Sven thanksgiving

That’s right . . . Thanksgiving is next week, but it may be different compared to years gone by.

A lot of people we know claim this is really their favorite holiday because it is mostly about getting friends and family together.

It’s about that warm feeling that is not diluted by a lot of other activities including rodeos, fireworks or gift giving.

It’s about love, hugs and caring.

So this year the medial experts, including local physicians who have our deepest respect, tell us it’s not a good idea to hold those big gatherings.

And the Bench Sitters believe most people will agree and settle for a few telephone or “Facetime” sessions after a dinner with immediate family only.

Now we hope this will be a Thanksgiving we all remember like a bad drought. It will pass and make Thanksgiving 2021 even more important and treasured. Better times to come!

On a brighter note this week Terry Kaltenbach, a former resident who loves his hometown, sent along a video of an Oregon cowboy who was on horseback when he was passing by a Walmart parking lot.

He heard a lady shouting about her bicycle being stolen and spotted the culprit riding away. The cowboy then chased him down and roped the rascal off the bike and tied him to a tree. The 911 operator said “You did what!”

And Terry’s comment was . . . “Could this have happened in Buffalo?”

We wrote back . . . “Probably not . . . we don’t have a Walmart here.”

Also glad to learn Terry’s brother, Colin, is back home in Laramie. He took a bad fall a year ago and suffered a serious brain injury. But his recovery astonished the medical professionals. Colin is a retired university professor who is well known in the field of agriculture.

If you have not watched the video honoring veterans on the Buffalo Bulletin webpage, take the time to do that. Bob Twing was among the veterans interviewed. Bob was one of our favorites and he took the time to write several books giving a lot of insight to the early days of Johnson County.

One of the Bench Sitters told us he can’t seem to keep from having a few arguments with his wife.

He explained it this way—

Two years ago he bought his mother-in-law a plot at Willow Grove as a Christmas gift. Last year he didn’t buy her a gift. When his wife asked him why, he replied, “Well, she still hasn’t used what I bought her last year!” 

This week he asked his wife where she wanted to go to celebrate Thanksgiving.

It warmed his heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation as she replied, “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!”

So he said, “How about the kitchen?”

You can tell when it’s a slow week for the Bench Sitters. They start sharing puns. Some of the best of the week were –

An invisible man married an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

I didn’t think the chiropractor would improve my posture. But I stand corrected.

I took my new girlfriend out on our first date to the ice rink and entry was half price. She called me a cheap skate.

I used to date a girl with one leg who worked at a brewery. She was in charge of the hops.

My cross-eyed wife and I just got a divorce. I found out she was seeing someone on the side.

My wife claims I’m the cheapest person she’s ever met. I’m not buying it.

Did you know that a raven has 17 rigid feathers called pinions, while a crow only has 16. The difference between a raven and a crow is just a matter of a pinion.

And if you have read this far we’ll promise to do a better job next week.


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