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ISSUE #51

COLLIER COUNTY EDITION

October 15, 2011

out in all different directions. He raised his withered hand to me and with a crackled voice said, "What's the matter, Mr. Beierle, haven't you ever seen anyone dying before?" I've heard a lot of one-liners in my business, but never one like that. This man looked like death. I slid into the booth and put It's late Friday afternoon and it's pouring rain. I'm my books on the table. The waitress came over and I ordered sitting in my car looking out into a cemetery watching the, a cup of coffee. Looking at this guy I could really have used funeral burial of a ...what do I call him? He certainly wasn't something stronger. After sitting for only a few seconds he a friend, not even an acquaintance. After all, I met him just was already giving me the willies. As the waitress was bring­ once, briefly, though I wish that I had never heard of him. ing my cup of coffee over, Nicodemus went into a coughing There are certain things in life we can explain, cer­ jag. You talk about disgusting. I looked the other way and tain things that we can't and then there's others ... the things pretended to be busy opening my books and getting my pen­ we just don't want to explain. It was about a month ago cil and paper out. He pulled out a handkerchief and wiped off when I got the call. The gentleman asked me to come and his mouth. Looking at me he said, "Getting old isn't for the see him about some printing and advertising work. I recog­ weak of heart." I tell you, sitting across from him wasn't for nized his name. It was synonymous with wealth and power the weak of heart either. This man gave me the creeps. But for many years. I was surprised that he was calling a com­ hey, I was there for business and this wasn't a beauty contest. pany as small as ours. He was located past the Allentown I asked what I could do for him. He looked away from me area. He requested that we have the meeting in the evening and down into his coffee, stirred it and said, "Mr. Beierle, I around eight o'clock and gave me directions where to meet brought you down here on false pretenses." him at his favorite restaurant. I followed his directions Again there was a surprised look on my face as I which took me into a seedy part of town. The restaurant, thought, "Oh great! I came all this way for nothing." which was more of a hole in the wall than anything else, That's when things began to get weird. It was as if was easy to find. I walked in as per his instructions and this man could read my mind. Nicodemus shook his head looked for the fourth booth from the back where he said I and laughed. "Oh no, you didn't come all this way for noth­ he'd be seated. The restaurant was dimly lit. It didn't look ing. I need you to do a favor for me. And I'll pay you for like a place you would want to bring your best girl to. I your time." He went into another coughing jag. This one counted the booths as I walked down and found the gentle­ didn't last as long as the first. Again wiping off the comers man sitting in the opposite direction so I couldn't see his of his mouth he continued, "I want you to write and publish face . Since I don't want to reveal the man's last name, I'll something for me." just call him by his first name ... Nicodemus. I was at a little bit of a loss. I asked, "What do you I turned to the booth and put out my hand and with mean write something for you?" a warm smiled greeted Nicodemus. When the gentleman He said, "I've read your little newsletter and I want looked up at me I pulled my hand back. I guess the startled you to put a story in there for me." I couldn't figure out what looked on my face was pretty evident. I had seen pictures this man would want me my little rinky-dink newsletter. This of this man in the newspaper. This did not look like him. guy could have called up any newspaper he wanted. At least His face was gaunt and thin. His skin had a gray tone to it that's what I had assumed. I had assumed wrong. Ifl'd only and his eyes were sunken deep into his skull. He was com­ Continued on next page pletely bald except for a few strands of hair which reached Bi-Weekly Publication Filled With Short Stories, Edi Designed And Distributed By 0 We are not responsible for typographical err We reserve tKe right to refuse any advertisers we feel ar No material in this publication ca Our Town Collier County, P.O. Box 9679,

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n. Intervie",,© Continued known then what I know now. Nicodemus finished his coffee a 11d said, "Come, let me take you back to my apartment. I have the papers there." HOLD ON! The guy knew I was coming. Why didn't he just have the papers there with him? I looked at my watch. It was getting late. "Listen, is this going to take long because I have to get back ... " He cut my off sharply. "Mr. Beierle, I said I'd pay you for your time. Don't worry about it. 1 only live around the corner." Then he looked at me and smiled. "What's the matter, you afraid of a dying old man?" Boy, nothing like a manly challenge... right? I got up, grabbed my books, threw some change down on the counter for my coffee and headed out behil1d him. The streets were dimly lit. It was an overcast night which made for very poor visibility. A light drizzle had just begun to fall. I thought, "Oh great, on top of everything else I'm going to get soaked." We came to his apartment building. It looked like it should have been condemned. For all I knew, maybe it was. As we entered the building and headed toward the stairs 1 could see into three or four of the apartments. They looked vacant and trashed. The stairs we went up had no lighting except for a single lit bulb about three stories up. I don't know about you, but I've always listened to my instincts. Over the years I've come to trust them and usually paid the price when I ignored them. Right now my instincts were telling me that there was some­ thing wrong. Something just didn't feel riglll. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck starting to stick up. It was one of those times I ignored my instincts and paid the price. As we walked up the stairway 1 couldn't help but think that one ofthose steps were going to give way and I'd fall down into some rat infested hole screaming for my life. (The things I go through for a job. But hey, the printing and advertising business ain't no job for sissies.) Nicodemus lived on the second floor. From the looks of it I don't think there was another soul who lived in this building. At this point I didn't care. 1 really just wanted to grab my books and say, "Listen bud, see you later" and walk out of there. But the next thing I knew 1 walking into his apartment. And let me tell you, this wasn't Gracie Mansion. I couldn't figure it out. This guy at one time was Mr. Money and Power, but now... The place had a musty stale odor and I didn't look around. I wasn't interested in seeing anything other than what I had to. Nicodemus hobbled over to his desk and turned on a light. (You guessed it...it was another dimly lit bulb. Couldn't anybody here afford at least a one hundred watter.) Without turning around he said, "Sit down, Mr Beierle. This will only take a minute." I was standing in the doorway, you know, kind of on the brink...knowing that if I took another step I was going to be commilied. To what I didn't know, but it was that threshold ... the point of no return. The next thing I knew I was walking in and closing the door behind me. Hearing it clunk when it closed and the echo it caused throughout the building didn't make me feel any more at ease. I made my way to a huge cushioned chair and sat in it. Nicodemus grabbed an envelope off the desk and walked over to a chair that was directly in front of me. He turned on a standing lamp that was alongside of it. As he sat down in the chair he laid his head back, raised his chin and let out a long deep moan. Cripes .. .I thought he was going to die right there. He moaned as if the life was being sucked right out of him ... and that's when I heard it for the first time. At first I thought maybe I was hearing noise from another apartment. It sounded like laughter or howling, but off in the distance. It was getting louder, slowing increasing as if a horde of howling people were descending upon us. "Hey Bob," I thought, "get a grip. It's just your imagina-

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tion." I shook my head and took a deep bred;!~ .iL~5i i\.. :;",:';- r: out, but it was still there. Then it stopped s u da~"J~' Ie:: ' ;;:! dead silence. Nicodemus opened his eyes and looi-.e<:!!l.i n:~ . qis. stare was intense on my face and he said, "You hear it " Hey listen ... I wasn't going to ad m it :0 h~Jrili;3DY' hing. I said, ''I'm sorry, hear what?" His voice pleaded as he spoke, ""I o ... you :':-:.." :'lem too. Tell me you heard them so I know I'm not m ad ." THAT'S IT! Time to go! Manly or no! I \1 ,,6 ; :, nil~ g out of there. 1 grabbed my books and said, "Listen pal. ' n ".m' you have a real interesting story to tell...but tell it to s o rnet~.i~ ~L,,~ ." I went to get up from the armchair when his hand lashed ClU: ~r. -': grabbed my arm. His grip was intense, like a vise grip on my arm, his nails dug into my skin. He begged , "No, stay. You heard it... you heard them." His nails dug in so hard that my arm began to bleed. He was like a man drmvning and clinging onto me for life. As for me, I just wanted to get out of there. Though for a guy near death, he had a pretty strong grip and pulled me back down into the chair. His voice was filled with fear. "They're waiting for me you know... waiting for me to die. Every night they taunt me ... call to me." His hand was still on my arm holding me down. Every fiber in my body wanted to jump up and leave ... to run out of there ... drop my books ... drop everything.. .jusl get the hell out of there, get in my car and get home. But I couldn't leavc. I couldn 't move. With one ha nd sril! on my ann, he lifted his other hand, shaking as he raised it. a nd po inted to the pictures on th e \\'21 11 behind him. His ske leton- like ha nd w as covered in dark brow n spots. His skin loosely hung there. "1 once \vas a powerful man . 1 could control the destiny of people's li'ves.'· I looke d up t,} the pictures that he was pointing to. The place was so dark that I coul d barely make them out. There \,vere pictures there of a younger '\i codemus ... a man that you could tell was oozing w ith \\ eal th and po\\ er. Pic­ tures of him with official s, heads of state, even a picture of him with a president. They were hung across his wall ... strewn there ... a memory of the past... of a lifetime ago. Looking at the Nicodemus then and looking at the man who sat in front of me now, it was hard to tell that they were the same person. He pointed to those pictures and told me to look and look good though he refused to look at them. Again he spoke, with his hands still pointing in the air at the pictures, "That is my doom !" M an, this guy was ready for the looney bin. I did n' t k.no w what he w as talk.ing about. " At one time," he cont inued, ,C] could make or break a person. Peopl e came to me for pol itical po\\ e r. I was the man heiUljd rhe 5Cef'ie~ " All of a sudden he gasped for ai r and slmk hi s head ~a~k ;.;> ' "'" folds of the armchair he was sitt ing in. He eye s ro lled UP '"-:: .~ "j;,: head. Drool oozed from the corners of hi s mouth. ..;.", could hear the cries and cackles and the howls. H.: ml..·~:· eo _ , ­ death was trying to grab him, (rying to take his li fe frol" r;" there. This time the cackles and howls were louder. H,,·' _":> 5: dug into me, refusing to get me go. Right no\\', I Wl!S ., .- : ~'?'T'<":;"'", I don't think I could move if! wanted to. The sOlind, .;1 . 3C"" .es were getting louder. Again the sounds faded 00' i o : ,~' li.: :'.;-:,; . He looked at me as he was gasping for breath. "They iw")('v, :'" " '~~{lI1 , " he said. Again he looked at me and poi nted iO '.'. "'~: : Il~ on his desk. Still he refused to look. He said, "On my aes";",tilere lays what was my family." I glanced over. The Iig!llmg-W3.5 a little bet­ ter there because ofthe lamp he had lit. .\gai" l ';:(,ujd see a picture of a younger Nicodemus, and who I a5~C!mec .'. :lS :i..:' \'. ife and two children. His voice softened toa lmoS! 3 \\ hi ~ p~. I had to strain ,0

