HORIZONS

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN SCOTT NUSS
Another month has gone by, and it seems like just yesterday that I was sitting here writing my last Horizons column.

On the other hand, it’s good that time is going by this fast because a month from now I’ll be sitting down to write my next column, and then open up the books to study for finals week-which, consequently, means the end of school and the beginning of summer.

It’d be easy for me to sit here and write another column about the NCAA tournament, but in a column like that, it’s very likely that I would offend a KU fan somewhere. Combine that with the fact that my last two columns have been sports-related, and I realize that I need to change things up a little. So that’s exactly what I did.

I was standing in line at a fast food establishment the other day when I noticed something I considered to be a little ironic.

I had noticed the six-piece chicken nugget meal had been replaced by the 10-piece meal a long time ago, but I thought it was interesting that the six-piece meal had been moved to the big kid’s menu. And people wonder why our kids are getting bigger?

Supposedly the tobacco industry is trying to warn people of the risks of tobacco. Why don’t these fast-food establishments make more of an effort to warn the public that too much fried food will cause obesity?

I think my question was justified when the next person in line, a sizable kid who couldn’t have been much more than a second grader, ordered the six-piece meal and a Diet Coke. I don’t know, something about that whole situation just didn’t make sense.

As a delayed follow-up to one of my columns a couple months ago, the world is getting closer to having a healthy-food-only restaurant. I recently was told the TGI Friday’s menu is completely “Atkin’s approved.” Take this information as you please.

In the junior college world, it’s been baseball and softball season for quite some time now. (Our baseball team played its first game in Louisiana Feb. 6).

At a recent softball game, I noticed something that I began to wonder about. A lot of people know I do my share of officiating in various athletic contests, but I had never thought about this question until that night. Why don’t baseball umpires wear the same white and black stripes that every other sport wears?

As a KSHSAA registered baseball umpire, I personally don’t see any problem with it. It would save multi-sport officials a little bit of money if they only had to buy one shirt instead of having to worry about having a navy blue, powder blue, red, black, cream, etc., shirt for summer baseball.

I should clarify, however, that I don’t have a problem with the uniform systems as they stand. I think it’d be interesting to see how a baseball or softball coach would react to an umpiring crew that showed up in black and white stripes. If anybody has a little help for me here, let me know!

Because our family has a cat, I feel that I have no choice but to respond to Bob Woelk’s column about cats from a few weeks ago (March 10).

I cannot count the number of times I have muttered select swear words to myself, hoping to curse our family cat.

I sincerely believe cats have a sixth or seventh sense, and know exactly how to tick a person off. Maybe she just considers it exploring unfamiliar territory, but it never fails that I will come home for a weekend, park my car and come back outside only to find nice muddy cat paws in a neat little trail starting in the front of my car and ending on the trunk.

What I can’t figure out is how the dad gum cat gets her paws muddy even when it hasn’t rained for a while.

I’ve come to pretty much the same conclusion as Bob. I don’t think humans stand a fighting chance in the battle against cats. Not that I’m proposing this to anybody, but I think the only ways to stop this problem are to ban cats in the city of Hillsboro or to send problem cats to obedience school-if such a school exists.

Mr. Woelk, if it’s any consolation, you’re not alone. If you find a solution to the cat problem, let me know!

The HHS teams seem to be doing all right in spring competition so far. Good luck to all the teams. Have a great April.

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