Help compose my final N&R column

I will be submitting my last regular N&R column this weekend.  Allen Johnson called earlier this week to gently tell me that the paper is eliminating paid local columnists due to budgetary considerations.  I told him I was certainly disappointed to be dropped but also acknowledged some relief as I’m just about bereft of the time it takes to compose and submit my words of wisdom every other week.

So, as has been my way for the last 2 1/2 years, I’ve taken some time pondering the subject matter upon which I will opine.  Yesterday’s ‘Memogate’ developments pretty much sealed that one for me.  The next step in my writing process is to come up with a compelling opening sentence, usually some Kentucky-learned colloquialism, that sets the tone from which the balance of my column will flow… I think I’ve got it.

“Don’t keep pissin’ in my pocket then try to tell me it’s only rain”

Might take a little editing… but you get the idea.  My deadline is looming so should you come up with something better, speak now or forever hold your peace.  My final regular column will appear here and in print Wednesday morning.

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  1. Posted February 8, 2008 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I like Will Rogers’ line, “If stupid got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?” That would be directed at those who don’t want to rectify a glaring problem and think that by “moving on” things will just be magically better in the future.

    I’d put it this way, “When you step in cow poop, you don’t track it into the dance hall and expect to be the darling of the ball. You stop and change your shoes first.”

  2. Dick
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 11:04 am | Permalink


    Judge Judy’s book title seems appropriate: “Don’t Pee On My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining!”

    Gee, I thought she was from New York, not Kentucky.

  3. Posted February 8, 2008 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    New York is where people are less discrete and sophisticated than Kentuckians. I would never consider peeing on someone’s leg… that would just be gross.

    Thanks for the tip on Judy’s title, Dick. Might have kept me out of being accused of plagerism or some such. But I still like ‘pocket’ better.

  4. Dick
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I would never accuse you of being a plagerist. Being from Kentucky, I just assumed you’d be a Baptist.

  5. Posted February 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    In retrospect, you should write a nice column about the Stadium, people’s memories. Things like the plaques honoring the WWI dead, games played there, people who visited….

    Reasons to to maintain the facility.

  6. how long?
    Posted February 10, 2008 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    how about “we are going to get the truth out even if we have to lie a little”

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