Don't Get Hosed - 11/01/13

  Everyone knows you're supposed to change the oil in your car every 3-thousand miles, rotate your tires every five thousand and check the air filters in your house monthly.  I'm writing today about something you're supposed to change every five years but I suspect few people do.

  In 2004, I was out of my home county with a group of friends from Leadership Middle Tennessee when I got a call from my wife.  She said one of the hoses on our washing machine had split and water was going everywhere.  She turned off the water quickly and the neighbors on either side of me had everything cleaned up before I could even get home.  Thank goodness my wife was there.  A friend of mine had the same thing happen while they were on vacation.  They returned home to find the carpets soaked, and all the furniture on thier ground floor ruined.

  The moral of the story is if you haven't changed the supply lines to your washing machine in more than five years, put it on your to do list.  I was in the laundry room at my house this week, staring those hoses in the face.  It's been more than five years and I need to get busy.  I'm on it.  I thought I'd mention it just in case.       

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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