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February 3, 2014

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The few, the proud

In response to “Not a fan,” who doesn’t see high school wrestling as a sport, I offer you this: The sport of wrestling dates back some 15,000 years. It is a measure of physical and mental strength, endurance and skill. You must compete as an individual and as a team. You must use a combination of strength and strategy, as well as respect for your opponent. Those who coach other sports love the opportunity to have a wrestler on their team for they bring those talents with them to other arenas. Look around at any wrestling tournament in the New England area and see what branch of military recruiters are stationed in the lobby talking with these athletes. It will be the U.S. Marines. Why? Because in many cases these athletes are exactly what the toughest of the tough are looking for: physical strength and endurance, intelligence, focus and commitment. Read with sadness the many Marines who have been killed in action from the Merrimack Valley and 9 out of 10 times you will read they were former wrestlers at their high schools.

Bon appetit

My wife and I work hard all week and really look forward to our Saturday evening out for dinner. Last weekend while enjoying a wonderful meal at a North Andover restaurant, we had the pleasure of dining next to a couple with an small child (about a year old). Tables are relatively close, but the child was occupied and quiet. In complete disregard for anyone around her, the child’s mother opted to change the baby’s diaper on the chair next to me. Could this not have been done in the bathroom? This must have been our night, as a man sitting on my other side decided to blow his nose several times directly into the cloth napkin that gets washed and reused by the restaurant. So much for our appetite.

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