Wondering who I am and why you should
listen to me or my ideas? What degrees I hold from what Ivy League Universities
in the fields of philosophy, political science, medicine, theology, biology,
chemistry, or any of the other many subjects that I may touch upon in this or
any other discussion that we may have now or in future?
The answer, as the more intuitive of you may have guessed is that I have none of these.
I am more like the man (with
a high school diploma) who overheard two well-dressed ladies arguing
because one of them was having some
personal medical issues and needed to see a specialist. When he heard her complain
that the cost was prohibitive he immediately walked over, injected himself into
the conversation and said “Well Madam, I’m no Gynecologist but I’ll be glad to
take a look”.
I do have a diploma from the renowned Great Valley Senior
High School, in idealic Malvern, Pennsylvania.
I have worked in a variety of
exalted fields of endeavor such as greenhouse work at 15, retail jewelry sales
at 16, and floral delivery at 18. I was the owner, book keeper, salesman and
only employee of my own cleaning service and carpet cleaning business for ten
years. I have also worked at various times as a taxi driver, printing press
operator, truck parts driver, veterinary assistant, ware-house worker, and for
the last 12 years prior to my retirement, as a Circulation Clerk (the old title that actually told you what we do) for a large public library system. Eight of those years I
spent as a Branch Circulation Supervisor. Because most people don’t know, I
will say that the Circulation Department of the library is the one that checks
out your books, checks them back in, sorts them and often puts them all back on
the shelf. (Not to be confused with the
Information or Reference Department which is made up primarily of Librarians
with Masters Degrees and their assistants with Bachelor’s degrees.)
It is a complex job that requires a lot of physical work as well as the ability
to negotiate with people, instruct them about all of the policies and
procedures and make them feel welcome and comfortable and able to find the help
I have lost, loved, married my beautiful wife of 21 years, and we
have raised two lovely but typically difficult girls to the end of their
teenage years who by now have attained their mid to late twenties and have given me five purely wonderful grandchildren and #6 on the way.
I lost my brother, when I was 17, who was 18 years my senior but was closer to me than I
have ever been to myself.
I have witnessed the birth of my children, cut the cord of one and chased another across the room when it seemed that projectile birth was the order of the day.
I have lived for 61 years and survived multiple surgeries including a quintouple by-pass in 2008 that left me with a sternum
that has never fused and, they tell me never will due to my frequent bouts of
coughing caused by my COPD. I have torn cartledge in both knees and a ruptured
disc in my spine. But hell. At least I still have my good looks and winning
So yeh, I am one of those people who is pretty pissed about the situation that our nation is in right now. I am happy to see in the last five years, that I am not the only one.
But, if degrees are what you require of a person before you will give them credit
for any knowledge or ideas, stop now because I am about to go on and you don’t
want to listen to me.
But wait! Maybe you do.
It occurs to me that most of the ideas that are used and agreed to be good ones by those who run this country (both in and outside of the government) have come from, and been
religiously held to (despite their obvious flaws and the fact that they don’t work) by people with degrees (and money) who were educated by people with degrees (and money)
who were solicited by and elected by people with degrees (and money) )
and are lobbied and in many cases given expensive gifts (spelled bribes) by people with degrees (and money) …….make them more sympathetic to their
cause……..which is of course………..people with degrees (and money).
So,what do you think? Maybe you should read on. I am bound to amuse, or at least
offend you in some way. And hey! If I do, think of all the fun you’ll have
writing witty, cutting comments in response to my sad efforts at political
and/or philosophical ideology. I, after all possess neither a degree nor money. I mean, what chance does a guy with a high
school diploma have against people with degrees (and money).
But in all sincerity, at the very worst, my ideas can’t possibly fail any more miserably than those in place right now.