• Tom Bechman

    Kids Say the Funniest Things at the Weirdest Times

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 28, 2013

    If you don't think a three-year old can outwit you once in a while, then you don't know many three-year olds. Even before they're out of diapers, they understand enough about what's going on to say things you only wish you had thought of. Or maybe you thought of it and didn't say it. You've got to be pretty smart to stay ahead of savvy youngsters. Graham is our three-year-old going-on-thirty grandson. He loves tractors, trucks, toy or real, big or small &ndash…

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    Drive Into Soft Ground and You Will Get Stuck!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 21, 2013

    What's that country song say? If you're going through Hell, just keep on going, maybe you'll get out before the Devil even knows you're there? It doesn't work if 'Hell' is a soft barn lot and you've got a truck without four-wheel drive. Just keep on going and you'll just get really stuck! The foot of snow around central and southern Indiana melted. After the snow came heavy rain – about 3 inches in three major events over 24 hours. I had to clean…

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    Be Ready for 'Mayhem' at Any Time

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 12, 2013

    Whoever dreamed up the little guy in the black suit that falls off roofs, through roofs, throws rocks into picture windows with a lawnmower and creates all other kinds of "mayhem," all in the name of a commercial for car insurance, ought to get a bonus. Obviously, it works. It's hard to forget Allstate Insurance and the phrase "avoid mayhem like me." Everybody has some mayhem in their life at one point or another. Sometimes we're prepared, sometimes we're…

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    No More Sappy Christmas Movies for a Whole Year!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 7, 2013

    I avoid 'chick flicks' at all costs. If I'm going to pay $8 or more for a movie ticket, I want the drama of a James Bond thriller like Skyfall, or a historical drama like Lincoln, two of the best movies I've seen in a while. Despite my aversion to sappy movies, something about Christmas drew me in to watching movies with my wife and daughters on the Hallmark Channel. For the entire month of December they run Christmas movies non-stop. Some are off the wall silly about…

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