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The 路lntervie\N@ Continued 2 to hear what he was saying. "They were my true treasure," he said. "They were my gold and my silver. And yet I treated them like trash. My wife," he said, he called her name, "How I mistreated her. I was unfaithful to her. The times, the countless times. Why didn't I see it?" He sobbed but there were no tears in his eyes. "How she put up with me for as long as she did, I don't know." I didn't want to ask, but I couldn't help myself. I found the words coming out of my mouth. "What happened to her?" I whispered. He looked at me, stared into my eyes, but it was like he was staring right through me. "She killed herself. She put up with the abuse longer than I think anyone could, then she shot herself. Shortly after that my son left. Left never to come back ...my son ... son." "And your daughter?" I asked. Without looking at me, he eyes closed, he mourned, "I let drugs come in for kickbacks, for bribes. I didn't know they would touch her. The very thing I used for power ended up ruining her life." "Where is she now?" I asked. Putting his head back, rolling his eyes up, he moaned, "She's lost...lost." And again he let out a sigh ...more of a moan ... or a how!".I don't know. But those sounds started again ...the laughing ...the cackling ...the howling ...and this time they were close. They were real close. And they weren't fading away. The chair he was sitting in began to vibrate then shake, lightly at first. It actually began to bounce up and down off the floor. The lights flickered on and off. Frantically I grabbed at his hand and tired to pull it off my arm, but I couldn't lift even one of his fingers. Then both lights zapped out. The room was dark. Nicodemus sat there moaning. And then they came. Images ...swirling images ...ghoulish creatures and demons filled the room swirling, hovering over this man like vultures waiting for their prey to die. Their screams and cackles were ear shattering. I pushed my free hand up against my ear and shoved my head into the side ofthe armchair trying to muffle the sounds. I closed my eyes, fearing for my life. I squeezed my eyes tight, but I couldn't muffle out the flashing of lights and the sounds. Then silence. I don't know how long I sat there before I had the courage to move my hand or open my eyes. I looked at Nicodemus sitting there, his mouth open, his eyes wide, his skull-like features staring off into space. No he wasn't dead. I could tell by his wheezing breath that he was still alive. Slowly he brought his head down and looked at me. He was talking almost incoherently. I tried to make out what he was saying. He said something about scandal...losing everything ...wanting to tell...or maybe he said wanting to warn ...but no one else would come. No one else would listen. They all thought him mad. Right now I didn't know who was madder, him or me. This whole situation was insane. He reached up with his free hand and handed me an envelope and told me to follow the directions in it. I said, "Yeah, sure, I'll write it, I'll do it." I'd say anything to get out ofthere. The pressure of his hand intensified on my arm as he grabbed harder. He said, "Promise!" I said, "Yeah, I promise." He looked at me. No, he looked into me, past my eyes and into my very soul. And with his eyes afire, his voice strong, he demanded, "Your word!" And that's when I did it. I gave him my word ...my word. With that, it was like a trigger. His hand released. His body that had been so tense just gave way. His eyes closed and

he sighed. I didn't know if he was dead or alive. I just grabbed my books and got out of there. I don't remember going down the stairs or even going out the door. I just headed for my car, threw my stuff in the front seat, started it up and sped out of there. The next thing I remember, I was driving on deserted Route 33. It was raining hard. My windshield wipers and defrosters were going, but it was so foggy out I could hardly see. Was it real? Was I imagining it? Did this really happen? I kept telling myself it had to be my imagination .. Things like this just don't happen. This was the real world, not some cheap horror movie. I was staring down at the envelope that he had handed me. I didn't want to open it, I just wanted to throw it out. Yeah, throw it out. It seemed so easy. Just pick it up and throw it out the window. The man was going to be dead any day now. He wouldn't know. But I had given my word. Well, the hell with my word. It was my sanity I was worried about. That's just what I was going to do. I was going to pick up the envelope, roll down my window and throw it out. It was then and there, right there, I made up my mind that the envelope was going out the window. I looked in my rear view mirror. I didn't see any vehicles coming. I started to slow down and reach over for the envelope. All of a sudden the car lights went out. It was as if somebody had turned off my car...just pulled the battery right out and shut her down. My steering locked. I went to hit the brakes. It happened so fast. And all of a sudden there was a bright light in the car ...a bright flash. The light was intense with a burning heat. I squinted and tried to cover my eyes and look in my rear view mirror to see what was coming. And there in the reflection of my mirror I saw him ... Nicodemus's gaunt face looking at me ...his hand pointing at me and his voice ..."Your word ..." The light and heat got so intense I screamed. I slammed on my brakes and the car skidded to a stop crossways on Route 33. Frantically I reached for the ignition key trying to start the car. One time ...two times ...three times ...she caught. I got the car going and pulled it off to the side of the road and sat there terrified. My world was once again dark. I had to peel my left hand off the steering wheel. I started up the car again and headed down the road. First exit I pulled off and stopped at the first bar I came to. I was oblivious to anybody else in there. I walked in and sat at the bar. The bartender came over. I must have looked a wreck. "Give me a Bacardi and Coke quick!" He looked at me and laughed. He said, "What's the matter with you, bud? Sit in the sun tanning booth too long?" I couldn't figure out what he was talking about. Then I looked in the mirror at my reflection. My face was red, beet red, so where my hands, as if I'd sat out in the sun too long ...as if I'd been burnt. He brought the drink back to me and I finished it in one gulp, threw three bucks on the counter and got out. When I arrived home my wife and the kids were already asleep. I walked down to the shop, threw the envelope on my desk, sat down in my chair and stared at it. I don't know how long I was looking at it before I finally had the courage to open it. But I was committed now. There was no way out. Slowly I reached for the envelope, cut open the back and pulled out the paper. The only thing it said on it was, "Come to my funeral." How the hell was I suppose to write something about "Come to my funeral."? I closed me eyes and laid my head on the desk. The next thing I remember was Dorothy waking me up. I told her all that had happened and showed her the note. I don't

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know if she believed me or not. I don't know if I believed it myself. But when she went out to the car to take the kids to school, she came back in placed something on my desk ...the tape that was in the tape player in the car last night. It had melted. Well, for the next couple of nights I didn't really sleep well, but as the days when by I started to put the whole incident out of my mind. Besides, what did I have to worry about? I wasn't going to know when Nicodemus died. I mean, what was he going to do? Call me up and say hey, I'm dead! I was beginning to feel a little more confident, a little more relaxed. I figured well, maybe that was the end of it. Maybe it would be the last I would ever hear of Nicodemus. Yeah, maybe! It was Wednesday night when they called. It was some law office who had instructions to notify me of the death and burial time of Nicodemus. The drive down was torturous. It was the last placed I wanted to go. But I guess I didn't have any say in the matter. I had given my word. And from the looks of it, I may as well have signed a contract in blood. So down I drove. Another wet, miserable day. I pulled up to the cemetery. It was small and from the looks of it, very old. It was adjacent to a church with a wrought iron fence surrounding old tombstones. So here I sit in my car trying to muster the courage to get out. I looked through the wrought iron gates, listening to the raindrops hitting the top of the roof. I could make out through the rain that there were just two people standing by what I assumed was Nicodemus's grave. I didn't have an umbrella, I didn't even have a raincoat. I got out of the car just as the rain started to intensify and made my way through the cemetery. The minister had already begun to give his last words as town men lowered the casket into the ground by ropes. There was nobody there ...no dignitaries ...no big wheeler dealers ...nobody ...just the minister and me ...two grave diggers ...and a woman. I assumed maybe it was his daughter. She had been crying. The rain came down harder, followed by some thunder and lightning. Then it was as if the sky opened up and the rain came down in buckets causing the ropes to slip out of the grave diggers hands. The casket slid and crashed the rest of the way into the hole. The men ran for shelter as the storm intensified. The minister went over, put his arm around the woman and they headed back to the church. Me ...1just stood there and looked down at the casket and wondered ...had he made peace? Had the demons really taken his soul? A huge burial stone lay at the top of his grave covered in black canvas. You couldn't see through it. The wind picked up as the storm intensified. Lightning and thunder crashed around me. For some reason it didn't bother me. Then a gust of wind came so strong that it lifted the canvas off his tombstone. I could see there was something chiseled on it but i couldn't make it out until a flash oflightning came and lit up the area. There, written upon his tombstone, no name ...no date ...just these words, "What does a man gain to win the world, but lose his soul." It's been a couple of days now since Nicodemus's funeral and I'm here with pen and paper finishing this up. Was it real? Were there demons? Or was it just the overactive imagination of an old dying man so strong that it made me see the things that he really feared. As I said in the beginning, there are some things in this world that we just don't want to explain. As for me ...all I have to show for it is a melted cassette that makes me ask some questions. Bob Beierle, Creative Insight

