Saturday, July 22, 2006

Oddly Enough...

I never thought much about it before; apparently I put my socks on left-right, but put my shoes on right-left. During meals, I usually eat and drink with my left hand (but not always); afterwards, when we have dessert, I eat and drink with my right hand. Sitting down, I write with my left hand, but am right-handed when writing at a blackboard.

I guess there are a lot of things we do without particularly thinking about them. My grandfather, so I understand, lit his pipe as he left work and struck the match on the same brick for 52 years or whatever it was. I get out of bed on the wall (south) side, even though the door and bathroom are on the open (north) side. Why? Because I do and I really don't have a rational answer other than it seems the right way to do it.

Like many people, I do sometimes start reading magazines from the back. That's only because the editors realized that back pages are good pages, not to be wasted on classified ads. The pieces are short, interesting and good reading if you are eating alone (or in a diner). Why do people start there? I don't know, but it's a not-uncommon practice.

What I definitely don't like is when I show a person something printed and they immediately turn it over to see what's on the other side. Now I paste it up on card stock (we have lots of leftover tickets here) and paste two of the cards together. When someone looks at what I gave them and immediately turns it over, there's just a blank side. Sometimes they will ask why I did that and I'll nicely say, "Most people want to see what's on the other side; I want you to see what I brought you."

Everybody Has A Story
Philip Waznakowski passed away recently. He was in the Army and served in the Pacific. He was present at General MacArthur's famous landing where he remarked, "I will return to the troops." It mentioned his later career as a policeman: "He was discreet with handling offenders while upholding the laws." I would assume that a good many first-timers got off with a stern warning and never became second-timers.


Anonymous mjr said...

Re: socks and shoes

I recall an episode of "All in the Family" that dealt with this topic (sort of). Archie was watching Meathead put on his socks and shoes, and noticed that he put on his left sock, then his left shoe, then his right sock, then his right shoe.


Archie: "The whole world puts on a sock and a sock and a shoe and a shoe. Why do you put on a sock and a shoe and a sock and a shoe?"

Mike: "I just do."

Archie: "What happens if halfway through, there's a fire? How are you going to get out? My way, I have a sock and a sock on, and I can run outside!"

Mike: "But what if it's raining or snowing? Your way, your feet get wet. My way, I can hop on one foot and stay dry."

And so it goes.

July 23, 2006 8:43 PM  
Blogger The Miller Man said...

Philip Waznakowski, Something drew me to Google his name this evening now 3 weeks after his death. Funny, the man who was never interested in learning about computers is now etched in virtual stone in various locations on the web, all in reference to his passing. Your mention of his obituary and in particular your assumption about his way of dealing with offenders is 100% percent accurate and harkens of a more human time. Your mention of his passing in your blog strikes me however coincidental as a glimpse of this humanity, thank you. Phil was my grandfather, my Pop-Pop.

July 31, 2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Dear Miller Man -

When I see an obituary for someone who has a story, I try to note it here at the end of the day's little essay. Somewhere there should be mention of a cop who knew just how to handle a person who didn't deserve to be arrested, but knew a talking-to was all that was needed.

May he rest in peace and be the recipient of the mercy he showed so many.

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