The Buck Stops Here
It’s time for random thoughts and some three-dot journalism:
Santa Claus got thrown a curve by one of the youngsters who sat on his lap at the annual Winter Wonderland in downtown Louisiana the night after Thanksgiving.
Santa — who bears a striking resemblance to a certain city building inspector — said he asked the little boy what he wanted for Christmas.
“I just told you at the mall,” the young one retorted.
Santa admitted he was a bit flummoxed at first, but managed to gather himself with this reply:
“Santa sees a lot of kids and I just wanted to make sure I got it right.”
That seemed to mollify the boy and he went on his merry way.
Score one for Santa being able to think on his feet, or should I say backside.
The Internet was recently named in Time Magazine as one of the best inventions in history and I certainly agree.
It has allowed for social media to flourish, but how people handle the freedom to comment online is my major problem with the internet.
Positive criticism is one thing but the negative comments I see on the Internet drive me up the proverbial wall.
A perfect case in point was the comments left on the Press-Journal’s Facebook site from the story I filed when Pike County Deputy Jody Blaylock had a vehicle accident two days after Thanksgiving.
Blaylock was defended by many, but some chose to make fun of him, assumed he was driving too fast for conditions and even laughed.
Let me say that I was there and I saw the ice. Blaylock was not responding to a call and simply had something occur that happens to many; he hit a patch of ice on the road that caused his car to go out of control.
Blaylock is a war veteran who could easily work in another county and increase his salary. His reply to all the comments tells me he doesn’t because this is the place he loves.
Come on people, have some respect. Police officers put their lives on the line every day.
Speaking of law enforcement:
I overheard a Pike County merchant’s employee say the other day that some counterfeit money is floating around.
Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte told me he had received no reports of phony bills. However, this is the time of year that counterfeiters strike because they know a lot of holiday purchase money is going through busy tills.
Business owners, please take note.
When I called my Chicago-based niece on Thanksgiving day, she said in her normal sweet voice she was thinking about me when the Cardinals “choked during the World Series.”
You know how it goes. Most times when people say things like that, you’re too taken aback to come up with a snappy reply.
This is how I should have answered her.
“At least my team was in the World Series. When’s the last time yours was? Oh, that’s right, it was 1945, before either of us was born.”
Or, “When was the last time the Cubs won the World Series? Oh, of course, how could we remember? It was 1908 when your grandpa was still a twinkle in your great-grandpa’s eye.”
The moral is: Never pick on a wounded Cardinals fan, particularly if you wear Cub blue