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November 21, 2013

VALLEY: Eye spy 'November' on my page

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Maybe it’s just me. But too often I feel as though I’m not on the same page with other people. 

Several years ago, I made a plywood scarecrow, which we use in the front yard as a fall lawn-ornament. At the foot of this scarecrow, I made interchangeable parts in the form of a jack-o-lantern and turkey for their respective holidays.

It was the first week of November when my wife suggested that I replace the pumpkin with the wooden bird. Halloween had just passed and even though Thanksgiving was still 3 weeks away, I acquiesced. What the heck?

It was dark out when I tackled the project, but thanks to the glowing lights from my neighbor’s porch, I could see fine. Those lights? Christmas lights. Their front porch was already decked out for the Yule season.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re good neighbors and the lights look nice, but, do you see where I’m going here? I’m taking down Halloween decorations several days after that holiday by the glare of Christmas lights. Is it just me? Did I miss something?

Another thing I can’t wrap my brain around: The term “Big Brother” — as in “Big brother is watching.” I take issue with it. George Orwell’s iconic term doesn’t sit well with me. It never did.

I guess it’s because I have always regarded my big brother as good – not something to worry about. Having my older brother, Mike, watching over me has always been a sense of comfort. I don’t know — that’s just the way I roll. I can’t relate to the negative connotation. Am I on the wrong page? 

And somewhat related to Big Brother: This schmuck Edward Snowden. He’s the narcissistic punk who leaked over 200,000 classified documents to the press, causing a tidal wave of serious repercussions.

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