Good morning to you, dear readers. Thank you for joining our round table discussion Web site. If you’re a new reader, I am The Codger. What are your opinions on society? If you ask me, society is too concerned with meddling in private citizens’ business. Everywhere you look, people are sticking their noses where they don’t belong. Why, just the other day I opened my front door to be greeted by a pamphlet trying to get me to go to some tanning parlor. If I had been interested in that sort of service, I would have sought it out myself, thank you very much. And another thing: I am sick and tired of people sending me spam E-mails when I don’t even know who they are. And when you E-mail them back, they don’t even have the courtesy to respond!
I remember the way it used to be, when pamphleteers actually stood for something. When I was young, my mother would read to me from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” pamphlet. Well, people found out, and to say that they were unhappy about it would be an understatement: That day went down in history as the day Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. There’s nothing wrong with my memory of that day, but in case you don’t remember, Bobbie Gentry wrote a song about it:
My son Brian called me on my cellular this morning to remind me that he’s going to take me to my doctor’s appointment at 3:00 today. I told him that I was just at the doctor, but he said that this was a different doctor. He said, “Dad, did you forget about your appointment again? You’ve been forgetful lately.” And I told him that my memory is as sharp as ever, and the only reason I get forgetful is because he’s always bothering me. I’ve got the memory of a cat. Always have, always will. Then he started rambling on about how we’ll need to discuss my forgetfulness with the doctor, so when he said that, I hung up on him. He knows very well that I won’t tolerate being spoken to like that.
When WordPress.com finally gets around to sending me my check for writing for them, the first thing I’m going to do is install a security system so my son can’t just show up at my house and start criticizing me whenever the spirit moves him. I am also getting tired of the people who keep sending me spam E-mails. And when you try to E-mail them back, they never reply. It’s like they vanish straight into thin air. Yes sir, I am getting quite tired of them. I feel so much better now that I’ve got all that off my chest. Sometimes you just need to express your frustrations and you’ll feel much better. Another thing I’m getting frustrated about is the local “tanning parlor” stuffing pamphlets into my door. I don’t know if you’ve been getting them at your place, but if you are, feel free to voice your objections in the comments box. There is never any censorship here, and that’s the truth!
Until next time!