Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 45

UP THE CREEK

The Secret of Longevity

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BY KEN M. BLOMBERG
have been spending a lot of time writing at
the café lately."
"I've been doing research for a column
I'm putting together for the National Rural
Water Association magazine." I replied.
"And it includes a letter to Doc. Want to
hear it?"
"Sure, go ahead and entertain us," Jim said.
I cleared my throat, took a sip of coffee
and began:
Dear Doc,
I realize this report on my health is a bit
premature, but I had an inspiration to drop
you a note just the same-so as not to bore
you with all the following details during my
next regularly scheduled checkup. Let's
consider this a rehash of the state of my
annual health address, albeit an unofficial,
non-clinical analysis.
As a sportsman in your own
right, you of all people should

know the medicinal value of participating in
outdoor sports. Now that summer is upon
us, I honestly hope you play hooky from
the clinic on occasion and secretly toss a
fly or two for trout, or musky-hunting for
yet another elusive 50-incher. After all, it
was the famous outdoor humorist Ed Zern
who said, 'Fishing is a pursuit calculated
to promote longevity,' and convinced
his wife-who knew he carried little life
insurance-"he ought to go fishing instead
of staying home putting up the screens,
or taking them down, or just hanging
around and carrying out the garbage once
and awhile."
In my case, Doc, you know the urge
to follow bird dogs in fall begins before
summer ends. Despite midday heat,
abundant ticks, mosquitoes and heavy
foliage, the dogs and I enjoy the cool,
early-morning temperatures and dew on
the grasses and ferns. If we stay outside
too long, we'll be sweating, leg

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I was sitting in the corner of
the Village Café one morning a while
back, minding my own business. Things
were relatively quiet until Jim, the cook,
shouted: "You going to order something to
eat, or just drink coffee all day?"
"Doctor's orders," I replied. "Low
cholesterol diet for this boy, and he had
the nerve to say I could stand to shed a
few pounds."
"I've never known Doc to lie,"
chuckled Jim.
"Oh yeah? Last year he kept me sitting
in the waiting room for 45 minutes," I said.
"Said he was real busy. I found out later he
was home cleaning fish. But I'll fix him. I'll
lose 25 pounds and drop my cholesterol
level to 130. Then he'll have to pick on
someone new."
"What about all the caffeine you
consume?" asked Jim. "You sure

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018

From the President
Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Infrastructure and Rural Water
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Prosperity Through Infrastructure, Partnerships and Innovation
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Building Your Reserves to Plan for the Future
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 24
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Rural Water Loan Fund Helps Small System Repair Well After Lightning Strike
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile: Kansas Rural Water Association
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 29
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 33
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Case Study: Screw Pumps Provide Treatment Plant with Efficient Alternative
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 44
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Secret of Longevity
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 46
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 47
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - 49
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2018 - From the CEO
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