(Jamie) And we’re back! Let’s see what Kyle and Duane Toews are up to on Plain Talk!
(Kyle Bauer) Hi. This is Kyle Bauer with Plain Talk with the one and only Duane Alan Toews. (Duane Toews) I am Duane Toews. Yes I am. (Kyle Bauer) D-A-T. DAT. (Duane) You know what’s interesting- (Kyle) That B Toews over there. (Duane) Yes, sometimes. Our middle daughter, her middle name eludes me at the moment, which is really embarrassing. (Kyle) We won’t tell her. (Duane) It’s Dawn. (Kyle) Okay. (Duane) For the longest time she was nearly in high school before she figured out that we weren’t being cruel. We spelled it D-A-W-N like any young lady would do or most. She thought she was named after a man and so she was embarrassed by her middle name. (Kyle) Dawn. (Duane) She thought- (Kyle) Donald. (Duane) Yes. That was a friend of ours that lives up in Washington DC. (Kyle) Well my middle name is Charles and I- (Duane) There are not many women that confuse Charles with being a man or a woman’s name. (Kyle) No. Except that that was awfully long and when I was in my lower grades, let’s say sixth grade, I went to write my middle name. No it was lower than that, it was like first grade. I went to write my middle name. Well Charles was long and I knew Chuck was short for Charles and so- (Duane) You took it upon yourself. (Kyle) Yes, exactly. I asked the teacher how do you write Chuck and so she showed me how to write Chuck and so for a while I wrote my name Kyle Chuck Bauer. I don’t really remember when I was put straight on the deal but somewhere along the line I got it. (Duane) You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to survive those early grades in school. Like myself for instance, I chose to find a friend that could tie the little wooden shoe with the shoestrings. (Kyle) Wooden shoe? (Duane) We had a little wooden shoe that sort of had wooden pieces. (Kyle) I thought you were from a Dutch community, wooden shoes. (Duane) No. It had wooden pieces- (Kyle) Yes until you learn to tie your shoe. (Duane) They were stitched together and then there were strings on the front to tie the shoe. (Kyle) You got graded on this? (Duane) Well you had to do that in order to go on the first grade. I grew up on a farm. I either wore A, boots or B, nothing. I didn’t know how to tie a shoe when I was in kindergarten. (Kyle) You didn’t need to. (Duane) Fortunately for me I always opted to volunteer to tie the shoe when the teacher was headed down to the cafeteria to get milk for snacks. (Kyle) How did you get this other person to tie the shoe? Did you pay him? (Duane) I really don’t know. (Kyle) You didn’t bully him, right? (Duane) No. I was little. (Kyle) Yes. That’s why they call you Shorty. (Duane) Yes. (Kyle Bauer) You’re six-foot tall and they call you Shorty. (Duane) I was just a little sprout at that point. I couldn’t have bullied a, I don’t know. (Kyle) You had to somehow talk him into it, probably pay him big bucks. (Duane) I talked somebody to try and tie, probably a nickel on the playground. (Kyle) He was probably earning his living tying shoes. (Duane) I don’t know. (Kyle) I don’t remember that, I don’t remember. I think I learned to tie my shoe in school too but we weren’t as advanced as you were. We didn’t have a wooden shoe. I think you couldn’t go to recess- (Duane) Unless your shoes were tied? (Kyle) Well okay, I know in gym whenever we went, that was it, whenever we went to gym or to recess when the weather was bad we went and played in the gym. We had special shoes for the gym. (Duane) Because you didn’t want to scar up the floor. (Kyle) Right, exactly right. You couldn’t go to recess unless you could tie your shoe. There was some motivation for you. (Duane) In my case I sure hope snack was right before recess.
(Jamie) Thanks for joining us. I’m your host Jamie Bloom and I hope you enjoyed today’s show. See you next week on Farm Factor – we’re here every Tuesday on AGam in Kansas.