Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Opinion

November 29, 2012

FROM THE VALLEY: It's unreal what a little tweak will do

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I never let things bother me. Well actually, there are those rare occasions when something gets to me. Okay, most of the time, I’m all worked up about something. There I said it. Happy?

But, seriously, it’s no secret that we are living in a topsy-turvy society. We live in a day and age when something called fantasy football is real and reality-TV is fantasy. How can someone like myself ever settle in when the world is constantly throwing me curve-balls? Just when I get comfortable with the way things are, it changes.

I’m not saying it’s time to press the panic button simply because “Jersey Shores” is no more credible than a Wile E. Coyote autobiography — but it does send up warning signals that one shouldn’t always take things at face value – at least, for any length of time. In light of this, I’ve come to the conclusion that with a little thought and a few tweaks we can – at least, try to — adapt to these events that skew what we deem normal in our own little universe.

I was watching the Buffalo Bills game the other day. They were coming off an unbelievable winning streak: they’d won one in a row. I figured we (I like to use ‘we’ when the Bills win) were on our way to the playoffs. Woo-hoo! Super Bowl, here we come!

And then, just like that — this past Sunday — the streak ended. ‘They’ lost. Their run of good luck was over. And I don’t use the word ‘luck’ flippantly. (I swear, I don’t know how the Buffalo Bills are able to walk around considering the number of times they’ve managed to shoot themselves in the foot.)

As usual, after a Bills loss there is absolutely no wind in my sails. I’m an optimist at the opening kickoff – I expect a victory every game. When they lose I’m as unprepared as an atheist at the Pearly Gates. It gets to the point where I can’t watch another NFL game – at least, on that day. So this past Sunday, I switched over and watched the Canadian Football League’s championship game – the Grey Cup.

Text Only
Opinion
Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.