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OCT. 1, 2012 / VOL. 22, NO. 10

FORE! Mickey Corlis is one of several women, ages 78 to 93, who meet for nine holes each Wednesday in Clarkston / Page 10 E


Volunteer of the Month — Page 14

House Call

Senior Talk

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WHO AM I? My birthday is Oct. 1, 1935. I portrayed a nanny in two films, and most recently I’ve lent my voice to characters in animated films such as Despicable Me and three of the Shrek movies. In 1969, I married Blake Edwards. Answer on Page 4

INDEX: Social Security Q&A................... Page 4 Briefs .......................................... Page 5 Birthdays .................................... Page 6 Volunteer opportunities ............... Page 8 Crossword solution .....................Page 12 Reader poetry ............................. Page 13 Sudoku ........................................Page 18 Crossword ...................................Page 19

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Thought for the month “I’m beginning to understand myself. But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82.” — Dave Brubeck

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EDITOR Mary Tatko COORDINATOR: Peggy Hayden Golden Times is inserted in the Tribune the first Monday of every month. To advertise, contact your Tribune advertising sales representative at (208) 848-2292. On the cover: Mickey Corlis, 87, tees off recently at the Clarkston Golf and Country Club, where she and several other women meet each Wednesday to play nine holes. Photos by: Kyle Mills of the Tribune

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The Senior Nutrition Program serves hot lunchs at noon Mondays-Wednesdays at the Lewiston Community Center, 1424 Main St., and the United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston. Suggested donation is $4 for seniors age 60 and older. There is a charge of $5 for those younger than 60.

Meals are served Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Pautler Senior Center, 549 Fifth St. No. F in Clarkston; and Tuesdays and Thursdays (except the 3rd Thursday each month) in Asotin. A salad bar is available at 11:30 a.m. Fridays only. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older. Cost is $7 for those younger than 60.

Meals are served at noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Great Room of the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Suggested donation is $4 for people age 60 and older, and $6 for those younger than 60. Salad bar is available at 11:30 a.m. The dessert bar and soup is served year-round.

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Meatloaf / mashed potatoes and gravy / salad / mixed vegetables / roll / cookie

Tuesday, OCT. 2

Tuesday, OCT. 2

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Biscuit and sausage gravy / hashbrowns / applesauce / corn

WED., OCT. 3 Monday, OCT. 8 Tuesday, OCT. 9

Roast Beef / potatoes and gravy / green beans / Jell-O salad / roll / dessert

CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY Lasagna / salad / broccoli / breadsticks / pudding

Thursday, OCT. 4 Friday, OCT. 5 Tuesday, OCT. 9 Thursday, OCT. 11

Baked chicken / stuffing with gravy / wintermix vegetables / mandarin oranges Spaghetti with meat sauce / Italian-blend vegetables / breadsticks / pudding

CLOSED FOR TRAINING Roast beef / mashed potatoes and gravy / carrots / rhubarb crisp Sweet-and-sour chicken / rice / Orientalblend vegetables / biscuit / fruit salad

Thursday, OCT. 4 Tuesday, OCT. 9 Thursday, OCT. 11 Tuesday, OCT. 16

WED., OCT. 10

Hamburger / potato salad / baked beans / mixed vegetables / dessert

Friday, OCT. 12

Baked breaded fish / potato patty / salad / pineapple

Thursday, OCT. 18

Monday, OCT. 15

Porcupine meatballs / mashed potatoes / green beans / beet salad / roll / cookie

tuesday, OCT. 16

Hot turkey sandwich / potatoes and gravy / broccoli / applesauce / cookie

Tuesday, OCT. 23

Tuesday, OCT. 16

Baked ham / sweet potato / applesauce / salad / peas / cornbread

thursday, OCT. 18

Beef stroganoff / noodles / green beans / roll / apples

Thursday, OCT. 25

friday, OCT. 19

Split-pea and ham soup / salad / peaches

tuesday, oCT. 30

WED., OCT. 17

Baked chicken / mashed potatoes and gravy / corn / tomato salad / muffin / dessert

Monday, OCT. 22

German sausage / sauerkraut / potatoes / peas / salad / roll

Tuesday, OCT. 23

Chicken-fried steak / mashed potatoes and gravy / coleslaw / mixed vegetables / biscuit

