From the Editor

One of the most useful services provided by community newspapers-aside from keeping you informed about local news, neighbors, and activities you'd otherwise never learn about on the radio, T.V., or the Internet-are classified ads.

Ok, call me an old-fashioned print kind of guy, but I prefer newspaper classifieds to Craig's List or similar trendy, electronic fair that lack the integrity of a known entity-local people behind your community newspaper. I speak from experience. I've purchased everything from a used home computer to a new pet cat perusing the classifieds in our newspaper with no regrets.

Sometimes classified ads are fun to read, too, even if you don't need to rent an apartment, find a job, or buy a used pickup truck. In their own way, classified ads are news: You learn about what's new, what's old, and maybe what's hot in the local backyard marketplace.

My friend Dhanyam, an enlightened soul who has spent time meditating about life, also enjoys a good laugh whenever possible. Dhanyam alerted me to some funny classifieds he has come across. Here are a few choice classfieds. Yes, they are real McCoys.

•Free Puppies: Mother is a Kennel Club-registered German Shepard. Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound...

•Cows, Calves: Never Bred. Also 1 gay bull for sale...

•Wedding Dress For Sale. Worn once by mistake. Call Stephanie...

•Moving to Cypress Cove Nudist RV Park. Must sell washer and dryer. $100...

•For Sale By Owner: Complete set of 1999 edition, leatherbound Encyclopedia Britannica, 45 volumes. Excellent condition. $200 or best offer. No longer needed, got married, wife knows everything... •Free Puppies: 1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor's dog. Call...

So, even if you aren't in the market for a certain tchotchke at the moment, there's always the entertainment factor of reading the local classfieds. Humor appears in the darndest places, to paraphrase Art Linkletter.

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