Monday, August 24, 2015


A FEW DAYS AGO, ON A NATIONAL NEWS SHOW, one of their lead ins for an upcoming hour was this;  Should it be OK for men to wear shorts to work? I have to admit upfront that I don't know what they came up with, because I had watched the show for an hour and that is about all I can stand of their silliness and their love affair with all things Hollywood. And certain politicians. They get so carried away with things like Bruce Jenner and what he did and things like that, that if a maggot was watching it would gag. I don't gag, cause I just turn the TV off. or maybe change the channel to something more sensible.  But, to get back to the question in the heading, would you wear them? Shorts, that is. To work.  Or to play.  Well, I will step on a few toes.
I will say up front, I have never worn shorts any where. At least not since I was old enough to make a decision about what I would wear. If I wore them before that, I don;t remember doing so. And I will not wear them in the future.  I just won't.  Why?  Well, I just would feel naked doing so.
Now, I will say this, and this will make some of those mentioned toes hurt. I know I have sons, grandsons and grandsons in law who wear shorts. At least to play in. Probably not to work, as far as I know. Now, I want to say this.  Hold you beating until you finish reading and then pound away. I can take it, I have pants on.  
I have seen both men and women wearing shorts.  I can say this. I have seen hardly any men who look Ok in shorts and not a lot of women either.  Some women just should not wear shorts. And no men.  Now, having said that, I am talking about shorts that are above the knee. Way above. I have seen a lot, I repeat, a lot, of women who wear shorts at or below the knee that look good. And they usually have shorts on that are tailored to their body.  I will admit here that there are a few men who are in good physical shape who look OK in shorts below the knee. Out on the golf course. But, well, I guess it is just a phobia of mine that men should just be dressed. In long pants. 
Did any one who may actually read this drivel watch the show that talked about this. If you were able to get through all their silliness, what did they say about men wearing shorts to work.  Probably were in favor of it.  But then,  THAT'S JUST THE OPINION FROM THE DITCH BANK

Monday, August 10, 2015


DO YOU WATCH THE CLOCK?  Or the calendar?  Or check your cell phone or computer often? Or watch sand falling through an hour glass?  How do you tell time.  Or do you?  Every day has the same amount of time. 24 hours.  You may lose some time, or even gain some if you fly across a time zone. Or live in New Mexico or Arizona on the state line.  So what does this commentary have to do with any thing?  Actually, nothing.  Just a commentary to peak your interest.  Or did you even make it this far?  But, the post is about time.  or the use of time.
I am guessing that most of you are aware that school has started, or is on the verge of doing so. And I also suppose that this awareness  is viewed with mixed emotions.  Mixed in the sense that some of us are looking forward to that and some of us are not, and some of us don't even really care.
But, if you have been watching the news the last few days, you will have noticed that many people are saying that school starts too early, and kids, especially teenagers, need to sleep later and start school later.  THEY JUST NEED MORE SLEEP, FOLKS.
Well, duh.  Refer to the third line above.  There is 24 hours in a day. From midnight to midnight, or 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. or whatever time you want to start from.  So, if your teenager needs more time to sleep, SEND HIM OR HER TO BED EARLIER. Take the TV and computer out of the bedroom. Turn off the cell phone.  If they need an alarm, get a clock with an alarm on it.
One lady on the news was complaining that she had to get up by 5:45 in order to get her kids up and ready in time for school.  Well, golly darn, lady, you should be up by then any way. In 15 minutes it will be mid morning.  I can assure you that late night TV is not essential to the betterment of your family.  Send the kids to bed early and get them up early.  If they have homework, do it as soon as they get home from school, which, I understand, is early afternoon. Get that done, then participate in after school activities. and then to bed. A good bed time would be 9 p.m. in my opinion, but I will concede 10 for some older ones.  Young ones, preschool, ( or is there such a thing now?) or early elementary school should be in bed by 8 p.m.  Talking of preschool. When do they start school now?  On their 1st birthday?  Well, if you think I am just out of it, you are right.  See my previous post.  AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK

Saturday, August 1, 2015


I'VE SEEN A LOT OF THEM OVER THE YEARS. Never thought I would be one of them, though. I used to look at them and just shake my head and think, "Come on, it can't be that bad". Now, in my dotage, I realize I am becoming one of them. More and more every day.  I just have to shake my head and wonder, Why do they think the neighbors like to hear their cars and motorcycles with no mufflers on them.  Or why do they think we like to hear what they call music floating through the air from blocks far away, not to mention next door. Or why do they think we like to hear their kids hollering and screaming at the top of their lungs and calling it fun.  Yep, I am becoming one of them, and getting there fast. Sometimes I seem to be on a slippery slope heading there.  And just what is it I am becoming? you ask. Or not.  Well, whether you ask or not, I will tell you.  I am fast becoming a CURMUDGEON.    And what's more, I am proud of it.  I am getting more like George, the neighbor in Dennis the Menace every day.  And I don't really care.