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HAMPTON, Ga. -- It’s always hard to compare the greats of different generations. Stock car greatness has a lot of levels. For instance, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1971 Mercury Cyclone sat in the media center as if it were on a showroom floor. Although David Pearson didn’t drive it until 1972, it’s a car he actually drove. One he drove as well as anyone who ever drove a stock car. The occasion was the promotional prelude to the 50th Coca-Cola 600, scheduled for Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 24. Pearson, 74, won the pole for 11 consecutive races, though the track was then known as Charlotte Motor Speedway and the race the World 600. The Mercury sitting a few feet from Pearson wasn’t the one he drove in all those qualifying sessions. Nor was it the one he drove in four victories and 14 poles. Having David Pearson and the No. 21 Wood Brothers Mercury of the 1970s in the same room is an apt celebration of excellence. Pearson, who quite possibly was the best stock-car racer who ever lived, looks fit enough to give the cars of today a decent shakedown. He doesn’t have the desire though. In the blunt, unvarnished simplicity of language that has marked his career, Pearson said simply, “There ain’t nothing about racing now that I like.” He said he had a conversation with old chum Jim Hunter, now a NASCAR vice president, in which he expressed that view. According to Pearson, Hunter asked him what he didn’t like, and Pearson reiterated the first point, telling Hunter, “There ain’t nothing I do like.” Leonard Wood, chief mechanic during the glory days, is from a family that still competes in NASCAR. He wanted nothing to do with Pearson’s rant, though he was sitting right next to him. Pearson, of course, lives comfortably but not ostentatiously in his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C., and no longer relies on imperial NASCAR for his livelihood. Asked if he’d like to go out and mix it up with the stars of today in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500, Pearson said the only thing he wished was that the money being made now was the same being made back then. Pearson, who won 105 Cup races in 574 tries, won $2,836,220 in his entire career.

www.spokanetidbits.com That’s more than Matt Kenseth has won this year, but just barely. Pearson isn’t an angry or bitter man. He’s almost dispassionate when discussing the racing of today. It’s not like he’s wearing a sandwich board and picketing the racetrack. He’s just listening to questions and answering them. He doesn’t have much need to think one way and talk another. Referring to the ultra-technical lingo of today’s drivers, Pearson said, “About half the time, I don’t think they know what they’re talking about. Whoever heard of putting a quarter pound of air in a tire and being able to tell the difference? All they’ve got to do is move up the race track or come down three or four feet, and it’d be the same thing.” Pearson doesn’t like the routine nature of how fields are set, with 35 locked in before the first car takes the track, and the very idea that a driver gets a free pass on the lead lap after dawdling his way off of it is anathema to this product of the Whitney mill village. He’s from a different age and doesn’t much care for the one now. But this age would be a lot more fun if Pearson was in it. *** Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week (http://nascar.rbma.com) features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. You can e-mail Monte at nascar_thisweek@yahoo. com.

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EASTER TRIVIA (continued): Rome to tell him Christ had risen – and to symbolize this, she gave him an egg. Tiberius replied that Christ had no more risen than the egg was red – and, according to tradition, the egg immediately turned red in testimony. • One of the earliest references to the celebration of the Christian Easter was in the mid-second century. Even then, it was listed as an already well-established holiday. • In Eastern Christianity, dairy products are prohibited during Lent. Eggs are considered a part of this food group, so another symbol of the use of eggs at Easter is the return of eggs to the daily diet of Easter Christians. • The Spanish dish hornazo is traditionally eaten on or around Easter and contains hard-boiled eggs as a main ingredient. • In ancient times, the cross was a symbol of the four elements or directions. Crosses that run diagonally, like an X, are called a saltire. • The Easter Egg Roll (not the food) is an annual White House tradition that dates back to President Rutherford B. Hayes, when he opened the White House Lawn to Easter egg rolling in 1878. • The cracking together of two Easter eggs is said to symbolize the cracking of the tomb in the resurrection of Christ. • The Easter bunny, or Oschter Haws, first came to America on the lips of German immigrants in the 18th century. • The use of a bunny or rabbit as a symbol of Easter is said to have originated in Germany around the 1500s. • Modern egg decorating is said to have originated from ancient Persia and the festival Nowruz, which celebrates the spring equinox. One Nowruz tradition involves the painting of eggs. This holiday also marks the first day of the Iranian New Year. turn the page for more!

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EASTER TRIVIA (continued): • One fun Easter game is the tapping of eggs. Players take turns tapping their eggs against the egg of another player. The last player with an intact egg wins. • In some cultures, colored eggs are said to represent the return of spring because their bright colors represent the sun or the Northern lights. • In some parts of the world, it is customary to prepare baked goods in the shape of a lamb at Easter. The lamb is both an ancient pagan and a Christian symbol for spring and Easter. It represents the newness of life and spring, and it also represents the “Lamb of God.” • The century egg is a Chinese delicacy. While they aren’t literally one hundred years old, the eggs are cured and preserved over the course of several weeks. • You can’t think of an egg without Fabergé eggs coming to mind. A true fabergé egg is one of the sixty-nine jeweled eggs created by Carl Fabergé and his assistants around the turn of the 20th century. • Fabergé presented fifty of the eggs to Tsar Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. Alexander III commissioned the first egg for his wife, Maria Fyodorovna, grandmother of “Princess” Anastasia. • Only sixty-one of the original fabergé eggs have survived to present day. • Early Christians celebrated Easter on the 14th day of Nisan, which was the day of preparation for Passover. • The egg, along with rabbits, has long been a symbol of rebirth for numerous religions. The egg represents birth, while rabbits, with their large litters in early Spring, symbolize propensity and fertility – and both are representative of the growth of spring. • As for the origins of Easter baskets, one theory suggests they trace back to early celebrations of the Christian church. After Lent there was a great feast. Foods would be brought to the temple in large baskets, hence the giving of treats in baskets on Easter. • The lining of Easter baskets with grass is said to have originated with the Pennsylvania Dutch children waiting for Ostcher Haws. Because he would lay his eggs in a “rabbit’s nest”, these children would set out their caps or bonnets and line them with grass for him. • A Pysanka, a Ukrainian Easter egg, is decorated with a method called batik. Designs are drawn onto the egg with beeswax and then the egg is dyed. This is repeated, gradually adding a darker layer of dye, until the egg is complete. The End

Dear Dave, Could you please give us a list of the things people need to think about and deal with if they’ve been laid off? Anonymous Dear Anonymous, What a great question! It’s good to know you’re thinking ahead. Hopefully, you won’t have to face this problem, but if you do, here area few ideas to help hold things together. The first thing you do is take any severance pay, plus all the other money you have, and put it all in an emergency fund. You never know just how long money will be tight in a situation like this. Even if you go out immediately and find a part-time job to tide you over, you’re still going to be facing a significant loss of income in the short term. You know I love beating down debt, but at this point you need to stop paying extra on any debt you have. Yank the plug on retirement planning, too. You don’t need to worry about these things when you’re in the middle of a crisis! A bare-bones, detailed household budget is also a necessity. It’s beans and rice time, so you’ve got no business seeing the inside of a restaurant or buying new stuff for a while. If you had vacation plans, put them on hold. Many times people don’t want to experience the pain of a scaled-back lifestyle while they’re feeling the pain of a job loss. Often they’ll turn to credit cards in this situation, and that’s a really dumb idea! Be on the hunt for life insurance, if you previously had

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Redux “Bonus” Is Anything But When you hit the 15year mark, were you offered a Redux bonus and asked to stay for 20? Is that bonus being offered to you now? Also called the Career Status Bonus, that “bonus” is anything but. Those who accept it are in effect agreeing to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement pay over the course of their lifetime. Here are a couple facts to consider: • Taxes have to be paid on the bonus, so it’s not even the full $30,000, unless you accept it while in a war zone. • On the alternate High-3 plan, if you stay for 20 years, your retirement will be based on 50 percent of your highest three years pay. On the Redux plan, after accepting the bonus and getting out at 20, you’re locked in at 40 percent, with a one-time catch-up increase at age 62. If you retire at age 40, it’s a long wait until age 62. Your COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments) won’t equal to those on the High 3 plan, either.

