Silence is Golden

Some friends and family actually have inquired why I stopped writing The Doke Dispatch. One even said, “With all the craziness going on right now, this would seem to be the perfect time for you to be out there ranting and raving.”

Well, that’s precisely why I’ve opted out, as hard as it is to resist the urge. There are just entirely too many stupid things being said by otherwise responsible people, including any number who are running for President, that the notion of pouncing on each one — tempting as it is — just lost its appeal. After all, what would my employer think about my views, especially given that I’m technically an employee of the State of Texas? I believe that question answers itself, as anyone who knows my political leanings might surmise. Andy Borowitz does a terrific job lampooning the foibles of the politicos, so I’ll leave that space to him.

And, commenting on companies that do illogical or patently stupid things has lost its appeal. There are just too many out there that appear to be stumbling and fumbling their way through the process of serving their customers and their shareholders, which strangely seem to be at odds these days, to the detriment of both. But, you never know when sensible people again might be put in charge of these companies and chart a better course. It’s better to let Andy have that space too.

For the time being, I’m practicing the Silence is Golden rule.

If I feel compelled to comment at all, and inevitably I will, I’ll restrict myself to my own stupidity and foibles. Certain family — especially my kids — and my insane pets of course are still in open season.

Perhaps more about all that later.

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With an increasingly pointless amount of arguably useless information packed inside my head, and a totally inappropriate number of opinions about virtually everything, and a family who must suffer through listening to both, it seemed only fitting to foist them upon others who care to read and react. Now well past 60 years old, this is an outlet intended not to unleash but enlighten, myself much more than others.

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