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July 20, 2013

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NORMAN — I was busy trying to avoid work when I came across a story that compelled me to write.

It’s not as easy to avoid work as you might think. Oh sure, to the untrained eye screwing around on the computer checking baseball news, looking for Twitter posts that make me laugh or reading another story about Congress voting to repeal “everything that has ever been done in the history of history that we don’t like” might look easy.

It’s not.

What happens is this: I’ll be reading The Washington Post online, for example (Motto: Hey, remember us? We did those Watergate stories!), instead of working when all of a sudden I come across a story that makes me think for a second and the next thing you know I’m thinking about writing a column, which for me is actually working.

Granted, I’m not working in the sense that the folks who built the pyramids worked, but in my own way I am working.

On Thursday I was reading a story about politics when I saw this headline: “Beyonce yells at fan mid-concert: ‘Put that damn camera down!’” And the next thing I knew I was working.

I don’t know much about Beyonce other than the fact that the accent in her name belongs on the last syllable so it’s pronounced “Be-on-SAY.” I know this because I once pronounced it “BEE-ON-say” and my daughter laughed until she cried.

Anyway, Beyonce is a performer whose songs I’ve never heard of and probably wouldn’t like even if I had, which is OK, because I don’t think she is trying to sell concert tickets to middle-age newspaper columnists.

Call it a hunch.

According to the story, Beyonce is a “notoriously controlling star.” I don’t know Beyonce so I don’t know if that’s true, but even if she is, I don’t have a problem with that. Maybe the reason she’s a star is because she is notoriously controlling.

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