Chartrand…

Influential animals, Super Bowl prediction

and the meaning of “kaboodle”

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

TIME’s list of history’s most influential animals includes a groundhog named Phil and Nixon’s dog, Checkers. Unjustly snubbed by the judges: Toto, Lassie, Old Yeller, and Rin Tin Tin.

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Hy-Vee Stores, the leading advertising sponsor of Chiefs/Royals, does not air the games in its stores. No TV screens, no overhead radio, no announcement of scores. No mention. 
Employees are not allowed to listen to the game.
 Total game blackout. Are the Chiefs and Royals management aware of this?

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A Kansas City radio personality told listeners he didn’t know the meaning of the terms  “yule” or “yuletide” or “glad tidings.”  Gadzooks.


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I prefer the company of students over working professionals. At least in the classroom no one even pretends to know what he’s talking about.

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Protector of all children — such is public education’s official image. Sadly, for the autistic and mentally ill, it hasn’t aged well.

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Public debate and news coverage about gay lifestyles continues to leave us nonplused. (Pronounced — oh, who cares).

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What I learned from Ann Coulter. It’s important to be right. What I learned from Nelson Mandela: It’s better to be kind than to be right.

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In the evolution of mankind’s artistic expression, Mother Nature no longer takes chances. She used to, but she learned her lesson with “What Does the Fox Say?”

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At 59 years old I am emboldened to proclaim that I have learned the lessons of everyday life, tabulated them, and then forgotten them.

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Civic leaders upset by nudity in outdoor artwork make many important contributions, vital contributions that are in no way diminished by the fact that we cannot, offhand, recall what they are.

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Prediction for 2014:  Kansas City hospitals will seek a sales tax hike to raise $$$ to fund future tax-increase hikes for KC hospitals.

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I also predict The Super Bowl committee will be crucified for scheduling the game in NYC,  likely to be buried in snow.

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I have no problem with government bureaucrats as a class. I’m simply against uptight control freaks.

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Weird Things Mom Used to Say: When referring to a long list of things she’d sum with, “the whole kit and kaboodle.”  What’s a kaboodle?

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Olathe’s exit-lane “triangles” — barely visible at night–are accidents waiting to happen. You find these curbed pads at the entrances to shopper centers along 119th St and 135th streets.  Cars regularly smack the things and blow tires.

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Time to find out why psychiatrists refuse to accept insurance/Medicare and what communities should do about it. 
JAMA reports that HALF of U.S. psychiatrists accept insurance or Medicare, compared with 90 percent of other docs. Translation: No access, no care.

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Nomination for overdue, ingenious contraption of the decade:  The Keurig coffee machine. Coming to hotel rooms soon … we hope.

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See that frozen young man standing along Santa Fe in Olathe (south side of street, west of I-35) toting the giant advertising placard on these cold mornings?  I think you should stop and hand him money. Or hot cocoa.

Davidonly

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© 2014, David Chartrand

David Chartrand writes humor and commentary from his home in Olathe.  http://www.davidchartrand.com • davchart@icloud.com •

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