WED., OCT. 24

Roast pork / scalloped potatoes / green beans / Jell-O salad / roll / dessert

Monday, Oct. 29

Sweet-and-sour chicken / rice / Carrie fruit salad / green beans / roll

tuesday, OCT. 23 thursday, OCT. 25

Chicken-fried steak / mashed potatoes and gravy / peas and pearl onions / fruited Jell-O

thursday, NOV. 1

Turkey and dressing / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables Stuffed cabbage / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables Chicken fritters / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables

Swai (white fish) / rice / vegetables

Meatloaf / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables Chicken-fried steak / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables Liver and onions or hamburger steak / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables

Beef stroganoff / noodles / vegetables

Bratwurst / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables

Meat or cheese lasagna

Beef stew / cornbread / beets / mixed fruit

tuesday, NOV. 6

Turkey with dressing / potatoes / vegetables


Hot dog / tater tots / salad / pears

thursday, NOV. 8

Sweet-and-sour meatballs / rice / vegetables

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Pork roast / potatoes and gravy / vegetables / cake / ice cream

tUESday, NOV. 13

Pork chops / potatoes / vegetables


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Pautler Senior Center will have a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10. The general board meeting for the center will also be Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. The hearing specialist will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Other activities taking place at the center in October include bingo from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15.; the Seaport Quilters will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22.; and a Chinese exercise class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28.

in the Sixth Street Senior Center’s schedule, beginning with it now opening each weekday at 9 a.m. for coffee. Other changes include foot care moving to the first Wednesday of each month starting at 9 a.m. Center clean up is today at 1 p.m., a pancake feed is planned for noon Oct. 10 and will include ham, a spaghetti feed will be held at noon Oct. 17 and the monthly potluck is Oct. 24. The Sixth Street Center board will meet at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 and a general membership meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 9.

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The Oct. 30 dance will have a Halloween theme and costumes are encouraged.

Drivers’ safety class to be held in Moscow

MOSCOW — An AARP Driver Safety class is being offered at Gritman Medical Center in October. This will be a two-day class, held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 and 17. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The class is designed for those age 50 and older but is open to all ages and may result in point reduction on Idaho

NARFE meeting will be held at Macullen’s The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 15 will meet at noon Oct. 24 at Macullen’s on Main Street in Lewiston. The program will be about the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center presented by Nick Bacon. All current and retired federal employees are invited to attend and updates will be given on the status of retirement benefits. More information about the group and meetings is available by calling (509) 751-8791.

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The 32nd edition of the historical society’s calendar is available The Nez Perce County Historical Society has released its 2013 historical calendar. Members of the group should have received a copy in the mail. The public can purchase the calendar for $7 at the Nez Perce County Historical Society Museum or at either A&B Grocery store Lewiston location. The cover features a photograph from 1944 of the St. Stanislaus Church. Historical photos don each month including a 1962 picture of the Spalding Bridge, an early 1960s picture of Main Street and a 1915 picture of the train depot. The museum is located at 0306 Third St., Lewiston.

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BIRTHDAYS Oct. 6  John Apfelbeck John Apfelbeck of Peck will turn 82 on Saturday. He was born Oct. 6, 1930, on a dairy farm, near Colby, Wis. He attended school there until the eighth grade when he went to work on the farm where he remained until going to work for Zenith Radio in Chicago. In 1948, he came to Idaho to visit his brother and stayed. He worked at the Potlatch mill in Headquarters for two years as a mechanic and truck driver, hauling supplies to logging camps.

Oct. 11  Dale Herbert scott Dale Herbert Scott of Orofino is turning 88 years old Oct. 11. He was born Oct. 11, 1924, in La Grande, Ore. He graduated from high school in 1942 at Ontario, Ore. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1946. Following his service

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Oct. 11  Elsie McKeehan Elsie McKeehan of Lewiston will turn 77 on Oct. 11. She was born in Lewiston on Oct. 11, 1935, the third child of Leonard and Leona Clark Sutton. Her childhood was spent in Clarkston and she graduated from Clarkston High School in 1954. She became a Lewiston resident when she married Robert McKeehan Sept. 23, 1955. The couple were married for 55 years when he died in 2011. She has two children.


