Light Notes: No malarkey! There are mistakes I never want to make

Lucy Luginbill, Tri-City Herald on

Published in Religious News

I like to learn from mistakes ... especially other people's. And from my experience that dates back to typewriters and dinosaurs roaming the Earth, it's a sure-fire way to avoid trouble.

That's why, when my husband and I were thinking about getting a new bicycle rack come spring, a device that would mount on top of our Jeep, I had misgivings; sort of a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Setting Maalox aside, why shouldn't we worry?

At our age, we're not necessarily the sharpest blade in the drawer ... or was it the brightest bulb in the box? No matter, thankfully boomers aren't birthing babies because we might set them next to our missing keys or misplaced reading glasses.

Using that same reasoning, we also might momentarily forget where we put our bicycles.

Even so, we've thought a car-top bicycle rack might be the answer to our dilemma of pulling a tent-trailer and trying to find a spot for our bikes, too. So, when we were hanging out with a group of friends we asked if they'd ever had any experience with carrying something ON TOP of their car.


It's wonderful what people will reveal to help a friend. And as one told us, there's the danger of "out of sight, out of mind."

Since I'm not bound by attorney-client privilege, I'll gladly "spill the beans," a term like "malarkey" that only seniors understand.

It seems that one year our friend, Jay, and his wife merrily put their Christmas tree on top of their car to transport it home, then instantly doused their Christmas spirit when they drove into their garage. Or at least tried to drive into their garage.

Of course, the first thing he did was yell, "Sue!" which you might expect from a lawyer. But his sweet wife, Sue, took his cross outburst in stride.


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