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A mother took her daughter to the doctor and asked him to give her an examination to determine the cause of the daughter's swollen abdomen. "It only took the doctor about two seconds to say, "Gimme a break, lady! Your daughter is pregnant!" The mother turned red with fury, and she argued with the doctor that her daughter was a good girl, and would never compromise her reputation by being with a boy. The doctor faced the window and silently watched the horizon. The mother became enraged and screamed, "Quit looking out the window! Aren't you paying attention to me?" "Yes, of course I am paying attention, ma'am. It's just that the last time this happened, a star appeared in the east, and three wise men came. I was hoping they'd show up again, and help me figure out who got your daughter pregnant!"

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At a press conference, the Brunettes announce they are going to make a trip to ~ the Moon. The Redheads speak up, "That's been done before, we're going to go to Mars:' The Blondes speak up, "That's nothing, we're going to be the first people to go to the Sun:' One of the reporters says, "Don't you idiots know that you'll burn up?" The Blondes say, "NO WE WON'T. WE'RE GOING TO GO AT NIGHT!"


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Sean McGuireNavy, NAWS China Lake, California Sgt. Brittany M. Browns, US Army Reserve, Afghanistan/Iraq Allen Hill - US Army, Serving in Afghanistan Holly Craft - US Army, Germany Kimberly Ellefsen - 31B - Military Police, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO Andrew Pateros - U.S. Marines, Hawaii Michael Johnson - U.S. Air Force, Virginia Isaac Vasquez HM3 Jessica N. Burrows, MD Serving at Bethesda Naval Hospital PFC Abby Demarco, Serving at Fort Jackson South Carolina Bryan Miller, Senior Airman, Serving in !rag/Afghanistan Mike Kirby, USMC 2nd Tour Iraq Richard Hooper, Jr. US Army AlC Eric J. O'Neill- Nellis AFB, Nevada FSl John Randy Fullwood, Jr., USCG Cape May, NJ FSI Sean Joseph Fullwood, USCG Cape May, NJ SPC James Wasylyk Patrick WElders - USAF Specialist 4th Class Joshua J. Smyth Patriot Missle Operator - Kuwait If you would like us to include your son or daughter, husband or wife, or other loved one on our Armed Forces prayer list, please let us know.

ATTENTION FREE ADVERTISING! FOR VOLUNTEER NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS We want to help you by advertising your events, fund raisers, etc. in "Our Town" for FREE! However, we need to receive all information by mail, email or fax by the 15th of the previous month for the issue that is distributed on the 1st of the month and by the 1st of the month for the issue that comes out on the 15th. This is our only requirement. Please DON'T call us three days or two days or one day before we print and ask us to put something into "Our Town". We can't do it. This deadline is absolutely necessary in order to get "Our Town" out on time. So please help us to help you by getting that info in as early as possible. You can mail your information with a contact number to: "Our Town Collier County", P.O. Box 9679, Naples, FL 34101. If you have any questions give us a call at: (239) 331-7926. You can also email us at collierourtown@gmail.com


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Then once again the trees Will shed their colorful clothes And bare themselves once more Waiting for the winter snows. By Dottie Smith-Newfoundland


OUR TOWN DISTRIBUTORS We're sorry, but this is not a complete listing of all of the "Our Town" distributors. We apologize to those businesses that did not appear on our list since we acquired them after our print deadline. We're picking up new distributors daily and are very excited about everyone's enthusiasm about the magazine. Keep a watchful eye to the distribution list and if you have a favorite store that you frequent and would like to see "Our Town" there give us a call at 239-331-7926. R&P Property Management 265 Airport Road South Randy's Fishmarket - 10395 Tamiami Trail, N Naples Red Brick Pizza - 6355 Naples Blvd., Naples Red's Pizzeria 2795 - Davis Blvd., Naples Rice's Barber Shop 2009 Tamiami Trail North Rick's Discount Cigarettes & Cigars- 8793 Tamiami Trail RiverwalkAt Tin City - 1200 Fifth Ave., S. Naples Rosedale Brick Oven Pizza1427 Pine Ridge Road #105 Salon Soho - 2069 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples Sandra's Pet Salon -10823 N. Tamiami Trail Sawgrass Grill 11865 Collier Blvd. Sign of the Times - 23t 7 Davis Blvd., Naples Silhouette's Salon - 2440 Vanderb~ Beach Rd. #210, Naples Skillets - 5461 Airport Road, N Naples Smoothie King - 2500 Tamiami Trail, Naples Spanky's Speakeasy - 1550 Airport-Pulling Road, N Naples Sportclips Haircuts -1410 Pine Ridge, Naples Straight from New York Bagels & Coffee - Bakery 4550 Executive Dr., Naples Sugar Palm Bakery - 5417 Airport Pulling Rd., Naples Sunshine Ace Hardware - 11673 Collier Blvd., Naples Sunshine Pharmacy- 80 Wilson Blvd., S. Naples SunSplash Market 850 Neapolitan Way Susie's Too - 4884 Davis Blvd., Naples SweeTreats - 7935 Airport Rd., N. Naples Taco Ardiente -1048 Pine Ridge Road, Naples Tall Tales Bait and Tackle 841 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Taste of Chicago - 2366 Immokalee Rd., Naples Taste of Europe - 10265 Tamiami Trail, N. 6, Naples Town Markel - 7770 Perserve Lane, Naples The Brick Coffee & Bar 531 5th Avenue S The Travel Concierge - 482 6th Street, S Naples Tony's C Place, LLC, 842 Neapolitan Way Trail Cafe & Grill-12820 Tamiami Trail, N Naples Trans 4 Motions Hair Salon 8795 Tamiami Trail E Tropical Smoothie - 570 Tamiami Trail, N Naples Tropical Smoothie Cafe - 5016 Airport Rd., Naples Vinnie's Barber Shop - 2387.Tamiami Trail East Waterfalls Auto Spa - 2630 Pine Ridge, Naples Wildside Cafe - 5026 Airport Rd., Naples Wizzard Lake Nursery -1717 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples Woodside Bowl- 8525 Radio Road, Naples World Bakery & Cafeteria - 4075 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples Wynns Family Market, Naples .. Yogurbella - 9118 Strada Place #8165, Naples Zookies Sports Pub & Grill- 7740 Preserve Lane, Naples

