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Opinions

The man in the trunk

Food For Thought

Melissa slammed shut the trunk of her car and got back behind the steering wheel. She was still trembling slightly. The man hadn’t been particularly threatening, nor had he been overly friendly; just business-like. With his neat beard and dark glasses he faintly resembled half a dozen men she’d seen recently. Salesmen, businessmen, faces on television– the generic nice-looking, average man, but she was pretty sure she’d never met him.

Recalling and being recalled

Food For Thought

You hear, probably more often than is comfortable, about cars, food products, medicines and other things being recalled for various reasons. I say “more than comfortable” because those recalls (sometimes weeks, months, even years after the fact) most likely are only the tip of the iceberg. There are probably many times more possible reasons for recall that never come to light.
Last summer, I had to finally give in to time and replace my 20-year-old Chevy S-10.

The notebook

Walkin'

For a good part of my career as publisher of weekly newspapers, I used a Filofax personal organizer. Besides checks and register, address book, receipts and notes, the black, five-ring notebook held a schedule of daily appointments and to do list.
Not to brag, but I was one busy dude.
During the course of a week I was completing a dozen appointments to sell advertising or conduct interviews plus another dozen chores that involved driving, labeling, mailing, ordering, paying, calling, developing, sweeping, photographing, editing, cutting, pasting and taking out the garbage.

Just wondering

Food For Thought

Remember the teenager whose defense was based on the fact that he suffered from something his attorney called “afflluenza?” In other words, he was a spoiled brat who was raised to believe he was the center of the universe and laws applied to everybody but him. How fast these things fade from the headlines when something more interesting comes along. (Not that I consider highway snipers and suicide bombers to be interesting in the usual sense of the word, but they certainly affect more people and arouse concern among a larger portion of our population.)

Off the sauce for Lent

walkin'

In the past six months, I can count the number of beers I’ve drank on one hand. Shocking, but true. I had to quit because it comes up number one on the list of things that cause gout, a painful malady I hope you never experience.
Number two is shellfish and three is animal body organs.

A kind of illiteracy?

Food For Thought

My friend Rosemary has over 50 descendants; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She’s big on family history and often entertains the younger generations with stories and photos of their ancestors. On one recent occasion, she showed them some letters written, by her mother and grandmother, in the fine Palmer method which was taught in our schools for several generations. They puzzled over the letters for some time before admitting that they couldn’t read the “strange” writing.

Leap Year

Food For Thought

Every time leap year rolls around, I think of my Aunt Opal who told me it was acceptable for a woman to propose to a man during leap year. My mother said that could only be on Feb. 29, so the opportunity arises only once every four years. My big sister insisted, if you proposed to him that day, he had no options, he had to say yes. On Feb.

Things we all agree on

Walkin'

Now that our trip to Florida is over and my marijuana growing venture dormant, I don’t have any lies to relate to you this week, so I’m going to delve into something I try to stay out of, politics. Things are so derisive nowadays, it’s important to remember things upon which we agree. I think there are three big ones for sure.

Good heavens!

Food For Thought

It has been announced that the, as yet unseen, Planet X does exist somewhere way out there past Pluto. The best information I could get is it orbits the sun every 15,000 years, which makes for a heck of a long wait between birthdays, an enormous number of pages on the calendar and tediously long winters. I was told it is somewhere around the size of Jupiter– one of our larger planets– with a diameter of roughly three-and-a-half times that of our Earth, though I don’t know how they can be sure if nobody has ever seen it.

Florida recap

Walkin'

Ten days in Florida and we returned without a tan because the weather was cold the entire time.
I did bring back some little critter, however, as evidenced by the bite marks that start on the top of my head, run down my back in a straight line, and finishing off with one on my... I think you get the picture.

Unusual friendships

Food For Thought

I caught part of a recent television program dealing with inter-species friendships in the animal kingdom. When I tuned in, they were discussing an unusual relationship between a Labrador pup and a young lion. They did a lot of racing around and playing just about the same as animal siblings do, and I thought about the kitten we had at one time. She came into a household that already had two female dogs, who got along peacefully, and she was soon adopted by the youngest (and smallest) of the two, who tended to mother her.

Alligators and chicken wings

Walkin'

On our recent trip to Florida, it was too cold to see any snakes or alligators.
As reported last year, I ran into a lot of snakes on a bike ride on the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail. It was a little later in the year and a lot warmer. Totaled, I passed two-dozen serpents on the 30-mile round trip including one extra big one that coiled and took a strike at my rear wheel as I passed. At the end of the ride I talked with a local and mentioned the last encounter.
“Did the snake have a white mouth?” he asked.
“Yes,” I replied.