Random Musings by Rich Paschall
Often I have great thoughts, frequently while driving my car, which I mean to write down as soon as I get home. Usually, I forget. Life intervenes. They may not be ideas for an entire blog post, perhaps they are just interesting one-liners. Many have drifted away. Here are some I remember.
I noticed that cotton candy does not taste much like cotton, although I do not munch on cotton much.
I notice the White Zinfandel is actually pink.
I also noticed that buffalo do not have wings. If they did I would guess they would be quite large.
Is there any surprise who Billboard’s Holiday 100 had at the top of the Christmas song play list this year? Radio airplay, sales data and streaming activity, all measured by Nielsen, put a familiar group at the top: All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey), Rocking Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee), The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole), Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms) and of course White Christmas (Bing Crosby).
So if radio stations gave up to two months of their programming to holiday music and half of that music was religious but not Christian, do you think right-wing Republican heads would explode?
So here people who have been ticketed for running red lights and have been caught by red light cameras, condemn the city for having red light cameras and want them removed. I guess it is the same for speed cameras.
Last week we had a sleet attack of what turned out to be heavy and wet ice pellets accumulating greater than usual. You could shovel it like snow, but many did not. Some did not even bother to clean off their stairs. Now the temperature has dropped and the stuff is hard like a rock. It is a true hazard and I wonder how some of these people get up the stairs to get in and out of their houses.
Snow and ice-covered sidewalks are not only difficult for the mailman and other delivery persons, they can make the elderly and handicapped prisoners of their houses and apartments.
When I say mailman, I mean men and women letter carriers. I could see some of you were about to write gender equality speeches to me.
When I say letter carriers I mean those men and women who deliver mail and packages.
If I make a mail delivery faux pas statement, I have a cousin who is a postal worker who is glad to slap me up side of the head. I love you anyway, Milan.
I notice the Republican clown car has a few less Republicans than when it started out on its cross-country trip.
After the Republican debates, the Pulitzer Award winning news organization, Politifact, consistently finds statements by the candidates to be mostly false. This does not seem to bother supporters of these candidates.
Coal is the biggest source of energy for electricity in the United States.
Kentucky elected a Republican governor whose campaign pledges included a promise to dismantle Obamacare in the state. A lot of Kentucky citizens are angry that they are going to be losing their healthcare. You get what you vote for.
Kentucky was one of the Affordable Healthcare Act’s biggest success stories with a big drop in the uninsured. Soon Kentucky can figure out how to deal with all the people who show up at hospitals without insurance.
Let’s have a show of hands. How many think that the US Middle East policy has been a success at any point in the last 60 years? OK, that covers my lifetime.
Let’s have a show of hands. How many think that we should have no further gun regulations whatsoever in this country? OK, that looks to be just the few NRA members in the back of the room.
When the Second Amendment was enacted I think people may have been using muskets for guns. You know, single ball, one shot at a time things, not AK 47 assault weapons.
A lot of people see red when you start talking about the Second Amendment. Remember it is not a religious thing and it was not handed down by god.
Top 10 lists, entertainment articles and short stories with happy endings are much more popular than my political commentaries.
On New Year’s Eve it looked like many people were buying cheese, crackers and beef sausage rolls at the supermarket along with the usual assortment of wines, beers and champagnes.
With all those people buying wine and “Champagne” the super market should have had more checkout people over 21 years of age. “21 on check-out 3.”
French wine producers in the Champagne region hate it when others call their sparkling wines “Champagne.” You probably had sparkling wine on New Year’s Eve. Real Champagne is not cheap.
I am happy to have had another year here at SERENDIPITY to give you Sunday articles, as well as an occasional extra day. I am grateful that Marilyn is here to illustrate most of them, no matter what the topic, and often on short notice. Her readers have been gracious to my every changing topics.
When I started here two years ago I mentioned to Marilyn that some of her readers may not like the types of things I write. She said not to worry, just go for it. Thanks, I did.