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December 20, 2013

The unpleasant threesome

NORMAN — According to unsubstantiated lore, bad things happen in threes.

Is this because when something bad happens our pessimist side rises like a vampire from its coffin compelled to hunt for more bad things? Let’s face it, if all you seek and hope to find are unpleasant things, then you will surely find them because bad things crave attention.

However, there are countless good things out there just waiting to be noticed. Some may be great and spectacular, but for the most part the good things are small sparklers that light up our lives. Therefore, one could probably say that good things come in threes as well. We just have to look for them with as much diligence as we do the bad things.

Some will say that “Bad things happen to good people because God knows they are capable of handling it.” or “Sometimes bad things happen for a reason.” Such platitudes are not what a person in pain wants to hear. In fact, if that is all you have to offer, please super glue your pie hole shut.

The big bad thing in my puny life started with the ice/sleet storm that kept so many people housebound or stranded in vehicles for countless hours. In the grand scheme of things and of the two aforementioned possibilities, housebound is the lesser of two evils, unless the Fates decided to pile on and your power was out for days as well. Whichever unfortunate crack you happened to fall into, eventually the roads became passable and we could leave our homes in relative safety, but everything was schmutzig (schmoo t see y g; German for dirty, grimy and filthy).

For some, the second or perhaps even third unhappy event may have included trees falling on their houses or cars, or both, or ice chunks crashing down on cars from nearby buildings when folks ventured out to shop.

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