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February 2007                   Editors: Mel & Darrel MacDonald                    ISSUE   #0074

                                           Annuitant Happenings
                 Upcoming Events
                  o The next BP Alumni Club - Calgary Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April
                    14, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the 3 rd Floor Prairie Heritage Conference Rooms,
                    BP Energy Centre.

                 Alumni Spotlight
                   o Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Norm
                      Pullin, who passed away after a length illness on February 10. Norm
                      worked as a Geophysicist in the Exploration Department at Amoco Canada
                      for 30 years.
                   o Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Victor
                      Peters, who passed away after a lengthy illness on February 15. Vic
                      worked in various Engineering jobs within the Producing Department at
                      Amoco Canada for 32 years.
                   o Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Brian
                      Bain, whose 16 year old son Michael passed away in early February. Brian
                      worked in various jobs at Amoco Canada.
                   o Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Berend
                      Schroeder, whose wife Gudrun passed away on February 15. Berend
                      worked in the Information Services Department at Amoco Canada.

                                        BP Retiree Web Site News
                The BP Retiree Web Site can be viewed by going to

                                             Alumni Club Niche


                Since no one came forward at the January BP Alumni Meeting to run the golf
                tournament and fielding numerous queries from past Golf Tournament
                participants, we (Mel & Darrel MacDonald) decided to look into whether the BP
                Alumni Golf Tournament could be revived in 2007.

                We reviewed 9 different golf courses in and around Calgary, these being Nanton,
                Heather Glen, Carstairs, Canal at Delcour, Inglewood, Valley Ridge, Turner Valley,
                Winter Green, and Mapleridge. In order to do a fair assessment, the golf
                tournament packages offered by all these golf course (other than the City of
                Calgary) include golf, meal, power cart, golf course prize fund, and range balls.
                The golf tournament packages prices offered by the above nine golf course ranged
                from $95 to $160 per person.

We found that Nanton was the cheapest at $74.00, with Heather Glen and
Carstairs coming in second at $95.00. The City of Calgary (Mapleridge) only
charges $45.00 for golf and $30 per power cart. However, they no longer provide
meals nor banquet rooms. Alternative arrangements at another eating location
would need to be setup so that you could bring in a meal at the final tournament
windup party for everyone. Assuming you used the Legion as your alternative
banquet location, the meal would cost in the $20 to $25 per person range. This
makes the running a tournament at Mapleridge to be approximately $95.

We know of only one Alumni Couple who has golfed at Nanton, they enjoyed it,
but we felt the 50 mile drive from the Calgary City Limits to the course for many
of the Alumni would be a negative effect on sign up.

This bought us back to Heather Glen. Since they have handled various BP Alumni
Golf Tournaments, in past years, it would be the best choice. Also because
Heather Glen golf course is a 27 hole facility, it allows the ability to start or tee off
on two separate nine hole tee boxes at the same time, thereby having all the
golfers to start and finish sooner.

The biggest obstacle we see in running any golf tournament these days is the
cost. Whether you are the occasional golfer or the several times a week player,
not many of us are willing to pay almost $100 to golf. If someone would like to
run this event and try to get a subsidy from one or all of the following, BP
Company, BP Employee Council or the BP Alumni Club, in the amount of
approximately $25 to $30 per golfer, then we feel a golf tournament could again
be pursued seriously.

We (Mel & Darrel MacDonald) as the past organizers would be only to willing to
assist anyone in this endeavour.

We hope this review by us can be put to good use.


Due to health and personal reasons the March 2007 BP Alumni ANTS Newsletter
will be the final newsletter that we, your editors (Mel & Darrel MacDonald), will
publish. This will include us no longer maintaining the BP Retiree website for
Calgary affairs.

We have enjoyed publishing these newsletters during the last five years and
getting the BP Retiree Web Site up and running with the assistance of our

It is now time for someone else to step up and take over these functions. We will
help that person out as much as possible and provide them with all the tips we
can think of.

