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Greetings one and all — if you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. I had a nice little chat last week with Valley folks, Ross and Joyce Murray, as they enjoyed dinner at Lauren’s Restaurant in Boonville. Ross, who turns 93 later this year, is still sprightly of mind and working on KZYX local radio. He informed me that he and Joyce had met on the set of the Carol Burnett Show in the early seventies. Prior to that, Joyce had not only performed with the Andrews Sisters but with many other greats from that era too, including Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Goulet, and many times with Perry Como on his show, on which she appeared for three years, live every Saturday evening. “I am glad I married her,” said Ross, with a glint in his eye. “We just received a $600 residual check from one of her singing performances with Perry Como that recently aired on television!”

Ross clearly thinks the world of Joyce and the feelings are no doubt mutual. With that in mind, here are a few positive comments on marriage for your Quote(s) of the Week. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person” — from American journalist and author Mignon McLaughlin. And from relationship psychologist George Levinger, “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.” Legendary French movie actress Simone Signoret said, “Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” How about this from American journalist and novelist, Anne Taylor Fleming: “A long marriage is two people successfully trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.” And of course we have to have some comedic and less favorable views of marriage from a couple of infamous divorcées. First Woody Allen, who said, “Basically my wife was very immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she'd just walk in and sink all of my boats.” And finally, from Groucho Marx: “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?”

Public Service Announcements. #303: The Airport Party is here. It’s this Saturday, August 13th, starting at noon at the airport in Boonville, and will feature rides over the Valley and a party for one and all, followed by a community pot luck at 5pm. #304: This coming Sunday, August 14th, is the annual Lions Club BBQ to benefit the AV Volunteer Ambulance Service at The Fairgrounds from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and is certainly one for your calendars, I’d suggest. #305: And finally this week, coming soon is the 2nd Annual Fundraiser for High School Fall Sports — Soccer, Football, Cheerleading, and Volleyball at The Grange on Saturday, Aug 20th, following the High School Alumni Soccer tournament that takes place from noon to 5pm that day at Tom Smith Field, next to the high school. The fundraising event requests a $10 donation that will get you into an evening featuring a $5 Mexican dinner, $3 beer and wine, and the d.j. sounds of Alex Favela. Hope to see you there. Tickets available at Lemons Market in Philo and All That Good Stuff in Boonville, or at the door of The Grange on the 20th.

Topics under discussion this week at The Three-Dot Lounge — “Moans, Groans, Good Thoughts, and Rampant Rumors” from my favorite gathering place in the Valley.

…The Red-Headed Warbler and his family arrived in town at the weekend for a few days and after a guzzling down a few beers and devouring vast amounts of baby back pork ribs at The 3-Dot they zoomed down to the live music scene at the Navarro Store. They were part of an audience of close to five hundred people that was thoroughly entertained and amazed by the wonderful blues/harp sounds of the legendary Charlie Musselwhite and his band. Dave Evans and his Navarro Store Crew pulled off the event expertly and it made for a very special Valley night out. Up this Saturday, August 13, it’s the always-popular ‘House of Floyd’ — the Pink Floyd tribute band with laser show. With beer and wine available at very reasonable prices from The Store next door, Pablo doing his ‘magic’ on the grill, the special tri-tip dinner on sale, and assuming you like Floyd, this would appear to be just about as good as it gets.

…The next morning Warbler and his brood were spotted in downtown Boonville. Mrs. Warbler and kids at the ice cream store while the Warbler himself was seen eating tacos and drinking beer with a gathering of Valley folks from the local Mexican community, following their victory in the big adult soccer league game played that morning alongside the high school. Seems like the Warblers had a fine time getting their Valley-thing on in every which way.

…Meanwhile, Philo Pat (Hulbert) stopped by and shared much information with me about the Valley’s history the other day. It was a fascinating little chat as I simply mentioned people who had graduated from AV High in the years 1948-54 and she knew something about many of their histories. Anyone thinking of doing Valley research of any kind would be well-served by sitting down with this Valley expert and her excellent memory of Valley folks and their times.

…From our 3-Dot regular, The Old Buzzard, comes another in his insightful series — ‘Forget The Rapture and worry about The Approach of the Apocalypse.’ Buzzard reports, “Is the Boonville Post Office really closing? Now if that isn’t a sign of the Apocalypse, I don’t know what is. Say it ain’t so.” I cannot help but have some doubts regarding this rumor but Buzzard has regularly pointed out that the Apocalypse is not far off, and such a shocking development as this would certainly give more credibility to his prophesy.

Time to take my leave. With the hot weather almost with us, please remember to keep your windows cracked if you have pets in your vehicle; children too I suppose. Otherwise, Keep the Faith; be careful out there; stay out of the ditches; think good thoughts; and may your god go with you. One final request, “Let us prey.” Humbly yours, Turkey Vulture. PS. Contact me with words of support/abuse through the Letters Page or at PPS. On the sheep, Grace.

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