Partly Nonsense

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JOEL KLAASSEN
I believe in trying things that may be unconventional or contrary to the way we have always done it.


I ran across one such thought on an e-mail message I saw. I’m not sure where it originated, but, in my opinion, it is worth mentioning.


What if we would bomb Afghanistan forward into the 21st Century. Not with explosive bombs, but with food, medicine and clothing, followed with tools and livestock and products to rebuild a devastated country.


Each “bomb” would have an American flag attached to it. Then we would give the Afghan refugees who have fled to the borders all of the things they would need to return home and resume a productive life there again.


If we would flood the country with enough of these things, the evil people could never confiscate all of it because the recipients would greatly outnumber them.


Think of what it would do for our economy at the same time.


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Here are a few thoughts about tipping after dining in a restaurant.


When you think about it, eating out has become as common in our society as getting up in the morning and going to work.


We do it because it’s convenient. Where else but at a restaurant could you have so many choices of things to eat and with no effort invested except for deciding what menu item to choose. No shopping, preparation or cleanup. Just enjoy.


If you analyze it carefully, it is really a bargain if your time is worth anything at all. I am not recommending closing down the kitchen at home, however.


If you’ve never tried waiting on tables, you may not realize what a demanding and thankless job it can be. And in many cases it is an entry-level job.


Hillsboro has a reputation for being very tight when it comes to tipping in restaurants. Not always, but generally.


What could be wrong with leaving a big tip? You say they have to earn it to get one. I say they already have.


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Here’s another example of unconventional thinking. Someone with a responsible position in town but who shall remain anonymous asked the following: What would a chair look like if our knees bent the other way? And why is “Philippines” spelled with a “Ph” and “Filipino” with an “F”?


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The ending of the Hillsboro-Collegiate football game Friday couldn’t have been scripted any better.


Our Trojans caused them to fumble on their possession in overtime and we needed to go only five yards to score after they were assessed an offsides penalty.


It was a great finish to a game that was in doubt only minutes earlier-which is a lesson in not doubting the outcome to begin with.

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