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Brian Fleck

Mud and blood brother

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On my recent trip home for my folks’ 70th anniversary, I found myself digging in the garden with Brad.

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Facebook is back

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When Pearl and I walk we have an understanding.
As long as she stays by my side with the leash slack, I’ll let her take a few breaks so she can stop and smell... well, anything and everything including... the roses.

Married 70 years

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Harold and Vernabelle (nee Sickler) Fleck marked their 70th anniversary this April in their longtime home in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Harold is the son of a butcher and grocery store keeper on Chicago’s north side. After WWII ended, Harold got out of the army and took a job as a deliveryman for the Marshall Fields Department Store. Vern was a farm girl from Wisconsin who came to the big city with her twin sister Isabelle to take jobs at the War Bond Department, housed in the Merchandise Mart.
They met by chance through a roommate.

The dental diet

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One of my biggest dreads is going to the dentist and it’s for good reason.

The dental diet

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One of my biggest dreads is going to the dentist and it’s for good reason.

This is the year

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The Cubs party last week was a huge success.
About 25 guests including my baby brother Bob and oldest brother Bruce, who flew from L.A. to get there, were on hand as we started a replay of Game 7 of the World Series. Rob (aka Gonzo) and Jerry Decker (the Decker of the Fleck and Decker drinking team with a stock car racing problem) were also on hand.
When Dexter Fowler hit his leadoff home run and we all cheered.

Increasing the vocabulary

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Last week the Oxford English Dictionary added the following words to our lexicography:
Biatch (noun): Used as an affectionate or disparaging form of address. Cat lady (noun): An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted. Craptacular (adjective): Remarkably poor or disappointing. Drunk text (noun): A text message sent while drunk, typically one that is embarrassing or foolish.
And . . .

Statute problems

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Tony dropped by the other day.
He’s about as nice of a guy as you’d ever want to meet, and funny to boot. During this last visit for example, he told an amusing story about a dog his brother adopted who came with an odd warning: the canine didn’t like Mexican men playing the guitar.

Slipping and a sliding

I’ve been getting nervous as the date for my party to celebrate the World Champion Cubs Party nears. What if I’ve gone to the trouble and expense to set it up and no one shows? What if too many turn out? What if the Cubs didn’t win the World Series, and it’s all been a dream in which the Cleveland Indians are champs and Bernie Sanders is president?
Trading the Cubs’ victory for a Sanders’ win; that’d be a deal with devil that’d be hard to decide.
Que sera sera!

Two truths, one lie

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Sabra and I attended the annual party for West Branch Communications, the company that publishes this newspaper as well as eight other weekly rags.
I use the word “rag” affectionately. Publisher Jake Krob has done an excellent job of keeping the editorial quality up and the bottom line black on all of his endeavors. This is not an easy task. The editions and mastheads in the archives are proof. Many people have tried and failed at threading all the needles it takes to keep a small community newspaper afloat. Few make it but Krob is one that did.

Bucket lists

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Mark March 4 on your calendar and join me in celebrating the World Champion Chicago Cubs at the Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant, 101 Windflower Ln., Solon (off of Hwy. 1, south edge of town) from 7 to 9 p.m.
Kevin “BF” Burt is lined up to play. Goat tacos will be served for the first 100 attendees, as well as a beer selected by brew master and friend Jeff Allen to match. If the keg spits we’ll pass the hat and buy another. Put on your favorite Cub gear and be prepared to sing “Go Cubs Go.” Everyone is invited; especially Cardinal fans.

Oh, Canada

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From the icy climes of the oil pipeline protest camp of Standing Rock, North Dakota, this week’s column finds us in sunny and hot Playacar, Mexico, or as I refer to it, the land of the endless buffet.
An alert reader may ask, how can you, as an environmental activist, travel so far for pleasure? Aren’t you worried about the ozone? The polar bears? Florida? Life as we know it?