When calling a business or medical facility and getting their recorded greeting, just once Iâ€™d like to hear, â€œNo need to listen carefully, as our menu options have not changed for a long time.â€Â *Â Â Is it wrong to teach our young sons to just go to the bathroom in the backyard while they are playing out there (#1, that is)? After all, arenâ€™t we supposed to conserve water?Â Â *Â Â Say what you want about Newt Gingrich, but I admire the way he challenges news hosts when they ask him questions slanted to create controversy. He fires right back at them with intensity, calling them out on their dumb questions. You donâ€™t hear any of the other candidates showing that kind of spunk. Not sure whom Iâ€™m voting for, but I find Newtâ€™s response refreshing.Â *Â Â March Madness is in full swing and if you really think about it, in the scheme of life, what is so important about one group of college students beating another in a game?Â At the same time as you watch these athletes who have worked so hard, their fans and families agonizing or rejoicing over every aspect of the game, you realize it is important to an awful lot of people, including me. I often ask myself (or my wife asks me) why I get upset when my team loses? Well, I was struck recently when the camera was on the mom of a player whose team had just lost and she had tears streaming down her face because her heart broke for her son. Thatâ€™s when you realize how important these games are.
Recent headlines catching my attention, along with opinionated Rantsâ€¦
Area has â€œcool, raw weekendâ€:Â Iâ€™ll say it was raw, especially when Iâ€™m ankle deep in cold, wind-driven rain, trying to unplug overwhelmed drains in the backyard as the water is about to seep into the house!
â€œ21 Jump Street leaps to number 1â€: I guess we really are in need of entertaining distractions if this movie is number one!
â€œObama should increase domestic oil productionâ€: Ya think?
â€œ2012 brings new direction to Senior Centerâ€: A wonderful and worthwhile organization!
â€œKudos to Man, Woman of the Year nomineesâ€: If I live to be 85 years old I sure hope Iâ€™m as sharp and have as much energy as last yearâ€™s Man of the Year â€“ Harry Bell. He still drives his 40-foot RV around the country, flies his own plane and is involved in civic and charitable organizations. You go, Harry!
â€œVin Scully cuts back on 2012 broadcasting scheduleâ€:Â Vinny, what ever you want to do is fine with me, as long as you keep doing some of the games. My first memory of him was when I was very young in Tucson and my grandfather would sit and listen to Dodger games most every night. Again, another amazing 80-something still going strong!
â€œPeyton picks Broncosâ€: Oh well, another disappointment for me and my Arizona Cardinals.
Favorite jokes of the week:
Because Iâ€™m a man, I do not want to visit your mother, or have your mother visit us, or talk to her when she calls, or think about her any more than I have to. Whatever you get her for motherâ€™s day is fine with me, I donâ€™t need to see it. But, donâ€™t forget to buy something for my mother too.
Can an atheist get insurance against acts of God?
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman where the selfâ€“help section was. She said, â€œIf I told you, it would defeat the purpose.â€
Favorite quotes I ran across this week:
â€œHave you ever noticed that anybody going slower than you is an idiot, anyone going faster is a maniac?â€Â (George Carlin)
â€œIâ€™m not young enough to know everything yet.â€ (Oscar Wilde)
â€œLife is risky, sometimes you can die from it.â€ (unknown)
â€œIâ€™m not afraid to die, I just donâ€™t want to be there when it happens.â€ (Woody Allen)
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