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Spending my kids’ college fund
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 13. 2014 9:21AM
For those of you that know me, I’m sure the headline grabbed your attention.

“Kids? College fund? Huh?” you’re probably asking yourself about now.

No need to wonder too hard … I don’t have children nor a college fund for those fictitious kids I just wrote about.

Actually, that’s the line I’ve tagged my winter getaway to this year. When I’ve told folks that I’m headed back to Mexico for another week of sun, sand and water volleyball, I tell them, “This is my kids college fund.”

Let’s be honest, if I had kids on their way to college, a week in a tropical setting probably wouldn’t be in the cards for me. But since I don’t, I like to tuck a few bucks away and put it towards some time with friends on a beach somewhere in the tropics.
And with the winter we’ve been having, I’m ready to slip into a pair of flip-flops, find a beach chair and a good game of water volleyball to join in on.

It was during a recent haircut when I was reminded of the year I was “all-conference of RIU Palace.” My traveling companions, however, tend to think otherwise.

So here’s how it all went down a couple years back … As I was saying, I made a point a to play water volleyball every morning and throughout the week I learned just how big of an impression I was making among my fellow players.

Shortly after the my first volleyball game of the week, Larry, a guy with a thick southern drawl, came up and complimented me on my game play. He’d been watching from the sidelines, so I made sure to invite him to join in the next day, which he did.

The gals gave me a bit of ribbing about it all, but I could take it. After all, Larry, a guy with the thick southern drawl, said I’d played well.

A few nights later, I ran into a couple who’d played alongside me that day. They, too, told me I was a “good player.”

I, of course, smiled. My friends, well, let’s just say they weren’t as impressed.

While I know it’s probably hard to believe, but yet, before the weeks’ end, one more compliment on my water volleyball game skills came my way.

You don’t want to know how my friends reacted to that one.

Let’s just say it ended with a smile, and a pretty big one at that.
Bump, set spike and splash!
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry in February are instant oatmeal, Homestyle Bakes, Ramen noodles, pizza sauce and pizza crust mixes.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.
The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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