We had another fun and useful outing of the Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon on Saturday even if the festivities were a bit more somber than usual.

It's the show that invites you to call in an attempt to sell the stuff you have that still has value and is too good to throw away.  If you don't want it, somebody will.

You may be familiar with "Porky's Perspective".  Being the morning after the tragedy at Palo Duro Canyon we couldn't in good conscience make jokes about local news and make fun pokes at the city.  We felt it was in much better taste to discuss the tragedy in frank and honest terms.  They'll be plenty of times for jokes next week.

THE BIG QUESTION

Before callers give their items we attempt to ask them a poll question.  Sometimes it helps us better get to know you and other times it's a simple question of silliness.  Other times we hope it makes you think.  This week we had to know if you still use the phone books that appear on your doorstep at least once a quarter.

Personally, when I arrive at the Fortress of Solitude apartment complex and I find one of these at my door I cavalierly kick it aside.  Then when I next leave the Fortress, I carry the phone book to the dumpster and ride my life of it.  I know this isn't what we're supposed to do with phone books but unless I maintain this habit I'm quickly overrun by phone books that I neither want nor need nor use.  I've got the internet on several devices and I've found them to be a vastly easier and more accurate than a phone book.

So we posed the question to you, with the utmost curiosity to whether you used yours or not.

Do you use the phone book?

Yes 15

No 8

Honestly, we had about twice the yes votes as I expected.  I guess I'm in the minority when it comes to using phone books.

Rule #6

The incident at Palo Duro Canyon on Friday that led to the death of 21-year-old Peyton Trueblood has affected me.  Mostly as the father of a 25 year old who is studying for a future in theatrical performances, Trueblood's death hit a little close to my heart.

I spent a bit of time Friday night pondering how precious life can be and how, apparently at least one person has been risking their life for every performance of Texas as those pyrotechnics must be inventoried and readied for every performance.

It is yet further proof that you just never know what life is going to present you with.  The loss of a job, a weather disaster, or losing a child all can strike without warning and in some cases take lives with it.  It got me to thinking of a good rule.

Rule #6 Never miss an opportunity to tell the people you love that you love them.

We'll see you next Saturday for another Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon!