Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

January 16, 2013

You can lend a helping hand in many ways

Corsicana — As a kid staying with my grandmother in Dallas one summer, my Papa Red gave me some options for dinner one night. We were going out.

I don’t recall what the choices were, but I recall choosing El Fenix, the famed Mexican restaurant. I also recall him laughing and chiding me when I ordered veal parmesan.

What did I know? I think I was 12.

On Tuesday, a group of “celebrities” is joining forces to help another group of kids who are worth lending a hand. The 11th annual “Celebrity WAIT” will be held from 11 a.m. to close at La Pradera Mexican Restaurant. Tips from that day will go to the Community Resource Council, which assists with making life a little better for the kids who call the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center home.

Funds help with parties and holidays and other special events.

“Your county commissioner, preacher, journalist, judges and ever your veterinarian, college dean and college president will be serving throughout the day,” the CRC said in its flier.

Take the time to go and support the event. Again, it’s very worthwhile.

But if you are there, and you see me, stop with the laughing. I order the same thing at La Pradera every time: the fried chicken salad. Honest.

•••

On a recent doctor’s visit, my wife’s cardiologist sat down at a computer in one of many examination rooms in his office and began typing. Notes. A prescription. An email to her primary physician. An email to her surgeon.

I made a comment about “the cardiologist” doing these things. He said three years ago, he might go home hoarse from dictating notes into a recorder (for someone else to transcribe, I am sure). These days, his hands hurt from typing so much.

He was quite the typist.

My wife and I discussed the many roles he played in that one office visit. Seems like that’s the American way. Or is the corporate way?

Name a position that doesn’t have more duties attached to it than it did 20 years ago. Ten. Five.

Certainly, we can all relate, as we discussed further.

“I wonder if he’s ever had to pick up a dead bird?,” I chirped.

My wife laughed, even though it was somewhat of an inside joke. At the Daily Sun offices, I’ve done it all ... changed light bulbs, fixed roof leaks, moved furniture, picked up poor little dead birds that flew into the front door.

We’re all more cross-trained and multi-responsible than ever before.

I’ll draw the line at giving stitches.

•••

Flu shot, check.

It pains me to report that it took me until mid-January to be able to check that off my list. I have been informed I will have it in October later this year. I can live with that.

It was February 1998 the last time I contracted the flu, and it’s nothing I want to go through again. Nevertheless, I recall very few flu shots since. Surely my aversion to needles hasn’t been the reason.

A germ-a-phobe by nature, I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to avoid touching anything and everything or going unnecessary places. Watching “Contagion” over the weekend did not help.

In some cases, a lack of common sense aids the spread. Wash your hands, often with hot water and soap ... and not for three seconds. Cover your mouth when you cough or your nose when you sneeze. Be mindful of others if you are sick, by staying home from work if you are contagious, and the grocery store, and the cleaners, and the ...

It reminds me of saying a great friend once told me about casino chips, but that’s another story.

——————

Raymond Linex II is publisher of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Thursdays. Want to “Soundoff” on his column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg ‘Spilling doze count’

    My subject is borrowed from a local contributor to the Sarasota Herald Tribune named Bob Parkinson.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deanna Kirk Water Park woes

    I’ve come to the realization that vacations are not a luxury, they’re a necessity.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Old, new, borrowed, blue

       Dissection of notes found in the pocket of an old suit isn’t easy. Maybe they were scrawled during the lull in a wedding ceremony, or to jog my memory of a joke for later use.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg Spam french fries

    I saw a relatively disturbing video and article on Yahoo which touted making Spam French fires to go alongside your big old ground chuck burger. I just can’t imagine a basket full of these deep-fried cholesterol-loaded sticks, but there they were, bigger than Texas.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Dumb and dumber in the blotter

    When it comes to dumb criminals, nothing beats the would-be gang of car burglars who tried to break into a car in Tampa, Florida, this past week.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Belcher, Bob.jpg ‘Change’ — old "buzz word" shows up in our town

    If you pay much attention when you’re driving around town lately (and I really hope that you do — pay attention, that is) you can’t help but admit we’ve seen some “change” as of late. And, contrary to the political connotations that word will forever carry with it now, that “change” we’re seeing is good.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley Germany present and past

    Last Sunday evening my wife and I stood on the balcony of our apartment in Nuremberg and watched as fireworks lit up the sky.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg Where strawberries are king

    In 1949, when Stilwell, Oklahoma’s “Strawberry Festival” was just one year old, crooners were applauded when they cut loose with Dear Hearts and Gentle People.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg My TV is held hostage

    Give me back my TV! The Sunday sports fare today is just pitiful as far as I am concerned. Over the past weeks, my normal sports programs has been rudely preempted by endless hours of Wimbledon tennis, the Tour de France, assorted motor sports, and the nauseating mega-million signing sagas of LeBron James and Carmello Anthony

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Thoughts from abroad

    So, with the generosity of Mastercard and warm encouragement of my friends who went with me, I went to Italy on vacation. Not Italy, Texas, the one in Europe.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo