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According to the National Institute of Useless Facts On Chess and Other Nerd Things, there are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in chess. I’m still researching this as I think it’s hooey, but what I have learned for sure is that there are 5,362 possible positions (White’s second play move) or 8,902 total positions after two play moves each. There are 71,852 possible positions or 197,742 total positions after four moves. There are 809,896 possible positions or 4,897,256 total positions after 5 moves. There are 9,132,484 total positions after 6 moves. From move 7 the possible positions stabilize as chess lines end, even from move 2 some chess lines end. There are 10,921,506 total possible positions after 7 moves. So what does this conclude? It still doesn’t add up to the amount of times I need to repeat myself to my kids on any one given charge. Like turn off the lights or throw that out or get to bed or don’t pick your brother up by his sideburns or get off the roof with that umbrella.
However, we are now smack in the middle of fall and at our house that means leaf season. 2.75 months of straight-ever-loving leaf season. Man I think I hate leaf blowing more than snow blowing if it’s possible. So now that I have kids I am more than happy to “share” this seasonal treasure with them and listen to their “issues” with it. I address their concerns with the same fatherly advice I was given. “Boys, golf and bull riding being the only exception here, it’s tempting to use gloves at work to protect your little soft hands from blisters and callusing, but don’t. If you start to use them now, you’ll always be dependent on them, and that will limit your grip strength. If you don’t use them your hands will become tender for a little while, but eventually they toughen up, and any calluses eventually smooth out and whatever scars you gain are manly. And as we all know, chicks dig scars. However, if you insist on using gloves, make sure they match your purse. Now finish raking the 40 while I study these fascinating stats on chess from the ol’ Barlow barcalounger. None of this has anything to do with this month’s message. I just wanted to vent. 3 free to a good home. Mostly house broken. Anyway, fall also signals the tail-end of the Masonic year which means election of officers, Shriners Breakfast with Santa and other Masonic stuff. Happy Thanksgiving and see you in Lodge. Be Brotherly.
Cordially and Fraternally,
Joe Barlow Worshipful Master
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Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
November 13 — 7:00PM — Stated Communication – Election of Officers
November 20 — 7:00PM —Stated Communication – White Apron Night. All to wear white aprons presented to you after being raised.
The location of Forest Lodge is: 3815 Fleet Drive, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401
Shriners Breakfast with Santa: On Saturday November 30, 2019 the Breakfast with Santa will be presented commencing at 8:00am until Noon. The function address is 318 South 3rd Avenue, Wausau, WI.
Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club
Our next meeting will be November 8, 2019 at Papillions from 11:30 – 1:30. We will be asking members to vote on a new place to meet as the current venue is growing too small. At the meeting the Nominating Committee will be introducing the New Board. To Gayle we extend our Get Well wishes. Regards Barbara.
Wausau York Rite
November 12th — St Omer Commandry Tiling at 7.00 P.M.
November 21st — York Rite Tiling at 7.00 P.M.
Scottish Rite Club
Log Cabin Restaurant at 7:00 A.M. on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays each month.