Wistful List

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Listen, I don’t know why they call them ‘flights’ of stairs because I sure as heck am not doing any flying as I go up.

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If I had to describe that guy’s face in 4 words, it would be, “It’s a publicity stunt.”

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From the book of quotes, “Said No One Ever…”

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Instead of a driving test, I wish we could make everyone write an essay, using complete sentences and basic logic, about any topic of their choosing.

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Honestly, I think kids are more afraid of being sent to Mathghanistan.

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Even more important than ‘Dry Counties,’ Arkansas definitely needs some ‘Silent Counties,’ too.

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The problem with “Shark Tank” and things like it is the presumption that prevailing wisdom has much to do with future trends. Most shocking innovations came from the ether, usually at the expense of the inventor’s sanity or financial safety. It’s why I don’t listen too much to the white-haired folk as they predict what’s to come. The truly inspirational will arise from the minds of the young people, the ones so often mocked for their alleged lack of ingenuity. Throughout history, most of the triumphant discoveries have been made by those without lengthy credentials, as their predecessors scoff and hover over their shoulders.

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It’s amazing how a day can go from “incredible” to “Jason Rapert” in the blink of an eye.

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For the discerning country boy, the one who needs a quality imaging device for his workstation…

Introducing, the Lynyrd Scannyr.

Soon to be featured on “Amazon’s Most Amazing Products,” assuming you’re done groaning by then.

(Aside from my awesome invention, above, a fact that is 100% true: one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original names was “The 1%,” a name which would be the curse of death for any group attempting popularity with its target audience today.)

 

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“The shadow knows…”

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“For 8 years a black man endured scrutiny without scandal. Now it’s time for an orange one to tweet himself into retirement.” -x

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“The failure of exhorting people to do good is that almost no one recognizes fully their own capacity to do harm.” – X

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I heard Tom Cotton got to write a Foreword for Jane Chancy’s new book, “The Easy Path To Living Compassion.” It seemed like a great idea until I read what he wrote for the author: “Your problems aren’t real.” I give him points for clarity, at least.

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I don’t have the original version of this story. I once told it as part of a class and I half-expected tomatoes to pummel me. Luckily for me, no one knew for certain what “pummel” meant anymore. (Or carry whole tomatoes with them, either.)

As with the TV show “Fargo,” this story is true, with the names of the guilty changed. Let this story serve as a warning to those who feel like they should do exactly as they are told and to those in charge who limit critical thinking in service to fearful obedience.

A middle-aged man fell to his death from the 5th floor suite at a local tourist hotel. Whether he had been thrown in a fit of passionate rage or had jumped due to a lack of clean towels in his room was yet to be determined. Gravity wasn’t to blame, which meant that most likely a person was.

Captain Morelli got the supervisory call, as he was assigned the next reported death. He was known as a spit-and-polish stickler for detail, demanding that not only should every “t” be crossed, but that it be done left-to-right every time. He had been known to pull his revolver even while swearing an oath, just to be sure that everyone knew they were dealing with a serious officer.

As soon as Captain Morelli arrived on scene, he demanded that Officer Thomas and Officer Smith, the 2 patrol policemen who had answered the 911 call and arrived first, figure out exactly how the deceased fell into that position.

Just as Morelli began to shout additional directions, there was another reported death, so he had to leave the officers to do their work until the rest of the forensic team followed up.

“Figure out exactly how he fell like that!” Morelli shouted to the two cowering officers before he departed the scene, pointing in the direction of the now-outlined body on the pavement.

About 20 minutes later, Captain Morelli’s walkie-talkie began crackling: “Sir, you need to get back here to the falling death scene.”

“What now?” Morelli cursed as he jumped into his car to drive back to the hotel.

Just as he pulled up, he could see what the problem was. Officers Thomas and Smith were swinging the victim’s body back and forth up on the 5th floor. Before he had time to scream “STOP!” the officers had hurled the body across the low railing and onto the parking lot several stories below, missing the original body outline by several feet.

“What the F are you two idiots doing!” Captain Morelli screamed upward, startling the two officers who were watching the body plummet from the upper balcony.

Scared, yet knowing Morelli was going to demand answers, Officer Smith leaned over and hollered, “We couldn’t get the body to fall into position the first 3 times we did it.”

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