We would like to thank the BP Alumni Calgary for being such a good audience and
we appreciated all the comments received during the past years.

Thank you.

Mel and Darrel



One in 10 people have some sort of hearing loss, and that
statistic jumps to almost 40 per cent of people over 65 years of
age. “Its a natural progression that occurs in the body as it
ages," says Dr. T.M. Gillis, whose specialty is otolaryngology.
"There's a natural deterioration of the organ of hearing and the
sensory nerves associated with hearing.”

In medical jargon, it’s known as presbycusis, and it is more acute with upper
frequency noises. "People experience it in varying degrees," says Gillis. "There
are some predisposing factors, such as hereditary problems, and if it happens at
an earlier age, it is more progressive as those people age. "Signs that you may
have a hearing problem include having the television turned up louder than
normal, the inability to filter out voices in noisy rooms, or problems understanding
people's conversations, especially in larger groups. People may not even realize
they have a problem until friends or family suggest they have their hearing

Still, it doesn't mean everyone needs a hearing aid once they age, says Diane
Fennell, a clinical audiologist. If you notice you have a hearing loss, or people tell
you, get it checked. A good place to start is your family doctor."

The loss may be from a cause as simple as wax blocking the ear canal, or perhaps
an ear infection. "Your doctor may then refer you to an audiologist, who
specializes in the assessment and treatment of non-medical hearing loss."

An audiologist can test your hearing, using all the various pitches and tones of
sound to determine whether you have a problem in any one-area and that will
ultimately determine the treatment needed. "Typically, hearing tests should be
done every two years," says Fennell.

Private clinics don't need physician referrals, but will charge for the tests
anywhere from $75 to $ 100, says Fennell. The audio logy clinic at Calgary Health
Services requires a referral, but then the cost is covered. And there may be a
waiting list.

Hearing aid companies also do testing, but since they are in the business of selling
hearing aids, "there may be a bias," says Gillis. If a hearing aid is recommended,
you may want to get a second opinion from a specialist, he says. In addition to
hearing degeneration, 10 to 15 per cent of the population also has tinnitus, or
ringing in the cars, Gillis says. That may get worse with age, too. "People often
associate it with hearing loss, but ringing in the ears does not make hearing loss

Many different types of hearing aids are on the market and, generally, the smaller
the aid, the further down the ear canal it can go and the better the hearing,
especially in a group setting. Of course, the smaller it is, the pricier it is as well.
Prices of hearing aids can range anywhere from $1,500 to more than $3,000,
although a portion of the cost is covered by the provincial government for those
over 65.

"There are basically five types of hearing aids," says Fennell. “It all depends on
the degree of hearing loss, as well as the listening needs." A senior who wants
the aid to help watch TV for example, has much different needs than someone
who needs a hearing aid to be able to work in a noisy environment.

Hearing aids should be tested annually, Fennell suggests. Batteries need to be
changed from anywhere between five days to two to three weeks.

Tips to improve hearing comprehension

     Look at people when they talk to you.
     Try to converse in smaller groups.
     Stay in well-lit areas so you can see people's lips move.
     Let people know you have a hearing impairment, so they'll talk slower and
     Explore other aids, such as assistive listening devices (for example,
      electronics that plug into phones or televisions directly). Other devices can
      help ensure safety (e.g. fire alarms that are visual).

From the Calgary Herald

                                 Food & Recipes


 1 lb. Ground beef
 1 small onion, chopped
 1 jar (16 oz.) Ortega Salsa (any flavour)
 1/3 cup water
 1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix
 1 cup frozen corn kernels
 1 small can sliced ripe olives, drained

 1 Cup yellow or white corn meal
 1 can (12 fl- oz.) evaporated milk
 1 can (4 oz.) Ortega Diced Green Chiles
 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
 1 teaspoon salt
 Ortega, Pickled jalapeno Slices (optional)

 COOK beef and onion in large skillet until beef is browned; drain. Stir in salsa,
 water and seasoning mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring
 occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes. Add corn and olives.

