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A cell phone is not the gift of choice for a woman who hates to talk on the phone.  However, one Christmas, my husband, Dan, decided he could not make it through another year without a cell phone, so he thoughtfully bought one for me, too.

I tried to appear enthusiastic, but I’m not one of those people who enjoys phone conversations.  As a training specialist at a government agency for twenty-seven years, I often responded to fifty phone calls per day.  The last thing I wanted to experience again was the numbing sensation of an earpiece plastered to my ear.

Faith is connected to hope and hope means believing in spite of the evidence and then watching the evidence change.

Although my silver cell phone was as sleek and shiny as a new Corvette, it didn’t turn me on.  I didn’t turn it on either, so I received very few calls at first, except from Dan.  After a month or so, I began to toy with the phone and cautiously began to build a list of contacts and phone numbers.  I followed the instruction guide as best I could, but with limited success.

The directions said to type in the phone number, save it, then push the letters to spell out the name.  This sounded simple, but since the letters were in groups of three on the numbered key pad, the correct letter did not always appear on the screen.  For instance, when I typed in the name of my son, Chuck, the screen read Achuck.  I couldn’t figure out how to delete the A, so I left it.  Unfortunately, most of the names that ended up in my contact list had similar misspellings.

In the meantime, Dan gave his cell phone more attention than a new puppy.  He played with it constantly, investigating every option on the menu.  Then he called me to inform me of his latest discovery.



“It’s me.  What are you doing?”

“I’m downstairs working on my column.  What are you doing?”

“Oh, I’m upstairs playing with my new phone.”

One day, Dan asked me for the phone number of my brother, Lester, in San Antonio.  I told him to check the list of contacts on my cell phone.  I knew I had put in Lester’s name, although I didn’t know what kind of weird spelling it might have.

Dan opened my cell phone, punched the menu button, and scrolled through the list of contacts.

“What kind of gibberish is this?” he said.  “These names don’t make any sense.  Who is Any?”

“That’s my friend, Amy.”

“What about ‘cellc’?”

“That’s Candie’s cell phone.”

“Don’t tell me you know someone named Faky.”

“No, that was supposed to say Daly, but I couldn’t make the D and L appear.”

“I don’t know how you recognize any of these names.  Who is Frocel?”

“You know.  Frolio’s cell phone.”

“Okay, let me guess.  Inha must be Inga, and Kathyc is Kathy’s cell phone.”

“You’re catching on now.”

“And Maaahele is Michelle?”


“I still can’t find your brother, Lester.  Wait a minute.  Is he listed as Ester?”

“Yep.  I couldn’t get the L to pop up.”

“This is like reading hieroglyphics.  Tell me who mdjjjjj is.”

“Oh, that’s Melissa.  At least, I got the M on her name.”

“I give up on the next one.  It’s someone called Rally.”

“That’s easy.  Rally is Sally.”

Dan shook his head as he handed the cell phone back to me, laughing.

“As long as you can decipher who those names are, I guess it doesn’t matter.”

Since that day, I’ve added numerous other contacts to my phone, some spelled correctly and some spelled creatively.  The cell phone turned out to be a valuable Christmas gift that I’ve grown to depend on, even if I occasionally tire of its ringing.

Oops, it’s ringing right now.  Who can it be?  Uh huh, I should have known - just another call from my husband Fan.


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New Year's Resolutions You Can Keep

Are you sick of making the same resolutions year after year that you never keep? Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you can use as a starting point:

1. Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.
2. Stop exercising. Waste of time.
3. Read less. Makes you think.
4. Watch more TV. I've been missing some good stuff.
5. Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.
6. Don't date any of the Baywatch cast.
7. Spend more time at work, surfing with the T1.
8. Take a vacation to someplace important: like, to see the largest ball of twine.
9. Don't jump off a cliff just because everyone else did.
10. Stop bringing lunch from home: I should eat out more.
11. Don't have eight children at once.
12. Get in a whole NEW rut!
13. Start being superstitious.
14. Personal goal: bring back disco.
15. Get the windows tinted. Buy some fur for the dash.

Crockpot Ham and Potato Supper

8 slices ham
10 potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 cans cream of mushroom or celery soup

Put half of ham, potatoes, and onions in crockpot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then grated cheese. Repeat with remaining half.

Spoon undiluted soup over top. Sprinkle with paprika.

Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4 hours.

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