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 Post subject: You have three minutes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 8:18 pm 
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An understaffed Sunday. This "lede" arrives on the desk. You are underwater and have three minutes.<p>
ALBANY - From Kenya to Saudi Arabia to
Albany. Add a wife who was in the
Peace Corps, two sons and, most
recently, a crustacean crown.<p> In a lobster shell, that is the
history of Mwaiseghe (Victor)
Mwapaga, this year's ``Father of the
Year,'' as drawn by lot, not butter, at
the Rotary's Lobster Fest last
weekend in Albany.


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 Post subject: Re: You have three minutes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:03 pm 
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Easy. Spike it.


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 Post subject: Re: You have three minutes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:10 pm 
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Of course...unfortunately, my request was denied. So it's running as is. That'll teach them..


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 Post subject: Re: You have three minutes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:22 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bumfketeer:
Of course...unfortunately, my request was denied. So it's running as is. That'll teach them..<hr></blockquote><p>I'm not saying tonight was necessarily the night to do it, but sometimes you've just got to go with your instinct and take the hit tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: You have three minutes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:28 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bumfketeer:
Of course...unfortunately, my request was denied. So it's running as is. That'll teach them..<hr></blockquote>
The world will still spin around. You've voiced your disapproval. They'll have an eternity to reflect on the wisdom of the matter.


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 Post subject: Re: You have three minutes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 9:30 pm 
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Somehow, it sounds like No. 1 is paraphrasing an old Kenny Rogers song.


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 Post subject: Re: You have three minutes
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In a tradition that's been around as long as the 4-year-old fest itself, Mwapaga's name was thrown into a hat along with those of the four other finalists.<p>***Those tradition-rich Rotarians. All the way back to 2000!***


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 Post subject: Re: You have three minutes
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In 1988 I had to get up at an ungodly hour to go across town to cover a Rotary breakfast the Soviet ambassador was to address. (Don't ask me why they played such elaborate games to indicate policy positions in those days.) Out of his mouth came one of my favourite quotes:
''You can ask me any question you like but you must remember that you are sophisticated Rotarians and I am a mere ambassador.''
Only the press bench of two got the joke.


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