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3 j u l y 2 0 2 2 I'll admit, I can be a little OCD sometimes. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I have a modicum of superstition as well. I've come by this the hard way. I try to be nonchalant with my kids and I also try to not put this on anyone else, but still... I often think of "Murphy's Law" ("If anything can go wrong, it will") which (according to Wikipedia) was born at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949 at North Base. It was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981, (a project) designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash. When someone asks me how my family's doing, I now answer "Great – for today – knock on wood!" Does that sound a little paranoid? Perhaps, but I've learned to say this from experience. Here are some of my additions to Murphy's Law – I'll call 'em Flynn's Law(s): • When you have young kids, anything in the house that is breakable will be broken. • For that matter, if your house is a mess, you'll soon find yourself with unexpected guests. • If you don't review the deadline multiple times, you'll miss it. • If you don't take advantage of the extra-credit option when you can, you'll find you need that extra .001 advantage later on. • You can do most of the work on a project successfully, but then be tripped up at the end by a small thing like getting a signature. Details matter. • When you just want things to stay the same, they will change. • When you want things to change, unless you take action, they will stay the same. • If you leave your valuables out in the open, they will be stolen. As my Grandmother said many times: never put temptation in front of others. • Get your car serviced before a long car trip or, the next thing you know, you'll find yourself in a little mechanic's shop in the middle of nowhere, hearing that you'll need new parts for your cute little car. It could take at least a week or two. (But you like this part of Georgia/North Carolina/ Vermont/New York State, right?) • If you are on the first or last day of your vacation, one member of your family (or perhaps you) will wind up in the Emergency Room and/or need antibiotics. This has happened to our family at least three times, same hospital, once during the pandemic – unrelated to Covid. • When your husband winds up spending a week in the OBX Hospital with you by his side, once you get past the life-threatening part, you'll be wishing (much less importantly) that you had packed some extra "normal" clothes. Doing so for future trips will also ensure that he doesn't wind up in emergency surgery again (but you might be getting some stitches). I don't make the rules – this is just how it works, lol. I could probably come up with fifteen more of these, but you get the idea. On a different note, I had the song, "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman going through my mind the entire time I was working on the cover of this issue – check it out! Meanwhile, I hope you all have a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Fourth of July! -Julie Flynn DAYS TO KEEP IN MIND July 1 to July 3, 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg July 2, 1964: The Civil Rights Act passed Saturday July 2 World UFO Day Monday July 4 Independence Day Thursday July 7 World Chocolate Day (!) Saturday July 9 Eid al-Adha Monday July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day Tuesday July 19 Seneca Falls Convention Wednesday July 20 International Chess Day Wednesday July 27 National Disability Independence Day July 28, 1914: World War I began July 29, 1958: National Aeronautics and Space Act (NASA) founded Carol Beder's

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