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 Friday, January 23, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

When a request is a demand
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A man can spend a lifetime trying to figure out women, but probably won't get very far.

I've spent more than my share of time thinking about what they do and why they do it, only to become more confused. Their actions and words often defy logic, and it's sometimes difficult to even understand what they mean when they say something that seems very simple.

Such peculiarities of women were often the subject of discussions between the men sitting on my grandmother's porch after Sunday dinner.

Between spits of tobacco juice, my uncles and cousins usually concluded that it's no use to try to figure them out. Besides, they said, a woman would be boring if she were as simple as a man.

I'm not sure they realized the conclusion they reached wasn't exactly flattering toward men, but it's true that men are generally rather simple in manner and speech. Women rarely are simple in either.

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Morris can’t remember names
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I am, without a doubt, the worst person in the world about remembering people's names. I practically have to be in daily contact with someone to recall their first and last names. Maybe it's not that bad, but I'm just no good at recalling names. So this has gotten me into a bad place once again.

Last Thursday when "Victor" and I made our daily morning visit to the "News-Post," Amanda said, "Hey Morris I have something for you." As I walked over to her chair in the front office, she pointed to a Walgreen's plastic bag filled with something large, protected by bubble wrap and tied tightly at the top.

It felt like a gallon jug. A tight knot secured the item and I had to use my pocket knife to get it open. Slowly pulling the gallon jug out of the bag, I realized, little by little, that it had been hand-painted. When I got it entirely free of the bag, I realized it featured some submarine type moonshine stills.

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