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November 28, 2013

VALLEY: Thankfully, I know what I'm talking about

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I received a text message today from my pal, Bob, in northern New York. He and his wife, Sandy, have been very good friends of the Valleys for years. Bob and I are close because our outlooks on life are similar. Neither of us takes anything that is out of our control too seriously. Why should we? 

Bob’s text stated: “There are only 3 types of people in this world. Those who can count. And those who can’t.” That’s it. That’s all he wrote.

You see? That’s what I’m talking about.

Because we are separated by several hundred miles, we don’t see each other as often as we’d like. But once in awhile I’ll get a text message from him out of the blue, similar to the one I just cited.

I texted him back that I’d talked to Toronto mayor Rob Ford. And he (Ford) had said, “It’s not true – things don’t go better with coke.”

Maybe you find it frivolous, but it’s not. The mere fact that there was a communication tells the other one that all is good at his end. It’s the “no (important) news is good news” truism at work.

I’m sure you know a friend or relative with whom you can communicate with by using minimal effort or just by eye contact. Hitting a few keys, which you both understand, is all you need to convey a much meatier message. That’s what I’m talking about.

Actually, Bob and I can discuss any topic by merely using lines and/or references from the old TV show “The Honeymooners.” Quoting Ralph Kramden or Ed Norton is a language on its own when Bob and I get together. Incidentally, my brother, Tim, can also speak Honeymoonese.

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