December 21, 2022

Just My Opinion - By Mary Kilen

Merry Christmas
‘Tis the season and it seems like every year, it snuck up on me pretty darn quickly. I swore I would be ready for Christmas early this year. Apparently I meant well, but I just didn’t follow through very well. Things have just kind of piled up on me and time has slipped away.
To be honest, though, it is not all my fault. Last week’s Winter Storm Diaz put a crimp in my plans. I’m also lucky that this is my year for Christmas at New Year’s with Amanda, Zach, Carter, Jozie and Abel.
I’ve gotten part of my shopping done for them, but there is still more to go. This week I will find myself looking for last minute gifts along with a great number of shoppers. Every year I promise myself that I will be done early. Every year I’m always looking for something at the last minute. This year’s last minute list is a little longer than usual.
That said, the house is decorated. The presents I have are ready to go under the tree. My front yard looks glorious thanks to the hard work of my husband. I’m not sure you can see it from space, but you can definitely see the glow as you get to the corner.
I’m ready for Christmas. Dale will tell you that I’m not truly done until they lock me out of the stores. That’s the only time he believes me when I say that I’ve finished off my list.
I feel sorry for the delivery people this time of year. The UPS and FedEx delivery people are running until all hours of the evening. The USPS is overwhelmed as well and I know they’re doing their best to get everything out before Christmas. When they were faced with winter storms that shut down traffic for days, their workload only got worse. I wouldn’t want to be in charge of getting all those packages where they go before Christmas. Especially for those people who maybe waited just a little too long to get their orders off.
I want to take this time to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas. I hope that the spirit of the season wraps you in peace, joy and love. For those that are fortunate enough to be able to spend the holidays with family, enjoy the time you can spend with those you love. For those that are unfortunately stuck away from home this year, I hope you will find time to connect with family and still be able to spend the time with friends.

When Mother Nature Comes To Call
After last week’s snowfall, I found myself sitting at the office thinking how lucky we really are. The Stanley City crews did a fantastic job trying to keep up with four days of snow and wind. It couldn’t have been easy, especially when the snow kept coming and the wind kept relocating it. I watched the road reports and smiled as I watched friends refer to it as “candy canes” in North Dakota. I was grateful I wasn’t out in the storm and feeling both sympathy and great appreciation for the hardworking county and state road crews. When you see pictures of what the highways and interstates looked like, you have to understand the decisions behind no travel advisories and road closures.
It was hard to see the Lions Holiday Tournament cancelled. I was in regular contact with Stanley’s AD Beth Dean. She kept sending me updated plans and schedules, only to have to change them again. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the tournament cancelled before, but for the safety of teams and fans, I have to agree it was the right decision. They were not the only tournaments cancelled over the weekend. Wrestlers were supposed to be all over the place on Friday and Saturday, but that all came to a screeching halt as well with the weather and road conditions.
I found this one in one of my old columns and couldn’t resist sharing it again. It was an old Facebook post, but it is still true today. We all know that one person this might apply to and surely the snow removal crews will find it funny.
One winter morning while listening to the radio, Bob and his wife hear the announcer say, “We are going to have 4-6 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even numbered side of the street, so the snowplow can get through.”
Bob’s wife goes out and moves her car.
A week later while they are eating breakfast, the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 6-8 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd numbered side of the street, so the snowplow can get through.”
Bob’s wife goes out and moves her car again.
The next week they are having breakfast again, when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 8-10 inches of snow today. You must park....” then the electric power goes out.
Bob’s wife is very upset, and with a worried look on her face says, “Honey, I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the plow can get through?”
With the love and understanding in his voice like all men who are married to blondes exhibit, Bob says, “Why don’t you just leave it in the garage this time?”

The Optimist vs. The Pessimist
Is the glass half empty or half full? It’s a question as old as time and the following joke I found on Facebook might be a perfect explanation.
A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other were their looks. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.
Just to see what would happen, on Christmas day their father loaded the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist’s room he loaded with horse manure.
That night the father passed by the pessimist’s room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.
“Why are you crying?” the father asked.
“Because my friends will be jealous, I’ll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I’ll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken.” answered the pessimist twin.
Passing the optimist twin’s room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. “What are you so happy about?” he asked.
To which his optimist twin replied, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”