In today’s Journal
* Quote of the Day
* During my morning walk
* Of Interest
* The Numbers
Quote of the Day
“We set goals to help ourselves, not to harm ourselves.” a writer closely related to Wes Crowley (grin, and thanks to Aldred G. for the reminder)
During my morning walk, if I encounter other creatures (jackrabbits, coyotes, lines of hard-working ants, etc.) I always say a cordial good morning.
This morning on my way back to the house, a doodle-bug crossed my path. As is my habit, I said, “Good morning, Doodle-bug!”
And just as I was about to step over him, he stopped, looked up at me, and said, “Doodle-bug? My name is Gregory.” Then he huffed and went on about his business.
I apologized and did the same, but I can’t escape the feeling I lost the chance to gain a new friend. As I walked, I was reminded yet again (on this day of all days) that generalizations are not only silly but can cause irreparable harm.
So now I’m thinking maybe the Geico Insurance commercial in which Agent Flo is sitting on a rock and having a brief conversation with Bigfoot, who gives her a hurt, confused look and tells her his name is Darrel, isn’t so far-fetched after all. If I ever meet a “bigfoot,” I will be polite. I will ask whether he’s related to Darrel, and perhaps, whether he’s a writer.
Talk with you again when I can.
See “Mighty Irks From Little Eggcorns Grow” at https://killzoneblog.com/2020/09/mighty-irks-from-little-eggcorns-grow.html.
See “Sincerity and Song” at https://hughhowey.com/sincerity-and-song/.
See “Cannibal Ants, Nuclear Bunker” at https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cannibal-ants-soviet-nuclear-bunker.
See “12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms” at https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/51150/12-old-words-survived-getting-fossilized-idioms. We’ll have to forgive this writer for misspelling “dessert,” even if she is a linguist.
See “100 of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words in the English Language” at https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/629813/100-commonly-misspelled-words-english.