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She Does What?! (Volume 84, August-October, 2002)

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October 1, 2002


Part of my mad stint of socializing included lunch with Dawn Kiefer, “my” reporter from the Richland Observer. Her e-mail address is donkeyfur@ something or other. Get it? don keyfur? I didn’t at first. We had lunch at Café Fiesta Fé.


She told me an anecdote weeks ago that cracks me up every time I think of it.


Her dad, seventy-seven, almost deaf, likes to be apprised of what Dawn is up to at the paper. Dawn referred to him as “deaf in one ear and can’t hear out of the other.” She told him about me shortly after my article came out. She said, “Valerie puts themes in her paintings.”


Her father looked shocked and horrified and said, “She puts things in her panties ?!” *









* Only men use that word - panties - that word makes my skin crawl. I wear underwear. (Or do I ??)

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