 PREHEAT oven to 425 F. COMBINE cornmeal, evaporated milk, chiles, 1/2 cup
 cheese and salt in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring
 frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened.

 SPOON filling into 12 x 8-inch ungreased baking dish. Spread cornmeal mixture
 on top. BAKE for 25 minutes; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for
 additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with jalapenos.

 From Southern Living Magazine

                                   Your Vehicle
Cell Phones and Fuel Instances
The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which
mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations. In the first
case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the
ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes
ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car. And in the third, an
individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone,
which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that:
     Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes.
     Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release
      enough energy to provide a spark for ignition.
     Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn
      mowers, boat! , Etc.
     Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other
      materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (i.e.
      solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc.)

To sum it up, here are the: Four Rules for Safe Refueling
  1) Turn off engine
  2) Don't smoke
  3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
  4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and
make people aware of fires as a result of "static electricity" at gas pumps. His
company has researched 150 cases of these fires. His results were very
   1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
   2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while
   the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the
   nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.
   3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
   4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This
   is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
   5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas
   6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when
   connected with static charges.
   7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was
   touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in
   extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
   8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap
   was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure
you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the
nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever
remove the nozzle.

Contributed by Dave Pedersen



Background and History

Cliff dwellings and pit houses, ancient kivas, abandoned cities along ancient trade
routes and mysterious symbols etched in rock stand as reminders that New
Mexico was home to native cultures centuries before Europeans reached the

The people of the 19 Indian pueblos within our borders trace their origins to the
Ancient Ones, creators of these prehistoric treasures, providing a living time line
between our past and present. The Apache and Navajo, as well as other nomadic
and semi nomadic groups, reached this region later, enriching New Mexico's
Native American legacy. When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, they
found permanent mud-brick settlements all along the Rio Grande and near other
of the state's waterways. They called them "pueblos," after the villages they had
left behind, and dedicated each one to a saint, who then became the village

For the most part, the Pueblo people accepted their strange, new neighbors. But
over the years, resistance to Spanish attempts at religious and cultural oppression
simmered until it finally ignited in the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680, the only
successful revolt ever waged in the Americas against the Spanish presence.

The word "pueblo" refers to an Indian culture that is unique to the Southwest, and
not to a particular tribe. Though they share many common elements, each pueblo
has an independent government, and its own social order and religious practices.
If any one factor links the people of the pueblos, it is language. One of five
languages, Tewa, Tiwa, Towa, Keresan or Zunian, is spoken at each of the 19

The pueblos are further distinguished by their art: by jewelry, pottery, drums,
carvings and weavings. The black-on-black matte pottery of San Ildefonso Pueblo
is recognizable internationally, thanks to the talents of artists such as Maria
Martinez. Also familiar are the brown micaceous pottery of Picuris and the
geometric black and white pots of the Acoma.

Among New Mexico's non-Pueblo Indians, the Navajo are best known for their
mastery of the loom and for their silver work; the Apaches for their skill at basket

The Apache and the Navajo share an Athabascan heritage. Tribal lands for the
Jicarilla Apache are found in northern New Mexico. Mescalero Apaches live in the

By far, the largest group of Native Americans in New Mexico is the Navajo.
Almost 7,500 square miles of majestically surreal mesa lands, mostly in the
state's northwestern quadrant, are part of the Navajo Nation. More than a third
(about 77,000) of the nation's Navajo population lives here, contributing
dramatically to the New Mexico way of life in terms of perspective and culture.

Resorts, golf, fishing, casino gambling, arts and crafts shows, tribal fairs,
all-Indian rodeos, and feast day celebrations provide perfect opportunities to visit
pueblos and tribal lands.
Some of New Mexico's most beautiful landscape is found on Indian lands, and
opportunities for unique outdoor recreational experiences abound.

