Cheers for naps, National Cemetery and the blues fest


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Posted Online: July 04, 2013, 10:43 pm
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By John Marx, jmarx@qconline.com
To the best of my knowledge:

-- An apology note from a neighborhood teen for ding-dong-ditching you the previous night can quickly restore your faith in our youth.

-- The person who invented the automatic toilet timer has a really bad sense of timing.

-- Angrily pressing "End Call'' has nothing on slamming down the phone as we did in the old days.

-- Even a fish stays out of trouble when he keeps his mouth shut (advice shared with me by a group of coffee-drinking geniuses).

-- There are 12 round Tupperware bowls in one cupboard of my home and three square lids. What gives?

-- Best part of waking up from a nap is beginning to plan another one.

-- Yoga pants for men should never be invented. And if they are invented, they should never be worn.

-- I might be in the minority, but I don't get flag shirts. And then there is candy at parades ...

-- National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal is an amazing place.

-- I get that each day is a gift, but I'd like a second opinion on Mondays.

-- The Chicago Cubs are getting better. It pains me to say as much, but they are on the right track.

-- You have a huge holiday celebration in your town, but thanks to great city planning, one of the busiest streets is shut down. Great call, Bettendorf.

-- The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest is a good time. It's more than great music.

-- Everyone should ride the zip line at Modern Woodmen Park. Just don't tell your orthopedic specialist.

-- A 15-minute fireworks display is not worth having little children roam across busy stretches of highway, is it?

-- Procrastination simply is waiting for just the right time.

-- Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.

-- The world needs more doctors such as Moline-based Brian Cady. Wonderful man.

-- There is no such thing as bad barbecue.

-- Save for lima beans, all food is comfort food.

-- We all have that friend who looks like Chewbacca from "Star Wars" when he removes his shirt.

-- The sushi-bar chef attempting to slap scrambled eggs into your mouth can turn the darkest of days bright. Especially on the misses.

-- Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin. And muffins are healthy for you, right?

-- There should be a constitutional amendment outlawing cheap tissues and thin toilet paper.

-- There are a lot of kind and considerate folks in this world. You know who you are. I found out who many of you are recently.

Columnist John Marx can be reached at 309-757-8388 or jmarx@qconline.com.
















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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