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Opinions

What’s so funny about that?

Foot For Thought

I find myself watching more television lately than I have in the past. Not that I’ve become addicted to certain programs and hate to miss them, but because I’m getting older and find I need to just sit and relax once in a while during the day. The TV set is there, so I grab the remote and flip through the channels to see if there’s anything interesting going on. I’ve never been good at remembering on which channel or at what time certain programs appear, so it’s always a hit or miss matter when it comes to what I end up watching.

The worst thing about March

Food For Thought

My mother used to remind us, if we couldn’t say something nice about someone or about a situation, then we shouldn’t say anything at all. That little warning had a dual effect. We usually searched our minds for some relatively benign trait we could point out without too much guilt, and it kept us from tattling or otherwise airing our silly childhood squabbles in public. It also had the side-benefit of giving Mother the reputation of having raised four “nice” daughters.

The dental diet

Walkin'

One of my biggest dreads is going to the dentist and it’s for good reason.

The worst thing about March

Food For Thought

My mother used to remind us, if we couldn’t say something nice about someone or about a situation, then we shouldn’t say anything at all. That little warning had a dual effect. We usually searched our minds for some relatively benign trait we could point out without too much guilt, and it kept us from tattling or otherwise airing our silly childhood squabbles in public. It also had the side-benefit of giving Mother the reputation of having raised four “nice” daughters.

The dental diet

Walkin'

One of my biggest dreads is going to the dentist and it’s for good reason.

Little green men?

Food For Thought

About this time of year, Iowa seems to be overtaken by a race of little green men– well, maybe they’re not so little, but they seem to have a definite affinity for the color green. They dress in green clothing and seek out green food and beverages. Green beer seems to be particularly appealing to them, though no one can find any documentation that supports its importance.

This is the year

Walkin'

The Cubs party last week was a huge success.
About 25 guests including my baby brother Bob and oldest brother Bruce, who flew from L.A. to get there, were on hand as we started a replay of Game 7 of the World Series. Rob (aka Gonzo) and Jerry Decker (the Decker of the Fleck and Decker drinking team with a stock car racing problem) were also on hand.
When Dexter Fowler hit his leadoff home run and we all cheered.

Help me, Grandma

Food For Thought

Most of the times my telephone rings, it turns out to be someone telling me they are returning a call, at my request, for information about a back brace. Well, I know I made no such request so I simply hang up on them. Often it is a cheerful woman from a credit card company telling me there is no problem with my account, I thank her politely and hang up. In the past, she has managed to slip in the information that this is my final opportunity to take advantage of an offer to lower my interest rate.

Increasing the vocabulary

Walkin'

Last week the Oxford English Dictionary added the following words to our lexicography:
Biatch (noun): Used as an affectionate or disparaging form of address. Cat lady (noun): An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted. Craptacular (adjective): Remarkably poor or disappointing. Drunk text (noun): A text message sent while drunk, typically one that is embarrassing or foolish.
And . . .

Autumn in February

Food For Thought

One day last month, I stepped out my door and was disoriented by smells more suited to October than to February. This was the aroma of Halloween, leaf-burning, fall picnics from my childhood. Okay, so it has been a strange winter in our little pocket of the Midwest. Little snow, mostly mild temperatures, 40 degree drops and rises of the thermometer from one day to the next. But those autumn bonfires emitting that smoky, woodsy fragrance? What was going on?

Statute problems

Walkin'

Tony dropped by the other day.
He’s about as nice of a guy as you’d ever want to meet, and funny to boot. During this last visit for example, he told an amusing story about a dog his brother adopted who came with an odd warning: the canine didn’t like Mexican men playing the guitar.

Trump’s war with the media hits home

not so much

I was listening to National Public Radio’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook last week and he was talking on air with a Donald Trump supporter.
The Trump supporter said (and I’m paraphrasing here) he was happy President Trump was taking it to “you people” in the media.
Ashbrook disagreed politely with the caller, suggesting he respected the man’s opinion but did not feel separated from other Americans because he was a journalist.
Donald Trump’s war with the media hits close to home for me.