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Maude McDaniel - Living

January 14, 2012

By now, we should know all the answers

 

Here I had expected that, by the time I reached this advanced age, I would know all the answers there were to know, or maybe even more. But apparently it was not to be, for, lo and behold, I seem to have still more questions lining up, like all those thousands of blackbirds on the lines in front of the M&T Bank on Industrial Boulevard.
The only difference between us is that all I want, please, is some answers, whereas probably the birds are waiting there to make deposits.
The “Occupy” folks. There are several things I don’t understand about them, mainly what it is that they want. Nevertheless, I approve of them because there are certainly an awful lot of things in this world that should be changed, and, if I’ve got it right, they, or at least some of them, are in favor of changing them and that’s wonderful! But I do worry about two things: 1. How will they know when they have got what they want? and 2. Where do they go to the bathroom?
Now that’s frivolous, I know, but not when you have to go to the bathroom. I also wondered that about the New Year’s Eve Times Square crowd, and indeed all the Arab Spring crowds and other public demonstrators around the world, but I suppose that at my age I worry more about this kind of thing than your average young demonstrator with iron kidneys. Actually, I don’t personally expect to have to worry about it in the near future, since there seem to be a dearth of demonstrations in Cumberland, so I will go on to more important questions, like:
Are shoestrings supposed to lace all the same way or alternately? I used to think it was alternately, but recent developments (and looking at teen shoes) have put doubt into my mind on this issue and I am too old for such inner conflict. Also, do they lace over the holes or under them?

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