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She is a lifetime PTA member and a past member of the League of Women Voters. She played Bunco for many years and also sewed “little critters” with the Pink Ladies at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She enjoys sewing and has sewn everything from snowmobiling suits to wedding dresses for family and friends through the years. She was a member of the Seaport Quilters and has made dozens of quilts. She also enjoys time spent with her family, and lunch dates with friends.

Oct. 25  Zada Long

ous places throughout the Lewiston-Clarkston Zada Long of Valley as well as ownLewiston will turn 85 ing a restaurant in on Oct. 25. Juliaetta. She was born Oct. She has three sons, 25, 1927, to Rosa and four grandchildren and Jesse Long in the East seven great-grandchilDeep Creek area of dren. She also had a Potlatch. She moved son who died. to Juliaetta as a young Her hobbies include girl. league bowling, baking bread She and Pat Woodruff were every week, spending time married July 28, 1957, and at their cabin in Clearwater raised four sons. County and being with her famShe worked as a cook at vari- ily.

 Irene Sieler Irene Sieler of Orofino will celebrate her 79th birthday Oct. 13. She was born in Musselshell, Mont., Oct. 13, 1933. She married Marvin Sieler May 3, 1952, in Billings, Mont. The couple has two daughters, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Oct. 23  Allene St. Marie Allene E. St. Marie of Lewiston will be honored for her 80th birthday from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Roosters Waterfront Restaurant in Clarkston. She was born Oct. 23, 1932, to Clarence and Allie Wallace in Asotin. She started her schooling at Asotin Elementary School. After her dad died, her family moved to Clarkston where she finished her education, graduating from Clarkston High School in 1952. She married Dwight St. Marie Nov. 1, 1958, and he died after 42 years of marriage on Aug. 28, 2001. She has three children, four grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. She worked at Bridal Path in Lewiston for 21 years and at Costco in Clarkston for nine years. She is a member of the First Christian Church in Clarkston. She enjoys gardening and working in her yard.

Oct. 18  Oliver C. Bittleston Oliver C. Bittleston celebrated his 83rd birthday in conjunction with his wedding celebration at the First Church of God in Clarkston. He was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Coeur d’Alene to Cyrus and Lottie Bittleston. His first wife, Blanche, died in July 2011 from cancer, after 58 years of marriage. He earned a bachelor of theology degree from Warner Pacific College in Portland. He worked as a minister and was the owner-manager of Clearwater Mobile Home Sales and Service in Orofino. He was

also pastor of the First Church of God in Clarkston for 12 years. He and his second wife, Mary (Betty), were married Feb. 11, in Houston, Mo. They had a wedding celebration Feb. 25 in Clarkston with his birthday celebration. He has five children, 10 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. He is a member of the Ministerial Association. He enjoys taking hunting and fishing trips in Idaho, Washington, Montana, Canada and Alaska.

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Oct. 28 Claude J. Heuett of Lewiston will celebrate his 75th birthday Oct. 28. He was born at home on the Buckingham place at Cottonwood Creek, Oct. 28, 1937, to June and Nora Heuett. When he was about 10 years old, his family moved to the McDowell place at Coyote Creek. He attended grade school and high school in Culdesac, graduating in 1955. During high school he played basketball, football and baseball. He worked for Stan Storey and Harry Ruddell, helping with farm work and during harvest. He served two years in the U.S. Army including service with the 5th Honor Guard.

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After his military service, he went to work for Bob Greg installing flooring and Formica. Later he worked for John Skelton. He retired from fulltime work in 1999, but still works part time, for himself, installing kitchen and bath tile and countertops. He and his wife, Angie, have been married for 35 years. The couple enjoys riding ATVs and camping. He also enjoys bowling. They belong to the Lewis-Clark ATV Club, and he is also a member of Nez Perce County Search and Rescue. The couple has six children and several grandchildren between them.

