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"Like a Good Neighbor,,,," Mason Is There
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 • Posted September 8, 2010

This town of mine still continues to amaze me with every passing day. Just when I think the people here can't surprise me any more, they do things that catch me off guard and make me thankful again for where I live.

Last week, I sent out an email asking if anyone had any older PCs that I might be able to pick through in order to replace one of those at the News office that had crashed. I expected one or two folks to respond with possibilities -- as usual, I underestimated the generosity of Mason.

The Chamber of Commerce offered to let me look at their old ones. David and Barbara Young responded from Colorado and had me talk to Teresa Weber about one of David's old PCs. The school called to see if some of their machines going to the recycling center would be of any help. Jane Eckert suggested one of her old laptops for a temporary solution. Bob Cordes offered his old machine; but, reminded me that I already knew its limitations. Betty Estes offered that she was upgrading and we might be able to use her machine.

Then, Chris Hicks with Erna Frac Sand email me. He suggested that we bypass the older machines and let their company get us moving again with a new machine. I picked up the PC on my way to the Junction football game, got it set up and configured on Saturday, and we are back up to speed.

I had more offers than I could possibly handle. I am impressed.

I mentioned Bob Cordes,,, I am deeply saddened at his passing last week, and also make note of his loss as one of the ways that Mason people come together at a moment's notice. As soon as the news of his death had been learned, there were friends and neighbors on the way to Judy's side to offer support and assistance. They did it for Judy, for Bob, and just because it was right.

The same occurred on Monday with the passing of Ferdie Slocum as neighbors learned of his loss and extended their hands to help out. I know Lori and the kids are appreciative.

Everywhere you turn, the people of Mason show up when you least expect them. They offer food, computers, automobiles, money,,,, whatever you may need, someone is there to prop you up when you most need that kind of support.

And they are still there in the days, weeks and months ahead. In spite of their own busy lives. In spite of their own losses. In spite of their own difficulties.

State Farm Insurance may have trademarked the phrase; but, Mason invented it -- "Like a Good Neighbor...."

It’s all just my opinion.

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