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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
On the Road with Tom
Of course Maine isn’t going to let my wife and me go south without a winter fight. I expected a line of neighbors throwing snowballs at our car as we left; instead, we woke up to a storm in the process of dumping 6 to 12 inches on top of the foot we got two days ago. We weren’t going to let it stop us. (Photos by Tom Sadowski) - See more at: http://www.freepressonline.com/Content/Columnists/Tom-s-On-The-Road-series/Article/On-the-Road-with-Tom-Sadowski-Part-1/50/779/37036#sthash.o0xUx5LC.dpuf
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:54 PM
Let’s talk about our personal financial situation. Oh wait, we’re Americans: we can talk all day about money but we never speak of our personal finances. It is mildly forbidden. When we meet someone at a party it’s rude . . .
  • Drinks in hand at our table, we sat at a moderately fast food restaurant waiting for our order. We had already noted that there were crushed French fries on the floor, lightbulbs burned out in the dining area and ketchup splatter on the ...
  • Thank you, everyone who entered or intended to enter the essay contest, but please stop. We already have a winner. In case you are one of the few who missed out on the excitement, allow me to fill in the details. Some time . . .
  • When I was young, I studied attractive, elegant and seductive older people pictured in magazines and television. I fully expected to meet people like these as I moved into their age bracket. Now that I’m older, I see attractive, elegant . . .
  • As voting day draws near, people often come to me after church or at the bail bondsman’s office and ask if I can clearly explain anything, like how does ranked- choice voting work? That is a two-part question, so let us tackle . . .
  • People, we’ve been over this before but it hasn’t stopped the trend. As disturbing as it sounds, Halloween is getting to be more and more fun. This is not how it should be. We have lots of holidays for fun and festivity. We have only . . .
  • While stopped behind a school bus last week I remembered that I have a daughter. This made me wonder what she is doing in Australia with her work visa, living Down Under near those Australian surfing beaches packed . . .
  • Do you sometimes get the urge to jump on a bicycle and ride into the sunset to see how far away you can get? I know I do but some people — alright, my wife — have no desire to use a bicycle. She has expressed the same fantasy . . .
  • Late last spring I announced to my wife that I intended to bicycle from here to Key West Florida this fall. She is a very kind woman and so she kept her composure and humored me with a few questions before saying no. . . .
  • Don’t you just love wise sayings and proverbs? I know I do. It’s comforting to read that “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” We all know that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and no one disagrees that . . .
  • It is hard not to notice that yard sales persist, even though we have discussed these marketplaces in the past. We concluded that our possessions meet at night, decide that something must be done and then force us . . .
  • My wife often accuses me of … oh wait; that’s never a good way to start a sentence and certainly not a column. It is best to say that she sometimes “suggests” I take on too many jobs that should be handled by professionals. . . .
  • Back in college, meaningful conversations were a dime a dozen. Bob Howard from across the hall would walk into my dorm room at 7:45 in the morning and say, “Wake up! Do you want to go to breakfast? Do you believe in . . .
  • Those of you who read the Free Press will often be entertained by delightful information presented in the regular columns. Routinely, you will be thrilled with the details of upcoming events and even get a laugh from news . . .
  • It’s midsummer and, in my neighborhood, you have to watch out for the unsavory local gangs who will give you trouble on these hot, annoying afternoons if they catch you unaware. . . .
  • Planning a remodel or a new building? You might want to spend some time getting to know your builder before committing to any projects that you will have to live with for, oh I don’t know, the next 25 years. . . .
  • August is, of course, Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month. This is the perfect time to invite your neighborhood kiwifruit over for a backyard barbeque or, more ideally, a Sunday brunch and when they arrive, ask them warmly . . .
  • My bedside alarm clock is an unnecessary complicated piece of electronics. In 2008 I set it to National Public Radio for my morning wake-up call and since I lost the operator’s manual, it would take dedicated . . .
  • People often stop me in the street to ask, “Is puttering the path to self-fulfillment and world peace?” They are concerned that puttering is great as a recreational activity but shouldn’t we all be getting down to business? . . .
  • About a dozen years ago, a fellow townsperson, better known as “a guy,” called me with an urgent message. There was going to be a public meeting that evening at the town office when our elected officials . . .
  • During the awkward time when I was young, parents didn’t have frank discussions with their children about life. I never got the chance to ask questions to satisfy my burning curiosity on certain subjects. . . .