Very well. I’m an idiot.
In the constant search for entertaining items to poke humor toward, lie about, write about and generally expand my base knowledge, I conducted a brief internet search for small town papers – and to find out what’s going on outside my county but within the State.
I came upon Bird City, Ks, Times.
My first problem was to shed the absolute conviction I’d never heard of Bird City. That failed. I “think” I had. Somewhere. The second problem was to FIND Bird City, Ks, on the map. That was fairly easy. Google Maps.
Maps told me that Bird City is northwest of Colby Ks, and that Colby is along the western end of I 70 (that’s out toward Denver. Which I knew). Before laughing at me, please consider that Maps also told me that Bird In Hand is in PA (PA, I believe, is somewhere east of the Mississippi River. A State with strange sounding place names).
It is located out near Bonny Lake State Wildlife Area. Anytime I see “Lake”, “Wildlife Area”, my ears wiggle. Have I ever told you about the flight instructor I had, way back when? He could wiggle his ears. Really. He could. He showed me once he could when I made the mistake of saying, during an uncertain period in trying to copy a maneuver he was demonstrating – I told him I’d get it when his ears wiggled.
Yeah. He wiggled his ears and I took him back to the airport and stopped the lesson, climbed into my Luscomb, solo and practiced that damn maneuver until I did get it. It took about two hours. The Luscomb stalled pretty quickly, one always knew when they blew rudder control.
I’m still operating on the jury rigged laptop and it will not accept an Adobe download, which the Bird City Times requires to access the archives. I am, if not intelligent, stubborn. I’m bound to bring the reader something. Anything. I searched for the town history.
I found that they have 216 males, 230 females and collectively earn about $17, 500 a year. That didn’t bring me history, but does indicate that it is a farming community, retirement or Co-Op Center, probably a little of both. Further investigation required.
Of course, I found some:
Bird City is a small town in Northwest Kansas, which was founded by Benjamin Bird in 1885. The community is centered around agriculture and has many farms surrounding it. Bird City has a small town feel with a population of about 450. The residents of Bird City are dedicated to making the community thrive and making all those who enter feel at home. The climate of Bird City is most often sunny and dry.
From the reaches,