Friday, April 16, 2010

Joe Btsplk

I have been acquainted with any number of people over the years who could well have carried the name of this Al Capp character. Pronounce it, no, probably not, but live up to it, yes, certainly.

Like this lovable little pinned-together character, these folk go around with a rain cloud as a constant companion. An observation that I have made is that in a good many of these "cases" there is no provision made for the impending rain. They carry no umbrella, probably don't own one and if they did, they wouldn't know where they last put it down.

Now, generally speaking, I like people. I feel for the misfortunes that befall even those with whom I'm not acquainted. But while we may not live in a victim-less society, it is certainly the case that there are more instances of self-inflicted misfortune than most people like to own. Many of the people I have observed are near and dear to me, yet their ills are more often than not brought upon themselves by their own choices and behaviors. I could go on and on. Just saying.

He doesn't have sense enough to pound sand in a rathole. --Dad's second-favorite saying. (The pronoun is interchangeable with "she." And with "they" and "you" combined with "don't" instead of "doesn't.")


Secondary Roads said...

I've known those folk too. It was 80 degrees and sunny here yesterday. A bit cooler today. Saturday they say mid-40s for the high. Great time for a church work day. Hoping your journey goes well.

Lin said...

We all know somebody like that--"Poor" is their first name. They actually enjoy hearing that, giving them sympathy for all of their woes.

vanilla said...

Chuck--Your weather sounds like Spring. Tada!

Lin--Too right. "Poor" does often precede the given name. Yes, there are those who wallow in (revel in?) their own misery.