Monday, July 21, 2014

Billingsley’s Bullets: I am a tad weird

From page A4 | May 23, 2014 |

It seems that I notice things that other people do not notice. Recently I concluded that most right-handed people pick their noses with their left hand and that the nostrils of right-handed people are a little wider on the right side as you look at them.

• Keeping in mind the above information — never shake the left hand of right-handed people.

• It’s election time, which is the time to be very alert about candidates and their campaign literature.

Who are the people making the largest money donations for their elections? I guess it would be hard to not vote for anything that would please your largest donators. If one individual or one company makes a huge donation to a candidate, you have to assume, unfortunately, that the candidate will feel pressured to please these generous donors.

•During elections, sometimes ruthless candidates send out deceptive “hit pieces” of literature or pamphlets that disparage their opponent. These “hit pieces” are usually full of lies or distortions. They are sent at the very end of the campaign so that their opponent does not have time to defend him/herself. If you receive any “hit piece,” it will probably be sent in the last two weeks or less of the campaign. Any candidate who sends a “hit piece” of lies or distortion should not be voted for. Can criminal charges be brought against them? I hope so.

• I have attended many candidate nights in the past, and it bothers me that one person or a small committee decides which questions from the audience will be asked of the candidates. The limiting or controlling of the audience’s questions results in dull, safe answers for the evening; and it’s tough to stay awake.

I guess it is assumed that the person or committee controlling which questions are asked is smarter or more objective than the audience?

In general, I prefer spontaneity over control. When people control the questions, they also control the answers. I recommend all questions be submitted, and let the chips fall!

• After tennis we usually have a coffee klatsch, and our conversations land on strange subjects. Recently our coffee group posed the following questions: “What would you like written on your tombstone?” The following replies were offered:

“Married five times — I feel relieved.”
“Growing old has consequences.”
“Hurray — no more taxes to pay.”
“Send my bones to my ‘ex.’”
“I’m back in the saddle again.”
“Someone pay David the 150 bucks I owe him.”
“Where is the dustpan?”
“Sinless, penniless and hopeless.”
“It’s lonely down here.”

• My tombstone contributions were as follows:

“I love magic.”
“Love begins when you get outside yourself.”
“Just be kind.”

• Someone once said something like “We choose our inner world.” While researching Eastern and Cherokee philosophy, the subject of inner peace and harmony often came up. In several different ways, it was stated that inner peace and harmony is within all of us, but we have to work to find it and to make it a part of our daily life.

Most often it was suggested to use meditation or prayer to locate peace and harmony. It was also made clear that you should not allow outside sources determine who you are. The answer is within you, not outside you.

Bob Billingsley is a columnist at the Mountain Democrat. His column appears bi-weekly. 



Bob Billingsley

Bob Billingsley writes Heard Over the Back Fence three times a week, keeping his pen on the pulse of the community. He also writes a biweekly column called Billingsley's Bullets, in which he uses “sideways” thinking to make your day a little easier to handle.


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