Whitesburg KY

Some odd sayings and pet peeves

As we travel along life’s pathway, we hear many different expressions of opinion, and odd sayings. Sometimes we may ask someone how they are getting along and they may say, “I’m fine as a frog hair split four ways.” Or they may say they’re fair to middlin’. I am guilty of that one and I haven’t a clue as to what it means even though I have heard it all my life.

I have heard some say if they felt any better they would have to take an aspirin. Why take an aspirin if you feel good? Or they will say, “I don’t think I could stand it if I felt any better.” If you ask someone how they are doing and they say, “Oh, I’m not doing any good at all,” you would be wise to make a fast getaway because you are about to hear all the ailments they have experienced in the past 20 years. If you act sympathetic and hang around to listen, they are more than apt to be on their deathbed by the time they are finished.

One morning while I was in college I met a man in the hallway and as I passed him I said, “Good morning. Are you doing OK?” Well, he stopped in his tracks and said, “Sure, I’m doing OK. Why shouldn’t I be?”

I was only trying to be a friendly hillbilly. Evidently he was a “furriner” if he had never been greeted in that manner.

I have a few pet peeves, too, about some things I have heard people say.

I have heard on numerous oc- casions a parent tell a small child if it didn’t behave a cop would take it to jail, which caused me to wish that parent was in jail. For God’s sake, if we don’t teach our children to trust our law enforcement officials, who will they have to turn to if they are lost or in trouble? If your child is abducted and is in a position to contact a police officer, what are they supposed to do, wait for a knight in shining armor to rescue them? How in the world can anyone expect a child who is in need to ask a police officer for help if it has been taught to fear them?

In reality, an alert police officer is really the only chance they have of making it back to safety because the general public is not going to be of help because nobody wants to get involved for fear of reprisal.

Fear is man’s greatest weakness, when really they fear everything except what they should. Man can only destroy the body, but the one they should fear can destroy both body and soul and that one is God.

Another one of my pet peeves is hearing someone who has gotten a traffic citation say, “I wasn’t doing anything wrong and a cop pulled me over and wrote me a ticket. I guess he/she didn’t have anything better to do. I guess they hadn’t filled their quota and needed one more.”

I have a degree in law enforcement and I happen to know that our troopers don’t have a ticket quota, and they certainly aren’t fee grabbers. If they write a citation or make an arrest, it doesn’t pay them one red cent extra. They only get their salary, and I, for one, don’t feel they are paid nearly enough. They have families to support like anyone else. They work long hours and take great risks to serve and protect an ungrateful public.

In today’s society it seems as though the criminals have more rights than the victims. It gets downright disheartening when someone in law enforcement makes an arrest and before they get all the paperwork done, the culprit is already on their way home due to a technicality (loophole). Some of those loopholes need to be eradicated.

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