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Basic Biitner: Never too old

Thursday, March 23, 2006

You know how sometimes it can seem like everything's "the same old , same old" in your life? Go to work, come home, watch TV, go to a ball game or movie, go to bed, get up, go to work....

Quite often, the "experts" advise trying something new to break up the routine. Well, in the spirit of "you're never too old to try something new", here's a brief rundown of the year 2006 in our household.

The "year of change" started right off the bat, as I began my new job here at the Chronicle-Times on January 3, after 33 years at my previous employment.

This weekend (weather permitting), we plan to head up to Minneapolis to bring home the newest addition to the family - Sadie, a one-year-old beagle. We had a puppy, Pal, in the first year of our marriage, 35 years ago, and Sadie will be our first pet since then. We are looking forward to her companionship, but are real novices in caring for and training dogs . We've been reading books and checking online, etc., but advice is always welcome.

In just a couple of months (June) , we will happily welcome another new addition to the family, as we become grandparents for the first time. My grandchild is a girl, also, so "us guys" are losing ground in the family balance. The only bad part about becoming grandparents, in our case , is that our granddaughter will be half a country away. My son-in-law is in the Navy, and we've failed in our attempts to get a Navy base placed at Spring Lake, Larson Lake, or Storm Lake , so we won't get to see her nearly as often as we'd like.

Finally, in addition to these three major changes in our household , we are also in the middle of doing a complete makeover to our kitchen. I'm sure we'll be very pleased with the final result, but until that's accomplished ,,,

A word of advice - if you should happen to see me somewhere , and you don't have a lot of time to spare, DON'T ask me "What's new?"

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner