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Fast food workers get no respect

By Alice Liles
Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe on January 20, 2010. What with the frantic Christmas shopping season just coming to a close, I’ll bet there might have been more than one time you and your family had a meal at a fast-food chain on one of those shopping sprees. And it could be that one of those visits included an order gone wrong or patience on one or both sides of the counter being in short supply. So I thought this story might be food for thought, no pun intended, for those of you who did some eating out during the holidays.

We walked into a fast food chain over the weekend to be greeted by a pleasant hello from the young woman behind the counter. I placed my order for a small cheeseburger, mustard and mayonnaise, no ketchup. I knew I was in trouble when she had to ask her supervisor a question, and when she returned to the register, she had to ask me again what I wanted. She punched around on her register/computer screen a few times.
“You wanted all the vegetables, right?”
“Right.” Vegetables had not been mentioned up until then. “I don’t want any ketchup.”
“Oh, right.”

The rusty things find their homes!

By Alice Liles

Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog Cactus are Cool on Oct. 7, 2016. If you read the story in last week’s Muleshoe Journal, you might remember it was about my own private shopping spree at a friend’s junk pile to find rusty things for my cactus garden. Now you get to see where they wound up in the garden. This story is mostly pictures rather than text, and there isn’t always room for all of them, so I will just show you a few typical examples. But you’ll get the idea.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
Election time is upon us once again and voters will be deciding our representatives at all levels of government. The decisions that we make now can affect the future of this community, state and nation for years to come.
One race that is of particular importance is the U.S. Senate race featuring the incumbent Ted Cruz and his challenger Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. As with all political races there have been numerous personal attacks by both sides and character issues have been illuminated. But the substance of this contest is also, and more crucial, about the difference of ideologies.

Consider the much-maligned prickly pear

By   Alice Liles

Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog, Cactus are Cool, an extension of my other blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe, on June 17, 2016. I have edited this story for length because the original had many more pictures. But you can still see those images if you go to the website listed at the end of the story. And give the devil its due; prickly pear really does produce some beautiful flowers. Just don’t try to pick them!

A cautionary tale about the box of family pictures

By Alice Liles

Alice’s note: This story first appeared in my blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe on July 19, 2016. After researching the Ladies Golf Association story that was in last week’s paper and thinking about the frustration of working with the old photographs without labels and dates, I thought this story might be timely. It’s not about Muleshoe, but it’s about something everyone in Muleshoe can relate to.

Last week I drove to Graham, Texas, loaded with four boxes of pictures. You know, those boxes we all seem to have, the final resting place of ancient family pictures, early pictures of the current family, and odds and ends of family records that you don’t really know what to do with but aren’t quite willing to throw away.