Many tribes have a museum or cultural center; and artwork generally can be
purchased from tribally run stores or cooperatives, trading posts, private shops
and homes. Native American cooperatives, such as the Indian Pueblo Cultural
Center in Albuquerque and the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos headquartered at
San Juan Pueblo, allow visitors to see the work of several Native American groups
at once.

Visitors are graciously welcomed on most Indian lands, with some restrictions.
Please be courteous and remember that these are people's homes. If a
reservation is closed for ceremonials, do not attempt to enter. Cemeteries and
kivas are among the private areas that are off-limits to non-Indians.

Every New Mexico pueblo holds dances for its feast day-the holiday
commemorating the Catholic saint who is its patron. Other dances might be held
at Christmas, New Year's Day and other times in late winter or summer. Dances
commonly open to the public include the corn, deer and buffalo dances.

Every dance is a prayer, not a performance, and as such, we are privileged to
observe them. The nature and timing of dances vary from village to village and
precede rain or shine. Dances usually begin mid-morning and continue until
sunset with an afternoon break. Refrain from walking across the dance plaza,
climbing on walls or entering the ceremonial rooms. Please keep silent during the
dances and do not applaud afterwards.

From Scenic New Mexico Booklet

                                 Did You Know

Monotremes (monos, single + trema, hole; refers to the cloaca) are mammals
that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young like marsupials (Metatheria) and
placental mammals (Eutheria). The subclass comprises a single order,
Monotremata (though sometimes the subclass Prototheria is used). An infant
monotreme is known as a puggle.

From the National Geographic

                            Computer Tips & Tricks

Excel Cells Into MS Word

Have you ever tried to copy and paste cells from Excel to Word? What happened?
 I bet you went to Excel, highlighted the cells, copied the cells, went to Word,
pasted the cells and poof! There they were. Sounds great, doesn't' it?

Yeah, and it can be, but if you're using Word and Excel 97, there are some
slight problems. You might notice that you can't seem to easily move the cells.

Oops! No handles to grab means no easy moving going on here. In addition, if
you're looking to make the whole thing bigger, you're going to have to go through
a bit a trouble. With no handles, there's no easy click and drag option to change
the size. And one more thing, for those of you who like to embed the cells into
your text with text wrapping, you're out of luck there too.

If you're using newer versions of Excel and Word, things aren't as bad though.
You can move the table using the four way arrow that appears in the upper left
corner when you click on the cells and there is a resizing box in the lower right
corner. I even found that you can wrap text around them. But, I also found that
the resizing wasn't what I had in mind. When I used the resizing box, the whole
thing did get bigger, but it just didn't look "pleasing" to me. The text stayed the
same small size and everything seemed spread apart. Not really the effect I was
going for.

When I resize, I want the whole thing to scale larger or smaller. I don't want to
have to do a lot of reformatting to get the end result. I'm a "grab the resize box,
drag and drop" sort of girl. I have no patience for all the rest! So, what's the
solution? I mean, I love to use Excel to create my tables and then bring them to
Word. (After all, it's already broken into a grid, so I don't have to draw one).

Well, one idea is to copy in Excel and then use the Edit menu, Paste Special
choice in Word. In the Paste Special window, you should then select Microsoft
Excel Worksheet Object as the type and click OK. Voila! Your Excel data in
Word is formatted in a way that allows for easy resizing and text wrapping.

I should also mention that the data can be edited from Word. Simply double click
on the data and it will convert it to an Excel worksheet for editing. Just one more
way to have the best of both worlds!

From the World Start Web Site


Jurassic Dinosaur Tracks In Southwestern Utah

Among the "must see" road trips this summer are the craggy cliffs and coral pink
sand dunes of Zion National Park. Located in the southwestern corner of Utah,
just 1.5 hours north of Las Vegas, this red-rock region captivates tourists from
throughout the world, with its fabulous recreation, entertainment and geology.
Nearby, the city of St. George boasts 10 scenic golf courses, desert spas,
museums, art galleries, outdoor theater and Old Western culture. The entire
family is certain to delight in the ideal climate and array of activity offered by this
wonderful area.

