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2 - March 20, 2014 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Heaven Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox "Ouantum mechanics ts certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the 'old one." L at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice." Albert Einstein "Oh, many a shaft at ran- dom sent Finds mark the archer little meant! And many a word at ran- dom spoken May soothe, or wound, a heart that's broken!" Sir Walter Scott, Lord of the Isles Good luck to the Flem- ing County Panthers this week as they advance in the sweet sixteen high school basketball tourna- ment following their vic- tory in the 16th Regional Tournament. I'm not a sportswriter and i'm not a sporfs col- umnist But I am, and al- ways have been, a Flem- ing County Panther. I enjoy watching all the lo- cal sports team play and I'm getting better with my sports photography, but I always root for my Panthers and Lady Pan- ther teams. That's noth- ing against any other team and I always congratulate I'- NDOM -I-HOU HTS other teams when they are victorious or when a mem- ber of any opposing team makes a good play I always compliment them. But I'm always rooting for my Pan- thers, even if it is quietly, whilst amongst the fans of the opposing team. I like watching the lo- cal sporting events. I even enjoy watching the cheer- leaders. They are often among the most talented athletes on the floor or field. I like watching the crowds react to certain plays and official calls. I enjoy chatting with my fellow journalists and pho- tojournalists at sporting events. I've been learning the craft of photojournalism a little more each week. We are lucky to have such an abundance of quality pho- tographers in the region. My sandals are sitting next to my snowshoes. Both have been getting equal wearing time lately. As winter fades and warmer weather emerges I find myself reluctant to put my kerosene heater in storage. I replaced the wick with a little help from a friend earlier this winter and was reminded of my various mechanical experi- ences in the past. I'm not much of a 'shade-tree me- chanic' when it comes to working on automobiles, seems like you need a de- gree in computer technol- ogy to find your way be- neath a hood these days, but I have turned a wrench with the best of them when it came to working on industrial sewing ma- chines and M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks! I was a mechanic at Jockey in- ternational for five years in Maysville and got my start in the military as an armor mechanic specializing in tank turret repair. The turret of an M1 Tank is a complex appara- tus filled with complicated mechanical and computer generated movements. My mechanic buddy Bill Foraker, whose exploits I've written of before, was a model of a mechanics mechanic at heart. It didn't matter what problem was going on in a tank turret, when. Bill went into the tank he had three tools in his hand; only three: A hammer, a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. He always fixed the problem, usually under the cloud of a cussing rant that would embarrass a drunken sailor, but old Bill got the job done. I did some exploring the past weekend, of a new stream I've never previous- ly been too, dear reader. It is a delightful place and re- minds me of the old home place along Fleming Creek in Martha Mills in central Fleming County. I look for- ward to my return there. It is a place with 'good vibes' and a rich history and the beauty it contains on many levels will take your breath away and make you smile on a sunny day as you make your way along it Every moment of every day is a blessing notto be taken for granted. Just as every good seed that yearns to grow must have love when planted I look forward to spring and sunny days and return trips to my new favorite little secret stream! I look forward. I look forward. By Cecil Lawson They're the in crowd, we're the other ones It's a different kind of cloth that we're cut from We let our colors show, where the numbers ain't With the paint where there ain't supposed to be paint That's who we are That's how we roll The Outsiders... , Eric Church, 'Tne Out- siders" (2013) know that light is not save..flmt of,the moon over,the.rock tombs of Neb, nor any gaiety save the unnamed feasts of Ni- tokris beneath the Great Pyramdd; yet in my new wildness and freedom I almost welcome the bitter- ness of, alienage. For although nepenthe has calmed me, I know al- ways that I am an outsider; a stranger in this century and among those who are still men..." H. E Lovecraft, "The Outsider" (1921) Recently I was fiddling around with my computer and listening to different kinds of music on the in- ternet. I'm not a big coun- try music fan, but I try to keep up with what people are listening to these days, regardless of the genre. After listening to what seemed like a dozen recent songs about exactly the same thing - "gonna get in my big truck, drive down to the river, and down a few beers with my girl" - I hap- pened up on Eric Church's song "The Outsiders." I've learned that Church is considered something of an