Write Again … A few more random shots

Published 5:20 pm Monday, December 30, 2013

Sincerely — When, on occasion, someone comes up and tells me he or she enjoys this column, I am genuinely appreciative. That anyone is thoughtful enough to express such a kindness speaks well of them.

I know that my weekly contribution to the pages of the Daily News is insignificant in comparison to the volume of work the real writers produce day after day. They do the hard work, and do it quite often during the hours that the rest of us are at leisure.

Courtesy and Safety — Please let me pass along a “thank you” to those drivers who, especially in traffic, use their directional signals prior to changing lanes.

Some folks choose not to do this, or perhaps their vehicles don’t have such signals. You think?

The Pride — Although the Washington High School Pam Pack football team finished its season some time ago — deep into the playoffs — they certainly brought pride to and upon themselves, the coaches and staff, the school, and to the community at large. A record of 12-3 is quite an achievement.

Coach Sport (love that name) Sawyer and his staff and players are to be commended. Long live the Long Blue Line!

Left Out — Not that anyone would remember, or really care about, but in the piece I wrote some time ago about movie memories there was one genre that I simply overlooked.

So. Let me belatedly mention just a few more favorites.  They would include “Steel Magnolias,” “Places in the Heart,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Trip to Bountiful,” and “Terms of Endearment.”  I love those kinds of film fare. One of my all-time favorites is “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.” How could I have left that out? How could anyone not be emotionally touched by this wonderful movie? How, indeed. Also, I left out one of the finest actresses of her time, Geraldine Page. She was nonpareil.

Plus, made-for-TV movies or series such as “The Thornbirds,” “A Town Called Alice Springs,” “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance” were great books as well. Good stuff.

Volunteers — We are blessed here in our community-at-large, and that includes all of our county, in the large number of generous and caring people who make up such a faithful force of volunteers. Not all, but many, of these good folks are not native to this part of the country.  We are all beneficiaries of the selfless service of our neighbors. Talk about “ a thousand points of light.”

Seniors — My friend Jack Pyburn, one of the faithful volunteers at our local (hard to call it Vidant) hospital, passed along a very humorous little book titled “You’re No Spring Chicken” by Ed Fischer.

Let me share just one of the myriad humorous and perceptive jokes and observations in it.

Here ’tis: A woman asked George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum), “Is it true you still go out with young women?

George said, “Yes, it’s true.”

She said, “Is it true you still smoke 15 to 20 cigars a day?”

George said, “Yes, it’s true.”

She said, “Is it true you still take a few drinks every day?”

“Yes,” George repeated, “it’s true.”

“Well,” she said, “What does your doctor say about all this?”

“I don’t know,” Burns said. “He’s dead.”

To life.