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How much sense does it take to fall off a roof?
by Arnold Dyre

Two of my sisters married engineers, one a graduate of Clemson and the other of the University of Houston. Both Skip and Terry are, without question, very intelligent, and they are extremely useful to have around when per chance they visit.

Before terrorist alerts forced such items to be left behind when traveling by air, it was a safe bet that either of these two would have in possession at all times a small pocket knife equipped with enough gadgets to dismantle a refrigerator or tune an automobile. When they come to our house for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other occasion, it is always easy to get them to fix anything mechanical or electrical that does not work properly.

All I have to do is start talking about how such and such does not work right anymore and whichever engineer brother-in-law is present will come out with his little knife and go right to work. If both of them are visiting at the same time, they might even go fix stuff over at my neighbor's house.

I have yet another brother-in-law, Herman, who is not an engineer but who holds a math and science degree from Mississippi State College (his academic work having been completed well before the institution gained university status).

Despite Herman's choice of colleges, I confess that he, like the two engineers, is quite intelligent. No, I do not question their intelligence but I am puzzled about why they cannot keep from falling off roofs. All three of my smart brothers-in-law have taken multiple tumbles off roofs while repairing gutters or performing some other task that any self-respecting Ole Miss graduate would hire someone else to do!

And it is not just on account of my never having done any roof-top work that has prevented me from ever falling off the roof of my house. I went up there several times summer before last when that flock of Ole Miss Kappa Kappa Gammas were visiting next door and sunbathing in the neighbor's backyard.


Arnold Dyre writes:
"I live in Madison, Mississippi, and am a 61-year old Jackson attorney, retired from active law practice. I was born in Montgomery County and grew up in Grenada County and currently write a weekly column for The Daily Star, a newspaper in Grenada, Mississippi. My weekly columns, as well as some features for various special editions, are mostly anecdotal musings calculated to interest local readers and relate primarily to nostalgic memories of experiences growing up in a rural community called Gore Springs. I have had similar types of pieces published in The Oxford SO & SO, The Tombigbee Country Magazine, and Yesterday's Memories."

"Additionally, I write short stories and poetry, and I've also completed two legal thriller/police/crime novels for which I am currently seeking the representation of a literary agent and/or publisher."


Read more of Arnold Dyre's stories here at USADS!
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Be Suspicious of a Skinny Cook
Battle of the Sexes
Looking for the Pie

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