Commemorative Events

I’m sure most citizens of these great United States have no idea how many commemorative days and months have been legislated at the local, state, and federal level. Everyone is familiar with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day and the like. And most of you are aware of month-long celebrations like Black History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Jewish-American Heritage Month along with others. You might think there would maybe be a few more, but you would be wrong, as in way wrong.

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Winter Olympic Events

Let’s tackle the hard question. Of all the events going on in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, how many do any of us really relate to? I say few to none. For example, what about the many varieties of ski jumping where the participants are flying through the air, twisting around like corkscrews, and landing on a crazy downhill slope so steep they could never walk up it? Or skeleton racing where competitors lie on sleds so small their heads stick out in front, hurling down an ice-packed track at ninety miles-an-hour. Or cross-country skiing where contestants frequently collapse at the end due to complete exhaustion. Nobody I know identifies with any of these. So why don’t Olympic leaders start migrating toward activities we all understand, and millions actually participate in each winter?

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Falling Down and Rusting Away

The last time you went for a drive in the country, did you happen to notice the number of things that had been abandoned? Houses, barns, sheds, cars, trucks, tractors, and lawn mowers, to name a few. And not just abandoned. The buildings were all slowly rotting away, leaning at odd angles, covered in kudzu and ivy, roofs collapsed, all slowly heading into a permanent horizontal position. The cars and trucks were sporting busted windows and flat tires, along with weeds and scrub bushes, and tree seedlings that now made up the passenger list on a trip to nowhere. And all the other equipment lying around, that used to have a purpose, was now rusting away in silent protest.

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Airline Retail Sales

Last week I was sitting with my wife in coach on a flight to Florida. As I was trying to read my copy of the National Enquirer cover article on Brad’s sixteenth remarriage proposal to Angelina, a flight attendant announced over the PA system, in great detail, the benefits of a new bank credit card the airline was promoting. Then, in order to book a ton of sales, she walked down the aisle with applications in hand, screeching out the same offer at every seat row. 

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Fall

The obvious question is, what’s there to like about the third season of the year? Let’s see, it’s getting noticeably darker earlier and earlier each afternoon. The temperature is declining each week. And winter is just around the corner. Oh yeah, those are all negatives. Wait, there is a positive. The color of leaves is changing. It’s so pretty as you look across the countryside and see the leaves migrating from light greens to yellows, to various reds, and all of it ending in brown.

 

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Pet Medical Cones

You’ve seen them. Those plastic radar cones around the necks of dogs and cats. Vets recommend them to prevent animals from licking or biting an area on their body that is supposed to be healing. If you don’t have a dog or cat, or have never been told to use one, when you do see a cone you probably think, “How cute and funny looking. I bet Fido or Mittens is having a grand old time with that strung around its neck.”

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