Greyhound Bus Lines - 2669 Davis Blvd., Naples Gina's Care 11 tile Park -1100 Comrrerdal Blvd., #102 Naples Going Postal - 4888 Davis Blvd., Naples Golden Bakery -11689 Collier Blvd., Naples Golden Gate Pharmacy -11669 Collier Blvd., Naples Goldies Breakfast & Lunch - Taylor Street, Napes The Good Life - 2355 Vanderbi~ Beach Rd. Ste 176 ,Naples Good Times Diner - Airport Pulling Rd., Naples Golden Gate Barber & Salon - 11985 Collier Blvd., Naples Grouper & Chips - 338 9th St., N Naples Grumpy's Ale House - 8935 Tamiami Trl, N Naples Haircuts by Joe Cool 4105 Tamiami Trail Hair Palace of Naples 12652 E. Tamiami Trail HD Hair Design of Naples 7935 Airport Rd Hoots Breakfast & Lunch -1267 Tamiami Trail, E Naples Hue Nails & Spa- 13585 Tamiami Trail, #18 N Naples Island Bike - 4326 Thomasson Drive, Naples Jana's Little Prague - 289 9th St. South, Naples Jenny Nicks Tavern -11397 Tamiami Trail, E Naples Joey D's Italian Restaurant, Naples King Lake Hair Design - 4824 Davis Blvd., Naples King's Lounge 4864 Davis Blvd., Naples The KoomySpj Bar & Gril-SOYI.I1son Blvd. Ste.12, Naples La Rosa Pizzeria - 7785 Davis Blvd., Naples Lady of Brow & Skin Care - 9853 Tarniami Trail N, 107 Larry's Lunch Box - 2650Airport Puling Rd., Naples The Lazy Parrot - 1100 6th Ave. Suite 6, S. Naples Leonis Pizzeria - 318 Tamiami Trail, N Naples Look-a-Likes 340 North Tamiami Trail Look-a-Likes 6050 Collier Blvd. Lulu B's Grill- 8795 Tamiami Trail, N. Naples M&M's Cafe -1200 5th Ave. Suite 122, S. Naples M&M Dry Cleaners - 1054 Pine Ridge Road, Naples Mail Station -1460 Golden Gate Pkway Ste 10, Naples Mango's Cuban Cafe 1826 Trade Center Way Mangrove Outfitters 4111 East Tamiami Trail Marias Hair Care and Beauty Salon - 2795 Davis Blvd., Naples Marias Restaurant -12712 Tamiami Trail East Marcos Cuban Cafe - 4110 EnterpriseAve.,Naples Mercede's Hair Studio-13510TamiamiTrail, #3 N Naples Miller's Alehouse - 6320 Hollywood Blvd., Naples Mongellos Restaurant and Lounge . - 4221 'famiami Trail, E Naples _ Moravala's New York Style Pizza-1836AAportRoad,S. Naples Mr Joseph's Hair Surgeons - 1266Airpolt Pullllg Rd., Naples . Mulligans Sports Grille 2041 Tamiami Trail N, Naples Nails by Irene 862 Neapolitan Way, Naples Nana's Diner -12285 Collier Blvd., Naples Naples Flat Bread & Yl.lnery - 6434 Naples Blvd., Naples Naples Nail & Salon 12612 Tamiami Trail E ,Naples Naples Pier - Naples Naples Pizza - 7087 Radio Road, Naples Neapolitan Car Wash 6265 Naples Blvd., Naples The Neapolitan Gourmet - 5415 Airport Rd., Naples Noodles Italian Cafe and Sushi Bar -Misson Square Plaza 1585 Pine Ridge, Naples Nutri Shop - 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Ste 148, Naples Oakes Farms - 2205 Davis Blvd., Naples Old Naples General Store - 1100 6th Avenue, S Naples Old World Market - 2800 Davis Blvd, Naples Olympia Dining - 2800 Davis Blvd., Naples Pastrami Dan's - 586 9th St, N Naples Palrics Breakfast, Lunch and More - 1485 Mission Square, Naples Pepper's Deli & Butcher- 4165 Corporate Sq Naples Peppi's Pizzeria 4111 Tamiami Trail North Perkins Restaurant - 3585 Pine Ridge Road, Naples Perkins Restaurant - 4335 Tamiami Trail, E Naples Pet Supermarket - 2408 Tamiami Trail E, Naples Pinch路a-Penny Pool 11677 Collier Blvd. Planet Smoothie - 2400 Immokalee Road, Naples Planet Smoothie - 6420 Naples Blvd, Naples Porky's Last Stand - 2560 39th St., SW Naples Port 0 Call Rentals & Charters 550 Port 0 Call Portofino Pizza - 7550 Mission Hills Dr. #318 Naples The Pub Naples - 9118 Strada Place #8160, Naples

