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Two weeks to go before the primary

February 18, 2008 - Jim Bartholow
President Bill Clinton's campaign stop in Marietta Sunday generated lots of interest and a big crowd. While I didn't get down to Ban Johnson for the speech I did listen and watch it and thought to myself that it wasn't that long ago that people were complaining about Ohio's March 4 primary date was too late in the process and that the nominee for one or both parties would be decided by the time Ohioans went to the polls. Well, as you can see, Ohio is in the thick of the primary battle for Ohio by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I'm really curious now about who the next candidate or surrogate will be to speak in Marietta. We have two weeks to go before voting and Sunday night's crowd shows interest is high in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Stay tuned. I also read with great interest the presidential timeline that appeared in the weekend paper. Poor, President Taft, who suffered the indignity of still speaking when the train he was speaking from pulled out of the station.

Feeling yukky? I'm sure there's a scientific name for the illness gripping so many people in the Mid-Ohio Valley but it sure feels like a cold, or the flu, or something along those lines. I managed to avoid the crud until last week, but when it hit, it really hit _ no energy, chills, no appetite, hot flashes, and a general feeling of blah!!!!! Check with the doctor's office, who said I wasn't alone and could come into the office for a visit or keep taking liquids, ibuprofen for the pain and sleep. Well, now it's week two and I'm still sneezing and sniffling and my voice sounds horrible. Other than that, I'm fine. While at the grocery store Friday I mentioned that I had been sick. The lady behind the deli counter said "Yep, I've had it since Christmas" That didn't give me much encouragement. Then Tony Weber told me the story about the doctor who told his patient that if he took a certain kind of medicine the condition might clear up in two weeks. Of course, if he didn't take the medicine, things might get better in 14 days. I always appreciate a little levity.

Pothole update I see the city has been out diligently trying to fill some of the worst holes. But with our weather, new ones keep popping up. I also have been reminded of one huge pothole on Seventh Street more than a decade ago that destroyed a brand new tire on our son, Jamie's, car. It wasn't a pretty sight.


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