Random Thoughts while Driving in Waco

By Jack Smith

Do you get tired of the TV commercials for MyPillow?

I do. I would like to smother Mike Lindell with my pillow, which isn’t a MyPillow. A consumer tip: if you are thinking about buying one, you should read the reviews or the Better Business Bureau information.

You frequently hear emcees or show hosts say, “And now, without further ado…” What is “ado”? My Merriam-Webster says that ado means “heightened concern” or “time-wasting bother over trivial details.” It is possible that this column is ado, or is it just much ado about nothing?

There has probably been more news about the president and the FBI and various investigations than we care to keep up with. But it is fascinating to me that the FBI couple, who were having an affair, texted each other more than 5,000 times in a few months. I don’t know how they had time for lunch, much less an affair.

Did you hear that Toys R Us (I would make that “R” backward if I knew how) is closing 180 stores in the U.S. Why is this? Obviously from a downturn in sales, but why is that? If you have young children or grandchildren, you know why. Kids don’t need toys, they have iPads and Xboxes where they can sit and play games for hours on end. When it comes to playing these days, screens are the means.

Thinking that kids should play more with toys and in the outdoors probably makes me an old fogey. I confess. I am an old fogey. I wonder when my generation is gone, will old fogies be gone or will there be new fogies? Or new old fogies?

I heard an interview with a guy who said that he was against picketing but didn’t know how to show it.

Texas was recently determined to be the best state in the nation for driving. The ratings were based on gas prices, rush-hour traffic congestion and road quality. Whoever made that decision probably hadn’t tried to drive through Austin or Dallas during rush hour or seen the potholes on my street. Even Waco traffic is getting to be annoying at times these days. Things must be worse everywhere else, so good for us.

What was the worst state? Hawaii. This was based on gas prices, not the view you have while driving. One of the many things I like about Waco is that the local radio stations don’t have traffic reports. Could or should that be changing? Hope not.

A friend said that she joined a support group for antisocial people, but they haven’t met yet.

There was recently an alleged girl shooter at a California middle school. (I think this later turned out to be an accident rather than an intentional shooting.) My first thought when I heard the news was about gender equity. It’s about time we had a girl shooter because girls can do anything boys can do.

Is the only good mosquito a dead mosquito? Maybe not. A Kentucky company produces sterile male mosquitoes, which probably makes for an interesting conversation about “what does your daddy do for a living?” The company plans to release 6 million sterile mosquitoes in Florida over a six-month period. (I wonder how you transport 6 million mosquitoes across country.) Anyway, the sterile mosquitoes don’t know they are sterile, and they will mate with female mosquitoes whose eggs then won’t hatch and we will have fewer and fewer mosquitoes. A good mosquito is a sterile mosquito.

IF I WERE KING: Mike Lindell would decide to stop advertising on TV without further ado.

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