If you don’t stay in as agreed, you’ll have to pay back a share of that Redux bonus. I’ll leave it to others to verify the math, but it appears that to make up for the amount lost over the years, you’d have to take your “bonus” and invest it at a 14 percent to 24 percent return, depending on rank and length of service. Is anybody getting that rate of interest nowadays? Why are so many servicemen and -women taking the Redux bonus, in spite of how much they’ll lose? Bills to pay, most likely, and a bad economy with not too many potential jobs if they get out. To check your own situation, search online for “Redux bonus retirement calculator” and plug in your numbers. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Be Still, My Racing Heart DEAR DR. DONOHUE: During the night and mostly early in the morning hours, my heart speeds up to 200 beats a minute. There is no pain, but it wakes me up and seems to happen if I am lying facedown. I sit up and take my pulse, which is about 70 to 72. I feel my heart slowly return to normal in two to three minutes. I have worn a Holter monitor for 24 hours. My doctor says not to worry about it. Do you think I have anything to worry about? -- S. ANSWER: For readers: A Holter monitor is a device worn externally that records all heartbeats in a given time period. They can be worn for three or more days. The doctor sees on the recording what kind of abnormal heartbeats occurred. I have to clear something up with you, S. Is your pulse 72 beats a minute when you feel your heart beating fast? The heartbeat and the pulse are one and the same. How are you counting your heartbeat? If the episodes occurred while you were being monitored and did not last long, then the doctor can dismiss it as not being worrisome. He should name the rhythm; ask what it is. If the fast heartbeats occurred at times you weren’t wearing the monitor, you need to wear it longer so that the rhythm can be identified for what it is.

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infestation during the winter, eggs could still be embedded deep in their coats. Next, while they’re gone, clean the entire house -- top to bottom. This means moving the furniture and cleaning underneath it, as well as taking down all linens and curtains and washing them. Treat the carpets and upholstery with a nontoxic flea stopper (available at pet stores). Vacuum thoroughly and discard the vacuum cleaner bag once you’re done. Throughout the remainder of the warm months -- well into October -- you will need to maintain a regular flea-prevention schedule. Your cats must be treated for fleas regularly with a treatment recommended by your veterinarian; don’t let this lapse. If the cats spend time outside, you must brush them each time they come in to dislodge anything that attached to their coats. Vacuum the carpets and furniture at least once a week, and wash all linens regularly so fleas don’t settle in and lay their eggs.

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The booklet on heartbeat irregularities describes the more common kinds of these beats and how they are treated. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 107W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: None of my 21 grandchildren has had their tonsils out. All of my seven children did. Is this no longer done? I wish doctors would make up their minds about these things. -- B.B. ANSWER: When your children were young, it was almost standard practice to remove tonsils as a way to protect against strep throat. We now know this isn’t necessary, and we now have antibiotics to treat strep throat. Children who have repeated strep throat infections still have their tonsils removed, but the operation is no longer done for prevention. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband and I take Lipitor. We take it before dinner in the evening. We eat half a grapefruit after breakfast. Is that OK? -- M.L. ANSWER: You can take Lipitor any time of the day, and you can take it with or without food. It’s one of the statin drugs -- the drugs that are such effective cholesterol-lowerers. Grapefruit and Lipitor are not a good combination. Grapefruit can increase the blood concentration of this drug. It does the same with a few other medicines. This effect of grapefruit lasts for 24 hours, so even letting 12 hours pass before taking the drug after eating grapefruit doesn’t lessen the chance of this interaction occurring.

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