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Barry Schrader


I wrote a column for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for 8 years starting in December 2007 and running until November 2015. Then I returned to column writing in August 2016, all of them archived here.


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Amazing how many people we see in a day

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................Sept 29, 2016

How many people do we come in contact with during a normal week day. I thought about that as I was watching Hillary Clinton walk onstage Monday night in a red pantsuit while Donald Trump made his entrance in a dark blue suit and bright blue tie. Red versus blue!

So to make the next 90 minutes of TV watching productive I composed a list of people I talked with Monday. First of all I must mention my wife Kay as we spent more time together than either of us did elsewhere.

Going out to breakfast at the Lincoln Inn I saw my some of my usual Monday morning companions: Jerry Smith, Peter Lawes, Gordon Melms, Jeff Perry, Jack Goodrich, Don Schoo and a newcomer Jim Hovis. Lincoln Inn owner Bill McMahon

These two postmen, Joe and Steve, often greet me by name as I pick up mail at the DeKalb Post Office. (Barry Schrader photos)

greeted us but our two longtime waitresses Eileen and Joanne were not there. Later Bill had to call to tell me I left my credit card, for which I was grateful.

Next I returned to Oak Crest for our three-times-a-week exercise program, met by the NIU faculty coordinator Dave Benner. Kay and I spent the next hour working out with NIU students Grant and Katie.

Next was a trip to Office Max where I saw Keith Hernandez who works there and is also a freelancer for the Daily Chronicle. We talked about our most recent published articles. Following that I drove to the Country Store, operated by volunteers to benefit Family Service Agency. Two workers there had also volunteered at the Oak Crest crafts fair this weekend, but I didn’t get their names.

More stops included the DeKalb Post Office where I usually see Joe and Steve behind the counter, but not today, and Sycamore to deliver some printed material to Rick Amato and John Wett. Then it was back to DeKalb for lunch at Bea’s Wok N Roll where Bea is helping me with a diet to try and lose16 pounds. She served me half the normal portion and sent the other half home for me to use for a second meal. Then after a stop at the bank I returned home for an hour’s nap so I could stay awake through the debate.

After some tasks at home Kay and I went to dine at Oak Crest where our table companions were David and Barbara Samulowitz. Following that I made a stop at the health center to chat with Stan Trail and his daughter Candace, who is visiting from Texas. Along the way we greeted a half dozen other residents before returning to our duplex.

I won’t detail the 27 email contacts I made or the five phone calls, but keeping count for the first time it amazed me to find out I crossed paths with 20 people in just one day of the week. Make a list yourself on an average day and you may be just as surprised how many interactions you experienced.

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