Among the absolute wonders of the West is the 50-mile stretch of southwestern
Utah, between the city of St. George and Zion National Park. This area offers
some of the world's most awe-inspiring scenery and boasts an abundance of
outdoor recreation. At the forefront of summer attractions is Johnson Farm
Dinosaur Tracks, an archeological find sure to grab the attention of the entire

The prehistoric tracks of Johnson Farm were discovered in February 2000, when
retired teacher Sheldon Johnson prepared the property for sale with a backhoe.
Dating back to an age between 200-205 million years ago, this is one of the
largest sites in the world for early Jurassic dinosaur tracks. Volunteers are on-site
to guide tours.

"Currently, local and federal funding are assisting in the preservation of these rare
prints, and a museum is being built to ensure these amazing discoveries won't be
lost," says Pam Hilton of the St. George Convention and Visitors Bureau. "In
addition, Congress passed legislation last session to ensure further funding and
preservation of the site."

This area's main attraction is Zion National Park, a breathtaking landscape
accessible by car, foot, bicycle or horseback. "Stop at the ranger station to
inquire about daily tours, programs and activities," suggests Tom Haraden, park
ranger, "then board the park's shuttle and travel through the amazing sites and
sounds of Zion," he continues. Handicap-accessible trails are available, and the
park offers an excellent "Junior Ranger Program" for children ages 6-12. Seniors
enjoy discounted park passes.

Plan to spend several days in this beautiful region, where the climate is warm and
dry. There are dozens of hotels, lodges, and campgrounds for all budgets, and
don't miss the coral pink sand dunes and ghost towns along the way.

From the National Geographic

                               Home & Garden


Still paying off those Christmas bills or that spur-of-the-moment mid-winter
vacation? Any season can be a time of financial anxiety, so we've compiled a list
of ways to save money as you juggle the bills and thermostat with your family
paycheque. Some of them are even good for the environment.

Here are suggestions gathered from various sources:

 Change a light. Compact fluorescent light fixtures and bulbs use two-thirds
  less energy than traditional lighting and last up to 10 times longer. By
  replacing just five of your home's most frequently used fixtures or the light
  bulbs in them with energy-efficient lighting, you can save more than $6o each
  year in energy costs.
 Tighten up your home. Hidden gaps and cracks in a home can add up to as
  much airflow as an open window and cause your heating and cooling system
  to work harder and use more energy. Caulking can improve your home -
  envelope, the outer walls, ceiling, windows and floors. This will make your
  home more comfortable and save up to 10 per cent in energy costs. Seal air
    leaks first and then add insulation. The biggest gaps and cracks are usually
    found in your attic and basement.
   Adjust your thermostat and turn up the savings. When setting the
    temperature lower at night and after you leave for work, a programmable
    thermostat can save you 10 per cent on energy costs. It's recommended you
    don't reduce the temperature more than three to four degrees C. Put on a
    sweater and lower your thermostat by two degrees C and you could save as
    much as four per cent on your heating bill.
   Keep your air filters clean. Regularly clean or replace air filters in your home's
    heating and cooling system. This simple change done monthly or every three
    months (depending on filter type) will help lower energy bills and maintain
    better indoor air quality.
   Keep out of hot water. Set your hot water temperature at the normal setting -
    no higher than 34 C. This can cut your water heating costs by 11 per cent.
    Second, if your water heater is pretty old, make a quick trip to the hardware
    store or home improvement centre for a hot water insulation kit to wrap your
    water heater and save even more on water heating costs. New water heaters
    are better insulated so may not require an insulation kit. Third, place pipe
    insulation on the hot water pipe that carries the heated water from the water
    heater - especially in cold basements or closets.
   Let the sunshine in; keep the sunshine out. In the winter, open your window
    shades and drapes to let the natural warmth of the sun in during the day. At
    night, close them again to help insulate your windows against heat loss. In
    the summer, close shades and drapes and consider adding awnings or heat
    blocking window film to keep out the sun and reduce the work your air
    conditioner has to do.
   Avoid heating areas that are not insulated, such as a garage, crawl space, attic
    or storage sheds. See that your attic access hatch is insulated and
   Regular maintenance of your hot water heater is necessary. Partial draining,
    done periodically, will help remove sediment.

