I don’t forget things too often, but I really flubbed this time. I recently received a notice that I was delinquent in paying my real estate taxes for 2020. Thinking it was those that I paid in 2020, I found out that it was for the taxes that were due in early July of this year, which cover the year 2020. I recall receiving the statement, and I usually place such bills in my checkbook and pay them when they are due.

But, in searching through my register and my bank statements, I discovered that I had not paid such taxes. I quickly went to the courthouse and paid the taxes (along with the late penalty). In a later search, I located the original tax statement, attached to a bill that I had paid on a credit card.

To err is human, but I begin to think I am more human that I was a few years ago.

“It’s always too early to quit.” (Norman Vincent Peale)

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” (Helen Keller).

Four of the Downey siblings (Ann, John, Tim and Rob) got together recently, with all four spouses, at a local eatery. Rob was in River City to attend his 50+1 class reunion, so we took the opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives. It probably was the first time in more than a year that the four were together.

As former Wildcat gridiron coach John Snoad was giving his acceptance speech at the Napoleon Hall of Fame inductions recently, he referred to a bad coaching decision that he once made in a game against Bowling Green. Napoleon might have been able to run out the clock and win the game, but Snoad called for a surprise pass.

That pass was intercepted by a BG defender and returned for a score, handing the Wildcats a defeat.

As he thought about the situation at the induction, he seemed to recall that the Bobcat who had the pick was a Saneholtz.

In the audience, a young man stood up and took a bow, for he was the BG player who won the game that night for his team. He was none other than the son of the late Ray Saneholtz, who was also inducted into the Hall that same night.

Small world, indeed.

Ann and I have attended four high school football games so far this fall, and we have been treated to a few nail-biters. We saw Wauseon upend Napoleon in an overtime contest two weeks ago and then we witnessed the LC Tigers down the same Wauseon Indians (or Guardians) in overtime this last Friday. It’s great to be able to attend such outings once again, as we went through the entire 2020 season without seeing a single game in person.

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” (Oprah Winfrey)

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” (Stephen Hawking)

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