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 Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A man can spend a lifetime trying to figure out women, but probably won't get very far.

I've spent more than my share of time thinking about what they do and why they do it, only to become more confused. Their actions and words often defy logic, and it's sometimes difficult to even understand what they mean when they say something that seems very simple.

Such peculiarities of women were often the subject of discussions between the men sitting on my grandmother's porch after Sunday dinner.

Between spits of tobacco juice, my uncles and cousins usually concluded that it's no use to try to figure them out. Besides, they said, a woman would be boring if she were as simple as a man.

I'm not sure they realized the conclusion they reached wasn't exactly flattering toward men, but it's true that men are generally rather simple in manner and speech. Women rarely are simple in either.

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I know this will be hard to believe because it was for me.

It all started Tuesday afternoon when my cell phone made that weird little noise alerting me I had a voice mail. That happens often on my flip model phone. I never know if I have just missed a call or if it came in several days ago. One time, I had eight missed calls and they had come in so long ago I'd already written stories about a couple of them. And the stories had already been published.

This message was from Allen "Big A" Anderson. For years, Allen worked in the MW Windows' printing department. He also drew weekly editorial cartoons for The Franklin County Times. He was an exceptional editorial cartoonist.

In the message, Allen said he had something he wanted to give me and was heading to my office on North Main Street. Allen said he'd leave the item if I wasn't in when he arrived... which I wasn't.

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