A red pickup and a trailer with a large cooker on it were in the parking lot north of Neosho High School one morning as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard. Seeing someone barbequing is not unusual, but doing so at 5:50 a.m. is unusual.
I stopped and spoke to a former student who was manning the barbeque station. He told me he was getting prepared for Wildcat Pride Day later that afternoon and evening. He said, "Some of these cuts take six to eight hours to cook."
Now tending a fire that long shows dedication and produces wonderful eating.
I've noticed several unusual news events in recent readings. One story was about a northern Minnesota woman who filled a freezer full of snow last winter, so she and her California granddaughter could make a snowman this summer. Sadly, the snowman only lasted one day in the 80 degree weather.
Then I read an article which angered me. It seems the federal folks who are in charge of the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers issued a new regulation which stated that all river baptisms had to have a permit. The permit had to be issued two to seven days prior to the baptism. No one could be saved and baptized on the spot.
Thank goodness the area representative got things straightened out. The authorities said they were afraid two groups of Christians may want to baptize in the same place at the same time. Or the baptisms might frighten the canoeists. Or the baptisms might block traffic on the river.
On a happier note, I recently read about an organization which works to preserve one-room school houses. In the clip it told of a unique one-room Iowa school where the classroom was half of the downstairs and living quarters for the teacher was in the other half.
The sleeping rooms for the teacher and family were upstairs. Now that would be getting close to one's work.
We need to celebrate milestones in other's lives. I recently read Chuck Nodler has been working at Missouri Southern for 35 years. Way to go, Chuck.
Take a walk, look for the unusual, fight the silly regulations in life, use those signal lights, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.
Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.