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HS Football Wrap-up, Play Lists, and Holiday Traditions

Posted Monday, November 21, 2011, at 10:40 PM

The Spencer Tiger Football teams had a promising season. The varsity struggled early and lost some close games. They were often ahead at half-time and then let the game slip away in the third quarter. But the team matured toward the season's end. The defense learned to "stay home" and trust each other. The offense opened things up a bit and drew upon some young talent to find ways to win. A playoff victory against then-undefeated Creston followed by a close (24-20) loss at Harlan closed out the season with an optimism that the program was back on the track to the dome. The sophomore team's record was deceiving because their best players were not available due to play-time on varsity. The freshman team was undefeated. At every grade level the young men showed character.

A recent I-tunes software upgrade caused my music library to temporarily disappear. Tech support has me back in the groove, thankfully. 99% of my music library was produced before 1990. Most of the music that I own now on compact disks I had on cassette and on vinyl albums. OK....I may even have some eight-track tapes somewhere. I think the recording labels should just figure that we old fogies "own it" and let us freely download any album we already bought on both vinyl and cassette. Anyway, my favorite play-lists feature Boston, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Earth Wind and Fire, Elvis, Sinatra, Head East, Jimmy Buffett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, The Stones, Santana, and Sheryl Crow. What are your favorite play-lists?

Thanksgiving is almost here. Do you have Thanksgiving traditions? I have two. First, turkey is a must. Get a big turkey because cold turkey sandwiches make the holiday stretch into the next week. My second Thanksgiving tradition is to watch the movie "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" starring John Candy and Steve Martin. Wait until the young ones are in bed if you do not know when the strong language surfaces (it's when Steve Martin's character returns to the rent-a-car desk). Happy Holidays all. Gobble gobble.

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Description: JP's take on legal (and other) issues which interest him. Biography: Born in Spencer Iowa, February 6, 1957; Graduated Spencer High School 1975; University of Iowa (B.B.A. 1979); Creighton University School of Law (J.D. 1984); American Jurisprudence Award: Debtor/Creditor Relations; Assistant State Attorney, Florida, 12th Judicial Circuit, 1986-89; Assistant Clay County Iowa Attorney, 1989-93; Iowa State Bar Association: Volunteer Lawyers, 1993- ; American Citizenship Committee, 1994-98; Bridge the Gap Committee 1991-94; Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, 2002- ; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004- ; Iowa Association for Justice, 2004- ; American Bar Association, 1984- ; Florida Bar Association, 1986- .