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Hello Metro family and friends! I hope your new year is going well, and I thank you for stopping by and catching up with our family while reading the February 2022 edition of the McCarty Metro. 

I had a great time in Las Vegas in January with my friends, my brothers, and my kids. It is always great to get together and especially spending time in Old Vegas. We donned our 70s attire, and my boys all dressed like Magnum PI. We had a great time.

I am looking forward to some trips coming up soon. A couple to Florida. One with Margaret for a wedding of a friend, and another to spend some time with my brothers. Margaret and I are also trying to work out a trip to California to join up with my son and his family at Disneyland.

February 20th would have been my mom's 95th birthday. I miss her everyday. Word on the street has it that Farmer Jack is also in heaven, so I hope she, my dad, DJ, and Jerry are enjoying their stale priced German chocolate cake and having a nice celebration on her special day together.

I would like to thank those who put in the effort over the hectic holiday season to participate in our special Christmas edition of the McCarty Metro Film Project. We received 5 great videos, and I hope you got a chance to check them out this month on our Film Project page.

Our annual Dudley Awards will not be taking place this year. I normally put a ballot out in February each year for readers to vote for their favorite parts of the McCarty Metro. Unfortunately that will not happen this year. The last couple years, we only received a handful of votes, so I don't think many of our readers are interested. Let me know if that is not the case. Either way, I am very proud of the Metro, and thank all who contribute to it.

On a side note, I do love my family and friends. That is why I am so sorry about something I said to one of them, which was not meant as mean spirited, but in jest. I do know words hurt. Sometimes, I don't think before I say things that I think is intended to be funny, but I take full responsibility for anything (the good or the bad) that comes out of my mouth, and I am very sorry. 

The final thought is a story similar to that, which I am still learning. Thank you for reading...


“There once was a boy who was occasionally frustrated and said some hurtful things to his friends. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, became frustrated, or said hurtful things, that he had to hammer a nail into the fence.

On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.

The boy gradually began to control his frustrations and saying hurtful things over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control himself than to hammer those nails into the fence.

Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper or become frustrated at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things that aren't nice, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.


Here's to always remembering to just be nice!


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