Thursday, January 26, 2017

Things I Think

I think that most people would just as soon have the government leave them alone. I also think that's true for most of the world's population. Our needs are fairly small: clean water, clean air, food, shelter, education for our kids, jobs, and freedom from crime. Everything beyond that is gravy. Most countries can't provide any of those things.

I think that most protests are fomented by people with hidden agendas who use the masses as their unwitting dupes.

I think that most of the world's population is of average intelligence. C students. Do you want the world's problems being solved by C students? Would you want your surgeon to be a C student? While there's nothing wrong with being average, folks shouldn't be rewarded for it. Nor penalized.

I think people confuse intelligence and education. You can't fix stupid but you can educate the ignorant.

I think that people who hate you for your religion don't really believe in a higher power. I don't think they'll ever understand anything.

God gave us twelve ten* rules to live by, His Son simplified it down to one. Get the one right and the others are easy. Priests and lawyers gave us all of the other rules and regulations. And they feel the need to make more everyday. I think that's ridiculous.

I think that fighting for peace is totally unrelated to f**king for chastity. I also think that people who make up slogans tend to oversimplify things.

Remember that old slogan "War is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things"?

Gee, ya think?

I do think that there are some things worth fighting for.

I think that government is a necessary evil as there are people in the world who will take your stuff just because they can. At least we should force them to be organized about it.

I think that the road which has been torn up for three months and then is finally paved and is now nice and smooth, will be torn up a week later to fix a leaking pipe.

I think that if you're not in a hurry, there will be no traffic along the way. I think the opposite is actually a law of nature.

I think that if you show up at the airport two hours early there will be no line going through security. This is a corollary to that bit about traffic above.

I think the guy in front of you at the red light, who keeps moving his car forward an inch at a time, will not be moving at all when the light turns green. I think that his recognition of the fact that the light has just turned green will take just long enough that the car at the end of the line won't make it through the light. That realization is directly proportional to how many cars are waiting at the light. I think that guy was probably a C student.

I think that the weather guessers try very hard to "get it right." I think that no one really believes that there is any science involved at all. (I often wonder why ugly people never get to be weather "persons" on television. Then again, I think I know the answer.)

I think that computers will gain in power and capability every year and will be cheaper than they were five years before. I think that will never happen with automobiles.

I think that flying is unnatural. I think that walking to California to visit my grandkids would be impractical. Driving there is only slightly less so.

I think that there are certain types of flying that are the most fun one can have while clothed. (Flying on a commercial airliner is not one of those types of flying.)

I think that whoever came up with the idea of selling water was a genius. But not as smart as whoever came up with the idea of selling dirt. (Of course, they don't market it as "dirt," and therein lies the genius of the thing. Every time we go somewhere The Missus Herself will see yet another place which sells dirt, I mean, gardening soil / loam / mulch. She likes to say that the "dirt business is booming." I laugh and then realize, we probably spend four hundred bucks a year on the garden. Buying dirt.)

I think that having a green lawn is a wonderful thing.

I think that mowing that green lawn is a pain in the ... (Who invented the lawn anyway? Probably some rich dude who didn't actually have to take care of it...)

I think that sports are fun and exciting as long as you don't take them too seriously.

I think that professional athletes are paid too much. I think that I wouldn't think that if I was a professional athlete.

I think that baseball is a very boring sport to watch. I think that baseball is amazingly exciting and thrilling when I compare it to watching golf. (This coming from a guy who loves watching soccer.)

I think that getting old sucks. But it beats not getting old.

I think that being young is wasted upon the young. (I'm also pretty sure I'm not the first old fart to think that.)

I think that wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. You just know more stuff.

I think the older you get the harder it is to remember things. You know a lot of stuff, you just can't remember where you put it. Think of it this way, if you have a lot of files on your computer, try finding the one you want, when you want it.

I think my mother wouldn't understand that last bit, she doesn't own a computer. I'd have to come up with a different analogy. Perhaps the number of outfits in one's closer? Nah, I'm a guy. I have two pairs of jeans, one pair of khakis, and maybe twelve shirts of different varieties. (Think polos and button down dress shirts.) Nope, my closet isn't all that cluttered. But looking at The Missus Herself's closet, yeah, my Mom would get the closet analogy.

