Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Lori Sod I ace k, IO, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sedlacek, 2807 Muriel drive NW, hopped on the school bus Monday morning, the first day of school. Lori was headed for St. Patrick’s C atholic school, where she will be in fifth grade. It marked the first time Cedar Rapids parochial students have been transported by the public school buses.
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“When there’s nothing else available, you just have to make do,’’ was the apparent philosphy of Mrs. Rick Henely, left, Dubuque, and Mrs. Richard Henely, Algona, as they commandeered an elevator in Cedar Rapids' city hall to operate on the diaper of Mrs. Rick Henely’s son. Brad, I. The procedure took place following the Kirkwood Community college commencement exercises Saturday morning. Brad indicated in picture he could do without the publicity.
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Knights and Shriners Cooperate
Shriners and Knights of Columbus cooperated Saturday in a fund raising program Thirty-second street NK, was a little shy, but interested in ( asper, a Shrine clown, as he for the mentally retarded, at K mart east. At left, Henry Kopernik of the Knights hand- blew a long balloon into a circle. All proceeds of the weekend K G. project will be donated out candy to people approaching the store. A donation was appreciated, but not nee- ed to aid the mentally retarded, essary. At right, Bobbi Jo Alff, 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Alff, 712
President Ford smiled as he pointed at the newsmen who were covering him Sunday. The President was attending a party at the home of Ronald Nessen, an NBG Washington correspondent, for news media and staff members who traveled with Ford as vice-president. A White House spokesman said NesstMi had requested no coverage of the party be permitted This photograph was made from the backyard of one of Nessen’s neighbors.
Hanging on is the object of the game in the greased pig contest at the Wood county fair in Bowling Green, Ohio. One girl grits her teeth as she tries to keep her grip on the greased porker.
The Base Pool Bid Does Not Include W ater, Diving Board
By Art Buchwald
As part of my war on poverty, I decided to install a swimming pool in a new house I bought. I didn’t realize how complicated the purchase of a swimming pool can be. Next to used-car dealers, swimming pool salesmen are the most sincere of all businessmen, and one tends to believe everything they tell you.
I interviewed a swimming pool salesman, and you can’t imagine what an education'it was.
After looking over the property he said, “I can put in a pool — complete — for $8,400.”
“That includes everything?” I asked.
“Of course. That’s my price—complete.”
“Well, it is a little high,” I said, “but perhaps I can make it. I d like a rectangular pool.”
“A rectangular pool? I wish you had told me that before. That’s $000 extra. You see, it’s very difficult to dig a rectangle in the ground.”
“That brings it up to $9,000,” I said.
“Yes, but that will be complete with everything. Now I’d like to ask you a few questions.” buchwald
“Did you plan on putting water in the pool?" he asked.
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“I thought it would be fun.”
I hat will be an extra $450. You set*, if we put water in the pool, we have to get a permit from the District of Columbia and that takes a great deal of time.”
I knew I shouldn’t have asked for water,” I said “Did you want concrete in the pool?”
“I think so. Why do you ask?”
“Well, the pool gets so muddy otherwise. The concrete will lie $.150 extra
' Now what about the steps to get out of the pool?”
"Couldn’t the people just climb over the side?” I inquired “They could, but that would mean we d have to build coping around the pool. The steps cost $200, the coping $550 ”
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“You’d better give us steps.”
“What had you planned to put around the pool?” he asked I don’t know. What do you put around a pool?"
“We could give you a concrete walk for $870 ”
It sounds like you’re losing money on the job,” I said “That’s our problem,” he replied “Did you plan on a diving board?"
“Sure, why not?”
“That will Im* $1,000,” he said
A thousand dollars for a diving board?" I asked incredulously. M
“Not just for a diving board,” he said, “lf you’re going to have a diving board, you’ll need a deep water The price I gave you was for a shallow pool. I thought you understood that Why don’t you get anything I say straight?”
• I’m sorry,” I apologized. “Will you ever forgive me’”
He wrote down $1,000 in his notebook “Just this once But let s have no more haggling ”
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