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On the right foot

By Robin Dearing

I know there are people who have a fear of the number 13 and find this year, 2013, to be inauspicious. I’m not one of them. I’m really feeling good about the New Year.

On Sunday, I completed The Daily Sentinel’s Sunday crossword puzzle all. by. myself. I filled in every square and didn’t look up a single answer.

Usually, my mom and I work on the puzzle together taking turns filling in parts. The two of us can typically get a big puzzle done unless there is some stupid clue. We object to stupid clues, puzzle makers!

I’ve never been able to get it on my own … until Sunday.

Yep, felt pretty good.

Last month, our 2-year-old dryer (a Maytag!) started making a horrible noise. We did some research online and learned that many dryers had similar problems and that we could probably fix it ourselves. Being that we were getting ready for Christmas and for our vacation, we decided to just ignore the noise until after the holidays.

What? You don’t think that was a good idea?

It seemed when we got back from our trip and tried to wash the eight loads of laundry we accumulated, that it was a bad idea to keep using the screaming machine. The screeching that came from the dryer was almost unbearable — I say “almost” because if we turned up the television enough, it wasn’t too horrible. (Of course, it was much worse for my mom and Mar whose bedrooms are on either side of the laundry room.)

But you know what? We fixed it! OK, Bill mostly fixed it, but I held the light. The best part? The janky part cost a grand total of $6.46 to replace.

So, yeah, I’m feeling pretty good about the New Year.

Stay classy, 2013!

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