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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 6, 1998
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt. - William Shakespeare
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I am Ryan Hamblin, a fifteen year old young man. Here is a little thing I wrote that I would like you to please place in Wit & Wisdom, if you think appropriate:
Sometimes I hate the attitudes of people. It really aggravates me. I mean people think they are really something, when they are just so shallow and cold. It doesn't make sense to me.
What I'm talking about is that most people my age are so concerned with what is going on with other people, and follow the routine of life instead of finding their own life. I mean they don't even have fun in life. They sacrifice it to be cool with other people. I mean I know I'm not the most mature acting around people my age, but that is because they are not mature enough to have a intellectual conversation. All they can think of is where they are going, the next game or whatever. I have been known to blow older people's minds with how complex my thought patterns are for my age, or for that mater their age group.
What bothers me even more is when people my age say I am so immature. I would love to sit them down and talk about the stuff I do with grown ups. It would total blow them away. They wouldn't know what happened to them.
In conclusion, I would like to say to all of those teens following the crowd and telling the other people to get lives: "Why don't you try getting one of your own and stop trying to tell people how to live." All I am saying is for people to do what they like and don't worry about what the others think. Forget the crowd and make your own life.
I thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and I hope it may have influenced you in some way to be yourself. - Ryan Hamblin, age 15
THIS & THAT:
MIND YOUR MANORS
By Al Sicherman in Minneapolis Star- Tribune
Anybody who has read real-estate classified ads is aware that the descriptions seldom do justice to the property when you see it. There seems to be a Real- Estate Code that allows agents to translate cryptic key phrases into plain English. Here are some decoded terms:
SOPHISTICATED CITY LIVING. Next to a noisy bar.
OLD WORLD CHARM. Has some woodwork. Needs cleaning.
CONTEMPORARY FEELING. Has no woodwork. Needs cleaning.
CLOSE TO LAKES. Impossible to park on the street from April to October.
PICTURESQUE SETTING. Abandoned cars and waist-high weeds on neighboring lots.
WIDE-OPEN FLOOR PLAN. Previous owner removed supporting walls.
UPDATED KITCHEN. Sink no longer overflows.
SECURITY SYSTEM. Neighbor has dog.
NEEDS TLC. Major structural damage.
MOTIVATED SELLER. Has been on the market for 14 years.
CONVENIENT. Located on freeway entrance ramp.
MINT. Someone has spilled mouthwash on carpet.
NEUTRAL DECOR. No murals of Elvis.
MOVE-IN CONDITION. Front door missing.
COSY. No room larger than 9-by-6.
LOWER-LEVEL FAMILY ROOM. Ping-Pong table in garage.
LIGHT, OPEN SPACES. Many holes in walls.
OUTSTANDING. Sticks out like a sore thumb.
Reader's Digest, November 1993
When my son Justin was in the first grade, his class put together a cook-book for the parents. Each child was supposed to stand in front of the class and tell about a favorite food that his or her mother prepared. The teacher would then write up the recipe. When it was Justin's turn, he described how I make biscuits. "The hardest part," he announced, "is making sure you have all the paper off the can before you hit it on the counter." - Debra E. Phelps
(Reader's Digest, July 1993)
A man called Ql Nino is being plagued by telephone calls from people blaming him for the El Nino storms. Alfonso Nino, 75, a retired Navy pilot from Nipomo, California, usually hears callers out before sympathizing with them and hanging up.
"I've had more than 100 calls, most of them from people asking me why I'm causing such bad weather and wanting to know when the storms will end," said Nino. "They just want to blame somebody."
One caller told him he was responsible for problems with his daughter because she was unable to get home one night after a storm had blocked the road. "I said I was sorry, although I assured him I didn't have anything to do with it," he said. - Daily Telegraph
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