And Away We Go

Oh good!  Another blogger with nothing to say, but determined to say it.

I’m here because of BrainRants. so I thought I would see what his first blog looked like, plus a couple of others.  Nobody had a big start, they just started publishing.  I thought that my first post should be like a mission statement, and give an idea of who I am and where I’m coming from.

I’m a 67 year-old white male from the wilds of central Southern Ontario.  I have a Mensa-level IQ, the curiosity of a magpie, and the attention span of a gnat.  I research things which can do me no good at all.  When the memory isn’t failing me, I have a head full of interesting and hopefully amusing trivia, which I hope to share with what will soon be an enormous following.

I have done a bit of travelling.  I have been in two provinces, fourteen states and two time zones.  If you haven’t been to BrainRants site, I strongly recommend it.  If you have been there, this may turn out to be quite similar, not as a rip-off, or even as an homage, but simply because he and I seem to think and feel much the same.  I hope to be as entertaining as him.  It may take some practice.

I may rant from time to time about English; spelling, wrong words, definitions and construction.  I’m only a bit of a word-Nazi, with just enough flexibility to accept the inevitable evolution of the language.  I hate lack of consideration for others, and an all too common feeling of entitlement.  I don’t hate stupidity.  You can be as dumb as a sack of rocks and still figure out how to get out of the sack.  What I hate is people who seem to have intelligence, but simply can’t, or won’t, apply it to what will happen next, especially for the people behind them.

A case in point, for my first rant.  I went into a supermarket today to pick  up a copy of the regional newspaper.  I went to the express lane to check out.  An oriental man waved the young fellow in front of me, and me, to go ahead of him.  I gave him two points for kindness and good manners, but then took one back, when his wife showed up with another couple of items.

The young guy has two quarts of orange juice, a two quart jug of milk, and a big bag of ice, all held in his arms.  He doesn’t want to hold all that cold stuff, so he puts it down on the end of the feed belt.  The distinguished gentleman in front of him has two items, a small bottle of mouthwash and a pack of gum, probably a hot date tonight.

Instead of putting his stuff on the belt, he stands there with it in his hand.  When the last item from the woman in front of him is scanned, the belt begins to move forward, carrying the kid’s stuff past him, to stop at the sensor light.  But he wants to be first!  So, instead of just putting his things down just the other side of the light, he reaches down and pushes the orange juice back.  Of course, by the time he turns back to deposit his things, the belt has moved forward again.

I watched him and thought, “Dear God, he’s not going to do it again.”  But he did…same result.  Finally the checkout clerk took pity on him and reached out and took his things and scanned them, or we’d have been there all day.

Is anybody out there?  That’s all the fun I can take for the first day.  Be back soon.

13 thoughts on “And Away We Go

  1. ladyryl says:

    Welcome to the world of blogging dad… Have a blast!!


  2. omg! It’s alive! She … and you … really did it! Love, love, love your theme. Very distinguished, professorial almost. I’m not surprised that you started with both a mission statement and a rant. I will point out one teeny-tiny omission in your mission statement, however: among your qualities, you failed to mention your verbosity 😉 But, your posts will be testament to that.

    Do have fun, but be careful! Blogging can be addictive!


    • Archon says:

      More mission statement details will emerge, blog by blog, and yes, the verbosity will be self evident. Thanks for letting me join your party, and for coming over to join mine. As my wife says, I’ve been blogging for years. I have a two inch thick file of letters, mostly to newspaper and magazine editors, although some were sent to puffed-up politicians or shady businessmen. The problem was, unless they got published, and many didn’t, only one or two people read them. This way, I might get five or six, unless I offer free burritos. Blog-Nazi says, “No laptop for you!”


  3. Very nice first post. Welcome to the blogosphere!


  4. BrainRants says:

    I’m looking forward to enjoying your posts as you develop your voice.


  5. BrainRants says:

    And thank you so much for the nod here. I’ll send the check when I get home and find my Canadian Dollars checkbook.


  6. Archon's Den says:

    Canadian dollars are worth more than American at the moment, and I’d appreciate as much as you can send. I’ve always wanted to be a famous blogger like you ever since I ate my first burrito, but after that 2.8 week Freshly Pressed, I don’t know if I could handle it. I idle at a much lower RPM than you.


  7. cwc6161 says:

    Geeze, I didn’t realize that Brain lasted 2.8 weeks in FP status! I’m surprised his head still fits through the blogosphere doorway! Guess that’s what burritos’ll do for ya 😉


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