Volunteer opportunities The WA-ID Volunteer Center in the Lewiston Community Center at 1424 Main St. provides individualized volunteer opportunities for those wishing to serve in Lewiston, Clarkston, Asotin, Pomeroy, Moscow and the Orofino area. The phone number is (208) 7467787; toll free number is (888) 546-7787. The center can also be found online at www.waidvolunteercen The following are a few of the volunteer opportunities available in October. The Lewis-Clark Literacy Council needs tutors for basic language and grammar skills. Tutors are also needed to teach math skills

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You’re never too old to tee off It doesn’t matter if it’s the front nine or the back nine, these women play every Wednesday — and 85 isn’t their average score, it’s their average age By Mary Tatko

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When she says golf keeps you young, Mickey Corlis isn’t kidding around. Corlis, 87, golfs each week with a group of women ranging in age from 78 to 93, and while they haven’t found the fountain of youth, there might just be something to this golf thing. Six of the women drew their chairs into a circle in the ladies locker room at the Clarkston Golf and Country Club after a round of nine holes one recent Wednesday to discuss the merits of playing together, playing for fun and playing through the golden years. In 2009, Clarkston Women’s Golf Association president Connie Downen approached Corlis about starting a ninehole group. “So then we began talking to the ladies who were playing 18 holes and we had quite a list of ladies who thought they might be interested,” Corlis said. “And it’s really been a wonderful thing, because most of us don’t have the physical ability to play 18 holes.” Having a dedicated nine-hole group meant “that we could still come out and play golf, and compete if we wanted to

— or not compete,” Corlis said. “Everybody’s game is sort of like their own business,” she explained. “If I want to pick up the ball and I don’t want to play that hole, it doesn’t matter.” “Most of us don’t even keep score any more,” Vivian Bacharach, 90, said. “And we laugh at our mistakes,” Margie Troutt, 92, added. “When we first started, we were competing,” Corlis said. “We were putting in money and we were winning balls. We did that one year, and then we decided that we all had plenty of balls and so we wanted to just play for the joy of playing golf.” Though they no longer put in money, the group was given a shopping bag full of balls by a woman from the 18-hole group, Corlis explained. “So sometimes, like this morning, I gave everybody a ball and gave them the instructions that when we got to seven, which is the water hole, that they could either hit the ball or just go up and throw the ball in the lake.” “I putted out, and then I threw the ball in the lake,” Ginny Schoeff, 93, said. The women in the group, all Clarkston residents, have many decades of golf between them. Corlis alone has played for more than 50 years. “My son was about 6 (when she started), and he is now 60 years old,” she said. Eschewing competition now doesn’t mean they were never competitive,

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Margie Troutt drives her cart between shots during her morning round of nine holes.

“When we first started, we were competing. We were putting in money and we were winning balls. We did that one year, and then we decided that we all had plenty of balls and so we wanted to just play for the joy of playing golf.” — Mickey Corlis

M O N D A Y, O C T O B E R 1 , 2 0 1 2 Corlis pointed out. “I think all of us have played competitive golf,” she said. “I know Mary had a handicap of, what, 10?” “Only for a few weeks,” Mary Jackman, 78, replied modestly. “That was my lowest. Usually (it was) 11, 12, 13 — like in there.” “And about a hundred thousand years ago I was low net in the Washington (State) Women’s Golf (Association) Tournament,” Corlis said. All the women in the group are members of Clarkston Golf and Country Club, and most play a couple times each week in addition to the nine holes they play together on Wednesday mornings. “It’s a good sport,” Phyllis Himmelright, 84, said. “You can play it when you’re young, you can play it when you’re old. Play it if you’re married or single.” “And (this is) a wonderful group because it’s a group of people that you associate with that you don’t associate (with) at any other time,” Corlis said. “It just gives you another group of friends to have.” Corlis is the group’s de facto organizer. “Well I guess it’s my job,” she said. “I seem to assume it is. Everybody helps. I’m just sort of … bossy.” “(It’s) communication,” Himmelright offered. “Thank you,” Corlis said. “It’s a community-type thing. We just work together.” Corlis comes up with different ways to assign partners, for example asking the ladies to toss a tee to the ground and pair up with whomever the tee points to. “I’m the stove up one around here,” Jackman said, chuckling, as she got up from her chair, on Corlis’ orders, to demonstrate the tee toss. “And sometimes we have little slips of paper and we draw numbers, and we’re really confused because we can’t remember if we’re supposed to remember the first number or the second number, huh Vivian?” Corlis said, laughing. This morning, she explained, they’d used initials and gone by alphabetical order. “We manage to bumble through it,” she said. “So you can tell it’s a very relaxed group.” The women — there usually are between six and eight players — keep things unofficial, including the group’s name. “Doug (Phares, the course’s golf pro) said that our name should be Golden Girls, and I asked them how they liked that and nobody came up with anything better,” Corlis said, then addressed the group: “Is there something better you would like? Or worse?” The ensuing discussion ranged from Golden Nines to Nine-hole Group: “Leave the ‘girls’ out,” someone said. Corlis said Phares has been very accommodating, allowing each woman to take a cart onto the course instead of the usual policy of two per cart. And the other women at the club who still play 18 holes are supportive as well. “They make us feel like we still belong,” she said.  Tatko can be reached at or (208) 848-2244

Anyone interested in more information about the women’s nine-hole group at Clarkston Golf and Country Club can contact Mickey Corlis at (509) 758-6738.


