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Food for Thought

“Have you read that book I lent you last month?”
“Yes, I enjoyed it, but I’ve…”
“Would you bring it to our meeting next week? My neighbor wants to read it.” (A tactful way of saying, “I want my book back before you begin to think it belongs to you.” A thoroughly justified concern, as I become quite possessive of a book after I’ve read it– especially if I enjoyed it a great deal.)

Walkin'

I hit a rare day last week when I couldn’t walk outside with the dogs.
Actually, I tried to go to one of our regular places but the parking lot wasn’t plowed. It looked like a 50/50 chance of getting stuck in the snow, so I returned home and gave both Pearl and Buzz a dog biscuit, as is my custom after a walk.
Buzz likes the concept – go for a ride, skip the walk and have a treat – just fine. Buzz can sleep near 24/7, waking only to move to a more comfortable spot, to eat and to answer nature’s call.
In his next life I hope he’s an investment banker.
Young Pearl still craves her walk.

David Gudenkauf

David Gudenkauf, 69, of Lake Delhi, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 2009, at his home after a brief illness. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 17, at St. Johns Catholic Church, Delhi. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 16 at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Norman J. Rayman

Norman J. Rayman, 69, Pembroke Pines, Fla. died Dec. 21, 2008 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Cedar Rapids to Joseph and Mary (Terbl) Rayman on Dec. 26, 1938.
He is survived by his children Joseph (Jen) Rayman of Roswell, Ga., Ernest Rayman of Kennesaw, Ga., and Deborah (Travis) Burke of Okatie, S.C.; grandchildren Matthew Rayman and Nolan Burke; his wife Susan Licata-Rayman, step-children Travis and Cortney Licata all of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; sisters Nadine Hoffey of Cedar Rapids, Nargi (Ed) Steinbrech of Solon, and brother Joed Rayman of Cedar Rapids.

Wesley “Wes” Allen Sovers

Wesley “Wes” Allen Sovers, 65, of Solon, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at Bickford Cottage in Iowa City after a lengthy illness. Funeral mass was held Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, with Fr. David Wilkening presiding. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation was held 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Full military rites were conducted by the Solon American Legion Stinocher Post 460. Brosh Chapel in Solon is in charge of arrangements.

Carol M. Strank

Carol M. Strank, 62, of 3161 Sandy Beach Rd. NE, Solon, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a lengthy illness.
Funeral Services are pending at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service,
Iowa City.

Bonnie R. Williams

Bonnie R. Williams, 73, of Marion, died Jan. 13, 2009, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after a short illness. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 16, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids. Visitation was held Jan. 15 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids. Private inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Meditation Wall.

Ginny “GiGi” York

Ginny “GiGi” York, 51, died unexpectedly but peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at her home. A luncheon to celebrate Ginny’s life was held Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Ms. Susan’s Catering, 1215 Jordan Street in North Liberty. Memorial contributions may be directed to The Iowa City Animal Shelter. Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City, is handling the arrangements.

Purdue Rolls Over Iowa

IOWA CITY– For the second week in a row, the Hawkeye men played a Big Ten game on Sunday morning and for the second Sunday in a row the Hawkeyes got smoked, this time by Purdue, 75-53.
The Boilermakers were picked to have one of the top teams in the Big Ten and they proved it with great outside shooting (10-15 from 3-point), great passing (19 assists) and tough defense (19 turnovers for Iowa).
One of the only bright spots was the play of seldom-used big man David Palmer.

Hawkeye women win two

IOWA CITY– Sunday was a great day for the Hawkeyes to open up the offense, make a close game a blowout and win their 11th game of the season, third in a row, against Northwestern, 74-46.
You have to start with Kachine Alexander. If she doesn’t get some all-conference votes I want a recount.
The 5-9 junior had the first triple-double in eight years (all Big Ten Cara Consuegra was the last one in 2001) scoring 10 points, with 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

VanderPol's career cut short

IOWA CITY– There has been some sad news from the women’s basketball team, as Nicole VanderPol is calling it a career.
The 6-2 senior has been fighting injuries for most of her time at Iowa and the latest, poor circulation in her leg which gives her numbness, has made her decision to finish the season on the bench supporting her teammates.
I talked to her at the hospital when the women’s basketball team visited the children and she said she was done playing.

Iowa Wrestlers beat Oklahoma State

IOWA CITY– Nine straight losses to the Cowboys doesn’t sound right so the Hawkeyes, wrestling without two starters, won six matches and righted the wrong with a 20-13 win over the Cowboys.
I don’t know if head coach Tom Brands will be happy with four matches decided by less than three points but there is still time to improve.
I suppose you have to give Oklahoma State a little credit for keeping it close.
They used a smaller mat, which Mark Ironside (radio color man for Iowa) called a “junior high mat”.