Letting my mind wander a little longer
January 19, 2011 - Wonder if any sports writer ever asks a referee or umpire who they favor? Sometimes it sure feels like favorites are getting calls.
Speaking of referees, the next time you see one giving the sign for loss of down, pay particular attention to the refs mouth. See if you detect a smile.
The signal is for loss of down. The ref puts both hands behind his head, mimicking a Vegas show girl.
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• Why hasn't President Obama ever gone to Israel? They are one of our stronger allies.
• Why doesn't someone comb Sally Fields' hair before she does her Boniva commercials?
• Because there is so much outside funding sources for political candidates, to whom do the winners owe their deepest allegiance and greatest obligation? To the folks back home who voted for them, or to the special interests and contributing groups from outside their districts who paid for and made possible the messages that persuaded the voters to decide the way they did? Who calls the signals?
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• Between the holidays, this was Sear's tv statement: "It's time to talk about toilet paper, quilted." Really? Why is the December 25-January 1 time period so important for that talk?
• Some time in 1953 I bought a used 16-mm movie camera and projector. I took 10 rolls of movies, about 3,300 feet, then going to slides in 1970. Before this Christmas, I had them put on a disc. A single disc. 90 minutes. The movie taking really got going right after son Jim was born in 1954. I swear the first 20 minutes of movies are of him getting a bath. It went over big this recent Christmas day, especially with our twin grandkids looking intently for confirming the boyhood.
• America has the watches. The Taliban has the time.
• I've never drawn unemployment compensation, so maybe I don't get it. But how can, as our president says, paying people not to work increase employment?
• "Seeking security will never give you the security you seek." - Almanac
• Suits are making a comeback in ladieswear. Plaid is in everything from casual campshirts to office-ready suits; olive and army green, they go with everything from purple to mustard. Military looks; jackets and double-breasted coats with brass buttons. Also from The Almanac.
• How about some proverbs to dull your day?
Fish, bite more before a storm. (something about a low pressure system.)
If there is thunder in winter, it will snow seven days later.
Silver maple leaves turn over before a storm.
When dew is on the grass, rain will ne'er come to pass.
Wind in the east, good for neither man nor beast.
Cream and milk, when they turn sour at night, often indicate that thunderstorms are about.
A year of snow, crops will grow
A ring around the moon means rain will come real soon.
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Some quick Q's:
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
If you mixed vodka with orange juice and milk of magnesia, would you get a Phillips Screwdriver?
If Superman is so smart why does he wear underpants over his trousers?
Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.