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Steve Stewart

Let me call you sweetheart

When men in gold vests and bow ties converged on the lunchroom at West Limestone High School, teacher Patti Seibert thought, "Uh-oh."

Sure enough, the barbershop quartet from the Athens Splendor Chorus was there to sing for her on Valentine's Day.

Patti's husband, David, told Holly Hollman he was so proud of buying his wife a song and rose for the special day.

Patti, however, was in too much shock.

"She can't even remember what song they sang for her," David said.

Long-ago longings

In a diary that early Athens resident Thomas Hubbard Hobbs kept, he recorded some Valentine's Day comments.

Melanie Smith read the young man's entry in 1849: "I have the vanity to think I should have received a valentine this morning." No valentine ever came.

The object of his lament was not the lady who later became his wife.

In an earlier Feb. 14 entry, he wrote of getting a comic valentine showing a lawyer speaking. A newly trained attorney, he suspected it was the work of two longtime friends.

Pancakes for a cause

Decatur Kiwanis Club President Pat Fite wants to serve the usual 5,000-plus people at the club's 40th annual Pancake Day on Saturday.

Proceeds will support youth projects, including the Alabama Sheriffs' Youth Ranch, Patrice Stewart reports.

The club's first vice president is always Pancake Day chairman, but some members think Rick Williams tried to get out of it by hurting his arm and having surgery. In the past, Rick filled take-out plates in a leg cast, so expect to see him bossing the crews around Saturday.

Serving hours are 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Decatur High School cafeteria. Tickets are $4 at the door.

Politicians bearing arms

The job of Washington politician calls for all sorts of different skills, some having come to light only during the past weekend.

Introducing Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, during a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Huntsville on Monday, chamber governmental affairs vice chairman Joe Ritch described Shelby as "a guy you can go duck hunting with and not worry about."

By then few had missed the news about Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally wounding a companion with shotgun pellets on a weekend quail hunt in Texas. Martin Burkey reports that Joe got a laugh, including one from the senator.

"I'll try to be careful if you shoot with me," he deadpanned.

Take it for a spin

If you haven't had the joy of acquiring a newer, faster computer recently, maybe Amy Pollick of Decatur can help you understand the thrill.

"It's like getting in the car with Jeff Gordon after being on a mule for seven years," Amy says.

Send stories for You Don't Say to or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. DAILY staff members contribute many of the items you see here.

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