NAPLES Abbots Frozen Custard - 491 5th Avenue, S Naples Alia's Restaurant - 3400 Radio Rd., Naples Alice Sweetwaters - 1996 Airport Rd, S Naples Almost Wild Natural Pet Foods and Supplies - 50 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 6, S Naples Angels Nails 874 Neapolitan Way Alvino's Pizza - 8793 Tamiami Trail, E Naples American Legion - 2296 Tamiami Trail E, Naples Anthony's Trattoria of Naples - 7935 N Airport Rd., Naples Arial Pizza - 1450 Airport Road, Naples Aureilo's Pizzeria- 590 Tamiami Trail, N Naples Auto Works- 3027 Davis Blvd., Naples Bamz Restaurant - 2464 Tamiami Trail E, Naples Bayfront Inn- 1221 5th Ave., S Naples Beach Deli - 2364 Tamiami Trail E, Naples Beacon Bowl- 5400 Tamiami Trail, N Naples Before & After Salon & Spa - 5327 North Airport Rd. Black Eyed Pig - 5307 Shirley Street, Naples Blue Fish - 5425 Airport Rd., Naples Blueberry's - 3350 Tamiani Trail, N Naples Body Branding Tattoo Emporium- 1650 Airport Pulling Rd. Bottom's Up Liquor & Wine- 881 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Brewing Daily - 2795 Davis British Market - 2355 Vanderb~ Beach Rd Sune 168 Brooklyn's Best Pizza - 2493 Trade Center Way, Naples Brookside Barber Shop - 2379 Davis Blvd., Naples Bruninas Pizza & Pasta - 4330 Thomasson Drive, Naples Bubble's Laundry - 99th Ave & Tamiami Trail, N Naples Cabana - 795 Bayfront PI. Naples Cafe at Bayfront - 469 Bayfront PI. Naples Cafe Figaro -13510 Tamiami Trail, #7 N Naples Caffe Portofino - 8595 Collier Blvd., Naples Calypso Car Wash - 1472 Golden Gate Pkwy. Naples Capri Equipment Center -11281 Tamiami Trail, E Naples Captains Cabin - 3380 Mercantile Blvd., Naples Carsmetics - 2121 Pine Ridge Road, Naples Castaways Backwater Cafe' - 2025 Davis Blvd. Naples Cedi's Copy Express - 5959 Pine Ridge Road, Naples Chrissy's at Bayfront- Naples Chrissy B's - 4940 Tamiami Trail, Naples Cilantro Tomales - 10823 Tamiami Trail, N. Naples CJ's Tavern Pizza & More - 1100 6th Ave., S. Naples Cleaners - 8575 Collier Blvd., Naples Clock Family Restaurants - 670 9th St., N Naples Coney Island Restaurant - 9853 N. Tamiami Trail, Naples Coopers Farm Market - 285 9th St., S. Naples Cosmos Cafe & Pizzeria - 536 Tamiami Trail, N.Naples Country House East Restaurant - 2206 Davis Country House Restaurant Prime Outlets- 6060 Collier Blvd., Cracklin' Jack's - 9080 Collier Blvd., Naples Crispers Salads - Magnoila Square Naples Chrissy's at Bay Front -469 Bay Front, Naples Crissys B's - Tanglewood Plaza 4910 Tamiami Trail N, Christine Bar & Rest. 4943 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. Cruiser's Malt Shop & Grill 9853 Tamiami Trail, #109 N Custom Aquarium Studios -3415 Radio Road, Naples Dabco Pools Vanderbilt & Airport Rd. Direct Home Realty LLC - 1100 6th Ave. #10, S. Naples Duncan Donuts - 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples E's Country Store - Golden Gate Blvd., E. Naples Emack Bolio's - 2355 Vanderbilt Bch Road, Naples Ericas Cafe - 2374 Immokalee Road, Naples Erins Island Restaurant - 6190 Collier Blvd., Naples The Estates Salon 21 - Golden Gate Blvd., E. Naples European Food Market - 5437 Airport Rd., Naples Falafel Grill 2075 - Pine Ridge Rd Naples Femandez The Bull- 1201 Piper Blvd. #10, Naples Fine Fixins Restaurant - 2323 Davis Blvd., Naples Foxboro Sports Bar - 4420 Thomasson Drive, Naples Fred's Diner - 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples Freddie Rebel's - 5310 Shirley Street, Naples French Bread Oven- 8793 Tamiami Trail, #105-1 E Naples Frisco's Restaurant - 1460 Golden Gate Pkwy Fuel Recreation Free - 10823 Tamiami Trail N, Naples Fujiyama Steak & Seafood House-2555 Tamiami Trail, N

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Seventh Day Adventist Church of Naples 5050 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL. 34104-5310 (239) 261-5930. Service Saturday Praises Worship 9:15-9:45am; Sabbath School Bible Study 9:45-10:45am; and Worship Service Ilam. Pastor Philip Vasseur.

Messiah Lutheran Church - 5800 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples, FL 34116. (239) 455-2520. Pastor JR Pagan. Services: Sunday- 9am "Traditional"; 12:30 "Bilingual". Monday- Bible Studay 7-8pm (in English & Spanish). Wednesday: 7:30-8:30pm Family Mid-Week Service with Adult, Youth & Children Ministry.

