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The benefit garage sale was a huge success! We collected over $5,900 for our editor, Teddy Burch’s chemo treatments. Friends, family and complete strangers delivered truckloads of items for the sale. News crews from channel 4, 9 and 25 did on location reports. It was truly an event. Thank you to everyone who worked, donated or bought something at the sale.

Jaimi Aycock has returned to work freshly rested after a week’s vacation, although she claims that getting her wisdom teeth out does not constitute a vacation. “A week on the couch watching TV while slightly medicated – that sounds like a vacation to me. Can I get one of those?” asks Dave Miller, Back40 President.

If you visit the Back40 office, here’s a word of advice…do not discard anything in Peyton Hutchison’s trashcan. The trash receptacle adjacent to her desk must only accept her trash. Apparently this whole deal stems from her having to fish some lost document out of her trash after other people put stuff in her trash. “There was food stuff from other people, I got totally grossed out. I am not going through that again.”

A rented minivan, a couple from Denmark, and a two-week road trip to San Francisco and back. Is this premise for a new reality TV show? No, this is Mecca Seymour’s idea of a vacation. Our Back40 bookkeeper and her husband, Don, have been planning this trip for a year. “We stopped in Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Hollywood and Big Sur. It was a great trip for our Danish friends.”

Think before you shred! Or spend the afternoon reconstructing an important document. CFO, Sandy Miller, was somewhat careless with a valuable document and the unforgiving shredder. Sandy explains,  “On the CSI shows, it takes a few minutes to reconstruct evidence. It took me hours of sifting, rearranging and taping. It was hard work.” Not to us, Sandy.To us it was just like the CSI shows – entertaining.

There is a pickle connoisseur among us. Lathen Kamas, web designer, admits to having nearly a dozen jars of pickles in his refrigerator. “I recommend Claussen pickles for generally snacking. Good flavor, the cucumber is crisp and gives a nice crunch. For use on sandwiches, I go with hand-sliced Vlasic Zesty Dill spears. If I had to pinpoint its advantage, I would say its the extra garlic and spice that makes the difference over a regular dill chip. For hamburgers, a regular dill chip will do fine, but a real pickle lover won't settle for anything less than the Vlasic Ovals. Bigger shape, deeper ridges, thicker slices equals more crunch. Also, at sporting events, I favor the huge Moby Dill. It’s a fine pickle, but I truly believe its flavor is enhanced by watching sports.” Lathen’s confession was witnessed by several Back40 staff members at Flatire Burgers over – what else – a basket of fried pickles.

“I admit it, it’s 992 cubic centimeters of mid-life crisis.” Dave Miller, Back40 President is the proud owner of a 2007 Ducati ST3s. “It’s a sweet ride. It’s a sport touring model with side cases and a fairing. It’s the last year they are going to make that particular model. I’m glad I gave myself permission to get it – and Sandy didn’t say no. I got the bike at BMW / Ducati of Oklahoma. The staff there is awesome and Ryan was super helpful. Now I’m in ‘gear’ mode. Must buy more gear.”

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