 Bleach is not the only answer to stains and grime, says John Mansz, Home
   Depot's cleaning expert. A simple solution of two parts vinegar and one part
   water is just as effective for cleaning floors.

   Lemon oil: Not lemon juice, lemon oil. Lemon oil is absolutely the very best
    glass cleaner. If you have calcium build up on your shower then you need
    lemon oil. Use extra-fine steel wool dipped in lemon oil to clean a shower door
    that you currently can't see through because of the lime deposits. Once the
    door is clean, then wipe the surface down with a fresh coat of lemon oil and
    future lime deposits won't have a chance. By the way, we also use car wax to
    protect glass in the shower when lemon oil isn't available.

   Lemon juice: Lemon juice is highly acidic and is a great cleaning agent. Pure
    lemon juice is great for removing stains on many of the new solid surface
    countertops. Best of all, it is non-toxic.

   Lemon rind (peel): A lemon rind is an effective deodorizer for your garbage
    disposal. Drop the rind down the disposer and in no time the fragrance of
    lemon will permeate the air around your sink. Before using the lemon rind,
    mix a cup of water and a cup of vinegar into an ice tray and make cubes. Mix
    the water in with the vinegar because the vinegar won't freeze on its own.
    Drop the cubes down the disposer and the ice will coagulate grease and oil and
    at the same time will act as abrasive, instantly cleaning the grease and grime

     in your disposal. Follow this procedure with at least one half of a lemon rind.
     (you can use an orange rind if you like.)

    Get rid of odours by baking orange or lemon rinds in your oven on low. Your
     home will smell sweet and fresh all day long. Sprinkle on a little cinnamon if
     you like to step things up a notch.

    Grapefruit also is a great cleaner. Cut one in half, dip the exposed fruit in a
     dish of salt and you have the best marble cleaner money can buy. Caution:
     Don't leave the citric acid on the surface any longer than it takes to remove a
     stain. Flood with fresh water and towel dry immediately. .

From Calgary Herald

                                Thought For the Day

       At Seventy

       Instead of "old”,
       Let us consider “Older” or maybe “oldish,”
       Or something, anything,
       That isn't always dressed
       In sensible shoes And fading underwear.
       Besides which, Seventy isn't old.
       Ninety is old.
       And though eighty
       Is probably old, We needn't decide that
       Until we get there.
       In the meantime
       Let us consider Drinking wine , Making love,
       Laughing hard, Caring hard,
       And learning a new trick or two
       As part of our job description
       At seventy.
    From I’m Too Young to be Seventy by Judith Viorst

                                       Joke Time
    Saskatchewan Farmer

    A man owned a small farm in Saskatchewan near Prince Albert. The
    Provincial Labour Board heard he was not paying proper wages to his help
    and sent an agent out to interview him. "I need a list of your employees
    and how much you pay them," demanded the agent. "Well, there's my hired
    hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him
    $600 a week plus free room and board."

    " The cook has been here for 18 months, and I pay her $500 a month plus
    free room and board."

     "Then there's the half-wit that works here about 18 hours a day. He makes
    $10 a week and every payday I buy him a bottle of Bourbon" replied the

         "That's the guy I want to talk to, the half-wit," says the agent. The farmer says,
         "That would be me."

         Contributed by Rene Charrois


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