What’s Left?

Jan 6th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squesk's adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak's adoptive baby

Well, it’s been a strange week. For a town that is not used to so much attention - especially from an international aspect - we certainly have had our “fifteen minutes of fame.” But, now I’m ready to get on with the new year and hopefully have no more international events to report from our little town. This event - I’m talking about the dead blackbirds in case you didn’t know - has taught me how things get turned around going from one media outlet to another. Well, I really already knew that but I hadn’t experienced it quite like this until now. So, all I can say is it is healthy to always question everything you see, hear and read. The truth sometimes gets covered up - intentionally or unintentionally. But this week has been strange with all the national media in town and we’ve had lots of calls and emails from people all over the world about these blackbirds. There have been unbelievable postulates about what may have caused it but you do have to look at the whole picture. I even did two radio interviews - one live in Melbourne, Australia and one taped for a group of radio stations in Canada. Weird.
My son was so funny and intuitive on this whole bird death story. First of all, when he went out to Windwood subdivision with me and looked at the birds, he said, “Well, it was one of two things - lightning or aliens.”  We kind of ruled out the alien angle although it would have been fun to think about. But as the story grew and grew and grew, my son, Christian, said, “You know, mom, the story is not so much the blackbirds now as it is the media response to this.” He was so right. It was a frenzy. He’s always fun to have around when a story is coming to life because you never know what he is going to come up with but being as bright as he is - it is usually something I hadn’t thought of - not to mention that he puts a funny spin on things. He was the one who, when I asked if the birds had been struck by lightning why weren’t their feathers singed, said, “Mom, were the birds feathers singed when they used to get killed by our  old electric fence?” And they weren’t. He is also the one who said the National Weather Service could not detect cloud to cloud lightning.
Now on to regular stuff. This is the first year I can remember in recent  years that I haven’t made a list of New Year’s resolutions. I guess that is OK since they often fall by the wayside. But I do have a few in my head and maybe that is the best way to succeed is to keep them forefront in your mind. We shall see. I hope you are having a good 2011 thus far and had a great Christmas. Our family was off and on sick through the whole holiday season - and still are. I’ve heard there are two viruses in town. One lasts for a couple of days and the other lasts “forever.” I think I have the “forever” one as does some of my family members. It’s not terrible but it’s just periodically miserable. But, soon I will feel back to “normal” - like that ever happened….. and all will be well.
Oh, I have to tell you this. The other day I was watching the comedy channel on satellite and this comedian named Jim Gaffigan (I think) was on there. He was so funny. I watched his hour-long routine and laughed so hard I was crying. That doesn’t happen too often. You know, sometimes it is great to laugh that much! It does something for the soul. Anyway - he wasn’t one of those nasty comedians - I don’t like that - but he did have a few religious jokes that some people might not like. Myself, I think God has a good sense of humor and appreciates it in others.  If you get a chance, watch Jim Gaffigan’s Paler than Pale - or something like that. It is really funny.

I hope you have a good week!

Go to your happy place!
See you next week!