Buddies spring Chipper hoax on Doc

March 1, 2015

When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop. Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.

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A Chipper attitude makes winter brighter for Doc

February 19, 2015

It might have been the winter doldrums that did it. You can never be sure of these things. It’s just that … well, Doc is one of those guys who can’t stand to see anyone bored. He claims it’s bad for their inner chemistry, and since he has more initials after his name than anyone else in town, we tend to listen to him.

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Savor the gift of snow at least for a few hours

February 12, 2015

Somehow the snow is a little like Christmas. We can expect it. We can listen to the television weather and expect it. But still, when it comes, it’s like a gift a wonderful unwrapped gift, because it is the wrapping.

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Time flies faster than the spring breezes

February 5, 2015

Mabel Adams was out the other day, with her new walker, the one with the basket on it, and a seat for sitting when she gets tired.

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Bert’s new pet gives him a devil of a time

January 29, 2015

Steve was out in the Mule Barn parking lot the other day, tightening something with his wrenches under the hood of his pickup truck. The rest of us stood around, looking wise, and sipping coffee.

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Herb exercises his humor at Doc’s expense

January 22, 2015

Doc was just getting up to leave the philosophy counter as Herb walked in. Herb was grinning and flexing muscles and had the look of eagles in his eyes. We stared.

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Invest in the future: Vote yes for schools

January 22, 2015

As ballots arrive from King County Elections this week, residents of the Valley will have an opportunity to vote on a comprehensive bond proposal that addresses facility and educational needs for students from kindergarten to high school in the Snoqualmie Valley School District.

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A little sweetness doesn’t go far with Dudley

January 15, 2015

It was the cold outside that bound us together better inside the Mule Barn truck stop. The coffee warmed our innards and the laughter at the philosophy counter heated our souls to very comfortable.

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Dud’s word games beat the winter blues

January 1, 2015

“I can’t stand winter,” said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.”

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Windy receives a warm and fuzzy Christmas

December 24, 2014

Windy had sent off for a doo-dad for his small kitchen, and that’s why he checked the mailbox.

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