innovator, incorporat- ing hip-hop and hard rock elements into his signature outlaw country/Southern rock sound. All of those things are present in his song "The Outsiders," which seems to be a song about the kind of people from the "wrong side of the tracks" who live hard and come into their own when times get hard. The song hasn't been a fan favorite, and it's been overshadowed by a later release, "Bring Me Back My Hometown." All of that said, the song got me to thinking a lot about the idea of being an "outsider." I got my first taste of it in elementary school during a playground prank. My friends decided to gang up and play a joke on me, by all acting like they didn't want to hang out with me during recess. For a few brief moments, I felt hurt, rejected, and had nowhere else to go but off by myself. Although the joke came to an end, the experience opened a door to a place that I later began to know quite well. I call it the outside." As in, "on the outside, looking in." The awkward of adoles- cence is when many peo- ple get their biggest taste of the outside. People who are victims of prejudice or bias encounter it on a daily basis. Anybody who has ,it been chelated on, or who has felt , xtreme jealousy, gets a bitter taste of it You pushed out the door, "h/to the cold." The outside is not a pleasant place. You are marked as strange, dif- ferent, you are exiled from human warmth. If you stay there too long, it makes you hard, cold, and you may even lose a part of your soul. You lose famil- iarity with sympathy, both giving and receiving it. The outside is just a part of life, a "rough patch," but for many, it becomes a per- manent dwelling. Outsiders often band to- gether and create a little society of their own. You see it occasionally with homeless people. Outlaw ("o ide" of the law):q o- torcycle gangs and theMa- fia are, other forms of soci- ety that outsiders create. Outsiders can group to- gether in less menacing forms, and often, these groups can come close to becoming a kind of "main- stream" of their own. This pastweekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention, the Com- ic-Con, which is a gather- ing of comic book, science fiction, horror fiction, and animation enthusiasts. In the words of most people, it is a gathering of "nerds," or "geeks." And yet,' for a variety of reasons that Saturday, it was the most heavily at- tended event in Comic- Con's first four years. People stood shoulder to shoulder, and it was dif- ficult to stand aside from the flow of the crowd walk- hag through the Lexington J DOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK Convention Center. One of the most popular television shows in Ameri- ca fight now is the comedy, 'The Big Bang Theory," about a group of "nerds." Nerds are cool now. Nerds (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs) run the world. They have come into their own. I never would have guessed it growing up as one in the 1980s. Life marks us with ex- perience as our days add up, and our characters are etched with the love we receive as much as by the coldness we experience "outside." I have received heaping helpings of both. The love I've received in my life, the warmth I've known, makes the contrast of the cold- ness stand_out thaLmuch more to me makes it seem most unbelievable. People's indifference cuts deeper than a knife, and leaves a deeper scar. Some of us walk with our bones incised from long, sharp blades. As I get older, my usual despair over the indif- ference and narcissism of others has somewhat dwindled. I expect it. I wish people could surprise me, but they rarely do. I no longer struggle to "fit in," but am now con- tent to stand outside, look- ing in, feeling sad for the stinginess of others, and grateful that I can still feel something. Notice from the Menifee County PVA Office Homestead Exemption and Listing Period Under the provisions of the Homestead Amendment, any person of persons.65 years of age or older or totally disabled are engtled to $36,000 off d their re~demial assess- zmmL A person must own; occul~ and maintain a re~i~,ntial Unit to quali~ for this exemption. A permn Who Ires built a new home or has made improvements to an e~ home is ~luired to mport this information to, the ProFrty Valuation Office, this indudn carpom or any rmoddi~ or ~. For more information on the Homettead Exemption or listing a home for asr~mnent please call the WA ott~ce ~ 606-768-3514L Jim Lawson, PVA ......... o. 4 ............... KentuckyNewsGroup is now offering to design your custom election material. Promote yourself to the fullest with our print design options! For City Council I usiness el: i o " n. ~'he Bath County FFA ..... i " ~ ~ Chapter participated in Ir t : [ OUlm. the Random Acts of Kind- hess week by creating nI Buisness Cards Flyers numin~COreages , fOrhomes, theThe IocaIBath j Buttons' Need something else?" Countyone hundredFFA Chapterstudents.., I "Yard Signs lust ask, We can prob~ participate in creating the [ Pens work it out. arrangements for the pa- l tl:n::~, Srt:dad]~t:as ga::iel: I -Car Magnets by completing the job ~ ~ presented to them. 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