Cheers for naps, National Cemetery and the blues fest


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Posted Online: July 04, 2013, 10:43 pm
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By John Marx, jmarx@qconline.com
To the best of my knowledge:

-- An apology note from a neighborhood teen for ding-dong-ditching you the previous night can quickly restore your faith in our youth.

-- The person who invented the automatic toilet timer has a really bad sense of timing.

-- Angrily pressing "End Call'' has nothing on slamming down the phone as we did in the old days.

-- Even a fish stays out of trouble when he keeps his mouth shut (advice shared with me by a group of coffee-drinking geniuses).

-- There are 12 round Tupperware bowls in one cupboard of my home and three square lids. What gives?

-- Best part of waking up from a nap is beginning to plan another one.

-- Yoga pants for men should never be invented. And if they are invented, they should never be worn.

-- I might be in the minority, but I don't get flag shirts. And then there is candy at parades ...

-- National Cemetery at the Rock Island Arsenal is an amazing place.

-- I get that each day is a gift, but I'd like a second opinion on Mondays.

-- The Chicago Cubs are getting better. It pains me to say as much, but they are on the right track.

-- You have a huge holiday celebration in your town, but thanks to great city planning, one of the busiest streets is shut down. Great call, Bettendorf.

-- The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest is a good time. It's more than great music.

-- Everyone should ride the zip line at Modern Woodmen Park. Just don't tell your orthopedic specialist.

-- A 15-minute fireworks display is not worth having little children roam across busy stretches of highway, is it?

-- Procrastination simply is waiting for just the right time.

-- Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.

-- The world needs more doctors such as Moline-based Brian Cady. Wonderful man.

-- There is no such thing as bad barbecue.

-- Save for lima beans, all food is comfort food.

-- We all have that friend who looks like Chewbacca from "Star Wars" when he removes his shirt.

-- The sushi-bar chef attempting to slap scrambled eggs into your mouth can turn the darkest of days bright. Especially on the misses.

-- Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, it becomes a muffin. And muffins are healthy for you, right?

-- There should be a constitutional amendment outlawing cheap tissues and thin toilet paper.

-- There are a lot of kind and considerate folks in this world. You know who you are. I found out who many of you are recently.

Columnist John Marx can be reached at 309-757-8388 or jmarx@qconline.com.


















 



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