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December 19, 2017 • Page 2 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com Dave Says Nothing But A Fire Drill The Past Can Haunt You By Daris Howard Our high school chemistry teacher flipped the fan switch in the chemistry lab, and a loud pop sounded. “Oh, shoot!” he exclaimed. “We can’t do the experiment without the fan.” “Hey,” Brent said. “My dad is an electrician, and I can wire almost anything. Do you want me to take a look at it?” Mr. Hatsker shook his head. “Probably not, Brent. I’ll acquisition the school to get it fixed.” “Are you sure?” Brent said. “I’m sure I could have it fixed in minutes.” “I better not,” Mr. Hatsker said. “I probably need to go through the right channels.” “What about the due date on our lab project?” Marcy asked. “There is no way we can have it done by Friday.” “I will move that back a few days,” Mr. Hatsker replied Mr. Hatsker called the principal to come down, and they discussed the situation. “Well, we can definitely have the district repairman come look at it,” the principal said. “But I can’t guarantee any timetable on it. They are doing some remodeling at the district office.” “My lab should come first,” Mr. Hatsker replied. “The problems with the lab have already put me a couple of weeks behind this semester.” The principal shrugged. “I will do my best.” Mr. Hatsker started us working on some new material in the book. We hadn’t been at it very long when the principal came back. “I hate to tell you this, but they can’t do it for a couple of weeks.” “A couple of weeks!” Mr. Hatsker exclaimed. “We can’t wait a couple of weeks. We need it now.” The bell rang, and we gathered our books to leave. Brent hung around behind as the rest of us headed to lunch. As lunch was coming to an end, he joined us to quickly wolf down some food. “Where have you been?” I asked. He leaned over and whispered. “I fixed the fan in the chemistry room.” “I don’t know if I am happy about that or not,” I told him. “Now we’ll have to do our lab projects.” “Beats studying from the book all class period,” he replied. The next day, Mr. Hatsker started to lecture. “Aren’t we going to go to the lab?” Brent asked. “There’s nothing we can do until the fan is fixed,” Mr. Hatsker replied. “But I think it is,” Brent said. Mr. Hatsker looked at him suspiciously, but we all traipsed into the lab to check it out. 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He has half a dozen, of course, that will take about any weight line, and let him catch anything from mouse to moose. But even the most expensive rod isn’t what he dreams of. This year, for Christmas, he’s giving himself a rod-builder’s jig, and he will make his own rod from a Sage blank. That will be the one. It will have his own wrappings and he’ll put the ferrules on it himself. He’ll be able to feel the fish breathe with this one. It will be true and wonderful and last forever. For cowboy Steve, the December dream is always the same: fixing up that little cabin, and a little corral to go with it. The cabin will have a stone fireplace when he gets through with it, and knotty pine walls. He’ll sip coffee in this cabin, and listen to music on the radio and hear the breeze going through the pines outside. And in the corral, ol’ Snort waits for him to get ready for another ride. There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year. 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