Write Again … Please pardon my rambling

Published 11:08 am Thursday, July 13, 2023

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Okay. Here it is, friends. Information you’ve all been anxiously waiting for. Your lucky day.

And that is… what are my favorite programs on TV?

Here they are: “Finding Your Roots”, Rick Stevens’ wonderful “Travelogues”, and “Endeavour.”

All of these programs are on PBS. Of course. I’d rather clean latrines than watch those mindless sitcoms (an “h” should be added to that so-called sobriquet).

Perhaps the only offerings on the tube more intelligence-insulting are “Naked and Afraid” (or some such name) and the “Kardashians.” Even “Family Feud”, not exactly a brain-stimulator, stacks up well against the aforementioned fare.

Having shared with you my likes and dislikes, unsolicited as they were, please let me assure you that I do not – repeat, do not – think of myself as an intellectual. In no way. As one of those wise Greeks once said, “This above all: to thine own self be true.”

However, I have almost always enjoyed being with, having conversational discourse with those who are a lot smarter than I. For real.

Now, I’m not stupid, though, or completely uninformed. While I don’t have much in the way of academic achievements, I am educated, at least to my way of thinking. How so? You may ask.

Well, let me cite the two main pillars of my “education”: Three years in the U.S. Army, twenty-nine months of which were in Germany. I traveled quite a bit, to many countries.

The other pillar is my reading. I am an avaricious reader. Which leads me to my oft-cited saying: There are three kinds of people. Those who know, those who don’t know, and those who don’t know they don’t know.

That third kind, folks, are those who don’t read. As in books.

Enough of all that. Probably too much. I’m almost halfway through Pat Conroy’s “The Death of Santini – The Story of a Father and His Son.” Let me get back to that.

Y’all take care now, you hear?