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Hello everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read the McCarty Metro. This month marks my 25th year as your editor. Wow!!! A quarter of a century! I want to thank all who have contributed articles, advice, or make compliments to me in this endeavor. A special thanks to Jerry and Mike who contributed faithfully in every edition that has been put out. I also would like to thank my late brother DJ, who did the same while he was alive. Finally, these editions are great because of m'lady Margaret, who has helped me edit every issue that has been put out (otherwise there would be too many mistakes, errors, and maybe 1 too many potty jokes). They have helped not only in the writing of the Metro, but also for creating so many great additions that their are too many to count. I am so lucky to be able to always count on, and love all of my brothers and their significant others both in helping with the Metro, and in my life.

You can see a copy of the first paper edition from October, 1992 by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

Our NFL Pigskin Pickem Game has started. If you still want to get in, you can go to the page and make your picks this week, and every week during the season. It really is a fun way to keep the NFL games exciting to watch.

Also, we have our first Pumpkin Carving / Decorating Contest this month. Just send me a photo of your creation, and our readers will vote for the winner. I look forward to seeing what our readers can come up with.

Our Metro Las Vegas trip is scheduled for January 18-21. If interested, let us know. We always have a great time out in Sin City.

Again, I want to thank you all for stopping by and reading. I hope you enjoy the McCarty Metro as much as I enjoy bringing it to you each month. The final thought I want to leave you with is a story about love and understanding. What's not to love??? It even has puppies! I hope you enjoy...

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”

“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt.

The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

“How much?” asked the little boy…

“No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”

Here's to peace, love, and understanding. And to finding value in everything and everyone. Cheers!




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