Gasp! It snows during Midwest winter

Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2013, 6:20 pm
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By John Marx,
To the best of my knowledge:

** It snowed. It's the Midwest. It's Friday. We have moved on despite being trampled with Armageddon-like nonsense from television stations the last 24 hours.

** Mirrors don't lie. And thank goodness they don't laugh.

** If the sermon's going to be 20 minutes and you don't want me looking at the inside of my eyelids, then it had better make sense.

** Silence is the best answer to a stupid question. Why make it worse?

** It's a pretty boring sports winter if you spend two weeks making a fuss over Michael Jordan's 50th birthday.

** Miss Vickies sea salt and vinegar potato chips are the greatest chips on the planet.

** Never allow friends to bust out their wedding videos, especially if they got married when the macarena was popular.

** Social networking in my day was called playing outside, brought on by your mother telling you to get out of her house.

** One's level of maturity depends greatly on the company we keep. Look around; makes sense, doesn't it?

** I'm four boxes in and the Girl Scout "thin'' mints aren't working.

** No matter what color is on the outside, it's still chocolate on the inside of an M&M, right? And the colors are just for show?

** You don't join in if someone else is singing a song, especially if it's a guy.

** A restaurant that holds your evening reservation for 15 minutes on a Friday or Saturday is DOING YOU A FAVOR. Be there on time or don't make the reservation.

** Lance Armstrong is going as a seven-time Tour de France winner next Halloween (shared with me by a local coffee group/world-problem-solving organization).

** A night with the Quad City Mallards is a good time. Here's hoping the club can find solid footing and stay for a while.

** Everyone loves a good political joke until it gets elected (from the coffee group/world problem-solving organization) .

** I'd rather have a text telling me the voice mail someone left was worth listening to.

** All the meteor thing confirmed was that nothing is pretty about Russia.

** The rumor that the Pope is using retirement talk so he can negotiate a bigger and better contract is not true (told to me as I'm walking into church last Saturday).

** It is downright insane to rush the field or the floor after your team wins the game. Every college should be fined $100,000 each time it happens. Take a page from the Moline High School staff on how to handle basketball games before, during and after.

** There's someone out there stuck in traffic on their way to a gym to ride a stationary bike.

** Someone needs to make an app to remind you each time your wife gets a haircut.
Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or



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1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
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