...And That's My Opinion©

By Sandy Goldman

The Rogers Park Community Curmudgeon

 

THOUGHTS AT RANDOM

(From the mind of a young soldier, stationed in Germany, circa 1956)

 

While the German people are meticulously concerned over the outward appearance of their homes and the degree of polish on their floors and furniture, it’s strange what little thought they give to sanitation.

 

A man’s true personality can be determined in two ways: 1.) the manner in which he uses the word “I” and how often he uses it; 2.) the manner in which he handles success.

 

Nowhere in the world is there as heterogeneous a group as in the Armed Forces:  every level of education, maturity and common sense is represented.

 

One of the biggest fallacies in the world of fiction is the theory that the Horatio Alder stories are tales of being “pulled up by ones’ bootstraps”.  In every such story, some quirk of fate always intercedes:  i.e. marrying the boss’s daughter or an inheritance from a long since forgotten eighth cousin.  This is, never the less, true of our world today.

 

I often wonder what some men in ranking positions in the Army would or could do in civilian life. The recent Armed Forces labor cuts will put a lot of unskilled personnel in the labor market.

 

Unfortunately, leisure is something Americans don’t know how to handle profitably.  America leads the world in laborsaving devices: it also leads the world in heart ailments.

 

If something goes wrong with our automobiles, we take them to mechanics.  Why then, do we insist on self-medication?

 

Why does the world generally accept a man prominent and successful in one field as an authority in all fields?

 

Sarcasm can be a fine attribute if properly used.  Employed without discretion, it looses its good qualities.

 

Living in a foreign country, I have been able to discover first-hand what people did before television.  It did, however necessitate a major adjustment.

 

It’s too bad that in today’s world most people are afraid to express non-conforming thoughts.  There is nothing worse than a “me-too-er”.

 

Until I came into the U.S. Army, I considered Captain Queeg the product of one man’s imagination.  It’s surprising how many Captain Queegs there actually are.

 

Ostensibly, promotion in the Army is based on performance:  actually, it is based on time in grade.  In an Infantry Division, it’s based on the job with little concern as to proficiency:  both are equally ridiculous.

 

“The more things change…the more they stay the same.”

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