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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

Say thanks to a veteran this Saturday

This Saturday is Veterans Day with a number of ceremonies around the area to celebrate the event. Weather permitting, the flags will be flying in downtown Creston. It is a good time to visit the Freedom Rock out on Highway 34 near the Phillips 66 station. There are plenty of veterans around the area to say thank-you to. It’s great to see folks appreciating the work the men and women of the armed services have given to our country.


Friday night is the annual SWCC Athletic Fundraiser. The event is always a good time and helps raise funds for the athletic department. Tuesday night, the national championship men’s basketball banner from last season was hung in the gym. This year’s team may have a chance to repeat if they can keep their mental attitudes straight throughout the year. Plus, as usual, have things “bounce their way!”


The new “Thor” movie is in town this week. It was number one at the box office this past week and has received lots of good reviews. You can tell it is getting close to Christmas with the free Kids Christmas movies starting on Nov. 18. They are starting early this year due to the fact the new “Star Wars” movie will set in during the Christmas season and the studios won’t let you run any other movies while it is playing. So take advantage of a great chance to take the family to a show for free, four weeks in a row! It’s a great way to spend some quality family time during the holiday season.


I had a chance to visit some friends and relatives in Arizona last week. The temperature was still about 90 degrees during the day. Fall baseball just got started up and the World Series just ended. The fall leagues are made up of the younger players in their early 20s. The Phoenix airport looks to be getting bigger every time I fly in there. The traffic is also getting worse every time I go down there. Lots of folks look to retire there or move there for the year round weather. 


I also had a chance to meet friends in Las Vegas for a couple of days. The city looks to have pretty well recovered from the shooting a month ago. The site of the shooting is still closely guarded by police.

In fact, one of the days we were there, they were going back through the site and letting people get some of their items that were left behind in the rush to get out. Security was present everywhere you went. We even had to go through metal detectors to get into a show.

But, the shooting did not seem to slow down any of the crowds of people. There were three major events going on in town and most all the shows were sold out and you had to have reservations to get into a restaurant or else you were going to have to wait two hours for a table. We spent Halloween night downtown on Fremont Street under the canopy. It was packed with people. The costumes ran the gambit. Some costumes weren’t made of cloth or plastic but just body paint! Some things in Vegas don’t change.


The holiday is early this year with Turkey Day on the 23rd of November. That will give you a good five weeks to get your Christmas shopping done before Christmas Day. It looks like a lot of the “Black Friday Sales” have started already. Many stores will be open Thanksgiving day or evening. Happy shopping.

Thought for the week: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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