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January 23, 2014

VALLEY: Chairman of the Bored tells all

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In poker, a “tell” is when a player unconsciously does something to let the opponent know whether he or she has a good hand or is simply bluffing. Tells can also be spotted away from the poker table; they can reveal what’s going on in a person’s life.

Here’s what I’m talking about: This winter, I often find myself watching “The Price is Right” … and marking off another day on the calendar. What does that tell you?

The answer: I’m bored. Let’s face it, winter has a stagnating affect. Activity-wise, I’m as busy as a sign company pumping out “Dennis Rodman for President” signs.

Not to mention my inactivity invites some of the most hilarious suggestions I’ve ever heard.

“Why don’t you start exercising? Go to the gym and work out,” she said, requesting anonymity.

“Yeah, sure. I’m all over that …. (burp).”

But seriously, folks …

With the extra time on my hands, I’ve taken notice of things that I usually pay little attention to.

For instance: “The Price is Right.” I don’t know how they get that crowd hyped-up the way they do. But someone, somehow, works them into such a frenzy before the start of each show that they hug and high-five each other like long-lost friends. And I’m sure they were total strangers just hours before.

It’s amazing to see so many people all on the same page. The goodwill they extend to each other shows the human spirit at its best. They abide by the rules of civility – as asked — and accept that responsibility selflessly. It’s truly refreshing to watch.

So, here’s my idea: Let’s find out who gets them into such a magnanimously self-sacrificing mood and send him/her to Washington to do exactly the same thing to the members of Congress.

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