonderful experience.

    Let me introduce to you just a few of these trails.

  • The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 allows qualified motor vehicle taxes paid or accrued within the taxable year to be deducted as an itemized deduction, or as part of the standard deduction.

  • Once again the members of Joyful Hands at Joy Lutheran Church responded to Legacy House by creating and donating a number of quilts. Legacy House has shown such appre-ciation for these quilts, in the past, that the ladies of Joy are pleased to be able to provide their creative work. Unlike the traditional plain institutional bedding, these quilts provide a colorful, bright addition to the beds at Legacy House.

    Fortunately for the women at Joy they recently received a donation of quilt tops from a lady in the community.

  • June is the traditional month for weddings; there is no other more romantic month. Countless couples have finished their wedding preparations and have walked down the aisle or are close to it. Last year, Pun Alley took us down the path of courtship and weddings. This year, it’s time to go further down that path and look at married life awaiting the newlyweds a year or so later.

    The Honeymoon’s Over