Philadelphia Baptist Church of Naples 3170 Barrett Ave NAPLES, FL. (239)793-7251 [please contact for service schedule] Harvest Sunday Annual Conference. October 12th thru 19th *Featuring a special guest from the Bahamas!=

First Congregational Church of Naples - 6225 Autumn Oaks Lane, Naples, FL 34119. 239514-3500 www.firstccnaples.org Rev. Dr. Les C. Wicker Sunday Worship: 8:00am (Abbreviated Service) !0:00am Traditional Service (Child Care)

Grace Lutheran Church LCMS 860 Banyan Blvd NAPLES, FL. (239)261-7421 Times: [Summer] Sunday 9:00am; [Winter] Sunday 8:00 & 1O:30am

North Naples United Methodist Church 6000 Goodlette Rd., N. Naples, FL 34!O9. 239-5937600. Sunday Worship Times: 8:30am, 9:30am (Contemporary) & I 1:00am. Sunday School for all ages: 9:30am & II :OOam. Wednesday Fellowship Dinners 5:00-6: 15pm. Visit our web-

First United Methodist Church 388 IstAve S NAPLES, Sunday 10: 15am; Sunday School 9:00am

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First Assembly Ministries 3805 The Lord's Way NAPLES, FL. (239)774-1165 Worship: Sunday 8:30am, I 1:00am & 6:00pm Spanish Service: Wednesday 7:00pm & Sunday 11:OOam Wednesday Family Night 7:00pm

North Naples Baptist Church 1811 Oakes Blvd. Naples, FI 34119. (239)597-2201. Sunday Worship Times: Sunday Bible Fellowship Classes for all ages - 8:45, Worship 10:00, Evening Church 6:00. Wednesday Activities - Bible Study 6:30, Team Kids 6: 15, CREW (Youth Group) 6:15. Visit our website at www.nnbc.net.Pastor Hixon Helton. Living Waters Community livingwaterscc.com

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Cornerstone United Methodist Church 8200 Immokalee Rd. Naples, FL 34119. (Just east of Gulf Coast High School). Early Service - 8:15 am, Praise Time - 9:15 am, Second Service - lOam. Pastor Rev Roy Terry. 354-9160

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples 6340 Napa Woods Way (near 1-75 and Pine Ridge Rd) NAPLES, FL. (239)455-6553 Service Times: Sunday 9:00am Forum; Worship Service !0:30am (child care provided); Sunday School !0:30am

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church 1225 Piper Blvd. Naples, FL. Corner of Airport-Pulling and Immokalee Rds. 239-597-5410. Please contact for Worship & Sunday School, Wed. family night & Bible study times.

Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church 6020 Rattlesnake-Hammock Rd NAPLES, FL. (239)775- 0696 Fax: (239)793-2465 Service Times: [Off- Season] Sunday 9:30am (please contact for season service schedule) E-mail: (Linda)

Lely Presbyterian Church 110 St. Andrews Blvd. (East Naples) 239-774-6151. Fax 239-732-5548. Rev. Stephan L. Nagy, Minister. Worship Sundays 10: 15 am, Adult Sunday School 9 am. Karl Cole, Director of Music Ministries.

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Centerpoint Community Church 6950 Golden Gate Pkwy NA PLES, FL. (239)261-7486 vice Times: Sun 8:30,9:45 & II am Pastor James Nite "bringing truth to life"

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Faith Lutheran Church LCMS 4150 Goodlette Rd N. NAPLES, FL. (239)434-5811 Services: Saturday- 5:00pm; Sunday 8:00am & II :OOam Traditional; 9:15am Praise Faith Apostolic Church 3196 County Barn Rd NAPLES, II :OOam; Sunday School lO:OOam

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church 207 9th St S IMMOKALEE, FL. (239)657-2666 Spanish Services: Man 7:00pm; Tues 6:30pm; Wed 7:00pm; Thur 8:00pm; Fri 7:00pm; Sat 7:00pm; Sun 12: 15pm; Creole Services: Tues 7:00pm; Sun 10: 15am English Service: Sun 9:00am Father Piobattaglia Emmanuel Lutheran Church ELCA 777 Morning Line Dr NAPLES, FL. (239)261-0894 [Please contact for service schedule] sotg I@embarqmail.com; www.crossroadsefca.com: www. flc-naples.org, www.naplescomrnunitychurch.org; www.naplesemmanuel.org St. Finbarr Chapel 13250 Tamiami Trl E NAPLES, FL. Service Times: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00am; Saturday 4:30pm: Sunday I0:00am. Religious education available. Salute to Veterans Dinner sponsored by KFC November II tho 5:00pm social; 6:00pm dinner. Father Jean-Marie Fritz Ligonde Living Word Family Church 10910 Immokalee Road NAPLES, FL. (239)348-7400 Times: Wednesday 7:00pm; Sunday 9:30am & II :OOam Pastor Paul Foslien

Naples United Methodist Church 2701 Airport Road, S. Naples (next to the GovernCenter). 239-774-4696. Service Times: 8:009:30 and 11:00 am Sundays (during sea6:00 pm Wednesdays. Sunday School and Adult Bible Study - 9:30 am. Office Hours - 3:00 Mon-Thurs.

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New Life Apostolic Church Meeting at Golden Gate Community Center. 470 I Golden Gate Parkway, Naples FL 34116, 239-643-LIFE (5433). Pastor Paul L. Getter. Service Times: Sunday at 10 am - Life Lessons & Children's Ministry - Classes for all Ages. Sunday at II am - New Life Outpouring, Healings - Miracles & a Great Outpouring of God's Spirit! Wednesdays at 7:30 pm - Deeper Life Class for Adults, Faith Factor for Kids, R.E.A.L. LifeYouth. "New Life - More Than Just a Church!" www.ChurchfloldenGare.com Marco Lutheran Church 525 North Collier Blvd Marco Island, FL 34145. 239-394-0332. www.MarcoLutheran.org.Seasonal worship opportunities include Sunday Service at 9:30am with education hour at 10:45. Wednesdays at 7 pm Contemporary Service. "The Current" is an alternative worship opportunity of relaxed music and prayer with a contemporary sound. "We invite you to set sail with a new song to the Savior, Jesus." - Pastor Kevin Koenig Our Savior Lutheran Church & Preschool 1955 Curling Avenue, Naples FL., 34109, 239597-4091, Pastor Gregory Schmidt. Sunday Services from the Sunday after Easter thru the Last Sunday in December: One worship service at 9:00am; coffee hour at 10: 15am; Sunday School & Bible Study at 10:30am. From the I st Sunday in January thru Easter: Two worship services at 8:30am and II :OOam; coffee hour 9:45am; Sunday School & Bible Study 1O:00am; During Advent & Lent: Wednesday Night Services at 6:30pm with a Super prior to service at 5:00pm. Please check our online calendar at www.caneldar.yahoo.com/oursaviornaples.com or visit our website at www.oursaviornaples.org Our Mission Statement: "To know Christ and to make Christ known."

