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The last time I checked, the cost of dry cleaning women's clothes was higher than the cost of men's dry cleaning. Now, why is that? We women get dressed the same way men do. Well, I've solved that little problem by resolving to not purchase "dry clean only" apparel.

Have you ever noticed how few food parts we consume these days? When we buy whole turkeys, we usually find necks, gizzards, hearts and livers stuffed in the chest cavity.

I think we're supposed to do something with those parts, like make liver mousse, gizzard pate or turkey soup. But most of us just throw them away, wondering why in heaven's name the butcher put them there in the first place. Years ago, chicken and turkey parts were considered prized extras that made one or two extra meals for the family.

Come to think of it, white meat is so popular today, I wonder how many people toss out poultry legs and backs, along with all that fatty dark meat? Not too many, I hope. Then again, do people buy whole turkeys or chickens anymore, not counting holidays?

For years, I've wondered why watching sports is a national pasttime. As I grow older, and maybe a tad bit wiser, I realize the immense value of sitting down in front of the TV and losing yourself, along with all your worries while watching your favorite team. Win or lose, it doesn't really matter because for at least three hours, you can get away from it all.

I've come to the conclusion that watching your favorite team is like recess for the soul. Remember how refreshing school recess was? As soon as the bell rang, dozens of children broke loose from multiplication tables and parts of speech to run around the playground, screaming wildly, glad to be free. I think that's what sports do for the soul, not to mention the good it does for the spirit.

The other day, when I was watching the movie "Nine," I was struck by how old-fashioned the telephone cords appeared. In a state of culture shock, I realized how tied down we were by rotary dial or push-button phones. With those handheld receivers with straight or curly cords, we were stationary as long as we talked on the phone. Which reminds me of party lines. Remember those?

Are you into texting? Well, I'm not, but I can't tell you how many people have asked me that question in the past month. I have done a little texting, trying to impress the kids. I think their response was, "Mom, is that really you texting?" Needless to say, my preferred way to communicate is with my voice.

Speaking of technology, the sizes of televisions on the market today are dizzying. Now, TVs range from seven to more than 80 inches. When it comes to big-screen TVs, I can't tell the difference between sizes. They all look giant to me. Not only that, there's LCD, LED and Plasma. What ever happened to one size fits all?

Well, it's time for me to sign off, as my to-do list is growing: do my machine washable laundry, look for a good gizzard recipe, watch a playoff game, take down my rotary phone, text my kids and listen to my husband recite the latest prices of all those different sizes of flat screen TVs, the largest of which is on his wishlist.

A resident of Southeast South Dakota, Paula Damon is a national and state award-winning columnist. Her columns have won first-place in National Federation of Press Women, South Dakota Press Women and Iowa Press Women Communications Contests. In the 2009 and 2010 South Dakota Press Women Communications Contest, Paula�s columns took five first-place awards statewide. To contact Paula, email, follow her blog at and find her on Facebook.

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