Things I Know

  • I am an appointed public official, not an elected one, but when my daughter was in high school, she was disturbed that one of her social studies teachers knew me because of what I do.  So, from my perspective, and in my opinion, David Letterman was out of line in his joke about Sarah Palin’s daughter, no matter which one he was talking about.    Plus he committed the cardinal sin of offensive jokes; it wasn’t funny.  Elected officials seek the spotlight, so I say make fun of them anyway you want, but leave their minor children alone.

  • Carrie Prejean is a lot more famous today than she would have been if she had won the Miss USA title earlier this year.

  • Local anesthesia is the only kind I want.  If I’m getting surgery in New York, I want the anesthesia within reach.  Having it in Chicago or Los Angeles just won’t do.

  • Developments in bankruptcy court notwithstanding, Little Anthony and the Fiats won’t be the same as Little Anthony and the Imperials.

  • I need a new doctor.  I’m old enough that when I show up in shorts, sandals, and a T-shirt, and announce I’m there for my physical for summer camp, I ought to get a laugh.  But I’ve been doing it in the same doctor’’s office for long enough that they’ve all heard it before and I don’t even get a chuckle or a snicker. 

  • Thanks to union contracts, people who work where I do get rewarded if they don’t use all of their allotted sick days and vacation time.  When they retire, they are paid for a certain number of days they didn’t use during their career.  The economy is bad, so our mayor is trying to cut back.  Good for him.  The mayor asked department heads to propose 10-percent cuts in their current year’s budgets.  I can’t.  Because of that accumulated leave, even if I fire someone, I can’t.   And, if I quit, whoever replaces me can’t either.

  • I’m not growing tomatoes this year.  It was too rainy and cool to start them early.  And the garden beds can use a rest.  So, this year, I’ll pass.

Author: Tom

I know my ABC's, I can write my name and I can count to a hundred.