All of us have our own pet peeves

As we soar through our day to day lives there will always be some things that we do not always agree with

As we soar through our day to day lives there will always be some things that we do not always agree with and other subjects that really ruffle our feathers … right?? So should we just sit back and stew about it or should we speak out with our opinion on what might or might not help to solve the situation? Bottom line is we must never be afraid to express ourselves in a positive but not pushy manner on any issue that we wish.

Among my pet peeves are: drivers who act like idiots and have no consideration for anyone else, politicians who make excuses after the fact but never do anything about it, chronic complainers, and people who act like snobs. Of course, after all that, I will admit that I also have some nagging and bad habits, but I really don’t mind sometimes being humbled, but positively corrected or assisted when I screw up or say something wrong.

On top of the bad driver issue are those who continue to use a cell phone or stare down at their laps while behind the wheel. Once again the ‘powers to be’ claimed that they are going to clamp down on these ongoing culprits, but how tough will that be to police? Of course, there will always be those who continue to perform these idiotic and selfish distractions,  speed through school or safety zones, and whatever,  and should be nailed by the law with hefty fines and demerits that will either smarten them up or get them off the road. Before more people are injured or killed please appeal to everyone to shape up, put the gizmos away, pull over to take your calls or text, and start thinking a little more about the safety of others. For those who don’t co-operate, we hope that soon you will look up from your distraction and see some red and blue flashing lights in your rear-view mirror.

We should all realize that everyone can gain from our mistakes if we do something to correct them, and maybe we should thank those who care enough to let us know in a positive manner … right??

Now let’s have a little fun

I feel that I am so fortunate to be able to just keep on writing for the Ponoka News during my retirement years. It is so much fun to play around with words, both to give a story meaning and also having a little fun with my friends and faithful readers. A ‘Lexophile’ is a sentence or word used to describe those who love to use their literary skills in rather unique ways, and here are just a few great examples.

● With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

● A dentist and a manicurist married, and now they fight tooth and nail.

● One of the most important rules of winter, especially for children, is don’t eat yellow snow.

● A boiled egg is hard to beat; and when you’ve seen one shopping centre you’ve seen a mall.

● The guy who fell into the upholstery machine is now fully recovered.

● My friend had a photographic memory which never developed; and when she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought that she would dye.

● Police were called to a local day care centre where a three-year old was resisting arrest.

● Always remember that those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

Even newspapers make mistakes

After working in the newspaper business for close to 30 years I can assure you that with all the material that comes in to go into each edition that a few mistakes are occasionally made, because after all us ‘newsy folks’ are always in a hurry, and nowadays our fancy computers have far too many keys, and ‘spell check’ makes mistakes also. Here are a few famous typographical boo-boos that have occurred in head-lines and advertisements over the years in various publications, and there will always be some, which by the way will usually be corrected in the next issue.

● Marijuana issue sent to a joint committee.

● City is unsure why the sewer smells.

● Statistics show that teen pregnancies drop off drastically after age 25.

● Barbershop singers bring joy to School for the Deaf.

● A meeting to discuss open meetings by Town Council has been closed to the public.

● Sale in a local dress shop offered ‘Pants and slips half off’ and all ‘dresses seduced to half price.’

What would life be like if we didn’t have a sense of humour and couldn’t laugh and have a little fun once in a while? Time to start thinking spring, and then just go ahead, get outside, and have a great week, all of you.

— Hammertime