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Marilyn Hagerty: 'Kung hu fat choi'

Common cold? There's nothing common about the one that landed in my throat and jumped into my nose before it crawled into my ears. You just go along. You try not to breathe on other people. But there is nothing common about the common cold. And t...

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Common cold?

There's nothing common about the one that landed in my throat and jumped into my nose before it crawled into my ears.

You just go along. You try not to breathe on other people. But there is nothing common about the common cold.

And there is no doubt that winter still is with us. The Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival, starts today. This is the Year of the Dog. The celebration, we are told, includes lighting of fire crackers and giving away money in red paper envelopes.

The traditional greeting is "Kung hu fat choi." Don't be surprised if I meet you out shopping or in a restaurant with those words of joy.

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The UND men's hoops team is at home this weekend. And it fills my heart with wonder. Where did Geno Crandall get those baby blue shoes? Are the cheerleaders made like rubber bands? They move and bend and stretch and never break.

After Saturday's 4 p.m. hoops game with Northern Arizona, there are only three more home games at The Betty. I still can't understand what that guy on the loudspeaker has been saying all year. I found out he's a nice, pleasant guy by the name of David Tack. He says he does his best as he makes all those announcements.

And I guess that's all a basketball fan could ask.

Hockey sticks, Latin

The weekend sends UND hockey fans down the interstate to Omaha. "North Dakota in the 1840s'' is the topic Sunday when Mike Jacobs talks at 2 p.m. It's part of the Myra Museum winter Entertaining History series.

Students of Latin will be racing down the slopes at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park - even though the Frosty Bobber was canceled and the earlier Greenway Ski Day race didn't work for their schedule.

Jayson Hawley, high school Latin teacher in Grand Forks, says 20 years ago Latin students started building Greco-Roman themed sleds to race in the annual event here.

This year, Latin students selected the theme of LITWAU - Latin in the World Around Us. There are sleds including giant footwear, a huge pizza box, the bed of a librocubicularist and a giant Greek yogurt cup. Those who love and study Latin are looking forward to seeing which sled will stand victorious at the bottom or the hill.

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All I can say is, long live Latin in our schools.

The plates

License plates continue to add interest to daily commutes. Seen lately: SUN FLAK, OKEDOKE, WEBLV. Also 4E EGF, T SCHNT and BRRRR.

Kathy and Tom

Cheerful people of the week: Kathy Sondrol and Tom Kriesel.

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