Random Thoughts while Driving in Waco

By Jack Smith

Jack can be reached at jwsmith2@flash.net

I‘m glad that summer is here. Now I can get some sausage.

I was looking for my whisk broom recently and wondered why it is called a “whisk” broom. What is a whisk? Well, the first thought is that a whisk is a wire kitchen appliance that you use to whisk eggs or hand beat other food items. As a verb, whisk means to move quickly or to brush or wipe off lightly. So I guess that “with a whisk of a broom, the dirt could be gone.” A whisk broom has no broomstick, so it could be called a “stickless broom,” but that might be too much of a sweeping change.

I ran across (or in my case, slowly walked across) an interesting word recently. It is “sesquipedalian.” It means “a person who is given to long words.” I think I might be an antisesquipedalian, but the word is too long.

There is a disturbing new trend in interior decorating. People (at the suggesting of decorators) are putting books backward on bookshelves. The spine, with the name of the book and usually a colorful cover, is nowhere to be seen or read. Maybe it would be faster, instead of turning each of the books around, to just turn the whole bookshelf around to face the wall.

If I saw someone’s books turned backward, I might think they are ashamed of their books and don’t want you to know what books they own. It used to be fun and interesting to see what kind of books your friends or neighbors own. You can tell a lot about people by the books they read. Not anymore. If you visit someone’s home and see their books are backward on the shelf, all you would learn about them is that they are subject to listening to some very bad decorating advice.

A friend was addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but he turned himself around.

I see frequent ads on TV for Sandals resorts and for Beaches resorts. Sandals properties seem to be exclusively for the most beautiful and sexiest young couples on earth. They can cavort and dance and lounge and swim and enjoy fine cuisine to their hearts’ content, mostly while in bikinis. Beaches resorts are for folks with kids. The same beautiful spots, but family friendly. I looked them up. They are owned by the same company. Sandals has 16 different locations including Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia and Barbados. Beaches has three locations in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos. They all look to be very nice. The price that I saw for a Beaches all-inclusive resort would be about $850 a day for a family of four. Sandals appears to be cheaper (less expensive). Looks like a wonderful vacation, but they need places for old folks also. Maybe they could call it Geezers.

Speaking of TV ads, there are so many ads for prescription drugs that it makes me want prescription drugs. Where do they come up with the names? In one hour or so, I saw ads for Linzess, Taltz, Entyvio, Xeljanz, Prolix and Trulicity. It seems you have to have an X, Y or Z in the name you make up. Seems it would be easier to give them simple names that we could remember, like Steve or Judy or Jones.

The more attention I pay to politicians, the more I think that bacteria is the only culture some folks have.

Our elected officials in Washington are getting worse and worse every day. If idiots had wings, Congress would be an airport.

IF I WERE KING: Anyone who put their books backward on a bookshelf would lose their ability to read.

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