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Thursday, March 15, 2012

What a wonderful week it has been!

With the return of Daylight Savings Time early Sunday morning, it seems as if we have had a jump-start on Spring. The weather has cooperated nicely, and it seems as if the entire community is coming out in the evening to enjoy the extra daylight.

It is indeed time to shake off the slumber of Winter and begin preparations for Spring and the return to outdoor activities.

I know that I will get there, but like many, I will begin after I find that hour of sleep that I lost. "Springing forward" has become nearly a full contact sport as I age, and quality sleep becomes more elusive.

I've been in a bit of a fog, and in trying to come up with a topic for this week's column, I think a collection of random thoughts is about the best I can manage this week.

So here goes...

One of the advantages of the early days of Daylight Savings Time is once again rising in the dark. How is this advantageous? My dogs still think it is night, and I get to be the one to wake them up, at least for a while. The tables will turn as the Earth pivots on its axis and Spring becomes Summer.

It truly is strange to be outdoors without a jacket in mid-March. I'm not complaining, but it is strange.

Congratulations to my daughter Lindsay and her family. They adopted a rescue dog just about a week ago. Charlie, a three-year-old terrier mix, seems to be a nice addition to the family.

I got another reminder of how old I was this past weekend when I asked if Charlie was going to be referred to as the Charlie character from the TV show "Lost" or Charlie Day from the TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or Charlie dog, the minor Looney Tunes character that annoyed Porky Pig to be his dog, because he needed a master.

I suppose you never heard of Charlie dog either. Well, as a child growing up, a TV station in Omaha, one of the three stations we could receive on our black and white Zenith set, ran a half hour of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, the Warner Brothers cartoons, every weekday at 3:30 p.m., just as I got home from school.

I became a fan, and still consider Bugs Bunny a personal hero. (Don't judge, gentle reader) As I grew up, I learned that the works directed by Charles "Chuck" Jones were among the best, in my opinion.

Charlie dog appeared in only a few of these four minute short cartoons. The gag was always the same -- a brown short haired mutt with a Brooklyn accent desperately trying to find a home. Stuttering Porky Pig was usually the mark, and wanted no part in pet ownership.

Charlie's pitch would go something like this: "Hey, look, chum. You ain't got no dog; I ain't got no master. It's ine-vite-able we should get together. Now, listen, did you ever see a boid retrieve a dog? Of course not! And yet in me you see one of the finest pointers that ever lived. Now, get a load of this. Dere it is! Dere it is! Dere it is! Dere it is! Dere it is!"

Another exchange in this short had Charlie being a Spitz and spitting all over the place, much to the chagrin of Porky Pig.

Charlie usually ended up literally getting booted to the curb, but always found his way back in to make another pitch.

Eventually, Porky Pig would lure the annoying hound into a box and mail him to Siberia or Tasmania, only to have the plucky pup return in authentic costumes and extol the virtues of the places he'd been.

In the end, Charlie got his master.

I think Lindsay, Thomas and Sephie's Charlie will simply be Charlie.

I wish them well. A good dog makes a house a home.

As always, I welcome your comments. You can reach me by email at tstangl@lemarscomm.net, telephone 712-546-7031, x40 or toll free 1-800-728-0066 x40.

Thanks for reading, I'll keep in touch. Feel free to do the same.

By Tom Stangl
From the publisher's desk

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