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Random observations

July 17, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

I've been doing too much summer daydreaming lately and can't stay focused on one column subject. So I'm going with a tidbits effort this week. Here are some random observations that have popped into my mind lately.

- Why do I straighten up my posture when I'm driving by a cop? Would he actually give me a ticket for bad posture? I also tend to put both my hands at the "10 and 2 o'clock" position on the steering wheel when I drive by law enforcement. As if there is a ticket to be had for one-handed driving.

- There are some words I don't know how to spell and I never will. I know, not exactly something for a professional writer to admit. I do know how to spell them close enough so that spell check will recognize them and change them. One is "deteriorating" As long as I can get close enough on that one spell check will help me and I'll never need to know it.

- Isn't it funny how the people who say "I've never lie to you" end up being the biggest liars. Beware of those people. Most of the honest people out there don't feel the need to say they never lie to you, that should be reflected in their actions.

- I can sometimes be a walking contradiction of myself. I humor myself when I take a 25-minute jog then come back and eat a candy bar. I mean, that's not normal is it? It's kind of totally defeating the reason for the jog.

- You know I always love the people-watching at the grocery store. The best quote overheard at the store this past week was during a conversation of a young couple - maybe in their 20s in line behind me. The woman turned to her significant other and said. "You better stop looking at other girl's butts before I kill you." Oh, it was classic. I guess the guy has a pair of wandering eyes when they go shopping, and he's looking for more than bargains.

- Speaking of grocery stores, I think the Walmart in town should pretty much not mark either of their two doors on its north side as an exit or entrance. I see more people leaving out of the "Enter" door than actually entering, and the same can be said for those people that enter through the "Exit" door. The worst part is when a whole family does it and pretty much clogs up the area for those people using the correct door to get through.

- On Sunday, I found something cuter than a baby laughing. Our 6-month-old broke out in hiccups and after each one he would giggle. It was priceless. I guess he was proud of himself for making the hiccup sound - and humoring himself at the same time.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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