Get ‘away’ to Memphis

October 19, 2009 It looked like it could rain at any minute as we drove south on U.S. Highway 63 to Memphis Saturday afternoon, but that didn‘t matter. Nothing could dampen a day that involved a trip to Elvis town. Memphis is one of my favorite cities in the world to visit and I couldn’t be more fortunate that it’s only a few short hours away.

Delusions of success

October 16, 2009 How did you get where you are today?Was it skill, luck, hard work?If you’re somewhat successful, it was probably all three.But what’s it going to take to get you to the next level?Will it be more of the same? Or could some of your perceived “strengths” be holding you back?If you ask most successful people why they’ve succeeded, they’re likely to cite some of their positive character traits.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 15, 2009 Kindness notedI just wanted to commend the citizens of Batesville who travel on Harrison Street during rush hour for their kindness during these last couple years of road construction. I have been both in the line of traffic (which is probably a mile long) and merging from side streets and businesses, and have watched over and over as people consistently allow others to merge into the long line in front of them.

Leif Erikson Day observed

October 15, 2009 Two friends — a former co-worker and a current co-worker — wished me a Happy Leif Erikson Day by e-mail on Friday.Who knew such a “holiday” existed?Jon Trobaugh and Andrea Bruner did. Knowing of my interest in everything involving visitors to ancient America, they passed along the information by wishing me a happy “holiday.”Leif Erikson Day honors the first Scandinavian known to have set foot on American soil and the contribution of the Nordic peoples to the United States, according to the www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/leif-erikson-day Web site.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 14, 2009 Upset with leadersDear editor:I read the comments of Debbie Miller regarding Charter status for Batesville Schools in your October 13, 2009, issue with great interest and consternation. I was shocked that this process had gone so far without seeking public input. I don’t know whether Charter status would be good for our schools, or if it will be bad.

40 days and 40 nights

October 14, 2009 Forty days and 40 nights. I really don’t know how many days rain has fallen here, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see an ark floating by any day now.According to the weather service, our area has received about 24 inches of rain above our annual average to date. Most of that has fallen in our yard and our upstream neighbor’s yard. I’ve asked her to come get her prodigal water, but she just responds, “pass it on.” And, we do, to our neighbors downstream.I’m not sure where the buck stops in this scenario.

Driven to distraction

October 13, 2009 “It wasn’t my fault. I glanced at my text message for only a second when the car in front of me hit me.”“How could the car in front of you hit you?”“The idiot stopped to let a dog cross the street — and dented my front bumper with his rear bumper. Yet the cops wrote me up for texting while driving!”“You speak of a spate of new distracted-driver laws that are emerging across America. The problem has become so pervasive, the federal government conducted a National Distracted Drivers Summit a few weeks ago.”“A summit for distracted driving?”

Market for all that stuff

October 13, 2009 I think I continue to be surprised at the number of old TV shows that find their way into DVD boxed sets. I mean, some of them weren’t that good the first time around, and I find it hard to believe there really is a market out there now for “Alf” and “Dinosaurs.” Gary and I have a few boxed sets, from “Little House on the Prairie,” which he loathes, and my favorite, “Chuck,” to his favorites, “Two and a Half Men” and “Spin City.” And judging by the number of DVDs we have, I realize we watch way too much television.

Ring of fire

October 12, 2009 As a disclaimer, I should mention that many of the things we did “back in the day” were done before the creation of the word “stupidity” (look it up) and prior to the establishment of law & order in the territory of Arkansas.