Friday, July 21, 2006

Thoughts That Came To Mind

We're losing the Moon, at the rate of 1.5" per year. A real long time ago, it appeared a lot larger in the sky than it does now, mainly because it was a lot closer than it is now. Can you imagine the moonrise they had back then? One of these days, or eons, it just won't be with us anymore.

You can't tell me. Also known as, "I'm not going to change my mind." You're right; I can't tell you anything and that's kinda tragic. I may, or may not, be right -- but at least give me a listen with an open mind. If I'm not right, I may have a view that can help you with yours.

The law's on my side. When you have to rely on that, there's probably something wrong with your civility. I know people who have gone through their entire lives without uttering that phrase. If you have to resort to the law, then what's not on your side? Kindness?

Rules of the road. Someone told me, years ago, the wisest words about driving. "The right-of-way is something the other guy gives you; if he doesn't give it to you, then you haven't got it." I've avoided a lot of wrecks that way. Just because his light is red and mine is green doesn't mean anything.

Another rule of the road. Here's something else I picked up along the way. It, too, is filled with wisdom: "Don't argue the right-of-way with a vehicle that has more wheels than yours." I know that from driving a car in Boston, and I know it from driving a truck in Boston; it's a lot more fun driving the truck.

Toilets, use of. Mom said, "Never pass up the chance to use the toilet." Right she was; the greatest words of wisdom anyone ever uttered. You never know where the next one will be and no sadder phrase is, "I can wait." The corollary, "Go before you go."

New things & other works of the devil. I've noticed that churches, as well as people in general, distrust new thoughts. What we don't understand, is bad; churches pronounce so much as instruments of the devil. Just in the past few years, Catholics have been allowed to believe the Earth revolves around the Sun, and not the other way.


Anonymous Jennifer said...

Regarding the use of toilets, many of the reporters I know live by these words of wisdom: If you see a bathroom, use it; if you see food, eat it.

July 21, 2006 8:48 AM  
Blogger Reading Reader said...

I agree with Jennifer...except substitute "graduate students" for "reporters." In addition, your rules of the road are great! Timely, too, because Tony had a very very minor accident with the bus yesterday that almost caused a riot. The car driver got a scratch on his car (lucky for him because of his erratic driving) and refused to move his vehicle on the ramp to West Reading. Tony had 40 passengers on the bus, most from a window factory. The car driver told them what did they know as they were all spics (pardon...but a direct quote) and didn't know what it was like to drive a car. I'm surprised that the driver survived the ensuing chaos. After the police arrived, he loudly exclaimed that "this is all that's wrong with Reading. No wonder this city is @#$%." Egads. Poor Tony. All he's doin' is trying to make a livin'.

Hug a bus driver.

July 21, 2006 10:08 AM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

A "rule of the road" for pedestrians to remember:
My steel trumps your right-of-way.

July 21, 2006 2:37 PM  
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