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“Jim Class” is a feature that airs within The HomeFix Show. Wrtiten by original charter show listener Jim Forrer from Caldwell Idaho, Jim shares his observations, life experiences  and lessons learned in life. Joe Prin reads these at various times in most of the HomeFix Shows. Here is the original written text. The year———-1957 The place———-Massillon Ohio The occasion———-To see a film The movie———- Boy on a Dolphin The reason———-Sophia Loren Well, you know how teen aged boys are. We all had seen Sophia in Playboy and could not wait to view her on the big screen. Dale Martin parked the car in the parking lot of the shopping mall just a short distant around the corner from the movie theater. There were four of us running and almost tripping over each other getting to the door of the...

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“Jim Class” is a feature that airs within The HomeFix Show. Wrtiten by original charter show listener Jim Forrer from Caldwell Idaho, Jim shares his observations, life experiences, and lessons learned in life. Joe Prin reads these at various times in most of the HomeFix Shows. Here is the original written text. There are many unexpected events in our daily lives which get turned around backwards.  Sometimes they are topsy-turvy  and place you flat on your back. It seems, no matter how well you plan your day, delays are unavoidable.  I was running late because of a last minute material pickup.  Starting out at 10:30 for the job site is not my idea of being punctual.  But, still another delay was in store, as I drove down one of Caldwell’s side streets. A small group of individuals standing in the roadway garnered my attention initially.  As I advanced slowly, I could see the...

Empathy

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“Jim Class” is a feature that airs within The HomeFix Show. Written by original charter show listener Jim Forrer from Caldwell Idaho, Jim shares his observations, life experiences  and lessons learned in life. Joe Prin reads these at various times in most of the HomeFix Shows. Here is the original written text. Being an older, easy mark grandpa, does not negate my empathy for young children. I know of the things that small ones enjoy and find thrilling and adventurous. In the days of yore, while trekking across the prairie, young ones liked riding up front alongside dad while he was driving the team of horses. Sometimes they would climb upon the back of the old milk cow tethered behind the Conestoga wagon. Kids would always find something to do that was fun and perhaps a little dangerous. Children have always wanted to see what was going on and be involved with whatever the...

Odd Repair

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“Jim Class” is a feature that airs within The HomeFix Show. Written by original charter show listener Jim Forrer from Caldwell Idaho, Jim shares his observations, life experiences  and lessons learned in life. Joe Prin reads these at various times in most of the HomeFix Shows. Here is the original written text. A man could lose an eye with the errant trajectory path of a food ladled fork. Lasagna is not prevalently known as a hazardous weapon, nor is the lowly fork, but this time, they were close. The explosion was so startling and unexpected that I almost skewered my eye. Coming home for lunch was not the norm, but because the job-site was so close by, I figured ‘why not.’  Pat had placed a plate of last night’s lasagna in the fridge and knowing it was there prompted my sojourn home. I was about to take the first bite when the explosion precipitated my heart stopping...

Name Calling

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“Jim Class” is a feature that airs within The HomeFix Show. Wrtiten by original charter show listener Jim Forrer from Caldwell Idaho, Jim shares his observations, life experiences  and lessons learned in life. Joe Prin reads these at various times in most of the HomeFix Shows. Here is the original written text. While playing and cavorting around with two front teeth missing and my ears sticking out like bat wings, I must have been a beautiful child. Because of my handsome demeanor and stature, they called me ‘joker.’  Their teasing and banter abated not. This kind of activity went on all summer long. At first it really bothered me, but later on, I figured that I was guilty of the same shameful action towards others. One fellow,7 or 8 years old, I called ‘Monkey-face.’  To this day, I don’t know why I did so, for we were great pals. Then it dawned on me, it’s just what kids...

Mother’s No

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“Jim Class” is a feature that airs within The HomeFix Show. Writen by original charter show listener Jim Forrer from Caldwell Idaho, Jim shares his observations, life experiences  and lessons learned in life. Joe Prin reads these at various times in most of the HomeFix Shows. Here is the original written text. After arriving back here in Caldwell from my class reunion in Ohio, I’ve been overwhelmed by episodes of nostalgia. Remembering family, friends, class members and long forgotten ‘best friends.’ One such friend was Clarence Turner. Clarence and I were best buddies the very first time we got in trouble together. We were a matched pair of poor students. I was always the worse student in every class, but now I had a partner of sorts. At the time I met Clarence, I had just moved from Clarendon Grade School to enter the fifth grade at Fairmont in Canton Ohio. I’m sure Miss...