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Bernie Tighe The Bright Lights Trivia team has played every week since trivia started. We spent our

winnings on appetizers at Cottonwood prior to playing the fi nal game. We then came in fi rst that night so now we have another $30 to save until we return in the fall. Bernie Tighe was the captain. We had so much fun and we looked forward to Sundays at Cottonwood. The memories will last us forever! 


W. Smith If you sometimes check the acidity of

a pool or even if you studied high school chemistry, you probably are familiar with the term “litmus,” which begins as a colored powder mixture of dyes from several species of lichens. But, as implied above, it is the function

of litmus that makes it important. A litmus mixture is typically applied to paper and that litmus (paper) is one of the world’s oldest ways to test pH. A typical litmus paper strip turns red under acidic conditions, as when it

is dipped into an

acidic solution. The same type of strip would turn purple in a neutral solution and blue in a base (alkaline) solution. These litmus paper strips have other uses as well. The word litmus probably comes from



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Old Norse (litr=dye plus mosi=moss). The test was fi rst used by a Spaniard in about AD 1300. More recently we are hearing about

litmus tests in a political context. Remember the presidential primary debate in which candidates were asked to raise a hand if they didn’t believe in evolution? That

might have been a particularly simplistic approach, but it’s not the only question that some voters seem to consider so important that it’s the sole determiner in their political decision-making - in other words, single- issue politics. Other single issues for some people are abortion, gun restrictions, taxes and gay marriage. These have become, for some, litmus tests for the ballot. On the other hand, some people in all

parties avoid such litmus tests. One reason is that they believe a yes/no response on a complex issue is simplistic. In addition, they might prefer not to focus on a single issue. By the way, the concern with litmus

tests extends,

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candidates. I’ll

in some cases,


judges as well as actual to you to ponder whether

the chemical litmus tests are analogous to the political maps that show red, purple, and blue state voting patterns. Please

submit your thoughts to Or send along your own special word with some comments that shed light on it, to the same email address. 

Dear Tammy and Cheri, My family and I are getting excited for

our vacation to Peru. Being that we’ll be in a foreign place, I’m a little concerned how to safely travel with our cash since we’re going for two weeks. I know that we should use our “common sense,” but we’re just curious if you have any other creative ways you can suggest? ~Cynthia and Family, Sun Lakes, AZ Dear Cynthia and Family, Yes, carrying money on vacation is a

balancing act between safety and utility. Making money diffi cult to access deters thieves, but when it comes time to pay for something, you still want to be able to get to it without stripping off clothes or playing hide-and-seek with a bag’s hidden pockets. With that in mind, here are a few tips for carrying money safely and elegantly when you travel. Divide money in different places. Even

if you disregard all other advice about carrying money, take this tip to heart: whenever possible, divvy up your travel cash and even credit cards into multiple safe spots. If you’ve got all your money in one place, it only takes one time for a thief to totally wipe you out. You can even apply this idea when you’re out and about

by keeping some money attached to your person and some in a bag you carry. That way, if your bag gets lost or snatched, you’ll still have enough to get to a police station or back to your hotel. Favor on-body storage. Under-clothing

storage accessories have come a long way since neck pouches and money belts came onto the scene. Though those classics are still in favor, newer options include bra stashes, as well as long johns, underwear and undershirts with built-in pockets for safe storage. On-body storage accessories are particularly useful if you’re sleeping somewhere that doesn’t have a secure place for cash and other valuables. Note that on- body storage isn’t a good wallet alternative, since fi shing around under your clothes for money advertises where you’re hiding the goods; and lest you think a fanny pack is a substitute for a money belt, realize that it can actually make you more vulnerable to thievery since it marks you as a tourist. Keep small bills handy. Changing or

withdrawing large amounts of money minimizes the fees you’ll pay to get local currency, but it also means you’ll be traveling with far more cash — and larger bills — than you’d have on you at home.

— AGENTS cont. on page 41





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