St. Monica's Episcopal Church 7070 Immokalee Rd NAPLES, FL. (239)591-4550 [Please contact for service schedule] October Pumpkin Patch: Sunday October 4th thru Saturday October 31 st Rev. Kathryn SchiUreff

New Life Community Church of God 590 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island (near Veterans Park) 239-394-3469 - www.newlifemarco.com.ReverendThomasC.McCulley.Musical Director Greg Barrett. Children and Youth Director, Bo & Julie Booth. Adult Sunday School - 9 AM. Sunday Service - 10 AM. (Nursery Available) Sunday Kidz Life Childrens Church - 10 AM. Sunday Youth Group - 6 PM (at the Parsonage) Craft Classes - Tues I to 3:30 PM. Kidz Life Childrens Program - Wed at 6:30 PM. Adult Bible Study - Wed at 6:30 pm. Ladies Bible Study - Thurs at 10 AM.

Tree of Life Church 2132 Shadow lawn Dr NAPLES, FL. (239)530-2200 Food Pantry: 9am to 1O:30am 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ 2900 County Barn Boad, Naples FL 34112.239-775-0055. Sunday Worship: 8:45 am and 10:00 am. www.mayflowernaples.ccm

United Church of Marco Island 320 N. Barfield Dr MARCO ISLAND, FL. (239)394-6572 Service: Sun 10 am

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Bethel Assembly of God Spanish Church 1225 Main St W IMMOKALEE, FL. (239)6578302 Service Times: Thursday 7:30pm; Sunday 4:00pm; Sunday School: 10- 11am; Rev. Jose Rincon First Baptist Church of the Everglades 416 School Dr E EVERGLADES CITY, FL. (239)6953871 Worship Service: Sunday II :OOam Bible Study: Sunday 6:00pm Pastor Clifton Tomes

The United Church of Christ at the Lighthouse Meeting at 2320 Rivers Road (check web site for directions) Naples, FL 34120.239-776-2888. Contemporary Worship and Kidztirne Sundays at II am. www.lighthousenaples.com

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Hope for Haiti 1042 6th Ave N NAPLES, FL. "Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Haitian people. Particularly the children through education, nutrition and health care."

Unity Faith Missionary Baptist Church 1620 39th St SW NAPLES, FL. (239)353-6604 Service Times: Sunday 8:00 & II :OOam; Wednesday family night & Bible study 6:00pm; Pastor

Catholic Charities of Collier County: Family Resource Center 4209 Tamiami Trl NAPLES, FL. (239)793-0059 or (239)774-0523 Pantry Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00am1:00pm *Requirements: fill out application "Limit: once per month

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Possessed of every weapon of stealth and evil, vampires were formidably skilled at changing shape. They did not, as is sometimes believed, change into bats. This metamorphosis was a literary invention, added to vampire tales after the discovery of New World bats that fed on blood. But to move undetected from place to place, vampires could dissolve to dust or mist, sail through the air as owls and run along the ground as wolves or cats. The vampires of Japan particularly favored the last transformation. These night roamers, said to frequent the courts of early Japanese princes, presented the relatively innocent appearance of court concubines at most times and, in this guise, drained the lifeblood of their lovers. If startled or pursued, however, they dwindled in size, dropped their kimonos and emerged from the silken folds as large, swift cats, marked as vampires by the fact that they had two tails.

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The wolf man comes home one day from a long day at the office. "How was work, dear?" his wife asks. "Listen! I don't want to talk about work!" he shouts. "Okay. Would you like to sit down and eat a nice home cooked meal?" she asks nicely. "Listen!" he shouts again. "I'm not hungry! I don't wanna eat! All right! Is that all right with you? Can I come home from work and just do my own thing without you forcing food down my throat? Huh?" At that moment, the wolf man started growling, and throwing things around the apartment in a mad rage. Looking out the window, his wife sees a full moon and says to herself, "Well, I guess it's that time of the month:'

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A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, 1 am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side:' Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know .." "You don't know? You're a Christian man, and don't know what's on the other side?" The doctor was holding the handle of the door ... On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog?" He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. 1 know little of what is on the other side of death, but 1 do know one thing ... 1 know my Master is there and that is enough:'

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Aries (21 March-20 April) Life is good for you this week. Enjoy it! Everyone will be nice to you and traffic will even be light. Taurus (21 April-21 May) Your wife will have a headache all week. Sorry dude. Go fishin!! Gemini (22 May-21 June) Your crazy neighbor is growing something weird in their back yard. They never take care of the house or lawn but all of a sudden care about this hidden garden. What do you think they're growing??!! Cancer (22 June-22 July) You just looked at your kids sports schedule for the rest of the season. Looks like you might be lucky enough to get a day to yourself maybe in January. Leo (23 July-22 August) You'll have huge fight with your boss and decide to start your own business. Then realize that that sucks way worse and go back to your job. Virgo (23 August-21 September) You have started developing ear and nose hair. EEEWWW!I! Go buy a trimmer and use it everyday! Libra (22 September-22 October) Your insane boss has delegated an undoable project to you that they think is a great idea. No, drinking at work is not an option. Scorpio (23 October-21 November) You set up a date with some random person you met online. Unfortunately for you they used a picture from 20 years and a 100 pound ago. Sagittarius (22 November-21 December) Your cat doesn't like the new food you got. It will pee on carpeting all over your house until you switch it back. Capricorn (22 December-20 January) This month will be hard with the spouse. Just try to remember why you love them. They'll go back to normal once things at work calm down. Aquarius (21 January-19 February) Do you realize that you wasted 15 hours of your life this week playing video games? Get a life. Pisces (20 February-20 March) Your in laws are coming for a visit! Won't that be fun??!!

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There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "Well;' she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today:' So she did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "Hmm," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today:' So she did and she had a grand day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well;' she said, "Today I am going to wear my hair in a pony tail:' So she did, and she had a fun, fun day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YAY!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!" Attitude is everything.


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Submitted by a Faithful "Our Town" Reader

There's an old sea story about a ship's Captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the first mate that his men smelled bad ...The Captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change underwear occasionally. The first mate responded, it immediately!"

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