Random Thoughts While Driving in Waco

By Jack Smith

Jack can be reached at jwsmith2@flash.net

At the first of the protests over the George Floyd tragedy, I saw a group of young people protesting with their arms held up high as in a Black Power salute. But when I looked closer, I saw that their hands were held high with their phones, filming the incident before them, kind of a phone power salute. And sure enough, phones do have power these days. Documenting things that we otherwise would not have known about happens frequently.

It was odd how quickly we went from strict social distancing and small groups in public to very large protest groups without social distancing. What if the looted stores had limited the number of looters who could come in at a time?

While trying to get some information from a big box store, I was on hold for quite a while. They played their prerecorded message over and over, as you have all experienced. This message was about safety measures to take during the coronavirus scare. Among other advice, it recommended coughing or sneezing into the inside of your elbow. That was very practical advice, because coughing into the outside of your elbow could cause serious physical damage. You might have to have an MRI.

A friend said that his doctor had prescribed an MRI for him to see if he was claustrophobic.

You may have seen that two attorneys had been arrested in Brooklyn for throwing Molotov cocktails at police. Heck, in Waco we can beat that. Hold my beer. You no doubt saw that two Waco attorneys had been arrested and accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill another attorney who had previously been arrested and accused of family abuse. I wonder if in law school these three slept through Criminal Law? The most intriguing question about this is how is it that whenever someone wants to hire a hit man, they usually seem to find an undercover cop? How do you get in touch with a hit man (or being politically correct, a hit person)? Yellow pages? Classifieds? Ask your attorney? Do undercover cops advertise? However it happens, it’s a good thing, and may justice prevail.

What’s the difference in justice and poetic justice? Poetic justice is defined as an outcome in which virtue is rewarded and evil punished, often in an especially appropriate or ironic manner. For example, it was poetic justice for the known thief to go to jail for the one crime he didn’t commit. Maybe it would be poetic justice if the jurors for two Waco attorneys’ trials were convicted criminals who they previously represented.

During the recent virus shutdown, I performed a kind of virtual wedding ceremony. The bride and groom were present with a couple of relatives. They hooked up a Zoom video conference with the bride and groom’s parents and other relatives, mostly in Houston. Other than the fact that it took forever to get everyone together at the same time, it worked very well.

The phrase “various and sundries” is common, but what are sundries? The dictionary defines sundries as “various items not important enough to be mentioned individually.” I guess sundries is always plural. I wonder if really bad or depressing sundries might be called “mondries.”

A friend said that she hated when she couldn’t find what she wanted at Walmart and had to go home, change clothes, brush her hair and put on makeup so she could go to Target.

IF I WERE KING: All of today’s virtual events would also be virtuous.