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webmaster | 05/25/12

What a Blast. Bally’s, the exercise and fitness center, was recently taken over by Blast Fitness of Houston, Fresno and other places. The local sweat palace near Granada Drive and Cleveland Avenue quickly hung a banner over the original Bally’s sign announcing the new ownership.

That’s cool, but does it have to say, and with seemingly the new center’s motto, “Keeping FRESNO strong?” Since it’s actually in our fine city, yours truly could have a little fun with that, but my gal works out there and she’s plenty strong. As for me, I once asked a fitness center employee what machine I should use to impress the ladies and the muscle man pointed to the ATM outside. Very funny, those Mr. Universe types.

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Don’t know if we’re traveling the same roads, but classmate and pretty reader Karen East and this scribe espied a couple bumper snickers recently. One hit home when it read: “Driver carries no cash. He’s married.” (I love you darlin’). The other was on a car headed south, as in maybe the border. A quick glance at the rear bumper revealed: “If you can’t feed ’em, don’t breed ’em.” Okay, before I get up on the soapbox, let’s move on.

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I think it’s a new record, though this scribe hardly keeps track of such things. However, a number of readers flooded my inbox with an email titled “Preparing for Memorial Day.” It was a series of cartoons that featured tributes to those brave and fallen heroes that we honor this weekend. The first shows a man wearing sunglasses on a beautiful day, bending over his barbecue saying, “Hot dogs, bratwurst, hamburgers, is there anything I forgot?” A cloud hovers above with the figures of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen and women...


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