Inappropriate Language

I did not make it to the end of the Tony awards this year so I did not hear Robert De¬†Niro’s dirty-mouthing Donald Trump, the President of the United States. When I heard about the remark and the standing ovation following, I felt sick. What De Niro did was to lower himself and all of those who stood to praise him to the level of our President who frequently uses an unacceptable style of language. I despise the language that permeates most movies these days. If you were to hang-out with me for a while, you would be frustrated in your search for any kind of what I consider profanity. To me, for the most part, crude language is unnecessary. I love our language, and I realize there is a time for all manners of language, but each choice needs to be carefully and thoughtfully chosen. I suppose I am a language purist. I do not apologize for my non-support of crude language.

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Worshipping the Sun

In my younger years, I was an avid sun worshipper. I can’t explain exactly why I was so drawn to the sun, but I certainly never thought about the negative consequences of my sun worship. When my Navy orders indicated I was to be stationed at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, I was elated. Florida meant sunshine and a good sun tan. Many times I over-stayed my time in the sun and ended up sunburned far too frequently. Six years ago, I wrote the following in my journal: While reading my journal this morning, I read about how I dreaded old age when I wouldn’t be able to get out in the sun and tan. Well, I’m old, and I have no problem whatsoever staying out of the sun. I have certainly paid the price with numerous skin cancers, fortunately none of which have been melanomas. As one ages, he changes priorities. The sad thing is that it is 2018, and I have now had three melanoma surgeries. Yes, priorities do change.

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Computer Whiz

Years ago when I was working in the Pinellas county office of education, a teacher friend and I were asked to publish a county school newsletter. I had recently taken a course in word processing on the TRS-80, the Radio Shack computer. I had always been a good typist so was thoroughly enjoying my new expertise in doing things on the computer. Our task was to publish positive news stories regarding teachers in Pinellas County. My friend had written an article about a teacher in a middle school whom I knew as Dick Labrant. In the article, she had identified the teacher as Ken Labrant. When I saw this name as I was proofreading, I told Pat that everyone knew him as Dick Labrant although his name was Kenneth Richard Labrant. At first she was reluctant to change but only because it would mean retyping. I quickly asserted my newly acquired¬†computer wisdom which included something called “global replacement.” All one had to do was to tell the computer to replace “Ken” with “Dick” and Ken Labrant would automatically become Dick Labrant, and we would then accord him the praise and recognition he so richly deserved. I typed in the command, pushed the ENTER key, and voila–Dick Labrant appeared. We went ahead and printed the newsletter and sent it out to all the schools. Almost immediately, we began to receive phone calls. My wizardry with the computer had soured. The first phone call came from the assistant principal at Kennedy Middle School where their school had been identified as Dicknedy Middle. The second call was from Dr. Judith Klikken who was on the School Board. Dr. Klikken was quite upset that she had been labeled Dr. Judith Klikdick. So much for global replacement.

 

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Weather-Watchers

No, I’m not a “weather man.” However, I do watch the weather reports scrupulously. I cheer the newer, more powerful radars touted by each TV channel as the greatest in the world. I watch the forecasters as they predict a 70% rainfall and fail to mention the next day why that forecast fell apart, leaving them with pie on their faces. Yesterday, we had one of those 70% prediction days. I went to the all-powerful Klyston 9 radar site and watched an enormous blob of heavy weather dropping southeastward and approaching the west coast of Florida where I live. I had switched off my sprinklers because of the prediction of heavy rain. I tuned into the radar site enough during the afternoon to watch that blob fade and disappear without a trace of rain at my house. Meanwhile, in Crystal River, they had flooding on Highway 19 with six inches of rain. I think I must give up my radar watching. It is affecting my ulcer.

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Eleven Cents

The Winn-Dixie at which we shop every Saturday morning gives to customers who respond to a questionnaire within 72 hours of having shopped at a store a $5.00 credit on their rewards card for the next shopping week if they purchase a minimum of $40.00 worth of groceries. My partner and I fill out the questionnaire almost every week and aim for at least the required amount. This past Saturday morning, when we shopped, we decided there were several items we didn’t need that we usually buy. We were a bit concerned whether we had reached our $40.00 goal. When the clerk announced that our bill was $39.89, we realized we had lost $5.00 by being eleven cents short. However, when we came home and checked our itemized receipt, we learned that we had been given the $5.00 credit. We paid $39.89 because the total bill had exceeded $40.00 before the $5.00 was deducted. Thank you, Winn-Dixie.

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I’ll Be There in a Jiffy

Every once in a while, I like to go back to my childhood and relive some of those memories. This morning, I’m thinking of my childhood in Clinton, South Carolina. Many would perhaps call my hometown a “redneck” community, but the inhabitants certainly did not see it that way. Life was slow before the advent of air conditioning. I remember the church fans stuck in the pew racks along with the hymn books. Things have certainly changed. Young kids today are playing computer games instead of playing in a sandbox. Sandboxes were ubiquitous during my childhood, and we kids loved it, building sand castles and asking for a few more minutes when we were called inside. Mother’s first call was almost always ignored, but the second response was usually, “We’ll be there in a jiffy.” Where in the world has that word “jiffy” gone? I think it’s now extinct, except perhaps at “Jiffy Lube.”

Jiffy Lube

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