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Vail Daily column: Purging a few random thoughts

Richard Carnes
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For the last 16 years I have kept a file, a log of sorts, containing words, phrases, sentences and such that either caught my eye somewhere or simply popped into my little head and I did not wish to forget.

On a regular basis I skim over the almost 300 pages (categorized by generalized subject titles, of course) and use a bit here and a bit there for a column, but every once in a while I purge a few of the bits into a column of their own.

This is one of those times:

When I read an autobiography, my head voice is always the voice of the writer. I feel like this is normal, but I’m not sure.

Why does the west entrance for our Walmart follow UK rules and the east entrance U.S. rules? (Look next time and you’ll see what I’m talking about.)

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If surge protectors are so vitally important, why are they not a built-in component of every power supply in every computer, or all electrical devices for that matter?

Phones don’t “ring off the hook” anymore because phones no longer hang on hooks.

Homeopathy is the air guitar of medicine. (Pretty sure this one came from the Internet.)

“The key to having money when you need it is not needing to spend it when you have it.” (I actually said this to one of my kids.)

“Addiction is OK if done in moderation.” (I said this to my 86-year-old dad when the hospital was weaning him off morphine.)

Why is it virtually impossible to put a new screen protector on your phone without at least one microscopic dust particle flying underneath at the last second, causing a bubble the size of a large zit forevermore?

In spite of the ups and downs of the current American economy, we are still the least worst-looking horse in the glue factory at this point in time.

Whenever I receive an email that says “Do not reply” in the subject, I immediately hit the “reply” button because I don’t like being told what to do.

“Even a broken clock is right twice a day,” but not if it’s a 24-hour clock like those used throughout Europe, in which case it’s correct only once a day, but only if it’s an analog clock.

Approving same sex marriage takes away rights from no one and harms no one. (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.)

Denying someone their rights because it goes against your religious beliefs is still bigotry, no matter how you try to spin it.

Those who cite the Bible as evidence need to realize it is the claim, not the evidence. (While I can’t take credit for this one, it’s as relevant today as it was a few thousand years ago.)

While I understand faith requires no evidence, I also understand reality demands it. (Yep, that one’s mine.)

Most people are meant to change light bulbs. A few others are meant to make the light bulbs. Even fewer still are meant to design and create new light bulbs. However, “meant to” does not imply fate or any predetermined nonsense but just that this is the way the real world works.

I’ve never truly “hated” someone (the Washington Redskins are a “team,” thus not qualified as a “someone”), but I’ll be damned if I will ever feel superior to anyone based solely upon the color of their skin, the location of their birth, their belief in a supernatural world or lack thereof.

Common decency based upon an extreme desire for my species to continue is the reason why, and no other reason is needed.

Question everything, for without doing so the world will never change.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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