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No April Fools This Year
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 • Posted March 24, 2010

Last year, I got married. On April 1st!

I thought the combination of the two, or either by itself, was enough for readers last year to know that it was an April Fools prank.

Not everyone got the joke.

I had numerous folks calling to congratulate me. There were people wanting to meet my bride. Though lots of people expressed congratulations, I didn't receive any gifts... maybe I should have registered earlier!

I looked at the calendar this year and saw that April 1st fell on Maundy Thursday, one of the high holy days of the Christian church. Somehow, playing an April Fools joke on the same day that I'm playing an apostle in the Mason Community Choir's Easter production just didn't seem,,,,, proper.

That reminds me.... many people have been asking why, with warmer weather approaching, I've been growing my beard and letting my hair grow out longer. I, along with several other gentlemen from the community, were honored to be asked by the Mason Community Choir to play one of the apostles when they have us performing a "living tableau" during their concert on Thursday evening. Some of the men, like me, decided to go with the facial hair and the longer hair. Others,,, well, not so much.

But, once we start getting into the costumes that Amelia Banner has collected for us, and finish learning our lines, we'll be apostolic in time for Monday's run-through. Then, barring lost voices and broken limbs, we'll be ready for Thursday night's performance.

I've helped the Choir with some of their other productions over the years, and have had a great time. One of the most difficult things is to focus on what I'm supposed to be reading or saying rather than letting myself get lost in the music. I promise to do my best on April 1st to stay "in the moment."

And, yet one more thing....

With the wild fluctuations in weather; the spikes and dips in temperature; and, the windiest days we have had in a while, it is obvious that spring has arrived. If you see me traipsing through a field, along the river bank, or up on a hill with my camera, you know I'm trying to capture some new images for this year's spring visitors' guide. It's scheduled to come out on April 7th, and I'm having fun with the feature articles.

This year, we'll take a new and updated look at Topaz in Mason County and what it means to our area. Since Habitat for Humanity's spring benefit is being held in Loyal Valley this year, I'll try to dig up some great historical information on that part of our county for the readers. And, finally, being the nerd that I am, I've been talking to Hill Country Telecommunications about profiling them and the innovations they've been making in our area. The technology that HCTC has rolled out in Mason County, and is continuing to unveil, could be of great value to residents if they only knew of its full benefits. Hopefully you will understand that better after we finish with the article.

So back to April Fools jokes. No wedding. No inner tubes tied on the back bumper. No shaved heads or strange costumes.

This year, the only April fools will be the ones who aren't trying their best to enjoy living in Mason.

It’s all just my opinion.

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