Trinkets or Treasures

Jack’s Drive-Inn in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 1958 was not anything like the fancy diners and ice cream stores we

Dad’s 172 looked something like this!

now have. It was a large added on section of a house that stuck out into a parking lot that could hold not more than four or five cars.

Jack made hamburgers, French fries and perhaps the world’s best malted milk. On a hot, muggy afternoon not far from the Missouri River there was nothing better than a malted milk at Jack’s Drive-Inn.

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I’d quit my church if…

Flipping through the channels the other day I stopped briefly to watch a tattoo-covered “artist” rap about abusing women and hating cops while he grabbed his genitals to the fast beat of loud noise pretending to be music. His appearance was disgusting, the lyrics depraved, and his music was awful, but that’s not what upset me. What activated my indignation was what was hanging around the guy’s neck – a great big gold cross. Nothing the so-called artist said or did had anything to do with the meaning of this most sacred symbol of Christianity.

Rappers and other performers are not the only people on the stage of our society who like to wear their religion as an outward ornamentation. Politicians are one group that comes to mind.

They will take on the trappings of their denomination, stand on podiums with the leaders of their church, seek the counsel of spiritual advisors, and make sure the cameras are present when going into or coming out of a house of worship. Who can forget the photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton coming out of a church on a Sunday morning with Bill holding a great big Bible?

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Garage Sale Tactics

“Garage Sale of Biblical Proportions” was the sign our neighbors (Jeff & Marie) erected to announce their garage sale last weekend. The wife and I figured this was a real can’t miss event, so we ambled over to see what goodies they had that we couldn’t live without. Fortunately, there was no treasure in their trash so we went home empty handed.

While looking over their knick-knack table (“You can have anything on the table for only 10¢ each”), and fiddling with a broken camera tripod (“Oh, I suppose I could let you have it for only five dollars”), Jeff came up to me and whispered, “Ron, do you know anyone who can use a waterbed?”

“I didn’t know people were still sleeping on them,” I mused.

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The Top Ten Excuses for NOT Talking to Your Mate Part Two

Last week I began listing the Top Ten Most Common Excuses for NOT Talking to Your Mate. Here is a brief review of  Excuses 10 – 6:

Excuse # 10: The Smartphone. A text or phone call is allowed to interrupt anything.

Excuse # 9: The job. For some, the dirty little secret is that one partner is happier at the office than at home so he or she seeks out projects to keep them at work.

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