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June 21, 2004 Herald Journal
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Proud as pie about his quick eye


My son Bryce will be the first to tell you that HE is the one to spot the truck wedged under the Wright County Road 6 railroad bridge in Howard Lake.

I was paying attention to the road (just in case those geese decide to cross Highway 12 again, y’know).

He said “MOM! There’s a big truck squished under that bridge!”

So I wheeled around, and sure enough the perennial truck was pinned under the bridge.

It’s funny, but most of those trucks are going northbound, where the clearance is posted even more clearly?!

Unfortunately, I am sure there will be more trucks that meet that bridge.

Remember last year, when the bridge had to be repaired after that semi pulling the crane hit it? One of my favorite sayings is “Common sense is uncommon.”

There’s something about that bridge that tells truck drivers “You can make it.”

Incidentally, my son wants to be a police officer, fireman, and a farmer (all at once). When he told me this, I said “A farmer?! They have to work too hard.” He’d never cut it. I can’t picture Mr. Peabody (Bryce) getting up every day at 5 a.m., without fail.

Did you know?

Have you ever wondered where the following sayings come from?

“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”

“The dog days of summer.”

“Leaping lizards!” and “Don’t let the cat out of the bag.”

Here are the answers:

It is possible to tell the age of a horse is by looking at its teeth. In the early days, when horses were given as gifts, it was considered impolite to immediately check the horse’s age upon receiving it as a present.

During the months of July and August, Sirius, known as the Dog Star, rises at about the same time as the sun.

Most lizards can’t jump because they lack the muscles to do it. Therefore, it would be a surprise to see a lizard leap.

Farmers used to bring baby pigs to market in paper bags. Sometimes a wicked farmer would put a cat inside his bag to trick unsuspecting buyers, since baby pigs are more valuable than cats.

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