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As Scene ByBY FREDERICK (RICK) DERUITERbit... MOW EVERY DAY IT DOESN’T RAIN! It’s been a wet spring for sure. Just a short time ago I had a stretchSo I was thinking while taking a show- er a couple days ago. I was turning the water valve a little left, then a little right, then a little left again – all in an effortto find the “perfect” water temperature. Then, I laughed a little... “Geez, I feel like a safe cracker!”With a bit of child-like enthusiasm I watched the odometer on my truck turn from 121,999 to 122,000 miles. It was kinda neat. Shortly after that, I took an- other look and saw 122,222. “Deuces are wild!” That’s what I blurted out – with a nostalgic smile of course.of about 10 days where my one-year-old granddaughter was at my house for nearly every waking moment. And the last five of those days ALSO INCLUDED my sleep- ing moments. I’m a bit ashamed to admit it... but by about day nine, I was looking forward to handing her back to her parents.So I was thinking that I should send out a “thank you” to all my friends and family who sent me pictures that they took at my daughter’s wedding... THANK YOU! I was also thinking that it was un- usual for each of them to PhotoShop me out of the pictures and put some old guy in my place.I remembered hearing the phrasefrom Vin Scully a long-time ago. Now retired, he was a highly respected baseball announcer. “The score is 2 to 2 in the 2nd inning. 2 on with 2 outs, and here comes the 2-2 pitch. DUECES are wild!” he’d say. His voice was like hearing a song.So I was thinking how much I enjoyed that rare Saturday afternoon decadesago, when my Detroit Tiger heroes were featured on “The Game of The Week.”So I was thinking while having my morning coffee on the first day without her... “I wonder if I’ll get to see the baby today?” Oh, how quickly we forget!Went north to Big Rapids a few weeks ago. Guess what? The speed limit north of Grand Rapids was 75mph! Wow! So I was thinking – I’ll go a little faster – but I didn’t. It made me too nervous.So I was thinking... Have you ever gone to work and wondered upon arriv- ing, “How in the world did I get here?” I’m sure I paid attention the whole way, but I still don’t actually remember going through a single intersection!Well, the hailstorm from early June is still haunting me. Because of the wealth of damaged vehicles, I won’t have mySo I was thinking about mentioning Scene’s new look. It’s not a complete overhaul – just a little tweaking to liven things up. Nah, on second thought, I’ll let you find out for yourself.4 SCENE 4407 I ANNUAL REPORTSo I was thinking it would be fun to share my new lawn mowing strategy. For several years I have used the every-five-days rule. But this year I’ve change it up aLife can be that way. I remember the day I moved in to each house I’ve owned. I can also vividly remember the day I moved away. And while the memories in between are many, all the memories seem like... well... one day.wife’s car fixed until the end of August. I am of course still compiling quotes to have my roof, eaves, and siding fixed. And the clatter of nail guns goes on every day. So I was thinking... I don’t like hail.So I was thinking.DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!Be a super sleuth... join the ongoing hunt for Rick DeRuiterPour through the pages of Scene this month and find theelusive DeRuiter. Warn your friends. Warn your neighbors. He’s in there somewhere, waiting for the one lucky detective to find him!LAST MONTH... Page... 16 LAST MONTH’S WINNER... APRIL STARKLOOK! - Now you can e-mail your detective work too! Include your name, daytime phone and what page you found him.OR on-line at... www.scenepub.comWHERECOULD HE BE?Have you found him in this issue?If yes, call Scene at 979-1410 ext. 307 or email to have your name entered in the drawing to receive A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO A LOCAL EATERY. You must make your discovery by August 5, 2019 and the winner will be announced in the next issue of Scene!WIN A VALUABLE PRIZE!

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