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ABOVE: Phyllis Himmelright watches as Mary Jackman lines up her tee shot at the Clarkston Golf and Country Club. BELOW: Mickey Corlis reads the green and Vivian Bacharach tries to sink her putt.


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Jerry, 68, and Rita, 70, Myers of Lewiston are Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Volunteers of the Month for the WA-ID Volunteer Center. Volunteer work: The couple volunteers together in most instances, with both giving time to the Literature Committee at St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center gift shop. She has also served as president of the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auxiliary. They have volunteered for the SJRMC wine tasting event for many years and she has served as chair for that event. She has also previously served on the Lewiston City Library Foundation and the Lewiston School District Foundation. She is past chair of the Idaho Hospital Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer Committee and he is currently a an at-large member of the committee. They also do volunteer work for the American Cancer Society at the cancer research center and through her membership in P.E.O., for which she is currently serving of the as vice president for the state organization. He also volunteers in the evidence room, processing evidence for the Lewiston Police Department. They have also volunteered for numerous other organizations and events through the years: From coaching soccer for the Boys and Girls Club to being timers for the Seaport River Run â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they have pretty much done it all. They average around 140 hours per month volunteering for the different groups and organizations between the two of them. Career: He retired from Potlatch Corp. in January 2002, where he worked 23 years, first in the tissue mill followed by 10 years in corporate positions for the company. She worked for Shopko in Lewiston when it first opened, serving as the operations administrator for a short length of time. But mostly she has Eldred D. Olson L.D. - 47 Years Experience spent much of her life volunteering to help others while raising their children. Family: They moved to Lewiston from Green Bay, Wis., in 1979 and raised their three children, who were in third, fifth and sixth grades when the family moved here. The three kids now have families of their own and live in Massachusetts, Texas and Ohio. Rita explained how they came from a volunteer culture, in which both of their dads were volunteer firemen, and their moms were involved in PTA and Scouts. â&#x20AC;˘ The best of material & workmanship Hobbies: His hobby is racing cars. He said the cars and volunteering take up most of his time. She â&#x20AC;˘ Ask about our Guarantee enjoys spending time on the river and with family. â&#x20AC;˘ Lots of free parking - wheel chair ramp â&#x20AC;&#x153;When someone asks â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what was your job?,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; like when I join a new group or something, I often say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a professional volunteer,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because I feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve volunteered since forever,â&#x20AC;? Rita told the Tribune. Eldred D. Olson L.D. 1346 12th St. â&#x20AC;˘ Clarkston & When asked his favorite part of volunteering, Jerry replied: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You meet some really interesting Clinton J. Olson L.D. State Licensed Denturist on Duty 3 5 7 6 7 1 J A - 1 2 folks. Today, one of the opportunities that the American Cancer Society has is what they call Road to Recovery, where if a person needs transportation to the treatment center and a family member isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available to take them, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll schedule rides for them, which is something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve started doing. And this guy today was 92 years old and just as lively and full of vinegar as can be. My dad is 95, and lives in assisted living he ofď&#x192;&#x17E;ce of Rick Woods Insurance is and this guy asked me today why I do this and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t proud to announce the addition of do it for my own dad, so I do it for others.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;?

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It was a recent smoky morning when I decided to have coffee at Jack in the Box in Lewiston and search out a new column. Much to my surprise there werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as many people there as I thought there would be, but I was in luck. In the corner there was a jovial group sitting and chatting, so I introduced myself and asked if I might join them. The group warned me there might be some language used that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be allowed in print but Monica (the only lady in the group) said she would use her cane on them if they got too out of hand. At the table with Monica were three Bills (one being her husband) and some other guys whose names I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, for some unknown reason, write down. As I listened to the conversations at the table I

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