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Good Morning Nanty Glo!
               Thursday, July 25 2002 


I haven't heard anyone use the word "antisocial" in years, but at one time it was very current, at least at our Redmill Road domicile. Though I suppose it could mean several things, we used it to mean something close to ill-mannered, uncouth, unlikeable, but it carries more weight than any of those. It suggests that the sufferer of antisociability is impaired and perhaps dangerous. At the very least, being antisocial is to be mean. Maybe the word isn't quite right; more technically it should be "antisociable" or "sociopathic." But antisocial was easy and fraught with subtlety. Lately I seem to meet a lot of antisocial people, though it's probably just me.

Antisocial can be anything that thoughtlessly inconveniences or, more seriously, endangers or harms another or others. I would also include being a nuisance or obnoxious. Sending spam or doing telemarketing without first honestly introducing yourself, or pretending to be something else than you are is antisocial.

Walking in front of traffic without looking or caring is antisocial. Not getting out of the way of someone trying to pass, when you easily could, whether on the street, highway, or the sidewalk, is antisocial. Cutting in front of a driver who's coming up behind and going faster than you are, without speeding up to compensate for the difference, is antisocial. Taking the middle of a traffic lane at a traffic light or stop sign where someone could pass you on the right to turn, if you'd more thoughtfully left room, is antisocial.

Not cleaning up your mess in the home or company kitchen after making your snack or coffee is antisocial. Leaving your dirty towel on the locker room floor or a bench rather than depositing it in the towel hamper provided is antisocial. In domestic settings, substitute "socks" or "underwear" for towel. Leaving the locker room without closing your locker door is antisocial (it could, of course, in the words of Mother's old standby, "poke someone's eye out").

Not making eye contact with someone you're passing in the corridor is antisocial, as is not nodding or smiling to acknowledge the other's humanity. Not holding the door for someone coming just behind you is antisocial, as is not thanking the one who does the same for you. Not apologizing when you've been wrong about something you've said, especially about another, even if it wasn't intended to hurt but could anyway...is antisocial.

I'm sure this is only the tip of the iceberg and I hope that raising consciousness of the things in which I so often fail, I start doing better. Please don't hesitate to help my late and meager endeavors.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

In praise of older women
(end of series, attributed to Andy Rooney)

Yes, we praise older women for a multitude of reasons.
Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coifed babe of 70 there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22 year old waitress.

Ladies, I apologize for all of us. That men are genetically inferior is no secret. Count your blessings that we die off at a far younger age, leaving you the best part of your lives to appreciate the exquisite woman you've become, without the distraction of some demanding old man clinging and whining his way into your serenity.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.


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