Posted Online: Oct. 07, 2012, 10:03 pm

Hooray for 5th Avenue, bonfires and model trains

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By John Marx,

To the best of my knowledge:

-- Some haircuts are simply a cry for help.

-- There is no such thing as a mild concussion.

-- That was the most butchered infield-fly call in baseball history Friday-past in the National League Wild Card game, and I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

-- We all have that one friend who has the right to remain silent, but does not know how to exercise it.

-- A billion dollars raised and to be spent to win a job that pays less than a half-million? The president and the man who smoked him in the recent debate need to stop the buying-of-influence nonsense.

-- Moline's 5th Avenue is the best-looking downtown street in the Quad-Cities.

-- Halloween is overrated, but haunted houses, hayrides, etc. are cool.

-- Bonfires rock.

-- You should never play Monopoly with a 9-year-old who likes math.

-- Jimmy Kimmel is funny. Joke's on me. I thought the guy would last 15 minutes as a late-night talk-show dude.

-- Herb Niemann, who left us this past weekend at age 74, was a wonderful educator who touched the lives of thousands in Rock Island during his 35 years in education. Niemann did things the right way, expected his students to strive to be their best, but sparkled when it came to helping the youngster who was struggling. He refused to allow anyone to give up.

-- This gas-gouging thing that's going on around us is getting mighty old.

-- Model trains rock. So do restored Lincoln Continentals with suicide doors.

-- One of the bad things about history is that it repeats itself.

-- As soon as one well-traveled Quad-Cities stretch of road is fixed, another one goes under construction. This cycle never ends.

-- Jerry Sandusky, who will be sentenced on Tuesday, should spend the rest of his life in prison.

-- There is no such thing as "resting comfortably'' when you are in the hospital. No one rests.

-- As soon as the economy gets better, everything else will get worse.

-- Remodeling is never done.

-- You play horribly all day, and then you make that one shot that brings you back. That's golf.

-- There should be a law passed that all hamburgers should be dressed with Boetje's mustard.

-- "Hotel Transylvania" is worth 90 minutes of your day and the taking out of a second mortgage to buy popcorn and soda at the theater.

-- No matter how much they push back, young people want to be pushed.

-- There is nothing more rude than the convenience store clerk making you move from one register to another. If a register is closed, PUT UP A SIGN. Better yet, ring up the customer paying the freight at the register he has innocently walked up to.

Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or