Jill's Journal: One yard forward, one yard backwards

Jill Meier, Journal editor
The desk in my office is a beast. In fact, all of the desks at the Journal office are beasts.
They can’t be moved – even an inch. I’ve tried. Several times. And I’ve been defeated. Several times. 
Together, the all-female staff and I have tried. Several times. And as you may expect, we’ve been defeated. Several times.
In recent weeks, I’ve lost two pieces of artwork to the narrow tunnel that exists between the desk and the wall it sits against. As you would expect, I’ve made multiple attempts to retrieve these two pieces of artwork from the “tunnel of no recovery.”
And last week, I was fortunate to retrieve one of the two pieces of the lost artwork with the aid of the yardstick I scavenged from home. I also scored an ink pen that I surely wasn’t missing.
Both items gave me a sense of achievement. Although not a life-changing achievement, I gained a sense of pride that my “sometimes challenged mechanical mind” actually worked.
Then I lost the yardstick to the “tunnel of no recovery.” For whatever reason, I dropped it. Don’t ask me how or why. I wish I knew.
That, of course, now leaves me with one piece of missing artwork and an absent yardstick.
Not ready to throw in the towel just yet, I remembered another yardstick that I had propped up against the wall in my garage. It’s been sitting there idle since I placed it there years ago after an estimated foot of the 3-foot stick broke off.
But don’t ask me how or why. I don’t remember. 
As I wrap up this week’s installment of “Jill’s Journal,” the condensed yardstick is propped up against a wall in my office. I haven’t been “brave” enough to go fishing in the “tunnel of no recovery” just yet. But if you’re keeping score, the “tunnel of no recovery” is winning this war by a yardstick – and a piece of artwork.
The Bachelorette & Brandon’s own Dale Moss
If you’re a fan of ABC TV’s “Bachelorette” series, I hope you tuned into the show Tuesday night. If you did, you likely spied a familiar face, Brandon native, Dale Moss, 32, who is one of the men vying for the heart of bachelorette, Clare Crawley. 
Rumors swirled earlier this year that Moss captured the heart of Crawley, 39, who has an extensive history with the television series. 
We’ll keep you updated each week on Moss’ quest to be the last man standing – or in this instance – the last man to get down on bended knee with ring in hand!


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