I think I've wasted enough of your time today. Back on your heads...

What do you think?

* Thanks Bruce!


  1. I think that this was a fun post to read.

    Paul L. Quandt

  2. "I think that wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. You just know more stuff."

    "Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens"
    ~Jimi Hendrix (?)

    1. "I also think that people who make up slogans tend to oversimplify things."

      Pithy? Yes. Accurate? No.

  3. I yam what I yam, therefore I think what I think.

    I also think it's interesting that I find myself becoming impatient at the ONE traffic light in our town. C student fer sure.

    1. Cogito ergo sum.

      I think, therefore I know how to add.

      Or something...

  4. First of all, I'd like to say, and I think I speak for all of us, we're surprised that an essay by you on what you think would be so long! (Rim shot)
    Seriously, if you think flying is unnatural, just think of that old, liberal harpy that got thrown off a plane for harassing a Trump voter. (Yes, some of us think the captain should have waited until after take off to throw her out!)
    Imagine flying six hours next to that! (Worse yet, think of being married to that!!)

    Radio guy Tom Sullivan frequently tells us that government is run by C students. (Sometimes, he's being generous)

    Clearly, I wan't thinking when I began this comment, so let me close with my assertion that if Descartes had been a poet rather than a philosopher, He might have said, "I think, therefore iambic pentameter!"

    1. Radio guy Tom Sullivan is one of those to whom I can actually listen for an entire show.
      Wish he was still at KFBK instead of NYC (not that they don't still broadcast him on KFBK during the same hours he was on originally).

      Are we sure those running our government are actually C students?
      Oh... wait you mean today's C, not the C we got back in the '60s?

    2. @Proof - Any comment with a Descartes reference is a good one.

      At least I think so...

      Heh, interesting movie title: Old Liberal Harpies on a Plane.

    3. @Skip - yes, those are today's C students. The C students of yesteryear helped put men on the moon. Of course, they were supervised by A students.

    4. Old Liberal Harpies on a Plane. That's a movie too scary for even me to watch!

    5. I'm with Juvat. Old Liberal Harpies on a Plane would scare the pants off Samuel L. Jackson, too!

    6. @Skip- I met Tom briefly back when he had a local Sacramento radio show, called his show a few times. He has his head on straight. I enjoy listening to him, too. Sometimes he even retweets some of the ramblings I post on Twitter.
      ( @sullivanradio )

  5. Hmmm...we have many same thinks. How is it I'll be routing for the Falcons? Oh yeah, my brother is in Atlanta, and I hate the Pats (it is required in NJ).
    "I think that government is a necessary evil as there are people in the world who will take your stuff just because they can. At least we should force them to be organized about it." One of the better thinks.

    My son tells me I am the only person he knows that has forgotten stuff I never knew.

    1. Hahaha! "...forgotten stuff I never knew" - so it's not just me!

  6. Off Topic:

    Just read that a group of senior strippy pants ( i. e. State Department ) quit. As there are among you gathered here who have more knowledge than I about that level of (mis)government, what is your take?


  7. Went to airport on Sunday AM, was 3 hours early. Got in precheck line, done in 2 minutes. Sheesh.
    Was 3 hours early on the way back, 15 minutes in line. But only had 10 minutes between walking out of first leg and loading up for last leg!! Too close.

    Happy to be in Texas territory again!

  8. Yep, flying commercial is probably one of the least fun things to do fully clothed, and it wouldn't be any better unclothed. Vacation travel is fun, but only once you've arrived.

    1. Uh, I don't think it's called travel when you've already arrived... just sayin'

    2. @Tuna - Flying commercial might be entertaining...

      Nah, I can't think of anything that would make it more fun, clothed or unclothed.

    3. Skip does have a point. Or is that a quibble?

    4. Yes, he's quibbling over my joke.

    5. Was that a joke or a bon mot? (Now I'm quibbling...)

  9. I think I'll have another beer.

    And God gave us twelve Laws? I only remember ten; did Mel Brooks drop the other two?

    Bruce Jones

    1. Hahaha!

      No, Bruce, you are correct. I can't count.

  10. I wonder how many people et the "back o n your heads" reference.I find that I must usually explain it.

    1. This crowd has been exposed to that phrase more than once.

      At work, yeah, I need to explain it...


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